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  1. Hi, just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas. I wanted to give you a small update: I was rejected by Vanderbilt, but I was deferred by Case Western, and I wanted to let you know that I will be in Belgrade tomorrow and if the IAC is open, I would love to talk to you about what I should do since I got deferred and how to improve my chances. 

    Once again , Merry Christmas! :) 

  2. a quick reminder about the email you mentioned you will write :) 

    decision is coming back in approx. a week from now

  3. hello, ill be coming to belgrade on thrusrday around 3 o clock, so if you have time between consultations, i would really like to pop by for a quick chat, please let me know  :)

  4. Dear IAC Friends, As many of you know - because I repeat it ad nauseam - this forum is an attempt to revive what was an active, informative, and vibrant forum - enjoyed by many prospective students and contributed to by many successful and high esteemed students that went on to very fulfilling careers. Unfortunately our active, informative, and vibrant forum crashed. So I spent most of Friday working with this very stubborn new forum which seems to have a mind of its own. I wanted to share some excellent multi-media with you that had whistles and bells and i
  5. Hi! I wanted to let you know that I will be in the Center on Friday , taking the ACT. I wanted to ask you if you maybe have some time to kill after I'm done with the ACT. I would love for you to look over my school list and my common app essay and give me some feedback, and discuss something I would like to ask you about Vanderbilt :) 

    Please let me know soon! 

    See you on Friday (Hopefully) 

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    2. maksimvojvodic


      Okay, thanks for the info! I've sent them to Vanderbilt, and honestly I'm not too hopeful about it- I don't feel like i will get in. 

      That being said, I would also like to give you a small reminder about the email you mentioned you can write- it would mean A LOT to me, and I thank you for that! 

      I will be seeing you on Sunday, if I get to see you there I will definitely come say hi! :) 

    3. elz


      Thanks, Maksim.  Yes, I have not forgotten about the letter.  It does not have to arrive with the deadline, so a week or two from now will be fine, and put you on the radar with good timing.  

      Good that you are coming to the fair.  Please be sure and spread the word to the other FLEX alums and your schoolmates. 

    4. maksimvojvodic


      I just wanted to let you know that the fair went extremely well! Great job to all of you at IAC! I learned some pretty good information and I had some very good conversation with a man from Princeton and Georgetown (I might even consider applying there even if I dont have very good chance :D ) If you know either of the two men from Georgetown or Princeton please tell them I thank them for sharing some very insightful things with me (I'd personally do it but I forgot to ask them for their business cards) 

      I might run by IAC some day next week, whenever you have time, just to finalize my college list for the last time and just get your feedback on some ideas I had for some supplemental essays :) 

  6. Hi Nikola, You are looking at several different situations here. Let me see if I can knock some of them out for you: I have finished the highschool as valedictorian and straight a student ( with average mark 5.00 ) and i'm also playing soccer for 7 years. Thus i need to know does it helps me in geting full scholarship and am i able to combine the academic scholarship with athlete scholarship ( if i get that.) Yes, it is possible that a coach and an admission officer will work together to create a scholarship package that combines funding for your sports talent along with academic
  7. Quick question about CSS. What is Employer Earnings Statement and where can my mom get it. Do you maybe know what its called in serbian? Also, where can my dad (who is self employed) get that statement?


    1. elz


      I know the answer to this - the best way for her to break down her earnings is to get a copy of the forms that she signs each time she is paid, which shows a break down of her taxes, and the amount that she contributes to her benefits and pensions, and all the amount that her employer contributes. I inserted the name of the document in Serbian, and I believe that most people will recognize it: 

      Document that shows the breakdown of earnings.JPG

      Your father most likely pays himself the same way.  Then he has to take into account the value of his company.  Also, how did the SAT go?  I am concerned about your school list because you are putting yourself in such competitive pools that have single digit admission rates.  There are other schools that can also fund you that have better admission odds. 

      (I am always concerned about any student that does this.  If you wanted to bungee jump, but had a 5% survival rate, would you do it?)  




