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Bhavyta Chauhan. Photo: Special Arrangement  

Any student applying for universities abroad knows the importance of a scholarship. Besides being a validation of one’s merit, it is a big burden off the back of students who always stress over the repayment of student loans.

Bhavyta Chauhan will vouch for that. A student of DPS R.K.Puram in New Delhi, she, like her sister Geeticka Chauhan, has received Florida International University’s (FIU) Presidential Scholarship which is a full-tuition scholarship valued at approximately $80,000 awarded to high achieving students.

“The scholarship will definitely make it easier for my parents and there will also be less pressure on me with regard to repaying my student loan,” says Bhavyta. She will be pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science this academic year at the university located in Miami, Florida.

“I chose to study in a foreign university because they offer a lot of flexibility in choosing your course. Unlike in India, where one has to decide what he/she wants to pursue by Class X, here you are given time to figure out your interest,” says Bhavyta whose sister is pursuing a major in computer science and a minor in art at the FIU. Indian students are amongst the top five countries represented at FIU with more than 200 Indian students studying there. The university is especially known for its one-of-a-kind Aquarius Reef Base — the world’s only undersea research laboratory.

Sarah Noppen, associate director for international recruitment in the office of undergraduate admissions, vouches for the importance of not just academic merits but that of extra-curricular activities as well in assessing a student. “Students’ involvement in extra-curricular activities informs us of their interest and their ability to be part of niche clubs in the campus which will keep them engaged. If you cannot have a happy student life, you cannot be successful in your classes,” she explains.

And on the topic of applying for universities, she says that letters of recommendations always work if they are at a personal level rather than a template. “An impassioned letter from a teacher who knows you well is always more valuable than one from a principal who just knows your name,” says Noppen.

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