I woke up today to the cold feeling of a typical November morning and my first thought was:
Ugh, College Applications.
Let me explain.
I am applying for Colleges in America despite my living in Sri Lanka. I attended an international school here and because we followed the Edexcel Curriculum, I can’t apply to local universities. It’s a shitty system with a huge load of disadvantages: The biggest being that all the brilliant minds that follow and international curriculum are instantly alienated by the education system and forced to go abroad for higher studies.
Now some of them do return to Sri Lanka to work and live here but most settle where they went to study. And this outflow of awesomeness wouldn’t happen in the first place if WE could attend university in Sri Lanka. There are some private universities here but they are neither very trustworthy nor of good variety. All of them have the same boring courses on Engineering and IT so a student like me who’s interested in arts and languages and foreign cultures and global affairs and Art and Literature and Music have absolutely nothing to do here.
But getting into American Colleges if you’re a foreign student isn’t as easy as applying either. Now that I think of it, applying itself is an arduous process. Take SATs, take SAT IIs, take IELTS/TOEFL, fill CSS Financial Aid Profiles, Write out your INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT Personal Statement, get recommendation letters from your teaches, send school transcripts (despite said school transcripts not really showing your academic truly because you decided to mess around and NOT STUDY during your school years) and also talk to you banks and stuff and send Tax Invoices and Bank Statements and after all this, there is still a large chance you won’t even get IN.
And don’t even get me started on the whole Financial Aid situation.
But I am thankful America and basically all other countries are even willing to admit Foreign Students.
So today’s not such a good day. I’m bogged down by my college Application checklist and I cannot wait until I’m done applying. But until then: *sigh*
Sorry for the Venting Rant.
Lessons Learned then:
1. Sri Lankan Universities need to get their shit together. I mean seriously. A huge number of people who are very valuable and smart and such are being FORCED to leave the country for higher education. Doesn’t that sound wrong?
2. I need to work on Personal Statement. And make it funny and interesting and basically scream out “OFFER ME A PLACE IN YOUR COLLEGE” to whoever reads it.
Like that’s ever going to happen.