Why do you want to attend Jacobs University? (200-word limit )

In a world that is getting increasingly divided, Jacobs University’s global network has emerged as one of the few institutions that promote collaboration between different countries in solving the biggest crises we face today. Studying at such a cosmopolitan institution will enable me to
explore new cultures, and thereby help me gain a better understanding of the world.

Additionally, World Track will provide me with an opportunity to further broaden my perspective by learning in a completely new cultural environment. Though I am a science student, I have always enjoyed stories of history. Another significant reason I look forward to attending Jacobs is because of the historic city of Bremen. By visiting museums, galleries, and libraries centered in Old Town, I can physically walk through the stories I have always loved reading about.

In addition to excellent academics, Jacobs also fosters the holistic development of students through Jacobs Track. With skills such as effective communication and management, education at Jacobs is much more than just academics—it prepares students for life.

Studying in a place where learning is not confined within the four walls of a classroom, I firmly believe that it is only Jacobs that will help me unleash my full potential as a student, and, most importantly, as a human being.

Explain your choice in your major – Bucknell University Supplement

Looking around, I find myself surrounded by eclectic structures ranging from a necessary bridge to a luxurious skyscraper. Over time, I realized how life naturally revolves around civil engineering. It is ever-apparent from the first Roman Road, ascending to the next generation. Similarly, the Holy city of Makkah fortified this passion, where I approached the Kaaba. It has led me to connect the dots between history, belief systems, culture, and civil engineering. These seemingly simple marvels have some of the strongest problem-solvers behind them and synonymously I want my own problem-solving skills to be utilized responsibly.

My personal inclination towards Mathematics has made me realize that it requires a thorough mind-set of logic; this same mentality is reciprocated in many corresponding fields such as Economics. This inspiration stems from the geographical and demographic importance and factors of my own Country.

Being brought up in a country with a disparity of wealth, I have constantly questioned the economic decisions. In times of immense economic uncertainty, my curiosity has been aroused to reason the behavioral notions of economic stakeholders. If I zoom out, I sense the severity of emerging global problems, from financial crisis to mending of war-torn economies. This all has brought me to a singularity: Economics; a subject whose specialists are the need of the hour.

I am excited about the prospects of the skillful choices of my majors. Hopefully, these would enable me to make a difference in human lives.  


Here is an F-1 visa experience that, unfortunately, did not work. Make sure to take lots of lessons from it. We are stating this experience from the interviewee’s perspective.

Status : Rejected
Scholarship : $9k
Major : Chemistry

Me: {greets the VO in my native language]

VO: [greets me back] ! Pass me your documents.

Me: Here it is sir.

VO:Why Chemistry?

Me: Sir,I want to pursue my career as a Pharmacist but I want to start from the beginning so I selected chemistry as my major. Inside chemistry, I want to specialize in organic chemistry (interrupted)

VO: How are you going to pay?

Me: Well, my parents are going to sponsor me.

VO: What do they do?

Me: TOLD(listened fully)

VO: What is your plan after your graduation?

Me: Sir, after completing my graduation, I will work to advance the concept of manufacturing of drug(interrupted)

VO: Sorry boy you aren’t qualified for F-1Visa. You can try for the second time.

Me: Stunned and silenced

The officer did not fully listen to my answers. He just jumped to the conclusion of not granting the visa to me.


Here is an F-1 visa experience that, unfortunately, did not work. Make sure to take lots of lessons from it. We are stating this experience from the interviewee’s perspective.

Status : Rejected
Grade 11 and 12 – 57%(Science)
1 * in physics in 11.
No SAT, IELTS- 6.0

VO: Why computer science?

Me: My aim is to be a cybersecurity expert and I want to pursue Computer Science. Also, I’m motivated by a program organized by IOSC on the topic “Cybersecurity and penetration” and there I got to know about the condition of cybersecurity in [country name] and found it to be very weak. Since then, I have aimed to be a cybersecurity professional so that I’ll be able to know about the nature of different kinds of threats along with tools available to mitigate them. So in order to study Cybersecurity as a concentration, I must choose CS as my major.

VO: How many universities did you apply to?

Me: 4

VO: What are they?