    2. maksimvojvodic


      thank you. SAT went well i believe, for some reason, my scores are still pending and i dont know what to think about it. Im not too worried about it tho. If they suck i just wont send them and thats it. I will be taking ACT on Friday, and ill bring those two prep books you gave me. im still modifying my list depending on my ACT scores (higher the score, more competitive the list will be.) There is no reason to worry about though, my list is half and half, the most competitive are Yale, Duke, UPenn, and Vanderbilt. Regardless of my scores I am not removing Yale and Vanderbilt, I am applying to those two either way. I have the most things done for my application, but I would really like someone to read my supplementals and main essay and give me feedback, and deadline is approaching very soon (next Wednesday) 

  8. Dear Dragan, Thank you for your questions. First of all, applying for a third masters that will be in "Music Business" makes sense because it is for all practical purposes a professional degree program. Of course part of admission is making a good case for yourself - is this a career transition for you from music to the business end of music? Or perhaps you have worked in business and now wish to specialize in this particular area. As far as age goes, you should not be worried. According to this linked Council of Graduate Schools Research Report something like 33% of graduate s
  9. Dear Visitors, We are thrilled that our forum is back up and running after quite a battle. Everything is here from the archives so that we did not lose our institutional memory. However, I want to take this time to state there is one really big change. As many of you may know IAC stands for International Academic Center. Our team has built up very strong expertise in the area of U.S. Higher Education. At the same time, we are also active with international education in general - attending conferences and making presentations. So this forum is going to take a much more international
  10. elz

    Film Scoring

    Our EducationUSA colleague, Jeanette Law, at the U.S.- Italy Fulbright Commission in Northern Italy - contributed this information about film scoring programs: Here are a few thoughts for two additional, highly touted, film-scoring programs: --USC's Thornton School of Music offers a graduate certificate in film scoring, which allows participation in their fantastic School of Cinematic Arts programs. http://www.usc.edu/schools/music/programs/smptv/ --UCLA also offers a film scoring certificate through their Extension program: https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/ProgramDetails.aspx?reg=CF513
  11. Rodic, Thanks so much for this information - it is of great importance and lots of students are so exhausted after the admission process, that they do not realize there is more. One thing I would like to add on this would be about STEM programs. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Undergraduate students that major in these areas are able to extend OPT up to 18 months.
  12. elz

    GRE Physics

    The key is to successfully present yourself to graduate admissions committees. This is really what our advising services are all about. We help students understand the process and at the same time guide them through the self-reflection necessary to write a powerful and effective personal statement. Keep an eye on our calendar in the coming days, we will start to set up the schedule for the next academic year and you will see some pretty interesting activities that could help you through the process.
  13. elz

    GRE Physics

    Just keep in mind that test scores are only one aspect of the application. In admission offices at both undergraduate and graduate level, the general philosophy is that good scores will not get you in, but bad scores can certainly keep you out. The school will look at your overall application. One guideline for interpreting your test scores and their relevance in your application packet is to look at your percentile. This compares your test performance with other test takers. Naturally, the consideration of your score at each institution is going to be impacted by the scores of the othe
  14. 2009 MATCH PERFORMANCE -- NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES "IMGS" MATCHING INCREASES For the seventh consecutive year, the number of first-year residency positions offered through the Match increased. A total of 22,427 first-year positions were offered in the 2009 Match, held last month. This represents an increase of 187 positions compared to last year and an increase of 1,825 positions since 2002. The number of IMGs, including Fifth Pathway participants, who matched to first-year positions increased by 98 compared to 2008. Of the 10,980 IMGs who participated in the 2009 Mat
  15. No there have been more than 2 IAC that have scored above 700. On the other hand, not all students that prepare for GMAT actually take the GMAT. There was a time period, early on, where several of the students had career advancements and decided to opt out of an MBA. However, the largest number of students tend to score between 660 and 680. I will say that most students are satisfied with their scores, not all of them needed 700s for their plans. When I speak of scores, I speak only of the students that we worked with and who shared their GMAT results with us. My role at IAC is that of
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