Steps to Take Before Fall Admissions Deadlines

Prospective Pakistani applicants for the Fall 2018 admissions have 3-4 months till the application deadlines, most of which are in December and January. Unless you are all set to apply and have all the required materials ready, which is highly unlikely, there is a lot that you need to do in these coming few months before you apply. In fact utilizing this time effectively is crucial and will greatly improve your chances of being admitted to the programs you apply to. A good application has multiple aspects many of which require time in order to be properly developed and polished. This post explores these and suggests the keys steps that you should take in order to be prepared for the applications.

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MBA Scholarships where Pakistan Applicants Can Apply!

If you are aspiring to apply to a US or other global MBA programs from Pakistan, then attending a graduate business school can cost a fortune. Generally top MBA programs in US can cost anywhere between 100,000 and 150,000 US dollars (European programs are a bit cheaper), therefore obtaining some sort of funding is a crucial factor in deciding whether to attend business school or not.

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3 Hardest GRE Questions from April 2017

A GRE student with a 170 on the quantitative section last week shared that these were 3 of the hardest types of questions you could see on the test. Can you answer these? I have given the answers below and will share solutions once you give these a try.

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GRE or GPA. Which is Important?

“I want to apply to Harvard!! I want to study with the top students and from the best faculty in the world. I also want to party hard. Then I will work for Apple/Google/Microsoft and will be the next big thing in the corporate arena. Oh but wait my GPA – I have 2.8 ?”

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Successful Applicant 52 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 98 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): (162,144,2.5) • B.E (Industrial Electronics) from Institute of Industrial Electronics Engineering Karachi, CGPA 3.94 • Prospective Degree Program: MS Electrical/Electronics Engineering • Male (22 Years) • Graduate Teaching Fellow at PAF-KIET (9 months) • 1 conference publication entitled “Implementation of Industrial Wireless Closed – Loop Control Network Using ZigBee”, International Multi-Topic Conference 2015 MUET Jamshoro, Pakistan. • 1 System Design Challenge Paper: Fuzzy Adaptive Controller of a Coupled Tank System (CTS) in SISO and MIMO Setting”, GSD Musabaka 2015 (Ranked 15) • Extra-Cirricular Activities: Reading and Writing Stories, Playing Badminton and Cricket, Doing Gym • I also completed 2 semesters of MS in Electronics Engineering at PAF-KIET. • Who wrote your reference letters? 1. Final Year Project Supervisor 2. Chief coordinator and Associate Professor of Control Systems (in this subject I actually want to specialize) 3. Teacher and Supervisor at PAF-KIET, where I was doing...

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Successful Applicant 51 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 117 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 146, 148, 4.5 • Undergrad in Behavioral Sciences from Fatima Jinnah Women University with CGPA 3.52 • Prospective Degree Program: Special Education focusing on the Autism Spectrum Disorders • 24 Female • Interned at the Fauji Foundation Hospital as a trainee clinical psychologist for 6 weeks. Worked at the Autism Resource Centre (Rawalpindi) for 8 months as a teacher responsible for teaching and treating children through behavior therapy. Taught as an adjunct faculty at Fatima Jinnah Women University for one semester (5 months). Currently (since the past 3 months) working as a research assistant at Human Development Researc Foundation. • 1 research publication presented my undergraduate research at the Annual Public Health Conference, December 2014. • Community work at Saba Homes (orphange) • Who wrote your reference letters? Head of Behavioral Sciences Dept, Fatima Jinnah University. Director Autism Resource Centre. Lecturer Dept. Behavioral Sciences, Fatima Jinnah...

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Successful Applicant 50 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 113 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 308 (160, 148, 4.5) • Electrical Engineering (Communications) from UET Peshawar with CGPA 3.97 / 4.00 • Prospective Degree Program: M.Sc Electrical Engg • 24, Male • 3 years as an RA during my undergraduate degree, 1 year at a Game Development Firm • 7 publications overall. A journal paper at IEEE Transactions, 4 conference papers, a poster at a top-tier conference and a patent • My GRE score wasn’t great, but it just shows that GRE isn’t a major factor. • Who wrote your reference letters? My...

