Flywire Friday: Top News of the Week for International Students – February 5, 2016


Here’s what we read this week:

Redefining what it means to be a good student. Harvard Graduate School of Education recently published a report, summarized in, in which they called for admissions officials to focus more on a student’s compassion and less on his or her extracurricular activities and test scores. This could potentially level the playing field for lower-income students while also reducing the pressure placed on higher-income applicants to de-prioritize their personal interests.

Think before you post. eCampus News reports that 40 percent of admissions officers now visit applicants’ social media pages, which can influence the status of their application. Admissions officers check for a number of reasons, such as learning more about a student’s special talents, verifying awards he or she claims to have earned, and checking for a criminal record.

Travel, learn, then lead! A report by Egon Zehnder shows that in an increasingly global business world, many of the top US businesses either do not have foreign directors or directors with foreign work experiences. According to Forbes, by studying abroad, students can gain the global outlook and experience that companies will need.


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