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  L同学来到包凡一工作室咨询前已经被好几家留学机构拒之门外,因为他只有不到2.0的GPA,这对于研究生申请来说绝对算得上硬伤了。要知道,很多学校规定了申请硕士的最低GPA要求是3.0。(注:GPA指学生在本科学校的平均分。按照多数国内大学的GPA换算标准,3.0等于80分的平均分)。
 
  在交谈过程中,L很不自信,认为过低的GPA已经摧毁了他出国学习的梦想。他听朋友提到包凡一工作室做申请文书的质量很高,于是抱着一线希望来询问。
 
  通过交流我们发现,L同学并不是不学无术的纨绔子弟。他为人谦和有礼,而且从小苦练钢琴,曾经在国内著名剧院登场演出过。他的数学基础不错,高中时还曾经获得过全国竞赛的奖项,所以对于他本科就读的统计学专业来讲,他本来是有能力胜任的。L同学的大学成绩之所以很低,是因为他在母校南开大学担当了过多的演出任务,除了需要花大量的时间排练,还经常需要出国演出。而南开大学学制严格,每年竟然有30%的学生无法顺利毕业。L同学用了比别人少很多的时间学习,能够毕业已属不易。
 
  无论如何,2.0的GPA的确过低了,这明显跌出了很多学校审核材料的底线范围。换句话说,即使我们把L同学的申请文书做得再完美,大学的录取官很有可能看都不会看。不过看着L同学渴求希望的目光,我们还是决定努力尝试一下。除了传统的申请流程外,我们决定多做一些工作,通过邮件联系帮L同学套磁争取。
 
  学校需要精细选择,对成绩底线要求过于死板的学校肯定是不合适的。我们选取了一些排名虽然不错,但是录取学生比较有弹性的学校。也就是说,那些学校虽然在乎成绩,但有可能因为学生其他方面的条件不错而破例录取。看到我们选择的都是综合排名前150位的学校,L同学既感激,又担心。他真心希望自己能够就读到声誉不错的大学,又害怕所有学校都拒绝他的申请。
 
  通过几轮文书挖掘的交流,我们很快找到了L同学的特点。一篇流畅的文书一气呵成。L同学把文书拿给在美国读书的朋友们看,大家一致认为不错。于是怀着忐忑与期待的心情,文书被提交了。我们多么希望它能够成为帮L同学打开希望之门的使者!
 
  为了证明L同学经历的真实性,我们还把他在大学期间演奏的录像制作成DVD,连同申请材料一并寄给大学。确保大学能够认真审核L同学的申请,不要因为分数因素直接拒掉,我们开始给每个学校的录取办公室和负责老师写邮件套磁。
 
  史蒂文斯理工大学的一名教授看过L同学的文书和DVD,对他很感兴趣,热心地跟录取委员会推荐。不过很可惜,经过详细审核,录取委员会还是觉得他的分数过低。好事多磨,我们没有泄气,继续努力争取。终于,伊利诺伊理工大学的应用数学专业第一个给L同学抛来了橄榄枝。紧接着,纽约州立大学石溪分校的统计专业也发来了录取通知。
 
  峰回路转,L同学全家激动万分。他现在信心满满,开始憧憬美好的未来。我们很欣慰,在他希望攀登新的山峰时,我们帮他在脚下垫了一小块砖,弥合了那微小的距离。于是,他上去了。
 
  L 同学申请用文书之一节选:
 
  In Three Character Classic, a Chinese text written in the 13th century, students are taught the basics of Confucian teachings through triplets of characters easy for memorization. While the moral standards, such as filial piety and respect for elders, are set extremely high for youngsters, the classic did not express high expectations of arithmetic skills, saying that it is quite sufficient if one can count up to tens of thousands. Mathematics or statistics as an academic discipline was probably unknown then.
 
  … The numbers 1 to 7 are not only the first numbers I learned but also the musical notes that have accompanied me during my whole life. The beauty of music, the rhythms, the beats and the intervals between notes are intricately related to math.…
 
  … However, these performances and rehearsals occupied a lot of my time and thus caused me great difficulty in my studies and led to some less than desirable exam results. Still I surprised many people and managed to graduate, surpassing Nankai University’s Mathematics Department’s very strict standards that restrict almost 30 percent of students from graduation each year….
 
  After graduation I honed my practical skills in the XXX where I was put in charge of mathematical statistics and analysis…. Thus I decided that the most important step for me was to study abroad to increase my skills in this area.
 
  The piano has been my life-long companion, one which has brought me happiness and optimism. Meanwhile mathematics has become my life-long career and fascination. I am happy to share music with friends but I am more committed to pursuing a career in the field that I love. I often wonder to myself: had the writer of Three Character Classic known the power of numbers, he would have written something to the effect that to predict, to forecast, to strategize, to plan, and to advance science and technology for the good of the society, learn statistics.
 
  
 
  
 

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