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Profile Building to Study Bachelors in the US: Find 6 Ways to Build a Strong Profile for UG in the US

Yocket Editorial Team
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Although long and arduous, the application process to study undergrad abroad can also be exciting and fulfilling since it leads you to a brighter, more enriching future! There will be many hurdles to overcome, but once you reach the finish line, i.e., your dream study destination, you will be glad you took your chances.

While the acceptance rate of universities in the U.S. can be anywhere between 4.8% to 92.9%, the competition for receiving financial aid is getting tougher by the year. However, to improve your chances of getting into your dream US university for bachelors and to help you stand out of the crowd, you will need to build a really strong profile for yourself.

In this article you’ll find 6 ways to highlight the most important elements of your profile and also how you can start building towards them right away. 

  1. Extracurricular Activities

All-around development of students, and not just academic achievements, are especially emphasised upon by universities in the U.S. Therefore, working on your extracurricular activities list is a must.

There are a couple of ways you could do this:

  • Take Up Online Courses: Pursue your passion or do a course, online or offline. You could take up certificate courses online that pique your interest. Websites like edX or Coursera are a great resource for learning more about certain topics that intrigue you.

  • Participate in Inter-School Competitions: Another great avenue to showcase your non-academic skills is participating in competitions hosted by your school. These can not only add to your list of extra-curricular interests but also enhance your self-esteem and confidence.

  • Take up Offline Classes: If dancing is something that entices you, you could enrol yourself in a dance academy and participate in competitions. Similarly, if there is another hobby, you’d like to develop then take it up.

But remember the quality of your achievements matters and not the quantity. Therefore, taking up many activities is a risk that will make you fall short of time to pursue regular studies. Creating a timetable that adequately balances both your academic and non-academic demands could be of great help here.

  1. Academic Record

The most important aspect of a strong profile is the academic record. Your SAT, IELTS, and TOEFL scores, along with your performance at school, are going to be what initially catches the admissions committee’s eye. So, preparing well for all your examinations and aiming for a high score must be a priority for you. You could do the same by:

  1. Allocating a couple of hours every day to studying

  2. Taking mock practice tests

  3. Knowing how best to utilize your time

  4. By taking the help of your teachers and peer

  1. Internships

Having work experience gives you an edge over other applicants since it showcases the virtues of responsibility, time management, and team work. It also helps you get better internships and job offers later on. Doing an internship could also increase your chances of obtaining a LOR from your employer.

Things to remember before you apply for internships:

  1. Remember to intern at a space you are comfortable in but one that also challenges you.

  2. It will be beneficial if you intern at a job that relates to your field of study. In this way, you will be less likely to lose interest in the position, more likely to get hands-on practice, and most importantly, help you gauge your interest in the field itself.

  3. Exhibiting sincere and disciplined behavior and establishing a good rapport with your co-worker, managers, and the boss will be a plus-point.

  4. Show Your Goodwill

Working with an NGO not only enhances your college application but could also do wonders for your personal growth and development. It not only expands your emotional and psychological horizon but also widens your flexibility to work in unfamiliar environments. Besides that, Universities in the U.S. appreciate students involved in community services which could provide you another angle of edge.

  1. Letters of Recommendation

Universities in the U.S. usually require around three letter of recommendations (LOR) along with your college application. Your LORs would comprise of the professors teaching the subject you are interested in, past employers or even the Dean/Principal of your school. Make sure the LORs describe you and your skills/work in a positive tone and adhere to the guidelines of the university.

  1. Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is another crucial aspect of your application. Here you will need to talk, at length, about your interest in the program you’re applying for, why you chose it, how it will help you in your career, and also why you chose that particular university for it. Also, remember to elaborate upon your academic achievements and projects that you might have taken up related to the course you applied for. A Statement of Purpose is all about your passion, dedication, and inspiration for your next step. Therefore, make sure to be good enough with your words to sway the admissions committee off their feet.

Finally, once you have incorporated all of these essential elements into your profile, you can be rest assured that your UG college application for USA looks a lot more nuanced, embellished and decorative. All the best!

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