Planning: Part II
On my last post I talked about how to start planning if you want to study in Germany. It was mostly about how to use information like deadlines, requirements and information on selection processes to create a plan that is useful for you. Now I would like to talk about how to put that in practice.
When you have all the information about what is required to get into a University you might know what you will need to have ready until the application, but more important than that is what happens between the time you make your plans and the moment you apply, how to cross that bridge between designing your plans and making them a reality.
The information about the selection process will not be so used during this time if you are making long-term plans. After finding out how the selection process goes in the University you chose you won’t use this information much until some months before application. But then you will have to keep full attention on what are the documents you need, certificates and the selection process itself. But even if you are making long-term plans a good idea is to check if you can easily provide all the documents for application and how the University wants them to be. If there is a particular document you will have more difficulty in providing you will have more time to think about a solution.
Requirements and deadlines information should be combined in order for you to prepare yourself. For example, if a requirement for your course is a foreign language or a certain level of German you will have to check what is your knowledge of that language, what level you need to reach and how much time you have. That way you will find how fast you must learn and how much time you need to devote to it. Then you will need to certificate your knowledge of that language with a test. The TOEFL certificates English, for example, and TestDaF German. If you already have that level of knowledge, then you can make the language test as soon as possible and have that already done.
Don’t forget also that you need good grades to get into a good university program, so your plans must also accommodate the time necessary for your present studies in your home country.
But putting your plans in practice will also demand other things. For example, if your present University doesn’t offer free language classes you will have to find a way to pay them for yourself. You will need to find out how to support the secondary needs that are involved with your plans.
This brings another important point. Accomplishing what you have planned will also demand a good deal of determination, especially if you are making long-term ones. Keeping up your plans needs a lot of dedication and discipline, because achieving what you have foreseen is something that happens little by little, day by day. But I guess it is all worth it if one day you will see that arrow you have thrown reaching the goal.