While I was waiting for news regarding my application status, I nervously realized that many applicants probably used a language teacher for their letter-since the program is focused on learning Russian-this just goes to show that letters can come from any variety of sources and still warrant acceptance. For me, I added experiences I could see myself doing and building deeper cultural connections. Here is my personal take on the application experience. You know the drill; eat ice cream, watch your favorite show, do anything that will allow you to mourn and then move on. So prepare for those questions! Because this scholarship is given to expose high school students to new cultures and ultimately improve international relations, an interest in something such as a major in international relations is a great thing to add! The process requires some basic computer skills. A recurring tip I have is to actually include as many anecdotes in all your essays as possible.
Two weeks or so before the deadline she told me that she would let me at least apply, just for no regrets. To this, I responded by saying that I would make a compromise with my host family, so that we both would be able to benefit. That was pretty easy for me, though. All applicants are encouraged to discuss their interest and commitment to language learning in their essay responses. The entire process is out of your hands, which yes, is a little scary, but at the same time, try your best to relax. So I certainly hope that you can get to study in Korea one way or another.
What challenges did you meet while on your trip? But, at the same time, you need to realize this is also an extremely competitive scholarship. I answered by saying that this was definitely a decision of my own, and although my parents were supportive, my mother was a little worried about me going abroad for the summer. January 21st, 2017 I had my interview. D: The days with the sun were awesome but rare and really steamy. Someone replied, and she gave fantastic advice.
A good essay has the capability to make you stand out. Skim milk is milk plus water. In addition to a lot of legal business, academic and extracurricular accomplishments, official transcript stuff, and all that it included one teacher recommendation, a host family letter, three reasons why you believe you are a good candidate, and one essay. Every semi-finalist received an email by the end of April this year. That said, I certainly did find ways to talk about my interest in language as a whole, when I discussed the languages that I had studied prior to applying. In my case, I had a lot of volunteering experience, but little work experience, but I was able to demonstrate a strong passion for my activities.
Despite my recommendation being from Princeton, your letter of recommendation truly can be from any source. The part that I believe takes the most thought is the Activities, Athletics, and Organizations section. I wanted to focus on some of the most important parts. It was nice to not see them, I think it made me a bit less worried. It was set up basically the same, just over Skype! Alright, and now for some tips. That said, I would strongly advise against trying to shape yourself to fit into a certain mold. You will have no problem communicating with your host siblings.
When I got my notification, I wanted to scream! You can log in again at any time until the application deadline, and continue to complete or edit your application. On a side note, if the interviewer asks a question and you need to think about it, just ask for a minute to think. It was casual, but it helped to have the input of another person. They could be anywhere: a library, a church, a school, a house like me… I think the house situation was pretty rare. I was hoping they might understand and give me an extension.
You can find more details on the interview process on She provides a lot of sample questions that I prepared with, and they ended up being almost exact. I am sure you did just fine! When I was applying, I heard that indicating that you would like to go for an academic year as a second choice makes those evaluating your application believe that you are more committed towards learning the language. A fair warning: it says on the preference change form that you may potentially lose your standing by changing your preferences. If so how much did you know? In my case, the first reason that I mentioned was my overall passion for language and linguistics. I also talked about how I would cherish the opportunity to embrace a different way of life, in a family and home very different from my own. I really think that humanized me to my readers so much more. Finally, for my third reason, I connected it to a very specific college level language program I want to be a part of: the Arabic Flagship Program.
Just be honest, have fun, and let them really see who you are. Having read through hundreds of college essays and written many herself, she was an invaluable help in suggesting essay tactics that would convey my point more clearly, or make me more appealing to the Admissions Board. While all of this was happening to me, I was changing into my tennis outfit for my first outdoor practice of the year. Click the verification link, which will authorize your account and automatically sign you in. Nevertheless, they are still trying to evaluate the same qualities. I did regret not getting my English teacher to read over the essays while I was waiting for a response, but I did show them to my family to check for any mistakes. Highlight your best traits, activities, and hobbies while expressing what you want to do in the future.
In fact, in the entire 30 minute interview, this was probably the topic we talked the most about! I also wanted to talk about commonly cited misconceptions associated with choosing your placement preferences. I talked about how I first became interested in learning Arabic when I discovered the linguistic connections between Arabic and the Romance languages two of which I have been studying at school , and how this fascination led me to learn how to read the Arabic script. Make sure to describe, if applicable, your ability to adapt and be flexible. Think of what makes you, you, and go from there! Show them who you really are, why you want this scholarship. Our tension and nervousness was mutual, and in the end, it was a broken conversation about a Bollywood actor that broke the ice. Saving changes periodically will also protect you from losing work due to loss of Internet connection, accidental computer shut down, etc.
I would love to be supportive of your continuing interests in Korea and am ready to assist this interest in any way I can. . Weave them in so they blend together seamlessly. I added that she was currently speaking to the alum outside, and last I heard before being called for my interview , she seemed more positive about it. Keep in mind that you will be given more time to justify your choice in your essays.