GET - SET - GO... by Gaurav
... a statement, which many of us either thinks or says it out. Education in the US is by far the most popular in the world and a "dream" to many, but a "reality" to few can now be made a reality for almost all individuals who desire to come here and study. Edulix.com, in my opinion, is a big venture and really the ship, which would sail your way through from your home country to the US. There are a few roadblocks which one has to get around to fulfill his desire to come and study in the US. One of then is GRE/TOEFL. This is known by all who want to come to US, but what is known to few is how to |ACE| the test. Now that with a new pattern of GRE, trust me it is all the more simple to crack it. There are many books for GRE but here I would list some, which are very useful. Barons is the most widely used book for GRE. It is really good as far as the Wordlist goes. So lets make a plan now. Do wordlist from Barons, Analytical writing from a book by ARCO, which is authored by Mark Alan Stewart and is the essay writing book for Analytical writing. I suggest that you should read all the essays in the book at least 5 times before the test and lastly, mathematics, do as much as you can from Barons, Princeton, Kaplan CD. One thing that is to be remembered is that it is a Computer-Based Test, thus plan yourself in such a way that you have at least two months to practice on the computer. I think you should keep 4-5 months for preparation. And the last two months for computer practice after you have finished the wordlist and read the essay book at least 3 times. Along with the computer practice try to write the essay (analytical) on the computer test within the time frame. Good CDs are Kaplan, Princeton and most important is the GRE CD from ETS. I would suggest that you should practice each test in there at least two times and just for practice just one day before the exam give a ETS Test full length. Trust me... You would CRACK THE GRE!!!
The next step is application and most important is 'Statement of Purpose'. Write what you want to do, why you want to do and how would you do it. Also mention what effect (if possible) it would have on technology and society and why is this school a good choice for you. SOP is the most important document seen and can sometime overwrite your Grades and Scores also. US is not far now, even if you get an admission come here, by showing money or taking loan. Almost every person finds an RA (Research Assistantship) or TA (Teaching Assistantship). Edulix helps you to see what are the 'hot' areas, which have money. It gives you information about that area. Start writing to the professors in the university you have got admission. In very few cases, a professor would offer you financial support even if you are not admitted to a universities, but it does not happen with top universities like MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton or Caltech. Even if you get a low score in GRE apply to two top universities: Who knows you are the lucky one. The top universities are looking for diversity of students and they would know that you are interested by reading your SOP. Let me tell you it works this way in the US:
"IF THEY NEED YOU, NO MATTER HOW BAD YOU HAVE PERFORMED IN YOUR GRADES OR SCORES, THEY WILL TAKE YOU".
That is the reason the admission decision is very subjective in US. One can get an accept from Stanford and a reject from a low-ranked university. It does not mean that Stanford has done a mistake. It merely means that it thinks you are worth or a value addition to the university in some sense. People who judge your application, are highly qualified professors and know how interested a student is in the particular program he/she is applying for. The similar thing works when you look for financial support with a professor in the university you have got admit to. Do not write in the first mail that you want an RA. Tell him that you have got admit to the universities after you think that the projects he is doing is of interest to you. Ask him things about the project, show interest in his work, and trust me again, it is human nature if a person sees that you are interested in what he is doing, he would fund you. After coming to US, schedule and appointment with him and be ready for an interview, if he wants it, though by that time he would have known you enough and would also like to work with you. I suggest give TSE (Test of Spoken English) in your home country itself before coming to US and do well in that, it could fetch you a job TA (Teaching Assistantship) in your department or in some other department in your university. These things are tough to do and easy to say... but as someone has said rightly: Hunting for a job is like hunting for a needle in a Hay Stack. The person who is committed in doing so would find a needle for sure.
Right now... Lets see... THE JOBS after graduation not easy to find, but nonetheless it should not stop anyone from coming to US and studying. An education system which all of your would cherish all your life, and who knows things get better in the near future and jobs are floating around all over the place.
My friends, I am a Graduate Student at Stanford University and what I have listed here is what I feel and what experiences I had. I hope this is a help for some, if not many of you. Conclusively, I would like to say that coming to the US is a DREAM COME TRUE with all the information provided by EDULIX.COM Team and Members.