Find out which blogs can help you ace your university admissions
Siddhu Malhotra, 19, just could not bring himself to visit a foreign education counsellor for his upcoming college applications. Instead Malhotra went online and connected with other applicants through various blog networks. Learning from others helped him write the perfect statement of purpose that got him through to the course of his choice at New York University.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to spend a lot of money and ask a stranger to write your college applications for you. They don’t know you and your application will end up looking like a generic essay. Blogs are a great way to get quick advice on how to write your statements of purposes. A little research can really go a long way,” says Malhotra, who contacted over 30 different people through blogs for help with his applications. “Blogs will usually connect you to past and present students at a given university. Some of them post tips and articles on applications and are usually open to answering any specific questions that you might have,” adds Malhotra.
From tips on how to write an introduction to your academic background to detailed explanations on the ten things your statement of purpose must contain, there’s no dearth to the amount of information students can uncover through blogs today. “Finding the right information on blogs can take a bit of time and patience. Usually official college blogs, Facebook pages or websites are a good starting point. Everything you read online should also be taken with a pinch of salt. However, remember that blogs are just for guidance and are not tried and tested rules,” says Sakshi Rao, 21, a student at King’s College London.
So if you are not sure how to start writing your statement of purpose or just need a little bit of inspiration with your concluding paragraph, you might just discover a bit of both on the Internet. “Blogs are informal and usually contain much more information than websites. It’s a bottom- up approach and that is why many students find them helpful. It’s more relatable to students,” adds Rao.