Hi there! I’m Danielle Boxill. I’m really happy to have this opportunity to include you into my adventure of studying abroad.
I am currently applying to Huntington University in Indiana as well as applying to scholarships. It is a lot of fun. I thank God that I won this Video Scholarship and even though that has helped a lot I am still on the hunt for more scholarships to cover the cost. I have entered recycling and illustration scholarships- things that I am passionate about.
I am currently deciding whether I should redo SAT’s so that I can get a higher scholarship from Huntington University.
Right now, I am still in Trinidad, I can’t wait for my new life to start studying what I really want to in film and animation. I hope that as you follow me on my journey, I’ll be able to help you with your process as an international going to study abroad.
I’ll be ending each of my blogs with things I’ve learnt from the choosing and application process for going away. I hope it helps! Also, just for fun I’ll share one thing about my country Trinidad and Tobago 🙂 .
There are a LOT of universities. The way I finally decided on mine was through a few things:
1. Make up an ideal school in your head
Since I am from a small Island where basically everyone knows everyone else I didn’t want to choose a huge school and get ‘culture shock’ by a large number of students in a huge campus. Also, if you had already gone abroad to the country where you would like to study, it would be better to go to the same state/area you visited since you’d be somewhat familiar with that place. If you are really adventurous though, this wouldn’t really apply. 🙂
2. Visit College Fairs
If there are College Fairs in your country with foreign colleges and local ones- GO! Let nothing stop you! It helps a lot when you actually talk to schools. And if you have NO IDEA how things work in that certain country ask away!
3. School Reviews
Reviews from actual students really help. But don’t just look at the rating on the school because sometimes what is not liked by the person who rated it might be a key factor for you. (For example I wanted a ‘safe’ University, one that doesn’t encourage alcohol, drugs or partying but students that reviewed the college said the University was boring because it didn’t have those party scenes and gave it a low rating).
4. Visit the School and/or website
Some schools have virtual visits. So you can view school from wherever, but it is always better to see it face to face- I haven’t actually visited my school yet but I am planning to do so early next year. And I can’t really give you much advice on the site because I had a poor method of narrowing down my schools. (My sister even laughed at my method) I’m an artsy student so if I clicked on a school website that was absolutely boring or badly designed I scratched it off my list. My theory? If they can’t design their own website well they can’t teach their students how to design. Which is not necessarily true but, hey.
And there you go! 4 tips for choosing a University from an international student like you! 🙂 Hope it helped somewhat. In my next blog I think I’ll elaborate on things that you should make sure your future University has but that’s it for now!
So last but not least here’s some fun Trinbago facts! I come from the land that made the steelpan! A Trini, Winston Spree Simon, invented it. Since it’s close to Christmas it’s perfect timing for talking about pan. Christmas is pan and parang time and next year is even more pan around Carnival time. I currently play pan in a small band in my neighbourhood. Did you know that pan bands use tyre rims to time the music? It’s loud enough to be heard above all the pans- trust me.
Hope you enjoyed my first blog, and that it wasn’t too painfully long! See ya next time!