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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” – Abraham Lincoln. This quote shows how substantial preparation is on the road to accomplishing any task. Personally, the major difference between ordinary and extraordinary is preparation. How can you climb a ladder to a very high building if it has not been well grounded?

In my own case, preparation for me has been either knowingly or unknowingly or even the combination of both. Being in boarding house for a few years, away from my family and relations inculcated in me discipline, independence and a great sense of responsibility. Also, the position of social prefect I held during my high school has conditioned me for interpersonal communication knowing that communicating with peers, professors, and professionals is relevant to obtaining a well-rounded education.

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In my quest to have a foretaste of education in America, I had to explore efficient resources.  EducationUSA of which I am a registered member is a one-stop resource center that provided me with all the resources I needed for my preparation for my studies abroad. The EducationUSA advisors were very helpful in providing relevant counsels concerning my application process and encouraging me to take online courses, few of which I did mostly on genetics via Udema. The EducationUSA library gave me access to books and other invaluable international student materials that helped to broaden my perspective on the application process. Several workshops and seminars were organized by EducationUSA ranging from webinars, essay writing workshops, college search, scholarship/financial aid, visa application, pre-departure and departure workshops. The coaching sessions and seminars I received from EducationUSA in no small measure made me more knowledgeable about U.S college setting and equipped me to face life in a new environment.

In conclusion, I can confidently say that my four hours of sharpening my axe will help me storm through any challenge and ensure a successful academic experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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