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USCEC has helped me in many ways in the application and admission process for a university in the United States, but I want to mention two main points that I learned from the most:

 

First, USCEC helped me understand a different mind-set. We come from different countries and different cultures. Thus, it is really hard for me to have a touch to American thinking patterns. And the thinking pattern was the real problem for me to tackle when I decided to apply for the U.S. graduate school myself years ago. Take the application itself as an example, I could have got an agent to do everything for me, but I could not have later survived in the American society after paying for such a service. USCEC taught me to take the application process as a tool to prepare myself and get to know the U.S. society and culture. The process was complicated and even troublesome, but it was very necessary to do and also my first glance at the U.S.

 

Second, they provided me numerous opportunities to get to know American elites. I learned from professionals at USCEC as well as from people I received in Chongqing. Of course, these opportunities to know people are also opportunities to open up myself, to learn, and especially to brand and advertise myself. In another words, to let people know me as well.

 

My goal was, is, and will always be that one day I can be a successful businesswoman, especially morally successful. I wanted to attend a top ranked university, just like any student that has an ambition in business. Because the old me thought “top” was a brand that would distinguish myself from others, and with that brand, I could be successful in every way.

 

I think the most difficult part of one’s life is to get to know oneself. The process helped me get to know myself and to know how to promote myself. I had to review what I have done in my life and during my studies, and I had to think how to organize these experiences into an attractive article for the admission office. In a big way it was an opportunity that one seldom has to observe oneself. Now, I know my advantages and my drawbacks to some degree. By knowing them, I can make a more fitting plan for my future.

 

 

Preparation and admission

The preparation and admission process began the second I stepped into my college. I would divide them into three stages.

 

First stage – To know myself and to know my passion and dream

I think this stage was the most important stage for me. Before meeting with USCEC, I hadn’t figured out what I was passionate about. With their help and direction, I gradually knew how to pinpoint my position, and how to know my passions and myself. And I have to mention, they never told me what I should do for a specific case, they instructed me on how to think and how to do things generally. They would never do what I should do for me, but they instructed and gave directions.

 

Second stage – To know how to achieve my dream.

When I finally figured out what I was passionate about, I needed to know how to achieve my dream. For example, I want to apply for Business school or any major that has relevance to the business world. Thus, I had to search for information about the career path I wanted to get into, and by what path I could achieve my dream. Then, I began to collect school information. The most important part about the school is not about the ranking of the school, but how the school fits me. Like which state I want to stay in, what kind of courses I want to study, what is the most important thing in my life and how the school could help me to achieve my goal, and so on, these should be taken into account. Afterwards, I chose the school I liked the most, and looked into their requirements. Finally, I prepared for tests.

 

Third stage – Application.

When everything was ready, the only thing left was to apply for schools. Writing essays, getting down to transcripts, mailing my transcripts to school, balancing my time between study and application, and preparing to get along with extremely great pressure were the most frequent things that should be done in this process. I got numerous people from different backgrounds to read and evaluate my essays. I have to say, it was the hardest process, but also the most interesting process, because I spared no efforts on my dreams and finally I could see what I could achieve in the end; it provided me with a feeling that I could control my life.

 

 

How to practice and prepare

There were mainly two methods: read and talk.

 

Read: Read books about how to prepare for the application, and learn about others’ experiences. I had a chance to compare myself with others, and get a better understanding and positioning for myself. Also, I got familiar with the application process to avoid the mistakes that others may have encountered.

 

Talk: No one can make progress if he never opens up to others. Talking to people offers information more chances to exchange, and information changes one’s life. People from different background gave me different information, because of their different careers and personal experiences in different companies and even cultures. This information would have been wasted if one didn’t organize them. Therefore, talk to people and get information, learn how they conduct things, and then, try to organize this information to a useful system for yourself. Doing that has helped me a lot.

 

In this process I was very happy about the fact that I was like a real businesswoman, and me, myself, was the product that I wanted to sell. I had to take charge of digging my potential and advantages, branding myself, promoting myself, advertising myself, and getting myself sold to my favorite school, where I have a greater chance to become an even better “product”.

 

  

My thoughts about the process 

I think the whole process was a positive experience, even the difficult part. I am learning from the failures and trying to face what made me frustrated. Looking back, all parts of the process have had a great impact on my current progress.

 

I would recommend USCEC’s services to students who have ambitions and have a great desire to be independent and successful. Actually their services are not suitable for all students. This is the beauty of my experience with them. I think only a student who helps himself and understands that success is achieved with hard work deserves their help. The whole process may at times be frustrating, however, very valuable to my life experience. I insisted on it, then, I made a relatively great move towards my life’s turning point.

 

 

Top 3 things I have learned

1: Take initiative! Because I knew afterwards that it was the main reason that USCEC would like to help me, as well as the other students. Taking initiative means you have motivation and strong desire for success, it makes your eyes wide open for opportunities and information; and that is the most important factor for success, though cannot ensure one to be successful.

 

2: Be practical. We all have dreams like getting into Harvard Business School, or something like that. Of course, it is good have great ambitions, however, the most important thing is how to evaluate myself. A big dream consists of many small dreams; if you get down with practical business in life, you can have a chance to fight for your bigger dream.

 

3: Be systematic. Plan ahead and make timelines, this helped me a lot in my application process.

 

   

中美教育联盟在我申请美国大学研究生的过程中给予了我许多的帮助。有两点是我尤其希望提到的。

 

首先中美教育联盟帮助我了解了一种不同的思维方式。我们来自不同的国家和文化,所以对于我来说对于美国式的思维的理解还是很有难度的。而且这样的思维模式是我在申请美国研究生遇到的非常严峻的问题。就拿申请本身来说,我本来可以找中介为我打点一切,但是中介却不会为我在美国社会上的生存负责。USCEC教会我将申请的过程当做了解美国社会和文化的工具。这个过程非常的复杂和令人厌烦,但是这是我的责任,也让我第一次对美国有所了解.

