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Is going back to school or applying to school an option you have tumbling around but you're not quite sure it's for you or if it is even worth your time? If so I know exactly what you are thinking because I felt the same way before I went to school. I also know that when trying to make an important decision like this I find it helps to hear from others experiences and get someone else's perspective before making up my mind. So I thought to help you out and maybe give you the little bit of extra incentive you may need I would tell you a story about a woman I know and the success she had with going back to school after many years of being away.

I love this woman's story because it really inspires me to know that even at an older age this woman knew her potential and brave it her all to really improve her future. I will give you a little background on her first. She and her husband owned their own business for many years and were quite successful. She attended school as a young girl but because she made the decision to be a stay at home mom and help with their families business she never finished. Unfortunately, as it sometimes goes, their business began to fail and they had some problems with partners in the company. They had to make the hard decision to close their business after 30 years. They were left near at the age of retirement, basically having to start all over. Her husband's health was not the best so she made the courageous decision to go back to school and finish her nursing degree.

At first it was difficult for her to get back into the rhythm of school but soon she was flying through the courses and absolutely loving it. When she graduated she said she wished she had done this so many years earlier. Now she has a very stable career and is able to support her and her husband, not to mention she loves what she does and is not even dreaming of retiring any time soon. This woman saw the great importance of gaining an education and knew that the only way she could really provide a good income would be to go back to school and finish her degree. I am so happy to hear inspiring stories like these. Maybe I will be writing about your story next. Make the next step to improving your future by applying to school and ensuring a stable and successful career. …

Getting In – Advice for Applying to University in the US

Every American university is different. There is no centralized admissions system in the US, and different universities have different criteria and standards for admitting students. For graduate study, typically each department handles its own admissions and has its own procedures. So it is impossible to generalize about admission to US universities. You should always check directly with the university
and the department to know exactly what they want. University websites provide all the information you need about getting in.

That being said, there are more or less standard guidelines that most universities follow for how to apply and what they look for.

What types of documents do you need to prepare to get into a US university?
For bachelors or undergraduate study, you will usually need to send:

  • an application form, which can be submitted electronically or printed from the website and sent by email. Application forms typically ask for biographical information, your academic record and work experience.
  • An essay, so they can get to know you better. There may be a set question or it may be a general personal statement. Typically they want to know your personality and anything they can not get off of your application. Look to answer questions like "Why do you want to study in the US?", "What do you plan to do with your life?", "What are your biggest achievements?" The essay is different for every school, and sometimes the topic may seem a little silly, like: "What event in your life was most significant?" or "Who has influenced you the most in your life?" but they want to get to know your character, as well as your academic standing.
  • Official transcripts – records of your grades – from every secondary school or university you have attended, exclusively translated into English. Official means stamped by the school or at least verified by a notary.
  • Letters of recommendation from professors or teachers who know you well. It's better to get a letter from a teacher who had you in class than the director of the school, who never saw you more than once or twice. Letters from high government officials will not do you any good if they do not know you, so resist asking your father to ask his strong colleagues to write a letter for you.
  • Most universities require the TOEFL or the IELTS) for international students who have never studied in English before. They will need an official certificate from the organization that administers the test (ETS for the TOEFL).
  • Sometimes they may require the SAT, another standardized test similar to the TOEFL which tests math, language skills, and writing.
  • Finally, they may ask for a time line or resume, to see what you have been doing since you left secondary school. And you should include seemingly silly things like, reading novels, learning the guitar, playing football with my friends. They want to see if you are a motivated person, or if you just watch TV and sleep in your spare