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by Strictly English TOEFL Tutors on June 21, 2009

The most interesting advice I received from the AIGAC conference is that International Applicants to American Educational Institutions should be WORKING at the time that they apply to college, university, or graduate school. Schools do NOT like to hear that you’re spending all your time studying English or preparing your applications. It makes you look like you can only handle one task at a time. In college, you’ll have to constantly multi-task. So prove to the admissions office that you can do more than one thing at once.

Now, many of you cannot legally “work” in America, but anyone can volunteer! This is a great way to prove to an admissions board that you are serious about your career choice! It is also a great opportunity to meet English speakers and practice your English in real-life situations. You might also be able to ask the person who manages you at your volunteer job to write you a letter of support for your application!

In sum, by volunteering, you’ll be strengthening your English, making English-speaking friends, developing professional connections, and impressing admissions offices. Oh, yeah: and you’ll be doing a great thing for the community, too!

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