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  1. MSA Mentorship The Mentorship philosophy Building the bridge between Islam & Education A tour of the college admissions process

  2. Context Who am I?

  3. Goals Context www.msamentorship.com

  4. Fall 2012

  5. MIT MSAMentorship

  6. Online Education

  7. Topics

  8. Topics Essays & The Common Application Essay Letters of Recommendation Interviews Resumes, Forms, & Common App Choosing a Major & Career Development Financial Aid & Scholarships Islam & Education Philosophy & College Admissions How to Make the Most of Your Summer Academics & AP’s Extracurricular Activities College Visits & Being Muslim in College Productivity & Presentation

  9. Mentality Islamic Duty Confidence THEMES Tapping Your Inspiration Help You Help Yourself Winning Strategies

  10. 3 Steps to Applications Research College Options Seek Advice / Visit { • Academics and Research • Extracurricular Activities • Personal Essay • Recommendation Letters • Interview Apply to Colleges

  11. Step 1: Research College Options Answer questions about your needs & preferences: What caliber (level) of student am I? How competitive is the admission process? How is the university reputation? Student life? What do I want to study? What is the expected cost of attendance? Where do I want to live and study that works for my family? • Create a list of colleges that meet these needs • www.collegeboard.com can help

  12. Step 2: Seek Advice • MSA Mentors • Current Students/Alumni • Online Articles • Faculty • If you really want to… • School Counselors • Family/Friends

  13. Step 3: Apply to College MY NUMBERSGPA, Class Rank, SAT, ACT Pile A Pile B

  14. Step 3: Apply to College • Academics and Standardized Tests • Shows you can handle rigor, challenge, and consistency • Extracurricular Activities • Shine your uniqueness • Essays • Gives your application a voice • More than just your personal essay!

  15. Step 3: Apply to College • Recommendation Letters • Gives your application credibility • Interview • Gives your application credibility

  16. Academics & Standardized Tests • SAT / ACT • More than just your GPA • Did you challenge yourself?

  17. Extracurricular Activities • Academic / Career Related • Volunteer / Community Service • Athletics / The Arts • What am I learning? SKILLS • Since you HAVE to write/interview on your activity, make it extremely special to YOU

  18. Essays • Personal Essay • Painting a picture • Different writing approaches • Write, Revise… • Then REVISE… • Then REVISE!!!

  19. Recommendation Letters • Where to get them from? • Variety • Familiarity with you as a person, not just as a student • How to approach teachers, coaches, supervisors, etc.

  20. Interview • Practice and prepare • Different perspectives • COMMUNICATION

  21. How to Think About the Application • All stems from PREPARATION • PREPARATION helps you perfect TIMING • TIMING makes your life easier • and helps you stand out! • Get in the mind of Admissions Officers!!! • Be the BEST and if you’re not the best, be SUPER UNIQUE

  22. 10 Things About Islam & Education 1) Educating ourselves will be our primary weapon against extremism and Islamophobia. 2) Our religion is special because it doesn’t end at belief.  It gives us the equipment and value system to actively improve ourselves and our world. 3) Religion does NOT always have to be on the tongue, but it must ALWAYS be in our heart.

  23. 10 Things About Islam & Education 4) Education is only half-baked without a value system. 5) Striving for top universities enriches the academic path and works directly towards breaking our cycle of economic, social, and political disenfranchisement. 6) We overlook ills in the Muslim community and try to tackle the easy and obvious.

  24. 10 Things About Islam & Education 7) Communicating Islam requires both an understanding of the religion and an understanding of our audience. 8) Building bridges between the classroom and Islam can enrich our experience of both. 9) Being a better learner ALL stems from building confidence and knowing our motivation.

  25. 10 Things About Islam & Education 10) Education provides the MEANS for learning, which in turn helps us improve as Muslims.

  26. Mentorship Structure - 2013

  27. Mentorship Folder