Introduction to the Holloway Edition

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.

Admitted began as a one-week project in January 2020 when I wanted to create a short guide to help students who wanted to study abroad.

I approached Saikishore, one of the collaborators on the book, and we began working together. Soon enough, though, it became clear that there was a need for a comprehensive guide on this topic. There were no guides in the market that covered the end-to-end process in sufficient detail to help students make an informed decision. So after eight months of working with a small team of collaborators, designers, editors, and marketers for over 2,000 hours, Admitted’s first edition was published in August 2020 in India.

I first came across Holloway in the same month I began working on Admitted: January 2020. I loved the idea behind Holloway and the way it was executed with a beautiful, native web-reader. It wasn’t until the end of 2020 that I got a chance to have a call with Josh, the CEO and founder. We connected quickly on the call and by the end, we both had a vision of publishing Admitted on Holloway. I cannot overstate how thrilled I am to finally see this vision come true.

The Holloway Edition of this guide is a full revision of the first edition, with many improvements, corrections, and adaptations to a digital format. It is packaged with additional digital resources for online readers, including access to future updates.

Although this book is my brainchild, I worked with a strong team without whom this would not have been possible. Hence, I have used the pronoun we within the book to denote that this was a team effort.

Who This Book Is For

The primary audience for this book is international students who wish to pursue their graduate studies in the United States, since that is where we have personal expertise. But many of the frameworks in the book will be useful and relevant for students from anywhere who are applying for both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada, Europe, the U.K., and elsewhere. We would just advise you to use this as a supplementary resource to something that is targeted to you.

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