本文作者Michelle Lu,2018年从韦尔斯利毕业,到目前两年的职场经历,疫情期间跳槽到一家刚刚融资1.5亿美金、总部设在波士顿的新公司,担纲产品经理(Product Manager)。她是这家公司雇的第一个产品经理,自己独挑大梁。Michelle非常热情,学妹们经常向她请教求职经验,她也常常和大家交流,交流多了,索性就写了一篇长文,我把这篇文章翻译成了中文。


突如其来的新冠病毒给全球经济和就业市场带来了前所未有的沉重打击。病毒导致的经济风暴致使企业界对当前和未来都忧心忡忡,大量公司采取了冻结招聘的防御措施,求职比以往更加艰难。作为一个新近接受另一家公司聘约的年轻职业人,下面是我在冠状病毒大流行期间(也适合在其他期间)找到新职位的主要秘诀:Continue reading

Life can be agonizingly confusing. It’s especially true for students from upper middle class families who try to decide a college to attend. 20 years ago, getting into top colleges was mostly about how hard students work and how much they achieve. Yet with the admission rates of top colleges plummeting in recent years, things have become more and more like winning lotteries.

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If you are a rising high school senior ready to apply for colleges in the U.S., you probably know something about the Common Application platform. More than 800 colleges, including all ivy league schools and a vast majority of other elite colleges, accept the Common Application. On the Common Application platform, applicants fill out commonly required college application information once and may submit to up to 20 colleges that accept it. One of the critical components of the Common Application is an essay of up to 650 words, where applicants write something (hopefully reflecting their own characters) in response to one of the assigned prompts. Continue reading

College application interviews can be nerve racking for many high school seniors. Although you may be a newly minted adult, your interviewers are almost always seasoned professionals with years of working experience. It’s like a youth team playing tournament game with a professional team as opponent. You would be lucky if you could get away with a draw. Moreover, at this point you and your desired college are still one world apart. Yet your interviewer has already been through that college and benefited from the experience. You are an outsider looking in. Your interviewer is an insider guarding the door. Continue reading

College applications can be very easy or extremely complicated. In theory any American high school graduate could find a college to enroll into if they are so inclined, and the vast majority of U.S. colleges beg students to come to fill their classrooms. However, the competition for seats in elite colleges has been getting more brutal every year. Because of the prominent standing U.S. elite colleges enjoy around the world, they are the dream destinations of top high school graduates worldwide. Each year tens of thousands of high school high achievers crowd the admission lines of those elite colleges. Based on the latest data collected by the U.S. News & World Report, close to one hundred elite universities and liberal arts colleges have had their undergraduate admission rates plummet below 30%, with the lowest at 4%. If you aspire to be admitted into one of these elite colleges after high school, it’s time to fasten your seat belts – it’s going to be a bumpy ride.Continue reading

If you are a rising high school senior applying for U.S. colleges, you probably know something about the Common Application platform. More than 750 colleges, including all ivy league schools and most other elite colleges, accept the Common Application. On the Common Application, applicants fill out most of the required college application information once and may submit to any number of colleges that accept it. One of the critical components of the Common Application is an essay of up to 650 words, where applicants write something about themselves in response to one of the several assigned prompts. Continue reading

美国大学的新生宿舍一般面积不大。每学年结束暑期开始的时候学生必须把宿舍清退干净。所有行李用品要么带回家,要么留在当地朋友那里,或者放在大学储藏室分给每个人的一小块地方,比较富裕的学生也有把东西运到当地租赁储藏室付费保管的。问题是女孩子永远有无穷多的鞋和衣服想要带到大学,因此必须精心筛选,以免把女生宿舍挤爆。与女孩子不同,男孩子的问题是带到大学的行李用品太少。下面是一份美国大学新生必备行李清单。
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The school was over. The summer finally came. As a certified introvert, you’d be perfectly happy to spend the summer staying at home with your computer and smartphone, and occasionally venture out with a couple of your buddies for a lunch somewhere. Yet your parents kept insisting you to go out more and “make more friends” (I don’t need more friends. I’ve already got my buddies thank you). Now they just presented to you with this amazing summer camp idea. You loved the camp theme. Your parents would happily pay the camp tuition. The only downside was that the camp was several hour drive from home and you’d have to stay at a strange place with a bunch of unknown kids for three weeks, which would be 21 days (nights included). Over there, you’d be all alone and without smartphone. After careful deliberation, you decided to go. Continue reading

Summer camp can be exciting but intimidating experience. It gives you opportunity to leave home and stay away from your parent’s incessant inquiries. Yet for all its promises, it’s no small deal for you to walk into a strange place and live among unfamiliar people. What if you fail to make any new friends and feel miserable? Nevertheless, the idea of spending time with total strangers does have its charm. It’s adventurous. It breaks the routine of your daily life. And by any luck you may actually make a few new friends. It’s exciting all by itself when you don’t know what life would look like for a few weeks.  Continue reading

If high school was a pressure cooker, college would be a kitchen. In high school, no matter how you feel, you have little control over most of your daily decisions.  Each morning, you show up to school to study and take tests. Every evening, you come back home for dinner, meet your parents who would deliver similar lines of parental inquiries, concerns, and admonishments over and over again. In college, you control everything. Each morning, you decide when to get up. If you skip dinner, nobody would complain. You hardly receive inquiries, concerns, or admonishments from anyone. Everything is available and you can choose almost anything. It’s cool to be away from your parents. As a newly minted adult, you feel free at last!Continue reading