Time flies, doesn’t it? Last year at this particular time we are all looking for our dream colleges and universities to apply. At that particular time we are very delighted that JPA finally allows us to specialize in one of the branches in Biotechnology, which are Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry. Good thing about this news is that it really opens up to a lot more possibilities for us to apply to more school which we previously may not apply (as only a few schools actually do offer the degree in Biotechnology).
I quickly make a quick change of my major from Biochemistry to Molecular Biology. Somehow only a few Ivy League and Ivy Standards actually offer a major in Molecular Biology. After a lot of contemplation I realize Biochemistry isn’t really my passion after all. I am quite grateful to God that I didn’t rush myself into the realm of disaster by studying Biochemistry in those top schools.
Most of my classmates apply to those following schools: Penn State University, Rutgers University, University of Wisconsin Madison and Rochester Institute of Technology. At first I felt compelled to apply to the same schools as them. Think of all the great experience that you can share with your Intec ex-classmates together at your dream school. You share the household chores, you walk to school together, continue the legacy in Intec together, and the safety net is that you always have your Malaysian peers to back you up!
But something’s just not right to me. I felt that I should apply to school that truly aligns to my passion, my dream and my character and personality. The “why transfer” essay asked in the common application truly challenges me to think about what school should I apply to, and what opportunity and experience I want to get from this 3 years of education in the US.
- I want a small school. small school means more attention from the professors and more close-knit community
- I want a cool school. There has to be something about this school.
- I want freedom in my education. Why should I take courses that I don’t like?
- I want diversity in my social circle. I know I am not good at communicating with people besides Chinese, that’s why I want to come out of my own comfort zone and just break free of myself.