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Successful Applicant 49 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 120 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 160, 159, 5.0 • MBBS from Khyber Medical University • Prospective Degree Program: Masters in Public Health • 1 year of work experience. It’s an HIV prevention program for gender and sexual minorities being implemented in eight south Asian countries in partnership with UNDP • 8 research papers, 3 research consultancies, 4 newspaper articles • Been an activist for women’s and human rights, democracy and anti-militancy • Who wrote your reference letters? My current employer, an employer I did a research consultancy for, and my associate professor of community...

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Successful Applicant 48 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 119 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 152,159,4.5 Undergraduate degree in History from LUMS CGPA 3.8 • Prospective Degree Program: South Asian Studies//History • 22, Female • When I applied, I didn’t have any formal work experience. I had worked as a Research Assistant in LUMS and was involved in a few solid research projects related to my field (history). I had previously done summer internships. However, in the months following my application I took up a job as an A-level History teacher, and continued working on research projects at LUMS. I think my research work was a substantial part of my application and I was asked about it during my interview. • My senior thesis project was related to the field that I wanted to pursue. It was a solid piece of research — something that I kept bringing up in my Personal Statement as well as my Research Objective. Again, I was asked about it extensively in my interview and the interviewers seemed to be genuinely interested in it. • MUN activities (both participating and organizing), some experience with charity and NGOs, helped organize a history-related exhibition at Mohatta Palace Museum, Karachi. • My GRE score was terrible, but I think the rest of my application was strong and made up for it. So there is hope for all you GRE low scorers — just make sure everything else is on point! • Who wrote your reference letters? 2 of them were my professors who know me very well — both personally and academically. The third was a professor with whom I had conducted some research work (but with whom I have not really studied...

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Successful Applicant 47 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 112 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): Q160, V164, 4.0 • Accounting & Finance (ACF) from LUMS with CGPA 3.26 • Prospective Degree Program: Master’s in Public Policy • 24, Male • ~1 of work experience; working in public sector, mainly in education • LUMS Model UN for two years • Statements and interview is the key. Academic stats do not hold much importance after a certain threshold. • Who wrote your reference letters? 2 Professors from LUMS; Supervisor at...

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Successful Applicant 46 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 113 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 305, 5 • BS Accounting and Finance LUMS CGPA 3.1 • Prospective Degree Program: School Psychology • 23, Female • Currently working at an educational institute. • Very active in extracurricular throughout my under graduation. Member of the LUMS Model UN Society and LUMS Publication Society • Who wrote your reference letters? All of them were my professors of...

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Successful Applicant 44 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 117 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 152, 169, 5 • B.Sc. Psychology, B.A. English Forman Christian College with CGPA 3.86 • Prospective Degree Program: Counseling Psychology Master’s • Female, 23 • 5 years of work experience; working as Director Academics & Assessment at local social enterprise Rabtt • 1 publication (thesis) • Who wrote your reference letters? 2 professors, and MD at...

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Successful Applicant 43 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 111 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 319 • BS Economics LUMS with CGPA 3.69 • Prospective Degree Program: Master’s in Economics • 24 Male • 1.5 years in a research/policy think tank • Who wrote your reference letters? 3 academic references; 1 was an Ex-fulbrighter

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Successful Applicant 42 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 111 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 148,154,3.5 • Bachelors in Dental Surgery from University of Health Sciences with CGPA 72% • Prospective Degree Program: MSc Oral Biology • 24/female • 1 year clinical training • Represented my university in two int’l Dental conferences held in Lahore. Came in top 3 both years. • There are no right or wrong answers. And smile. Smile a lot in the interview • Who wrote your reference letters? Vice principal. Assistant professor. Head of...

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Successful Applicant 41 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 103 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 307(157, 150) • BS Biomedical Engineering from Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology with CGPA 3.01 • Prospective Degree Program: Neural Regeneration • 22, Male • Two internships during Bachelors • 1 publication • Extra-Curricular Activities: Apna Karachi Saaf Karachi, Karachi Downs Syndrome Program, I am Karachi – Travelogue • Had average scores but showed solid progression through out. • Who wrote your reference letters? Head of the Biomedical Department, Final Year Project Supervisor, Laboratory Supervisor (All...