Me: Said..

VO: Your grades seem to be very low and you don’t seem to be fit enough to be studying in the USA.

Me: No sir. I’m going to the US to upgrade my skills and knowledge in Computer science as my desired concentration isn’t available in my country. Alongside this, the reason behind my low academic grade is my family pressure. Actually, I was willing to choose management after Grade 10 but my father forcefully admitted me to Science college as he had a wish to see me as a doctor. Thus, I wasn’t able to pick up something that didn’t interest me, and I didn’t score good marks. But, it’s fair to say that my father has now realized his mistake and says I must study and choose the subject of my interest. Also, my low grades have also motivated me to do something and I have full support from everywhere So, I will be doing my best in the days to come.

VO- And it doesn’t seem like you had Computer in high school. Have you taken any courses?

Me: Actually, I know basic programming like Qbasic, HTML which I had read in the school level. Also, I have taken cybersecurity courses attending different seminars, and have basic knowledge about Java which I’ve been learning through the internet.

VO: Why USA?

Me: said it clearly.

VO :Who is funding you?

Me: said my family members

Vo: Sorry, I’m not convinced.

Me: Sir, I can answer any questions related to me.

VO: Sorry, you may leave.

Me: Sir, may I re-apply?

VO: You’ll again be rejected and get the same reason. So, you better apply for masters after completing a bachelor’s from [country name].

Me: Thank you, sir.

(I don’t know the actual reason behind my refusal but I think I wasn’t able to answer what the VO was expecting for. But I had given my best.)
Good Luck to all others appearing for an interview.


Here is an F-1 visa experience that worked for a student. We are publishing this experience from his perspective.

Status: Approved
Major: Computer Science
University: [hidden due to privacy reason

It was probably one of the easiest interviews that I had ever faced. 1:20 pm was the time scheduled for my VISA Interview and I reached there at 11:30. I was nervous, beyond my limits. Shaken up by fears, I calmed myself by walking up and down a countless number of times. My I-20 had arrived 3 days ago and all that had built up my nervousness altogether.

Finally, it was time to enter the embassy. After the necessary security checking, I stood up in the line waiting for my turn. Still then, I was way too nervous. Finally, my turn came and I was led to counter number 6. A young V.O. greeted me.

Me: Good afternoon sir! Namaskar

V.O: Namaste, please pass me your documents

Me: Here you go, sir

VO: (Looking at my transcript) Computer science is a huge field, so in which field will you be studying?

Me: Okay, I have no idea, I just remembered the word AI in one of my answers and tried to fit that. Sir, I will be studying AI and using it in an application that would be made with the collaboration of the government to lower the corruption rate of [country name]. This application would be used by government officials and offices and thus transparency in every transaction will be maintained.

VO: Okay, this seems interesting

VO was busy typing for a while, he then looked at my transcript noticed the College and smiled.

VO: So, what did you do for a year?
Me: Sir, I worked as a content manager at xxxxxx.com, my main responsibility was working closely with the designers and managing contents which also has fueled up my passion for CS.

VO: Okay, so you have met all the requirements. Go and pay in Counter Number XX.

Me: overwhelmed Thank you, sir.

I was surprised that the interview lasted so less. Well, luck favored me I guess.

Here are some tips that may help you:

  1. It is easier said than done, but try and calm your nerves. Nervousness is the number one factor for failure.
  2. Don’t over-prepare your answers. Remember what you need to say but don’t memorize answers.
  3. Confidence and a good attitude is the key. Smile all the time.

If you a get a VISA, it is good for you. If not, don’t be discouraged. Things do happen for a reason.


University : [hidden for privacy purposes]
Major: Information Science

Status: We will mention it at the end, but it’d be a little bit interesting if you yourself try to determine what it may be.

Scholarship: 25k + 2k Housing Grant for 1st year
Tuition: 27k (Almost)
COA in Form I-20: 20.5k (Not Including Housing Grant though)

12th Grade Marks: 94% in CBSE

VO: Namaste! Pass me your documents
Me: Hello Sir! *Passed him I-20, Passport & 12th result*

VO: So you want to study Information Science. Tell me why?