  

第二,他们给我了无数了解美国社会静音的机会。我不但从中美教育联盟的专业人员身上学到了很多,而且我还从我接待的客人身上学到了很多。而且这些机会让我学习,开阔了眼界,宣传自己。换句话说,就是让别人也来了解我。

 

我的目标是,并且一直都是,有一天我会成为一位成功的商人,特别是在道德上成功的商人。我曾希望在排名顶级的学校学习,就像所有在商业领域雄心勃勃的学生一样。因为曾经的喂认为“顶级”是能将我和别人区分开来的商标, 而这块商标可以让我无论在怎样的情况下都能成功。

  

我认为人生最难的事情就是了解自己。申请的过程让我了解了自己也让我知道如何对自己做品牌建设。我必须回顾我过去的22年中所做的一切,我也必须去想如何将这些经验整理起来变成一篇对于录取委员会有吸引力的文章。从大的方面说,人生中少有这样的机会能够认真的审视自己。现在,我大概知道了我的优点和缺点。通过了解自己,我才能为自己的人生与未来做更合理的规划。

 

 

准备与申请

我从一进大学校门就开始准备申请,我会把它分为三个阶段。

 

第一个阶段:了解我自己并且了解我的热情和梦想。

我认为这一个阶段对我来说是最重要的。在我和中美教育联盟接触以前,我完全不知道自己对什么充满了热情。在他们的帮助和指导下,我渐渐知道了如何定位自己,如何了解自己的热情和自己。不得不提的是,他们从来没有告诉过我我应该在具体的事情上怎么做,他们会告诉我如何思考,如何做事。他们从来不会做我应该做的事情,但是他们会教导我并给我指明方向。

 

第二阶段:知道如何实现自己的梦想 

当我终于了解到自己想要什么的时候,我必须知道如何来实现我的梦想。比如,我想申请商业学校,或者说设置了和商业相关的专业的学院。所以我必须搜索和我职业规划相关的信息,并且怎么规划才能实现我的梦想。然后,我开始搜集学校信息。这一个过程当中最重要的并不是学校的排名怎么样,而是我和学校的匹配性。比如,我喜欢美国的哪一个州,我想学什么样的课程,我生命当中最重要的事情是什么,和学校能怎样帮助我实现我的梦想,等等都需要认真的考虑。最后我筛选了一批我最喜欢的学校,查询他们的录取条件,最后,开始准备考试。

 

第三阶段:申请

当所有事情准备就绪,就只剩下申请了。写申请文书,准备成绩单,邮寄成绩单,在学习和申请当中平衡,面对巨大的压力都是在申请过程中的常事。而且我还必须去找不同背景的人阅读和评估我的个人陈述。不得不说,这是最难的过程,但是也是最有趣的过程。因为我为我的梦想而努力,最终我可以看到我努力的成果。这个过程给了我对人生的掌控感。

 

 

怎样练习与准备

主要有两个方法:读和交流

 

读:读关于申请的书,学习别人的申请经验。在阅读的过程中,我能将自己和别人比较,然后更加了解自己,更加准确的定位自己。而且我更加了解了申请过程,也能避免重复犯别人犯过的错误。

 

交流:没有人能在封闭自己的情况下进步。和别人交谈给了信息更多交换的机会,而信息能够改变人的一生。来自不同背景,不同职业,不同的个人经历,不同的公司,不同文化的人给我不同的信息。这些信息如果不整合就毫无用处。所以,和别人交谈,获取信息,学习别人如何做事情,然后尝试自己将信息整合成为一个对自己又用的系统。这个过程给了我很大的帮助。

 

我觉得最开心的是,在申请的过程中我就像一个真正的商人一样,而我就是我想销售的商品。我必须要负责挖掘自己的潜力和优势,包装我自己,推广我自己,宣传我自己,最后把自己出售给我最喜欢的学校。而在这所学校里面,我有更多的机会变成更好地“商品”。

 

  

我对整个准备及申请过程的看法 

我认为这整个过程都对我很有帮助,甚至是那些很艰难的时候。我从失败中学习,学会面对让我感觉到挫败的的困难。回头想想,这些喜悦和难过都对我现在进步产生了巨大的影响。

 

我会把中美教育联盟的服务推荐给那些有志向,有愿望独立和成功的学生。实际上他们的服务并不适合每一个人。这也是我觉得和他们相处起来最特别的地方。我认为只有愿意为自己奋斗并懂得成功只能靠自己的努力的学生才值得他们所付出的努力。有时候,申请的过程是非常令人沮丧的,但是,对我的人生也是一笔宝贵的经验。我在困难面前撑住了,然后我在我人生的转折点上取得了相对不错的成绩。

 

  

我学到了什么

1.主动!后来我从中美教育联盟了解到,他们愿意帮助我的原因是因为我愿意主动的搜寻机会。主动意味着你有动力和强烈的成功的愿望。它让你张大眼睛搜寻机会和信息。虽然采取主动并不能保证一个人的成功,但是绝对是最重要的成功因素。

 

2.现实一点。我们都希望进哈佛商学院,或者斯坦佛商学院。诚然,志向高远当然很好,但是最重要的是如何评估自己。伟大的梦想由许多小梦想组成。如果理解了商业的现实,那么你就有更多的机会去为更大的梦想打拼。

 

3.系统性。做好时间规划,这在我的申请过程中对我帮助非常大。