Originally Published in The Hindustan Times Education Supplement
Typically Indian students who want to study abroad tend to be focused on STEM subjects (a common acronym for subjects including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Even business requires strength in math, which puts the majority of student interests in STEM fields. However, the application process, especially to US colleges, rewards students who can write well, introspect, and think critically about unstructured topics. As a result, what often happens is that students who can clearly handle the technical and quantitative aspects of a course may not be admitted because they cannot demonstrate, nor articulate the significance of their skills and experience.