Studying international relations in the school of your dreams: Yulia’s Story!
Yulia is preparing to move to New York, where she will complete a Master's in International Affairs with a Concentration in Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. In addition to NYU, Yulia has also been admitted to Tufts University and George Washington University, Top 5 and Top 10 respectively on the list of the best master’s in international Affairs compiled by the industry expert, Foreign Policy Magazine. It was a pleasure to support Yulia in the admission process. This is what she had shared about her experience with UNI Student Advisorso: "First of all, I would like to emphasize that, despite the difficulties and stress of the admission procedures for master's degrees, the experience was definitely positive. I was able to value the support of UNI Student Advisors from all points of view, both purely technical (preparation of documents, writing of essays, and personal statements) but also from a qualitative and motivational perspective. " Having started the admissions process with us less than two months before submitting your application, Yulia did not have the opportunity to prepare properly for the GRE exam. This penalized her and did not allow her to get a very high grade on the exam. At this point, submitting an absolute top-notch essay was critical, to say the least: "The GRE definitely could not be considered the best part of my application; submitting an application that was perfect in all the other aspects was critical. I had a good starting point with my educational, extracurricular, and personal experiences. UNI Student Advisors helped me to highlight my strengths and put them into the form that would best enhance them. My essays, writing samples, personal statements and reference letters were carefully reviewed and formally corrected, and I received extremely valuable suggestions on what to add and what to leave out. This is particularly true for "My Story": my advisors were able to identify the personality traits and experiences that would most attract the attention and impress the committee reviewing my application". The universities where Yulia applied to require an average of 4-5 years of full-time work experience before you can apply to their master’s programs. Yulia had no full-time experience, only internships, UNI Student Advisors helped her overcome this problem: "Drafting the curriculum required a lot of effort. Impressing a committee, which is used to reviewing resumes with relevant experiences, with internships was not the easiest thing. With the help of UNI Student Advisors, I was able to describe my experiences in as much detail as possible and emphasize their value, despite their short duration. Again, my advisors were great at identifying areas to highlight and those that were uninteresting or not useful. At the end of this process, my resume looked significantly more appealing than it was initially". New York University: January 4. Columbia University: January 5. Tufts University: January 10. Three deadlines within a week, during the Christmas season. As if that wasn't enough, the three universities required a total of 8 essays, a resume, and two reference letters each. UNI Student Advisors supported Yulia during this challenging period: "The period before the deadline, with many holidays in between, was truly hard, and the workload was high. However, I still received answers and feedback from my advisors quickly, and despite the general hurry, I was able to complete all of the applications that I planned to submit on time". Yulia's story teaches us that to be admitted to this kind of universities excellent exam results or high grades in high school or university are not enough. These elements are common to everyone. The application is critical, it is your chance to prove to the school that you will be an extraordinary asset not only in college, but also in the world once you graduate.