by Jilly Warner, College Goals’ Counselor
If you take a deep breath when someone asks you where you are from; if you report the temperature in Celsius and the distance in kilometers; if you have friends from over 20 different countries, then chances are, you are a Third Culture Kid!
Being a TCK is cool, especially in the world of US higher education. With a more than 40% increase in international students in the US now as compared with 10 years ago, and admissions officers who understand educational systems from schools all over the globe, US universities have truly embraced an international outlook. How does this benefit a TCK? Considering that almost every US college has experienced a significant uptick in the number of international students on their campuses, and given that most TCKs may have lived in many foreign countries, the result is a rich, diverse, interesting and more familiar environment for their college years.
Third Culture Kids are likely to have one or two American parents who experienced a US college education at a time when the application process was very different. Now, there are more details to manage, more requirements and regulations to understand, more important documents to gather and all is now handled online. US parents living overseas may find their child’s school doesn’t offer university admission counseling to students applying outside that country and students may feel lost in the process.
Because of these challenges, more US students living overseas and wishing to return ‘home’ to the US for college are seeking the guidance of an independent college counselor for the college search and application process, which takes a year or more. These professionals offer a broad array of knowledge, resources and experiences upon which to draw, all perfectly designed to support both family and student eager to enter the exciting world of higher education in the US.
Gaining admission to a top US university is now far more competitive. Overseas students with a US passport bring a wealth of global knowledge and international insights that resonate with colleges today. These dynamic young people may be considering colleges in the UK, Europe or the US. What’s the big distinction?
Choice is the difference! Most young people enter college unclear about their academic paths and career destinations. As a college student in America, they have the joy of being exposed to multiple options and students with diverse interests. They benefit from the guidance of faculty and professional advisors who want them to succeed and help them find their own academic passion, even if that means they change their minds a few times. Whether emerging from a liberal arts college or a pre-professional program, graduates of US colleges are very successful in both job placement and graduate school admissions.
So consider coming ‘home’ to the US for college, and consider the services of a professional counselor to smooth the pathway. Carefully check credentials and experience before making that important selection but get started as soon as possible. College Goals provides a full range of services from highly experienced professionals. To understand our goals, values and skills, check us out online and on Facebook.