The US College scandal allegations which have recently been in the news have left many disheartened that success in being accepted into the program of your choice involves something other than honest hard work. In more than a decade of counseling students to help them get into Canadian Colleges and Universities, as well as assisting with the application process overseas (which is done at NO COST to students) Barclay Educational Services wants students to know that merit still counts. There are several ways that students are able to improve their chances of acceptance in an honest, forthright manner.
In Canada and the UK of course, SAT’s are not required. That is why working hard to get the best marks you possibly can is so important. But DO the work to earn the marks. You may be able to be awarded an inflated mark by some other means (such as complaining that you have been marked too hard by the teacher or slacking off on a group assignment and making others do the work) but in the end you will not be able to succeed in higher education and in your career choice if you do not actually understand the material and are not competent at working in that area. So how do you accomplish this? Ask for extra help from teachers or other available staff. If that is not possible, ask to study with other students who show expertise in the area and might be able to help you out. Join any clubs or societies related to your chosen subject matter or future career choice. All of these things will improve your skills as well as your confidence in any given area.
The other thing which makes a HUGE impact in acceptance rates comes for free and is available to just about anyone. VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER, VOLUNTEER. Colleges and Universities in Canada and the UK place a very large emphasis on who you are as a person. Do you make your community a better place? It is very possible that a more well rounded individual will get into a program over someone with perfect marks who has not developed the skills that come with giving back to those around you. If you cannot afford to travel to volunteer jobs, get involved at school. Do you want to be a teacher? Ask to volunteer as a reading buddy for little kids. Is journalism in your future? Start a school newsletter. There are many ways to get involved if you just use a bit of creativity to get where you want to go.
Finally, investigate scholarships. Many of these are geared towards students who show the community mindedness and skills that you are already busy building due to your volunteer activities. Reach out to various clubs and organizations in your home town as well as to the schools where you are applying, in order to find out about all of the scholarship options which are available.
If you do all of these things can you be 100% sure that you will get the program and career that you want? In the end, there are no guarantees for anyone, but one thing that is certain is that doing nothing will get you just that. At the very least you will have gained the pride, skills and knowledge that come from relying on oneself, instead of one someone’s pocketbook. If you have any questions about programs that you might be interested in and want to get in touch, please email Barclay at JSB@barclayedu.com