Me: Umm sir, I have actually always been interested in computers and maths since my childhood. However, it was only after learning to code in C++ and learning other stuff such as HTML and CSS that I had decided that it would be an ideal career for me. Furthermore, as you may already know, IT has been a very hot career in [country name], and there is a lot of job security in this field.

(To be entirely honest, my preparation was sub-par at beat and this is “literally” the most cliche answer one could give for this question)
VO: How many universities did you apply to?

Me: *smiling* 18

VO: List the ones that you were accepted into.

Me: Umm, there’s University of Cincinnati, University at Arizona, Drexel University, Juniata College, SUNY Buffalo

(According to you, do you think he would issue me a student visa based on our interaction so far?)


VO: Okay, you have met the requirements for an F1 Visa. *Hands me my stuff back along with a green paper*

Me: *Frankly, a little bit shocked* Okay!

The entire interview lasted for around 40-45s.

Other details:

The scholarship is the maximum amount this University provides to an international student.

SAT R: 1470 (EBRW – 690 & Maths – 780)
SAT Subject Tests: 2300
TOEFL: 113

Grade 9 & 10: 10/10 CGPA
Grade 11: 83%

Here is a tip that may help you: Be as honest and confident as you possibly can. They have years of experience of interacting with all sorts of individuals, so they’d probably find it out when you’re not being honest or hiding something from them.

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How will the college admissions process change in 2020?

In light of the recent corona-virus pandemic, an already equivocal college admissions process has now become even harder to navigate for high school rising seniors applying to colleges as part of the Class of 2025. In this article, we present to you some of the key factors in college admissions that will be looking completely different for the coming year.

Standardized Testing
Most prestigious colleges in the US have made standardized testing such as the SAT and ACT– an important factor in college admissions– optional, stating economic disruptions to candidates and lack of access to testing sites. The entire Ivy League, along with other top colleges like Stanford, Williams, and Amherst, have implemented a test-optional policy for the 2021 application season with some colleges eliminating the requirement of submitting test scores. For instance, Davidson College, a highly selective liberal arts college, is implementing a three-year pilot program that will make submitting standardized test results optional.

It should be noted by students, however, that not all colleges have eliminated the standardized testing requirement. While standardized testing will not cause any disadvantages to students’ applications as made clear by universities, it can still provide a significant boost. According to TMRW, submitting an excellent 110898755-test-form-with-pencilscore can make you stand out, especially at a time when extracurricular activities like volunteering, sports, or other leadership activities are inaccessible. Moreover, standardized testing also helps validate students’ abilities, especially in a time where a semester’s worth of grades have been converted into Pass/Fail for a majority of candidates.

College Enrollment
Apart from most colleges dismissing the need for standardized testing, COVID-19 has also presented enrollment issues for all colleges in the US. It is predicted that it will be slightly easier to get into colleges this upcoming season, according to Robert Massa’s article in The Conversation titled “5 ways that the coronavirus will change college admissions this fall.” Massa argues that the waiting list for colleges will be longer as some international students will not be able to attend colleges because of the pandemic. However, this notion can be argued as more and more students who are admitted to the Class of 2024 are planning to defer their enrollment to the fall of 2021 or, in other words, take a gap year as colleges shift their classes online. Prospective and current students have not been happy with the idea of paying exorbitant tuition and attending online classes, complaining about the loss in their pure college experience. This could lead to universities lowering their acceptance rates for the Class of 2025 as they look to handle the backlog of students who are choosing to defer enrollment.

Virtual Visits.
An increase in virtual visits will plausibly be the scenario for many college applicants. It is pretty straightforward to understand that most colleges will look forward to restricting or lessening the entry of visitors. Likewise, it will be equally risky for students to travel to new places, especially for those traveling by air, and thus, many of them will probably make full use of virtual tours and online Q&As.

We hope we have covered all the details that will assist you in planning your moves for the upcoming application cycle. Please feel free to use the box below if you have any further questions, and our team will be happy to assist you.

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Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

I had half resigned myself to the fact that I will always be the newcomer or the outsider. I would barely start feeling at home somewhere and soon enough it would be time for us to move again. It got to the point, where I preferred not to get too attached to any place, as that only made saying goodbye that much harder. 