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Successful Applicant 40 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 117 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 314 • B.Sc. Civil Engineering, U.E.T, Peshawar with CGPA 3.81 • Prospective Degree Program: M.SC. Water Resources Engineering • 22, Female • Completed mini-projects directly related to my prospective degree program. Internship at two government organizations. Currently working in a consultancy that deals with hydropower projects. • Won competitions related to diverse fields. Member of the university (female) hiking club. Voluntary work in two programs related to zakat and cottage industry advertisement. • I gave GRE without preparation on a free voucher that I won through my university. Thus my score was treated a little indulgently. I also had the advantage of having A grade in all my mathematics related undergraduate courses. My interview went great. The questions were generic as well as technical. • Who wrote your reference letters? Two professors and director of one of the organizations where I...

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Successful Applicant 39 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 102 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 147,158,3 • BS Petroleum Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology with CGPA 4 • Prospective Degree Program: MS Petroleum Engineering • 24 Female • 6 months as a Lecturer, 1 year as Field Engineer • 2 Publications, Presented in national conferences of Society of Petroleum Engineers • Secretary General IEEE-WIE • If I can get selected, anyone can. • 2 professors and 1 assistant...

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Successful Applicant 38 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 102 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 159,155,4.0 • BSC. Accounting and Finance from LUMS CGPA 3.52 • Prospective Degree Program: MSc Marketing with a specialization in Consumer Behavior • 23, female • Currently working as a Marketing Manager • 2 research papers • AD for Social Outreach Program (getting event scholarships for under privileged students), External Promotion of an event at LUMS • Who wrote your reference letters? Marketing Professors at...

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Successful Applicant 37 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 118 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 161, 162, 4 • BFA from NCA with CGPA 3 • Prospective Degree Program: MFA Photography • 24, Female • 1.5 years of work experience • Publish a review almost monthly, centerpiece a few times, working on a research and publication project under another artist • Student magazine, student guild, art practice including residencies etc. • Who wrote your reference letters? Thesis Juror, Editor/Teacher/ HOD at current job, Fellow artist/Supervisor at...

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Successful Applicant 36 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 116 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 317 (159, 158, 4.5) • MBBA from NUST • Prospective Degree Program: MPH-HPM • 35 Female • 12 years of work experience as a General Surgeon • 7 Oral presentations in national conferences, 1 poster in international cancer symposium • Sports (College color athletics, company sports sgt), • If I can get selected, anyone can. • Who wrote your reference letters? 2 professors and 1 assistant...

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Successful Applicant 35 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 106 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): Q: 164; V: 158; AWA: 4 • BSC (Honors) Economics LUMS with 3.57 CGPA • Prospective Degree Program: Master’s in Public Policy • 24 female • 2 years of policy related research work experience • Who wrote your reference letters? 2 professors from LUMS and 1 from work

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Successful Applicant 34 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 112 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 157, 155, 4.5 • 24 female • BSc. (Hons.) Applied Psychology from Beaconhouse National University with CGPA 3.83 • Prospective Degree Program: Masters in Counseling • 2 years of total work experience. Internships at Living Positive Kenya, Punjab Institute of Mental Health, Oasis: a School for Autism, Chayn Pakistan. Currently working as a Psychologist at CanMed: Center for Advanced Medicine • Attended Young Leaders’ Conference 2014 • Won Social Psychology Competition at Combats in 2014, Interned at Living Positive Kenya through AIESEC. • Who wrote your reference letters? The Dean of the Institute of Psychology, BNU. A teacher and psychotherapist at Therapy Works, Lahore and the Founder and Project Manager at Living Positive...

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Successful Applicant 33 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 117 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 158, 163, 4 • 28 female • Undergraduate from UET Lahore CGPA 3.122 Chemical engineering • Prospective Degree Program: MSc Chemical Engineering • 3 years of experience in fertilizer and oil and gas sector • 1 publication in a national journal • Who wrote your reference letters? 2 employers, 1 professor

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Successful Applicant 32 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 98 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 163, 147, 3.5 • BSC UET Lahore with CGPA 3.49 in Electrical Engineering • Prospective Degree Program: PhD Electrical Engineering • 28, Male • 2.5 years of work experience • 4 publications • Who wrote your reference letters? Past Employer, Course instructor, Research supervisor

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Successful Applicant 31 Fulbright 2016

• 119 TOEFL • GRE 170 Quant, 164 Verbal and 6 AWA • 3.92 GPA in BS Engineering NUST • Prospective Program: MS in Industrial Automation • 22 male • Work experience includes four internships of industrial engineering experience, managing two people in my last two internships; Established Global Automation strategies at last company to accelerate their market expansion; • Extracurricular activities in mentoring others in NUST; now involved with a small local charity in a marketing consulting role; passionate about painting,...

