Choos­ing a univer­sity

Need some help choos­ing where to go to con­tinue your stud­ies?

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Kids grow up so fast – in the blink of an eye, they’re grad­u­at­ing from high school and head­ing over­seas, into the work­force, or to a univer­sity some­where. If it’s the lat­ter, they’ll need to an­swer the big ques­tion of which ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tion to ap­ply to. There are so many things to con­sider, from choos­ing the coun­try to study in, to fig­ur­ing out the de­gree pro­gramme they want to pur­sue, learn­ing about the of­ten-com­pli­cated ap­pli­ca­tion process, or even the strat­egy to get into top schools.

With all this in mind, it can be help­ful to seek ad­vice from an ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­tancy like Crim­son Ed­u­ca­tion about the op­tions avail­able, whether you’re at the start of your univer­sity ad­ven­ture, or, like RYAN C who we spoke to, mak­ing a change from one de­gree to an­other (and from one coun­try to an­other!).

Tell us a lit­tle about your­self and why you ini­tially de­cided to study medicine.

My big­gest role model is my fa­ther; I wit­nessed how he man­aged a sev­en­day work­ing week as a den­tal sur­geon. My ad­mi­ra­tion of him was the main rea­son be­hind my ini­tial pur­suit of a med­i­cal ca­reer.

I’d spent al­most three years in med­i­cal school in Sin­ga­pore, but I found the ca­reer path at odds with my per­son­al­ity. When I de­cided to quit, the protests from fac­ulty and par­ents were fierce! I also had other in­ter­ests that I love, like busk­ing and blog­ging.

What did Crim­son make you re­alise?

Crim­son gave me that cru­cial push to­wards pur­su­ing my as­pi­ra­tion of a lib­eral arts ed­u­ca­tion in the US. The Crim­son ad­vi­sors also helped me re­alise that my lost in­ter­est in be­ing a doc­tor did not equate to dis­in­ter­est in health­care. In many ways, it has em­bold­ened me to ap­proach this path with more ma­tu­rity.

How did Crim­son help?

Crim­son’s net­works brought me in con­tact with ca­reer in­vestors, such as the com­pany’s CEO Jamie Beaton, who is also the youngest an­a­lyst at in­vest­ment firm Tiger Man­age­ment. In an­other in­stance, Crim­son recog­nised the po­ten­tial of my food blog be­yond it be­ing just a plat­form to re­view good eats.

As a stu­dent who had never ap­plied to a US col­lege, I was for­eign to the en­tire ap­pli­ca­tion process. Also, hav­ing left high school, I did not have col­lege coun­sel­lors and se­niors to con­sult with. I’m thank­ful for Crim­son’s guid­ance dur­ing this in­tim­i­dat­ing col­lege ap­pli­ca­tion process, ac­quaint­ing and fa­mil­iaris­ing me with the pro­ce­dures.

What op­por­tu­ni­ties did Crim­son pro­vide you with?

Crim­son’s great­est as­set is its vast net­work of high-achiev­ing col­lege stu­dents and alumni, some of whom have walked a sim­i­lar path to mine. It of­fers in­valu­able ac­cess to se­niors who pro­vide emo­tional sup­port and ad­vice.

Do you have any gen­eral ad­vice for stu­dents?

It’s easy to cruise along the main­stream cur­rent. I en­cour­age you to pur­sue a fu­ture de­ter­mined by per­sonal choice and not so­ci­etal ex­pec­ta­tions.

Crim­son Ed­u­ca­tion of­fers a three- to- one (three ex­perts to one stu­dent) ap­proach to help stu­dents gain ac­cess to top uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges across the world. In the 2017-18 ap­pli­ca­tion cy­cle, 100 per­cent of Crim­son’s Sin­ga­pore stu­dents got into at least one of their top five US and UK univer­sity pref­er­ences.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 6909 2004 or email sin­ga­[email protected]­sone­d­u­ca­tion.org.

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