Introducing Your Best Friend

You’re reading an excerpt of Admitted by Soundarya Balasubramani. Written by an Ivy League graduate from India, this is the proven guide for students worldwide looking to pursue undergraduate or graduate study abroad in the U.S., Canada, or Europe. Purchase for instant access to the guide and other exclusive resourcesβ€”including sample SOPs, sample resumes, scholarship lists, and a private community with other readers.

Your best friend throughout this journey is not this book. Rather, it is a Google Sheet titled Dream Tracker that resides in the Resources folder we gave you access to. You will be using this sheet a lot as you read these chapters, so now is a good time to open it and explore the different components inside.

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We know it gets chaotic very soon as you begin this process. To alleviate some of that, we built a tracker that you can use for various parts of your application: keeping track of applications, letters of recommendation, finances, scholarships, networking, estimating the loan amount, and choosing your universities.

​action​If you open the Choosing Universities sheet in there, you will see a lot of columns with pre-populated numbers. We pretty much created a column for all the factors we went through so far in the chapter and assigned some dummy values. Now, your job is to turn these dummy values into meaningful scores that will help you make the decision.

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The Five-Step Elimination

Step 1: First Round

First, we want you to collect a list of 20–25 universities for your major based on information from various ranking sites, seniors, and general research on Q&A forums.

Go through the Requirements for each university and populate just those columns in the sheet wherever you can.

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