So you’ve decided to apply to a global award. Congratulations!
I recommend you follow these steps:
I can’t wait to meet you, but there are some procedures you need to follow that will greatly enhance the results of our appointment together.
As of July 2014, NYU has almost 20,000 undergraduates. This office serves them all. With a population this size, I cannot micro-manage every student’s application. Indeed, I shouldn’t; this is about you, after all, rather than my vision of you. I need you to take responsibility for the development of your application. This means, essentially, not waiting for me to point out what needs work. You need to think for yourself, and extensively research the scholarship foundation online. For instance, the Mitchell requests you name three academic institutions and programs you would like to attend. If the draft of your personal statement only focuses on one university, then the time I spend with you will focused on pointing out what you could have addressed yourself, rather than working on the finer points of your application, the nitty-gritty that will help you stand out. My recommendation is that you make an appointment with me when you feel like you have really done the best you could do on your own. Ideally, this what you will have achieved:
Of course, you may have specific questions about awards that you cannot find the answer to on their website. After consulting the FAQ’s here, please email me your question, explaining what resources you’ve already consulted and what you’ve found out so far and what remains unresolved.
I generally have office hours on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. You can make an appointment by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your particular question / issue.
- Jenni Quilter, Director of Global Awards at NYU