Sanjana Arora (McGill '17) gives advice to future applicants

What did you find most challenging about the college app process?

There were many obstacles is the process. The most challenging was to find inspiration for my essays. I had also applied to a few Canadian universities and they take weeks to update the application and document status which got quite stressful. 


What was your SAT and Subject Tests prep strategy?

I have only given the SAT reasoning test. Doing timed practice papers is key for a strong preparation. Usually, I kept my weekdays light and gave the tests on weekends from 8am and worked till about noon. This way I trained my body clock to be alert at that time, so both schooldays and weekends I’d be up and about at 7am. Also, it's important to take note of your mistakes as well as what you're doing right. 

Keeping in mind a few examples from history, literature, experience, current events etc that could be used in the essay section would be helpful as well. This way you can save a lot of time for proofreading and structuring your essay.

Lastly, taking Math classes in school in 11th and 12th grade can make it easier to tackle the tough questions and move fast in the the Math section.

What advice would you give future applicants?

It is best not to let yourself be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work that needs to be put in the applications. I decided to apply abroad only a month and a half before my pre-boards and the only reason I was able to complete on time was because I didn’t allow myself to get discouraged along the way.

Also, with the number of college majors to choose from, I think it is wise to postpone making a decision on the major that you want till the sophomore year (if the colleges you are looking at allow that) even if you have one in mind. This way you can experiment with different courses and maybe find something new that you might like to pursue.

What you looking forward to the most about college?

Being way from Delhi! Having lived here all my life, it will be exciting to move to a new city and immerse myself in a different culture. The academic work will be very demanding and I look forward to being on my toes and challenging myself.

What major/s are you considering? 

Major in Economics or Communication and Media Studies 

Minor in Marketing and/or Finance.

What excites you about the courses you'll sign up for?

There are many factors to consider before signing up for courses especially in the Freshman year. I don’t want to overburden myself yet have some challenging ones on my plate. I am also eager to do courses that will enable me to discover something new. I am still in the process of researching more on the faculty members and coordinating my timetable with the academic advisors.