Estrela Consulting Founder, Kristina Dooley, was selected to serve on the faculty of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Summer Training Institute (STI) being held this week at Swarthmore College (PA). STI is an intensive, hands-on, training program designed for those seeking to establish an independent educational consulting practice. The training and curriculum offered is viewed as the best available for those entering the profession. Attendees hail from all over the world and have backgrounds in such fields as counseling, education, business, law, health care, and school/college admissions.
International Student Orientation. Working in university admissions, this was always one of my favorite days of the academic year. The auditorium would buzz with anticipation as excited conversations in dozens of languages would reverberate off the walls. The students journeyed from every corner of the globe, and would arrive ready to start their college experience just like any other freshman—only they would do so while juggling a new culture, a foreign academic system and a second language.
This is a scene that is replicated in universities all over the US every fall. In the 2015-2016 school year, the Institute of International Education (IIE) reported that 1,043,839 international students studied at US universities. In comparison, only 313,415 US students studied abroad. Most of these students participated in short-term programs, with their time abroad generally equivalent to a semester or less. An even smaller number—around 46,500—pursue full degree programs. However, this number is on the rise.
With access to thousands of colleges and universities in the US, why would an American student decide to pursue higher education beyond our borders?
Christina Korsvik, an IEC on our college planning team, was recently featured in Hudson Life Magazine. Prior to joining Estrela, Christina served as an International Admissions Counselor at Kent State University (OH) and as the International Admissions Program Coordinator at Cleveland State University (OH).
Kim Hodges, an IEC on our college planning team, was recently featured in The Day. As an educational professional with more than twenty years of both secondary and collegiate experience, Kim’s main focus has been on helping students to succeed. She works with them to find their “right fit” based on their individual learning styles, academic preparation, and both personal and career goals.
In 2015 the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) released their State of College Admission Report. The result of their survey revealed that colleges ranked the application essay as the 5th most-important factor in the admission process. The only items ranking higher in importance were grades, GPA, curriculum and test scores. Recommendations, extracurricular activities, class rank and interviews all fell further down the list of items…AFTER the essay.