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Successful Applicant 30 Fulbright 2016

• 309 GRE 158 Q, 151 V, 5 AWA • 102 TOEFL • 3.8 GPA • 25 Male • Undergraduate degree in accounting and commerce • Prospective Program MSC in Finance • Working since past two years at KPMG Consulting, with past year working for a client in an education technology company doing all financial modeling, strategic analysis. • Run a personal finance and investing blog in Pakistan to educate youth in stock markets and investing in social start-ups. • Goal: To build on my extracurricular activities to create my own financial education company for young people of...

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Successful Applicant 29 Fulbright 2016

• 323 GRE and 112 TOEFL • Undergraduate degree from LUMS in Finance, 3.58 CGPA • MS in Finance from LUMS with CGPA 3.92 • Prospective program: MBA (finance) • 26-year-old male • Work experience includes three years with Engro Foods as a junior analyst in corporate finance • Extracurricular involvement includes doing alumni interviews for LUMS, member of Junior Leadership group at my company; also headed a volunteer group for teaching adopted children – also know French language. • My goal is to start my own marketing and financial management-consulting...

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Successful Applicant 28 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 116 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 326 • BBA from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi with CGPA 3.57 • Prospective Degree Program: M.Sc. Marketing with a focus on Social Marketing • 24 Female • Social Worker at a reputed NGO • Volunteer for various charitable setups • Just an advice for future applicants: I had ensured that my PS and SOs cater to almost all relevant interview questions posted on the Brightlink prep’s website. Two of my interviewers mentioned during the interview that they found both my essays well linked and explanatory of my purpose and that it was easy for them to link my personal story, educational and goals. Just make sure you are well prepped. • Who wrote your reference letters? Supervisor at work and Professors at...

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Successful Applicant 23 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 97 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) Q 158 V 141 (improving now) • Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Mirpur University of Science and Technology, Mirpur Azad Kashmir with GPA 3.8 • Prospective Degree Program: Masters in Sustainable Energy Systems • 23 male • Zero (fresh graduate) • Fund Raiser at Educating Child Labor Organization, ECLO. • Who wrote your reference letters? Two professors (both PhD) and one from where I did my internship...

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Successful Applicant 15 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 111 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 160, 154, 4.5 • Bachelors in Polymer and Petrochemical Engineering from NED University with CGPA 3.52 • Prospective Degree Program: Engineering in Environmental Toxicology • 25, Female • Worked for 1.5 years in Project Development in WWF-Pakistan, 48% project qualification • Organised a workshop on conservation of Arabian Sea Humpback Whales, Executive Board Member at AIESEC Karachi, Volunteer at TCF • My interview was extremely technical but brief. It seemed like they wanted to verify if I was the author of my application. • Reference letters by Manager (Sr. Director Biodiversity), 1 from Chairman of Polymer department at NED and another one from Managing Director at AIESEC...

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Successful Applicant 16 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 110 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 162, 159, 4.5 • BS Accounting Finance from LUMS with CGPA 3.55 • Prospective Degree Program: MS in Entrepreneurship • 22 Male • No work experience and no publications • Member of 3 societies, 2 sports societies at the university level

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Successful Applicant 17 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 118 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 162, 164, 5 • BBA from IBA, Karachi • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.6 • Prospective Degree Program: M.Sc. Marketing • 24 and Female • 4 years since Self-employed (Social Entrepreneur), run and manage schooling set-up for underprivileged children (since 2011) and child sexual abuse preventive education program (since 2014) • 1 study on Market Perception of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi • IBA Convocation Management Team, IBA Media and Publication society (Executive council member), IBA community welfare society (Executive council member), State bank Enumerator, Volunteer at Dawn Agri and Lifestyle expos, Volunteer and teacher at The Zindagi Trust and The Garage School, Administration volunteer at Dar ul Sukun, Winner and participant of various inter and intra school debating and elocution competitions, Participant at various Model United Nations • All LORs by Professors at...

