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Find out which blogs can help you ace your univer­sity ad­mis­sions

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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.

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