Decoding the U.S. education system through an Indian lens

world through a lens

As a young student, I was quite eager to learn about how to study abroad. At that point, there were considerably fewer options for studying abroad and there was very little versatility in terms of courses. Since then, the education sphere has widened radically and studying abroad now allows students to explore opportunities based on […]

Supporting school-based college counseling in India: Jim Rawlins guest op-ed

“By 2026, the K-12 international school market will almost double, reaching 16,000 schools teaching 8.75 million students,” reports Sara Custer, in this week’s PIE News. Now, for those of us working in roles where a commitment to serving students is at the core of everything we do, this should cause us to pause and reflect. […]

From the Himalayan foothills to a Pennsylvania liberal arts college: an interview with Preeti Rajendran

An interview with Preeti Rajendran, Assistant Director of International Recruitment at Washington & Jefferson College and former college counselor at Woodstock School. She was interviewed by David Joiner. Can you tell us a bit about your background and how you got into college counseling? So, it’s a bit of an “all over the place” story. […]

Does history matter?

Whitehead Park

A few years ago, in my previous position in the Office of the Vice Provost at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I spoke to a group of students at High School Affiliated to Xi’an Jiaotong University (西安交通大学附属中学) about a new pre-college summer program we were launching. Following the assembly, Principal Wang Peidong did something unexpected—she gave […]

Just what are the global aspirations of high school students in India?

India Map

As we look forward to the rapidly approaching 2016 editions of NAFSA, International ACAC (formerly known as OACAC), NACAC, and the College Board Forum, I thought I would take the opportunity to look back at data presented about India during previous years. I think most of us now know that 2015 was a banner year for Indian undergraduate students coming to the U.S. with a 30% increase over 2014, according to Open Doors.