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Successful Applicant 18 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 114 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 316 (Q.161, V.155, AWA.4.5) • Undergraduate in Architecture from National College of Arts, CGPA: 3.7 • Prospective Degree Program: Urban Planning • Female- 25 • Currently an Associate Architect at Designerseast. • Co-founder of Nigraan-e-Lahore (a voluntary association encouraging citizens to participate in the discourse of city making). Intern at walled city Lahore authority. Participant at ‘National association of students of architecture’ India. Volunteered to do graphics and social media publicity for Lahore conservation society and Lahore bachao tehreek. Involved in street art competitions for 3 annual events. • Who wrote your reference letters?cRabia Ezdi (associate professor at NCA), Roushan Mir (Associate design director- Designerseast), Usman Sami (associate professor,...

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Successful Applicant 19 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 116 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 162, 155, 4 • BS Electrical Engineering from LUMS, CGPA 2.87 • Prospective Degree Program: Master’s in Technology Management • 27 Male • 3.5 years of work at a tech consultancy and a startup in business and engineering management roles • Community Services work at LUMS, TEDxLahore. Volunteered with Dev in Literacy. Taught in LUMS National Outreach program. TA for Computer programming courses. • Who wrote your reference letters? CEO of the startup I work at. VP of the company. And a LUMS...

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Successful Applicant 20 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 111 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 154, 152, 3.5 • 30 male • Undergraduate in Pharmacy from University of Karachi with CGPA 3.43 • Masters in Medical Biotechnology from United Kingdom with CGPA of 3 • Prospective Degree Program: PHD in Stem cells and regenerative medicine • 5 years of work experience • 7 research publications (international) • Reference letters were written by my University...

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Successful Applicant 21 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 105 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 315 • Undergraduate in Software Engineering from NUST with CGPA 3.15 • Prospective Degree Program: Masters in CS • 24, Female • 1 year of work experience • Head girl in school, 500 hours of community service, batch president at NUST, worked with PUAN, iEARN pakistan for community service projects, US Exchange program Alumni • Who wrote your reference letters? 1) Employer2) Final year project Adviser 3) Favorite teacher at...

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Successful Applicant 22 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 106 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 162, 150, 4.5 • Undergraduate Institution: SZABIST (BBA) • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.02 • Prospective Degree Program: Agribusiness • 27 Male • 4.5 Years – Media Planning, Tobacco and Agriculture Industry experience • Active member of campus societies. President of student council & Sports Society during BBA. • Alternate Candidate, also did my MBA with GPA 2.92 • Who wrote your reference letters? Current supervisor, ex-supervisor & Head of Student Affairs at...

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Successful Applicant 24 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score 103 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 148,148, 5.0 • B.Sc. (Honors) Psychology Forman Christian College • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.774 • Prospective Degree Program: Master Psychology • 25 – Female • 5 years of work experience • One paper published in the philosophy journal at FCCu • I was not too active during college, but I have served as the vice president of the International Affairs Society. Apart from this, I worked at Non-profit during my Undergraduate. • Who wrote your reference letters? 1 University Professor, 1 Employer, 1 University professor from...

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Successful Applicant 25 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 113 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA) 164, 158, 4 • Undergraduate Institution LUMS BSc Accounting & Finance • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.33 • Prospective Degree Program: MSc. Marketing • 23, Female • 1 year work experience at a startup as a social media manager • Who wrote your reference letters? Two instructors from LUMS, I had worked under one of the instructors as his TA. Another reference letter was from my manager who is a Fulbright...

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Successful Applicant 26 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 109 • GRE Score: 308 • BBA Honors from FAST with CGPA 3.52 • Prospective Degree Program MS Supply Chain • 25, female • 2 years of relevant work experience, I have handled procurement of several major categories. Since I am working for the market leader of the industry, I am procuring the biggest volumes in my buying categories • Wrote a thesis on cross cultural communication and presented it at MAJU • Head of Publications in student council, Headed several events at my university • I think that FB is now looking past the regular degrees it preferred earlier (such as MPA) and the most important thing in an application is to link it to development of Pakistan • Reference letters by my department director and two of my university...

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Successful Applicant 27 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 108 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 167,152,4 • Undergraduate: BS Mathematics/economics LUMS CGPA 3.31 • Prospective Degree Program: MS Applied Mathematics • Male • 2 years of work experience with no extra-curricular activites • 2 academic reference letters by teachers, 1 by boss

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Successful Applicant 14 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 112 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 147, 154, 4 • LLB from International Islamic University Islamabad – CGPA 3.9 • Prospective Degree Program PHD (Human Rights & Islamic Law) • 29 Female • LLM from International Islamic University Islamabad with CGPA 3.9 • Research Associate at IIUI, Gold Medalist (LL.B & LL.M) • 1 Conference Paper • Mooting (won the National Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition 2008 & and represented Pakistan at the Jean Pictet Competition in France 2009) and Sports (captain of the university Basket Ball and Volley Ball teams) • LOR by Professors and Employer (Faculty...

