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: Registration is now closed. However, we do welcome walk-ins!

Date: 3rd & 4th August 2013

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 @ Raffles Junior College, Singapore

Hwa Yang Jerng – Bates College alumnus
Jerng studies the quantification of human experience, but usually just tells people that he’s into language. He studies programming and other technical subjects in his free time. Currently, he’s working to help a client set up a US third-wave coffee shop in KL. Jerng has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College, with a major in Philosophy.

Aina Zahari – MIT alumna
Aina went to a public school in Malaysia (Bukit Bintang Girls School). About 15 years ago, she applied to 7 universities/colleges in the United States and to her surprise, got admitted into all of them! :) Aina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering (with minor in Economics, and Biomedical Engineering) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002.  While working full-time, she also completed the MBA program from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2007.

Aina has volunteered as an Educational Counselor interviewing MIT undergraduate applicants since 2010, and is pleased that 2 individuals she interviewed are now attending MIT.  She also serves as Treasurer of the MIT Club of Malaysia. On engagements with university students in particular, she has spoken at the MIT undergraduate admissions talks and given one-on-one resume critiques to jobseekers. She has also judged submissions from Malaysian universities for innovation tournaments and was one of the judges for the semi-final round of the 2013 Enactus Malaysia National Exposition.

Aina has worked in several industries in various roles. She has 7 years working experience in the specialty chemicals industry in the U.S. Upon her return to Malaysia, Aina worked at JobStreet.com, a leading online recruitment company in Southeast Asia, where she played a key role in product management. She is now with Alpha Catalyst Consulting Sdn. Bhd., a boutique innovation consulting company.


Wan Nadiah – Harvard alumna
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Nadiah Wan had the extremely good fortune of being admitted into the Harvard College Class of 2007 on a PSD scholarship. That single opportunity led to a series of life changing events, from learning Spanish while studying hallucinogenic plants in Costa Rica to working at a virology lab at Boston Children’s Hospital. After graduating with a degree in biochemistry, she was accepted as an Associate at The Boston Consulting Group Kuala Lumpur. At BCG, she worked on many international teams, focusing on healthcare and life science projects.  In 2009, she won a scholarship from Maxis Bhd to pursue a Masters of Science in Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She moved back to Kuala Lumpur in 2010 to work with the Sunway Berhad Group Strategy Department. She transferred to Sunway Medical Centre in 2012 and currently serves as the Director of Business Development and Corporate Communications.
Her primary love of her life is reading- from National Geographic magazines and mystery thrillers to hefty tomes on history and art. She also adores travelling but is sadly limited by time and budget. She is an interviewer for Harvard College applicants in Malaysia and is part of the Global Shapers Kuala Lumpur hub. Currently on her bucket list are re-learning her lost French, learning to fence and play Brahm’s Violin Concerto in D major as well as travelling to the Sahara and the North Pole.


Tentative Schedule (subject to change):

Day 1 (3rd August)

  1. Check in and Walk-in registration
  2. Welcoming Address
  3. Opening Ceremony
  4. Ice-breaking
  5. Recap of Half Day workshop
  6. Standardized Tests
  7. Application Forms
  8. School Forms
  9. Choosing Schools
  10. Student Life, Experience and Opportunities
  11. Q & A
  12. Break
  13. Resume
  14. Presentation by MACEE
  15. College Tour
  16. Liberal Arts Outside the US
  17. Financial Aid
  18. College Life and Application Process Open Floor

Day 2 (4th 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. MACEE as a student resource
  9. Panel of college admission interviewers
  10. Interview work session
  11. Open floor

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