Well, I have heard so many cases that if a person is an average student and still gets full scholarships in Universities abroad. But there are some cases even top students do not get them. Not only scholarships but also the placements in such universities. I am in 2nd year in my A-Levels. I am really afraid of University placements. I am an average student. Can I get these things clear?
Adding to what Krishna dai explained in such a beautiful way, I would focus a lot on application essays and recommendations in addition to academics and SATs. I am not saying that the latter are less important; they are very important but if you think that you have very less time to bring a drastic improvement in your academics, work more for SATs, essays, and recommendations. Admissions officers here take recommendations very seriously, so trying to get two or three (also depends on college requirements) from teachers who really know you and your traits and potentials is a good strategy. I have heard that A-level teachers are generally very careful and sincere about writing a recommendation letter, so that is a good thing. Yes, as Krishna dai said, work hard, and keep asking questions! Good luck.
There are some things you could do to improve your chances.
- Start preparing for your SATs as soon as possible. Good SAT score could show your academic potential.
- Get involved in club activities that you enjoy, take some leadership positions and do volunteer works. But make sure that you balance your time between extra-curriculars and your academics.
- If there is a field or a subject that you are really interested in then do something on that field. For example, if you are interested in medicine, volunteer at a hospital, if you are interested in Computer Science, develop an app or an website. If you are interested in art/paintings, paint and share them in your blog. Just show that you are willingly to take initiatives to learn more in field that you are interested in. However, make sure that you are managing your time well to do all that.
- If you are planning to apply in Fall 2018, start working in your common app essays and start searching for universities that you might be interested in applying as soon as possible. Start early. Read the answer from @Pratiksha Sharma HERE for general tips for writing essays. Also, the timeline HERE might help you. Visit our resource center for more.
This is all I have for now. I will update the list if I remember more. Best of luck.
Thank you dai for your information. I would like to ask more. Hope I will get the answers.
Well, I am currently in the last year of my high School. Till now my high school has not been passed as expected. I have a year left now. How can I change myself so that I could have more chances of getting placement in good colleges?
Yes, it is extremely difficult to get scholarships or even placements in US universities as international students. Placement into US universities depend upon varieties of factor. Your academic prowess is just one of those factor. They look into your extra curricular activities, recommendation letters, your common app essay, your family financial situation. Therefore, someone who has average grades, could have other talents that the university is interested in. Moreover, not all universities are looking for the same kind of students. They want to have students that can fit well in their environment and prosper.
The main takeaway from this is that US universities look into various factors before offering you a placements. Each of the those factors are more or less equally important.
The answer HERE might also help you.