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Successful Applicant 13 Fulbright 2016

• 28 female • TOEFL Score: 101 • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 152, 153, 3.5 • Undergraduate program in Doctor of veterinary medicine PMAS arid agriculture university Rawalpindi – CGPA 3.6 • Masters in epidemiology and public health from University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore – CGPA 3.88 • Prospective Degree Program: PHD in epidemiology public health with focus on wildlife • 1.5 years of work experience with 2 research publications • Extra-Curricular Activities include event management, dramatic club, sports, English story writing • Reference letters written by ex-employer, M.Phil supervisor and DVM...

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Successful Applicant 12 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 102 • 23 Female • GRE Score (Quant, Verbal, AWA): 159, 148, 3.5 • Undergraduate Institution: BBA NUST • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.30/4.00 • Prospective Degree Program: MSc in Marketing • 2 Internships (Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited- Marketing Intern, Abu-dawood Pakistan- Sales Intern) • Member of Pakistan Adventure Club, Executive Member of NUST Entrepreneurs Club, Executive Member of NUST Adventure Club, Worked for a Student-led Startup company during undergraduate studies • University Instructors wrote all three of my reference...

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Successful Applicant 11 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 106 • GRE: 320 (Q170, V150, AWA 3.5) • 24 Male • BS Electrical Engineering from UET Lahore – CGPA 3.28 • MS Energy Systems Engineering from NUST Islamabad – CGPA 3.7 • Prospective Program PhD Electrical Engineering (Smart Grid) • Worked as Resaerch Engineer at SysNet Research Lab at FAST-NU Islamabad for 2 years. Currently working as Research Assistant at AdCom Research Lab at LUMS. • 3 Conference Publications in the top two conferences in the area of Smart Grids • Co-founded a Student Welfare Society in my home town • 1 reference letter from Dr. Affan at SysNet Lab, 1 from NUST teacher, 1 from UET...

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Successful Applicant 10 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 109 • GRE Score: 153 Q, 153 V, 3.5 AWA • BBA Finance from IBA • CGPA: 3.63 • 24 Female • Prospective Program in Education Policy • Working for 1.5 Years at Teach For Pakistan • Extra-Curricular: Member at AIESEC for 1 year, Member Lions Clubs International • Reference letter by an Ex Fulbright Scholar and one by Visiting Faculty at IBA.

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Successful Applicant 9 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL Score: 119 • GRE Score: 326 (164 Q, 162 V, 6.0 AWA) • Undergraduate Institution: Forman Christian College • Undergraduate CGPA: 3.96 • Prospective Degree Program: Masters in Neuroscience • Age and Gender: 23 and female • Undergraduate Degree Program: BSc. (Hon.) Biotechnology and Psychology • 2 years part – time; freelance content writer for a student-run organization • Extra-Curricular: 3 years office bearer in FCC Model United Nations and organized 3 international conferences; 1 year as Media Manager for Senior Biology Society FCC and organized 1 international conference. • Reference letters: An ex – Fulbright scholar and former faculty member at FC, an assistant professor and professor (former Head of Department) both current faculty members at...

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Successful Applicant 8 Fulbright 2016

• 3.90 CGPA • 332 GRE • 23 year old male • Bachelors in Business Administration from IBA Karachi • Prospective degree in MS Data Science • 1 professional letter of recommendation from director of company, 2 academic references: 1 from a PhD in Math and 1 from a PhD candidate in Marketing • One year of work experience at a Business Process Outsourcing company. Plus experience in running own charity venture. • Extracurricular: Running a charity to fund children’s education as well as teaching in various programs as a Mathematics...

