What sources do overseas students have for up-to-date information on colleges and universities, where to send applications, when to seek financial aid, how to write essays and do interviews?
GIS students snagged information and asked personal questions at individual college tables recently. Two open workshops in the afternoon and evening allowed parents and students more time to meet with admissions officers and gather information. They were encouraged to ask about standardized tests, financial aid, the admissions process, Christian versus secular, college versus university, essays, interviews, transcripts, resumes, transitioning outside of Asia, and what to expect freshman year.
The following week, a nearby international school hosted a one-day college and career fair of secular international possibilities. Grace families were also invited to attend.
Web searches are time consuming and a good start. And the 63-page online GIS College Handbook has many details and important tips, to move from middle school to graduation and beyond. But parents and students find that asking questions face-to-face is the most effective communication.
Grace’s annual College Fair 2012 recently hosted representatives from 10 USA and Canadian Christian sites: Redeemer University, Canada; Trinity Western University, Canada; Westmont College, CA; Dordt College, IA; Taylor University, IN; Asbury University, KY; Crown College, MN; Oklahoma Baptist University; Cairn University, PA; Union University, TN. Students’ families blessed the college reps by housing them three days, coordinated through secondary principal Bill Sharp.
Using every possible source for information, 90% of Grace alumni attend colleges and universities immediately after graduation. Some work a year. Currently, alumni study at 100 institutions in 15 countries.
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