Klang Valley 2-Day Workshop for Students

Experience an eye opening perspective on the US education system and the application process. Explains the differences between the US education and that of other countries, the Liberal Arts Colleges, what to expect, etc. Learn more about the SAT’s, what makes an application essay stand out and how interviews are conducted. Get to know the facilitators who will share their application experiences or simply their lives in the US.

UPDATE: Click here to register. We do welcome walk-ins!

Date: 9th & 10th August 2014

Time: 9am – 6pm (both days and registration begins at 8am)

Venue:  Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus (Venue Sponsor)

Fee: RM 20 for pre-registered participants & RM25 for walk-in participants on the day of the workshop.

Eligibility: Students Only

Guest Speakers:

Kevin Sim | Resident Counselor at Raffles Junior College, Singapore

Yeoh Chen Chow | Cornell University ‘05

Chen Chow has bee had been involved with the US Application Workshop since its early days in 2006, when it was organized in the form of US Education Fair. He graduated form Cornell University, with a major in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and triple minors in Information Science, Engineering Management, Industrial System & Information Technology. Prior to that, he was from the Overseas Preparatory Program at INTEC, Raffles Junior College (Singapore) and Jit Sin High School.

Chen Chow has been the Chairman of Cornell Alumni Admission Ambassador Network for Malaysia since 2007. He has been a mentor in McKinsey’s Youth Leadership Academy since 2010. For the past few years, he has been involved in Project What’s After SPM, Young Corporate Malaysians, Malaysian Student Leaders Summit, Malaysian Mensa, American Universities Alumni Malaysia, Malaysia Sudoku Society, ReCom.org etc.

Low Cher Hao | University of Pennsylvania Interviewer ‘12 

Cher Hao graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, where he dual-majored in Mathematics and Economics, and a minored in Theatre Arts. Outside of classes, Cher Hao sang with the Penn Glee Club – the longest continually running Glee Club in the nation (and no, it is not like the TV series Glee). He started interviewing for the University of Pennsylvania back in 2012. Cher Hao see’s conducting interviews as a way of giving back to his alma mater, while helping other Malaysians get into US universities. Cher Hao currently works at Accenture as a business analyst.

Amanda Tan | Columbia University Interviewer ‘11

Amanda graduated from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School fo Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) in 2011, with a BS in Operations Research: Financial Engineering and a minor in Economics. One of her most memorable experiences during her college days was her spur-of-the-moment decision to run for the position of SEAS Senior Class President. Well, luckily it was not a decision to regret as the election win allowed her to meet her many lifelong friends.

Hwa Yang Jerng | Bates College Interviewer ‘05

Jerng, Bates College, Maine, Class of 2005, has worked in Kuala Lumpur since graduation. He has interviewed applicants to Bates College, and is generally interested in helping folks to (a) figure out if they need a degree (b) obtain a degree at minimum cost.

Su Ann Lim | Columbia University ‘12

Su Ann graduated from Columbia University where she majored in Economics and Political Science. She feels lucky to have lived in two of the greatest places on earth: New York City and Cheras! She currently works at Google, where she helps brands embrace the digital world.

Johan Akmal Mohtaruddin | Bates College ‘16

Johan is a rising junior at Bates College pursuing a double major in Classical & Medieval Studies and Philosophy. When asked why, he often responds saying that he has always wanted to know how people did it in the good old days and because of his ambition of becoming a “professional human being”. Before enrolling at Bates, Johan was a student at United World College Costa Rica for the IB program and prior to that he sat for SPM in SMK Seri Hartamas. When not busy translating latin poetry, Johan spends time working on his ballroom dancing as part of the Bates Ballroom Dance Team or running around managing the student run coffeehouse called the Ronj on campus. On top of all this, he also just recently learned how to ride a bicycle.

Lim Sheng Hui | Vassar College ‘17

A rising sophomore in Vassar College, Sheng Hui has yet to declare her major; she is ‘exploritory’. She had an amazing year in UC San Diego pursuing various courses and was active in community building and service learning activities. However, she wishes to expand her horizons by pursuing a liberal arts degree in Vassar.  She is looking for a more intimate academic environment as well as more flexibility in structuring her courses. She has recently returned from studying a humanities and a history course in Rome (for one 5 week summer session). She is now inspired to look deeper into history and English Lit. She is also determined to finally pursue Theatre in one way or another.  Lastly, she is terribly disappointed that the Trevi fountain is under construction, but had a great time in Rome anyways.

Schedule (subject to change):

Day 1 (9th August)

  1. Check in and Walk-in registration
  2. Welcoming Address
  3. Ice-breaking
  4. Recap of Half Day workshop
  5. Standardized Tests
  6. Navigating Application Forms
  7. Choosing schools
  8. Student Life, Experience and Opportunities
  9. Q & A
  10. BREAK
  11. College Tour
  12. Financial Aid
  13. Q&A

Day 2 (10th August)

  1. Check in and walk in registration
  2. Ice breaking
  3. Recap of Day 1
  4. What makes a good application essay?
  5. Application essays work session
  6. Perspectives from the admission office
  7. Break
  8. Panel of college admission interviewers
  9. Interview work session
  10. Open floor