Also, more recently, in the past few years I have been dealing with economics students - and other students - wanting to read degrees in the US, the UK, and Singapore.
I hope that these experiences will come in useful in helping students - and their parents - understand what is needed to win a scholarship to college/university or have a fighting chance to enter a top, competitive degree.
It tells you that the preparatory work to be done in winning scholarships or fighting to enter a top degree course is not merely in the interview preparation, the application preparation, or even the wonderfully-worded, Shakespearean-standard personal statement that conveys your unique and special personality, talents, and achievements.
How can one do a law degree when one cannot even write a couple of essays? Law degrees are phenomenally challenging.
Or were you a trouble-maker, a rascal, or naughty girl?
She managed to achieve a grade B in spite of all this, probably through no talent of her own.
While S has achieved a commendable result in Economics, attaining a B for her H2 A level examinations, she has not paid attention in class the whole year long. There are no reasonable explanations for her lack of attendance.
On several occasions, she has shown less than perfect integrity and has been known to bend the truth.
She has not been promoted to the next level in the year YYYY.
On balance, while she has shown some improvement in her studies and attitude, I would not recommend her for your course, your institution, or a scholarship."
Would you say nice things for a person who was rude, arrogant, problematic, entitled, or troublesome?
Clearly, to apply for a scholarship or even for a competitive degree course, you need to demonstrate leadership qualities or show community spirit. These are important aspects that colleges and universities look for all around the world.
Also, through leadership positions, you gain invaluable experiences - teamwork, collaboration, motivational skills, and resilience.