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Successful Applicant 7 Fulbright 2016

• 25, Female • 305 GRE • 3.56 GPA • BS Environmental Sciences from International Islamic University, Islamabad – IIUI • Prospective program: MS Water Resources • Work Experience: Founder and Chairperson of Nonprofit working for environmental development since 2012, Journalist (Columnist), Ex Bureau Chief Islamabad of an environmental magazine for 6 months, Secretary General of an association of green agricultural journalists since 2014, currently teach at a local school. • Extracurricular: Global Undergraduate Student Exchange Program’s Alumni; volunteered in clubs and societies, WWF-Pakistan (3years), Shifa hospital, and in USA during exchange program; won two awards for the work done by the nonprofit; 2 research papers pending for publication • Goal: To teach, contribute to research on water resources, and expand work in...

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Successful Applicant 6 Fulbright 2016

• TOEFL: 104 • GRE: 312 (156 V, 151 Q, 5 AWA)(Retaking in December) • 26 Year Old female • CGPA: 4.00 • Previous education: M.Phil. (Dec, 2014) Biotechnology (Environmental Biotechnology concentration) from NIBGE, PIEAS. • Prospective Program: PhD in Environmental Sciences/Environmental engineering • 3 international (>3 IF) publications, 2 more just submitted. 1 conference presentation • Co-curricular roll of honor, certificate of distinction, and certificate of merit from GCUL • International representation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Biotechnologist at universities in Bangladesh (2011) • Been working as a teacher at Beaconhouse School System since Jan 2015 but resigned in October 2015, internship at international center for chemical and biological sciences,...

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Successful Applicant 5 Fulbright 2016

• 319 GRE • 2.8 GPA • 28-year-old male • Undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering • Prospective program – MS in mechanical and automation engineering • Work experience includes five years at an automation-consulting firm as an engineer • Extracurricular involvement in a employee resource group, including one year as company of the company cricket team; set up social events, executive speaker series; also three years as a volunteer at a local girls science and technology program • Goal: To move into engineering consulting in the textile...

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Successful Applicant 4 Fulbright 2016

• 316 GRE • 3.9 CGPA • 23-year-old female • Undergraduate degree in economics from LUMS • Prospective program – MS in economics • No Work experience – only two internships in the banking sector. Work mainly involves clients in the government/public sector who issue bonds and agricultural loans. • Extracurricular involvement as a TA in university; also a volunteer mentor for A-levels students • Goal: To work at a top public firm that focuses on issues that involve the intersection of the private/public sectors and/or international...

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Successful Applicant 3 Fulbright 2016

• 298 GRE (Improving now) • 3.1 GPA (His last two semesters GPA was above 3.5) • 27 year old male • Undergraduate degree in business (Has decided not to disclose his undergraduate institution) • Prospective degree is Masters in Psychology • Work experience includes two years as a management trainee in consumer psychology for a local company • In first year, managed a field team of 50 people and gained a promotion • Now managing a 10 crore project for his firm – also interned at UN and UNICEF during his undergraduate program • Goal: To use the degree to go into social entrepreneurship • Extracurricular involvement includes volunteer work as a radio host with own...

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Successful Applicant 2 Fulbright 2016

• 307 GRE • 2.97 CGPA • 24 year old female • Undergraduate degree from FC College in Political science • Prospective Degree in Education Policy • 1 reference letter from her manager at the NGO, 1 academic letter from the head of the department at FC College and 1 letter from a community head of a minority group • One year of work experience working full-time for a renowned NGO in Lahore. Mostly worked on minority issues such as social and economic discrimination. • Extracurricular involvement representing her NGO at conferences, member of the local swimming team, independent project for a political party evaluating the election campaigns • Goal: To get the policy savvy to create a new kind of innovation consultancy capable of delivering a full range of education policy solutions – as a stand alone unit or which in a...

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Successful Applicant 1 Fulbright 2016

• 3.4 CGPA • 321 GRE • 25 year old male • Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from NUST • Prospective degree in MS Power Electronics • 1 professional letter of recommendation from an ex-Fulbright scholar, 1 academic reference from a Stanford professor and another one from a public servant for his volunteer work. • Two years of work experience at an MNC in a technical role with 2 promotions in this time period. • Two years experience as a community head for the employees of the MNC • Extracurricular involvement as a volunteer in several Punjab government sponsored projects in healthcare and education. Volunteered to extensively collect data on gaps in the education system of...

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Best Novels to Read for GRE Preparation

Should you read novels to improve your GRE verbal section? Don’t if you plan to give the GRE within the next 2 to 3 months unless you spend hours every day just staring at a wall. However if you plan to sit the GRE exam after at least 6 months then reading novels can be beneficial.

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