The applicant’s parents always have a lot of questions, and if a child wants to study abroad, then there are even more of them. We have designed a called Parent’s Meeting to clarify the situation and help you to understand the difficult process of admission. We hold meetings where we discuss various topics on education in the United States in the framework of the program. I thought it would be nice to arrange a meeting not only with counselors or students, but also with parents whose children study in the United States. Today, I have invited to virtual conversation Vyacheslav Molchagin. Vyacheslav’s son gained admission to Kalamazoo College of Michigan last year and is now successfully studying there.Good afternoon, Vyacheslav! Thank you for agreeing to help and share the information. Please answer my questions. 1 When did you first realize that studying in the USA is a good option for your child? How did the child accept this idea, or was he the initiator of getting education in this country? What exactly attracted you to the education system, the educational process in the USA? For the first time, my son and I came to the conclusion that getting higher education in the USA is a great option for him after listening to the introductory lecture offered by EducationUSA Russia team, which was accidentally learned via the Internet. Before that, we thought that studying in the USA was worth unthinkable money that we didn’t have, but after the introductory lecture we realized that with the proper attitude to the study itself and the necessary preparation for the admission process, it was worth trying our luck. The decision was made jointly with his son and the initiator of this decision was he. What attracts the US education system? Probably the fact that diplomas are recognized all over the world, the technologies are the most advanced in the world, the possibility of receiving a multicultural education.
- How long did the admission process take: preparing for exams, collecting documents, choosing universities, etc.? What was especially difficult?
- How did you choose educational institutions out of 5,000 of them? What selection criteria did you take? What was the most important for you? How many schools did you apply?
- How did you allocate your time in the year of application? How did you plan everything? Were there any problems with getting documents from school? How was the interaction with teachers?
- Do we know that you attended EducationUSA center events? Which of them did you find particularly useful?
- Your child has left and is currently studying at a university in the United States. What does he say about his learning experiences in this country? Is it hard for him to study? How do teachers relate to him? What classes does he enjoy attending? How many homework assignments?
- And what does he say about life in general, some cultural differences? Isn’t she bored? Does he have any friends? Is there any time to relax? Where does he live and how is his life adjusted?
- The pandemic that swept the whole world could not but affect the learning process in U.S. universities. What is happening with the son now? Where is he
- Yes, we understand that this is not an easy time, but still … What advice can you give schoolchildren and their parents about entering and preparing to leave for the USA to study?