As the son of an army officer, I was used to the fact that we would not be staying in one city for more than a couple of years. Sometimes, the thought of starting somewhere afresh sounded appealing, but that was very rare. Feelings of nostalgia and a rising panic at having to settle into a new place were more common.

The people of Nowshera weren’t so quick to welcome an outsider in their closely-knit groups. The more time I spent in one of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest cities Peshawar, the more I realized how culturally different the locals were from me and my family. The Pakhtoons would almost always prefer to speak in their native tongue Pashto amongst themselves, instead of the national language, Urdu. Women, and children however, were liberated here. Education was emphasized on, and devotedly pursued. 


Just when I began to understand this new life, it was time for us to move again. And this time, to an entirely different city: the capital of Baluchistan, Multan. Much in contrast with Peshawar, I began to witness the control of the feudal system: to maintain their power they relied on oppressing the masses, especially females, by denying them education. The province bordered with Afghanistan, and hence, we were forced to live a life of seclusion in an army cantonment area, cordoned off to the outside world.

Year after year, we changed cities. Questions upon questions remained unanswered. Why must I leave my house just when it starts to feel like home? Why must I leave my school when I just started to fit in?  Why must I make new friends just when I start to form special bonds with the previous ones? Living this nomadic lifestyle had its downsides, but as I grew older, I realized how these new vistas introduced me to new dimensions. For most of my childhood, I felt as though along with each place and person left behind, I had left behind a part of myself. Yet, I had also taken something from them, and a memory of that place that remained engrained in my mind and became my companion for the next two years in a different place. 

In my current city, and on meeting my current social circle, I realized, that my lifestyle had been anything but a problem: it was rather a privilege. Contrary to the stagnant, one-dimensional attitudes I witnessed here, I understood now that the exposure to diverse backgrounds, values and mindsets had enabled me to view different perspectives. It has been enlightening to experience how different people behaved and reacted to certain things; how their culture, religion and socio-economic conditions affect the way they look at things; how certain ways and acts are considered right among some, while others consider them wrong. 

Contrary to my early-life apprehensions, instead severing me, the pieces of all the things I have loved, places I have lived in, and people I have met became part of me – built me into ‘me’. Rather than making me insecure, this life has made me confident…accepting; rather than a misfit, it has molded me into a perfect fit for any place or scenario; rather than leaving me homeless, my home’s boundaries have extended across ethnicity, cultures and backgrounds. My apprehensions have translated into a need to keep adding to my experiences, currently out of reach. I want to be a source of connection between people, empowering them, and playing my part in creating a harmonious global community aided by my multi-cultural experiences.

Describing an extra-curricular activity – Response #2

Many colleges ask applicants to briefly elaborate on their extra-curricular activities or any pertinent experiences. This is a chance for applicants to showcase how meaningful, productive, and interesting their activity was. The best way to respond to a question like this is to write a descriptive answer instead of simply listing down what you did, what you learned, when you did it, and all those straightforward details. A sample response is given below.

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250 words)

Three games to love. Game of three sets. I was on top of the game and my mind told me I would continue to do so. I was excited about earning my first national match win. I would be one for one. Proudly, I signaled to my family in the stands that I was three games up. Forty-five minutes later, I lost 4-6, 5-7.

Looking back at this match in hindsight, I now know what went wrong. It was my mentality that was at fault. I had forgotten what my coach had taught me and what I had learned from my idol, Rafa Nadal. That one should never underestimate their opponents. That overconfidence is inexcusable and unacceptable. That it’s not over until it’s over.  tennis-sport-tennis-ball

Like this one, I continued to get several humbling experiences over and over again. However, the lessons I have learned from them is not only useful for tennis but also my day to day life, my character, and how I react to certain circumstances in my day to day life.

I relate life with tennis except tennis is a logarithmically scaled-down version of life. They share similarities in a handful of ways: the self-reflection, the perseverance, the constant adjustments, the failures, and the rule of never resting on our laurels. Tennis for me is more than just a game, it’s my advisor. Every training session or match I play; I unravel a lesson I connect deeply with life.