If you missed the DECC info session on top US institutions this past Saturday, Yeoh Chen Chow (Cornell '05) is organising a three-day workshop to walk students through the exact process of applying to the best schools in the US.
All eight Ivy Leagues will be represented by alumni or current students at the workshop -- I'll be there for Dartmouth -- in addition to 11 other prestigious institutions (if you haven't heard of schools like Brandeis or Mt. Holyoke, look them up on Wikipedia). Interviewers for Harvard, UPenn, MIT, and Cornell will be there as well. This Saturday a lot of us were talking about how we wished this sort of resource had been available when we applied, so if you're thinking about the US for your undergraduate studies, we really hope you'll attend this workshop.
Date:- 1st Aug 2009 (Sat), 2nd Aug 2009 (Sun), 15th August 2009 (Sat).
Time:- 10am to around 5pm/6pm for each day.
Venue:- Taylor's University College, Subang Jaya
Cost:- RM25 for all 3 days (Payable by cash on registration in Day 1)
The fee will be waived or reduced if you have financial difficulties. To sign up for the workshop and for more information, visit http://usapps2009.blogspot.com/.
Be careful of US Universities Tony and team. They seem to be out asking for money or might be in the trade of offering places for money soon.
Read these articles:
Endowment Losses From Harvard to Yale Force Cuts
Harvard Hit by Loss as Crisis Spreads to Colleges
College Grad Can't Find Job, Wants $$$ Back
By JENNIFER MILLMAN
Updated 10:59 AM EDT, Sun, Aug 2, 2009
She went to college to boost her chances of finding a great job once she got out of school, but now that that hasn't happened, Trina Thompson wants her money back.
Thompson, a graduate of Monroe College, is suing her school for the $70,000 she spent on tuition because she hasn't found solid employment since receiving her bachelor's degree in April, according to a published report.
The business-oriented school in the Bronx didn't do enough to help her find a job, Thompson alleges, so she wants a refund. The college says it does plenty for grads.
The 27-year-old information-technology student accuses the school's Office of Career Advancement for not living up to its end of the deal and offering her the leads and employment advice it promised, according to The New York Post.
"They have not tried hard enough to help me," the beleaguered Bronx resident wrote in her lawsuit, filed July 24 in Bronx Supreme Court.
Thompson's mother is proud of her daughter for completing her college education, but acknowledges Trina is upset that all her high hopes haven't panned out.
The mother and daughter live together, but Trina's mother, Carol, is a substitute teacher and the only one of the two who makes any money. They're barely scraping enough together to get by, reports the Post.
On top of her unemployment woes, Trina now faces mounting debt from student loans.
"This is not the way we want to live our life," her mom told the paper. "This is not what we planned."
Monroe defends its career-advice programs and is adamant that its staff assists young professionals in their careers.
"The lawsuit is completely without merit," school spokesman Gary Axelbank told the Post. "The college prides itself on the excellent career-development support that we provide to each of our students, and this case does not deserve further consideration."
On the school's Web site, the career program boasts that it provides free services for graduates at any point in their lives.
I am not sure if everyone is aware. If you want to be a student overseas, you must be prepared to be unemployed, betrayed and kicked out. So be very careful of where you want to do your overseas studies.
I read also (since this is about USA) last month India Indians getting angry for not getting employment passes in USA after completing their degree courses.
It cited a huge number (more than 10,000) having to make plans to go back to India, with study debts because USD is so expensive, or try to "escape" to Europe, which also does not want more unemployment.
The report cites most of the unemployable come from LACs.
I hope our own people be more careful when chooseing overseas studies. Because when their economy falls down, they will kick foreigners, who pay more fees, in the guts first.
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