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How to choose which school to apply to?

I would love some advice on program selection and enhancing a resume

Thank you comment icon Hi Karen! I see you tagged this originally with "genetic-counseling". I added a few tags, but please include this in your question description if you are looking to go to school for genetic counseling! Right now I'm not totally certain from your question which kind of program you are selecting. Thanks! Alexandra Carpenter, Admin

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Amir’s Answer

Hi Karen,

There are a few things to consider when choosing a school.

First, Look to see which schools have a better research program as well as international recognition.
Secondly, look to see if they have successful co-op programs to take advantage of.
Third, is if you like the city and atmosphere of the school. So definitely go and check the school out yourself.

I hope this helps!
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Almuden’s Answer

Hey Karen,

In my case, what really helped me decide where to study was to first understand what I wanted to study and which topics I wanted to learn more about.
Once I knew which topics interested me more/I found more appealing to learn about, I then did some research on which schools were the best for those ones specifically

Also, you might want to consider other factors such as school location, fees, programs available, etc. that may also be relevant to you

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Chelsea’s Answer

The other thing I would keep in mind is what the college or university offer in terms of helping with finding you a job in your chosen career path. Many schools teach you and have wonderful programs but do not offer any help in finding a job after college which can lead to unemployment or finding a job that you are not passionate about. Thus, check their job acceptance rates and ask how they help you prepare for a career (i.e. do they help with resume prep, interview skills, etc)!
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CVS Health GMCIP’s Answer

The first thing to remember is if you are applying to college, your resume is probably going to be pretty empty. Thus, we suggest that you make a resume with the expectation it will be entirely revamped in college so no pressure there - you don't need a stellar resume to get into college. Make sure to include any information you have such as service work/community service you have done as you may not even realize how many transferable skills you have gained from it.

In addition, consider financial circumstances as well. If this is a constraint, be realistic about which private/public institutions you can apply to. Don't let it limit where you apply though - if you get into your dream school, call Admissions/FinAid and see what they say/how they can help

Also, don't pigeonhole yourself into thinking you will be interested in just one topic. College is a time of reflection, growth, and exploration - so consider what you are interested in now and look into programs for that on Google, but also remain flexible and be open to changing your major throughout college as your interests can change. For example, many people, for example, start pre-med and move into other areas such as healthcare management which is a different ballgame! Others can change their majors a few different times before finding the right fit. Keep your mind open to potentially having these experiences.

Finally, what experience do you want from college? Do you want to be near/far from home? This can be a guiding question in your search. Also if you have the opportunity to visit campus, you should definitely visit the campus to see if you like the school environment. Take time to connect with students on campus/on LinkedIn, really to get to know the college. Another piece of advice is to visit campus on a non-admissions sponsored trips so you can get a feel for what a day in the life of a student is really like.
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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Karen,
If your goal is genetic counseling, you can research if there's a professional development association or accrediting body and see what schools participate. In the US, many students major in a hard science (i.e. biology, chem, biochem) but some study social work or public health. Here, there are graduate level programs that focus on genetic counseling. I'm not sure if there's differences in Canada.
You can also network with someone that does the job and see what their pathway was and also gather information on their day to day to make sure this is definitely what you want to pursue.
I hope this helps!
Jessica
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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for your question. I assume you are referring to the college application. Please correct me if I am wrong.
To choose the college, there are a number of factors you can consider :
1. Subjects you choose for your major & minors - Different colleges have different strength in different subjects. You can refer to the subject ranking of the colleges.
2. Entry criteria - You have to find out the entry criteria of the subject you have interest on. It is important to ensure your academic result can meet their entry criteria.
3. Culture - Sometimes the colleges would hold information session, you can attend these session to speak to the professors and alumnis.
4. Facilities - Suggest you can do a campus visit
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Karen, thank you for your question. To be honest I enrolled in college first, I was in school almost a year before I decided on a major, so you have time to decide. As far as enhancing your resume, first suggestion is don't try and write it yourself let a professional do it. Also be very open with the writer of the resume what you may think doesn't matter he/she may feel differently. Best of luck
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Ashley’s Answer

Would recommend doing so research on what schools have to offer in comparison to what you are looking to do. As far as expanding your resume, it could help to also research certifications that you may be able to complete or jobs even entry level to aid with experience.
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