NU-Q experts to advice budding journalists

January 10, 2012 - 1:34:53 am


Northwestern University in Qatar Dean and CEO Everette Dennis at the “Get-Ready!” workshop session.

DOHA: More than 100 high school graduates who are hopeful of being admitted to the Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) for their journalism and communication degrees will visit the school on Thursday for expert advice on the college application process.

The students coming from across Qatar were the ones who hurdled the NU-Q’s “Get Ready!” workshop series session last December.

Titled “A Decision Maker’s Perspective,” the January 12 session will give valuable insight into the decision-making process of admissions officers as part of a series of college admission workshops that NU-Q is organising at its campus in Education City through February 9.  

All college-bound high school students and their families are welcome to attend the workshops, which aim to give students the competitive edge in applying to university.

In the first workshop of the series on December 8 – titled “Application Essays 101” – director of NU-Q’s Writing Centre and ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist, Trish Seapy, led nearly 150 students into the nitty-gritty of writing compelling personal statements and essays, which are at the core of a complete and successful admissions application. Seapy opened the proceedings with an interactive trivia game – an effective approach to channelling the youthful exuberance of the audience into focused attention.

By the end of the session, students were visibly more comfortable with the essay portion of the application process.

“I was thrilled to find out that NU-Q was hosting a free public event of this nature. I’ve been so lost since I graduated from high school. I didn’t know how to apply or write application essays, but now I’ve soaked up as much information and knowledge from the instructor here as possible,” said Salman Hamad Al Muhannadi, a first-semester student at The Community College of Qatar.

“I finished high school in 2009 and lacked the guidance that sessions like this provide. It was great that NU-Q opened it to all rather than only for those interested in NU-Q,” added Al Muhannadi.

Like many others, parent Mir Arifuddin Hussain attended the event alongside his wife for their 12th grader, Syed Adnan Arif, and said the points discussed were useful. The Peninsula


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