OIS Alumni Nandan Venkatesan Studying at UW Madison, Shares his Thoughts on '5 things I wish I knew before college'
My interest in filmmaking grew ever since I was in school. So, this semester I started making films and uploading them to YouTube. I recently made a one and a half minute film called 'A Summer in Madtown' which encompasses the fun spirit of Madison. I also made a video called '5 Things I Wish I Knew Before College,' a video about things I feel people should know before starting college.
Click here to watch the videos:
(OIS class of '18)
Please click here to view the Grade 12 University Guidance presentation from the session today, 11th September 2019.
SVKM offers an integrated BBA Degree where students can pursue 2 years here at the Mumbai campus and then year 3 is at the Kingston University campus in UK.
They also have a new option where students will be in Mumbai for 2 years and then the final year will be at University of Canberra in Australia.
NMIMS also offers various courses including BBA where students also get to work with Bloomberg stations right in the building. They have interactive classrooms and lots of visiting faculty from all over the world who come to give guest lectures throughout the year.
The campus is WiFi enabled and has state of the art facilities and a lovely cafeteria.
During exam weeks the library is open till 3am!
Here are some pictures:
The IC3 conference took place at the Grand Hyatt last week. High school counselors and University reps from all over the world met for 2 days to discuss the application process. We had ten Grade 12 OIS students volunteered as well and the got to experience a counselling conference !
On Aug 30, our students along with students from other schools attended a University fair at OIS JVLR and had the opportunity to meet and interact with university representatives from over 100 universities from all over the world.
In June this summer, I visited Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. I was very lucky to be given a campus tour by a student studying Psychology, which is the course I would like to pursue. This way I was able to not only ask her general questions about the university, but also the course specifically, which was very helpful. The first thing I noticed was how international the student body was, which I was pleasantly surprised by. Although not a very large campus, it has all the facilities you would require, including sports facilities, massive libraries, a cafeteria with a wide range of cuisines, a Starbucks cafe, stationary and food shops, a hair salon, and even a bicycle repair store on campus (which is much needed in Holland). There are also many outdoor areas where you can sit and chat with friends, have a picnic, or study when the weather is good. For me personally, the campus was the perfect size, not having too many students, nor too few.
The city itself is also very pretty, with lots to do, and a large youth population, unlike many other European cities. All in all, the university seemed like a great, friendly environment to be in, and I would highly recommend anyone interested in European universities to check it out!
-Nikki Singh (class of 2020)
Visit to Universities in Upstate NY - Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Ithaca College, Syracuse University. Colgate College, Hamilton College, Union College, Skidmore College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Visit to Tokyo International University, Japan
Founded in 1965.
They have two tracks that students can opt for:
Cost - $12,875 per year. Approx $60,000 for 4 years, plus living expenses (approx $1200 per month)
Why study in Tokyo/Japan -
Business Economics- focus areas/ concentration are - Management, marketing, Economics, Finance, IT business
Bachelor of Science Technology - Digital business and Innovation major
Specialisations are available in - Digital Business and Innovation, Business Economics and International relations
Part time jobs are allowed
Study in NZ !
New Zealand is a great place for students to go for Higher Education.
The main universities are - University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington, Auckland University of Technology,
University of Waikato.
Medicine is 6 year course and very competitive for international students. After year 1, students have to take an examination and if they pass, they can go on to Med School.
They offer loads of work opportunities and internships and flexible degrees and a possibility for international students to get a 3 year work visa after their bachelors degree.
PR Status is based on qualifications, work experience and depends on a point system.
Come by the counselling office and speak to Ms. Minal for more information !
Study in Wellington, the creative capital of New Zealand. Great place to be if you interested in the arts, film (think Avatar and Lord of the Rings), etc. Very open-minded, live-able city.
See Ms Tiffany for more info.
Study in Australia
Study at James Cook University, Australia! Known as the University of the Tropics (Great Barrier Reef). Perfect place for biology students, medicine (50 seats for int'l students), social work (super multi-cultural), engineering (first year common engineering before picking your stream).
See Ms Tiffany for more info.
OIS Alumni Avvalzameer Bhatia attending ULCA wrote an article about SATs and the UC system.
Each year, tens of thousands of students from thousands of schools across the globe vie for the chance to call themselves Bruins. One of the few things unifying that massively varied applicant pool: sitting at a desk and taking the SAT – or the ACT, if that’s your cup of tea.
Standardized test scores are one of 14 factors the University of California uses to comprehensively review admissions applications and assess a student’s readiness for college. But many students have complained about the effectiveness of standardized test scores in determining college success.
Recently, Beyond the Score, a student organization that seeks to challenge the use of standardized tests in University admissions, hosted a town hall to raise awareness about the drawbacks of requiring that applicants take the SAT or ACT. Members of the organization called the tests inherently racist, claiming the structure of standardized tests disadvantages minorities, people of color and students from lower-income families who can’t afford preparatory courses.
However, standardized tests also have a number of advantages. Test scores allow universities to put applicants from various backgrounds with different academic and grading systems on a level playing field. This gives students with inflated or deflated high school GPAs a fair opportunity to demonstrate their skill sets and knowledge of core concepts expected of university admits.
Click here to read the whole article..
I recently visited the Indian School of Hospitality in Delhi (opened in August 2018). IHS is a branch of EHL, the most famous hospitality school in the world but IHS costs about 20% of the price. A degree in hospitality sets you up for numerous careers (hotels, restaurants, banks, HR, food blog, luxury brands) because you learn managerial, economic, financial, and interpersonal skills. Apply online www.ish.edu.in (application fee has been waived until Dec 31, IHS looks at the interview more than scores!). Please see me if you are interested.
Ms. Tiffany A. Goulet