HStraveller wrote:Hi everyone!
I'm in the process of working on my application, and I have a few scattered questions...
1) For the higher education section... I have essentially attended one university only, but I *do have one course that is a transfer credit from a university I attended over the summer as part of a research program. This course shows up on my official transcript, but it doesn't say when I took the course nor does it show the grade I got (I actually don't think it counted as a graded course). So! Do I need to include a transcript from the second school? I've ordered one anyways, so maybe I will include it just to be safe.
2) In the studies section, I assume it's asking if you've taken any history/culture courses specific to Japanese culture...? I've taken cultural anthropology, but I don't think that counts.
3) Where can we mention that we have studied Japanese on our own? There's the informal studies section, but it asks for institutions and courses, which are not applicable.
4) On the medical form... I haven't had any serious ailments other than typical sicknesses (flu/cold) and some minor injuries (neck problem/strain, basically). Should I include these? (I'm specifically talking about 2a). It also asks if you've received any prescriptions over the last 5 years. I can say I have, but they've all been for minor things like temporary infections, muscle pain... and they've been temporary. Include these too?
5) I also have Raynaud's syndrome, which basically means my fingers go numb really easily in cold weather. There's no treatment for this other than, say, dressing more warmly... I assume I should mention this? I don't know if it's even really in my medical records as it's not very serious or life-altering.
----any and all answers appreciated! Thanks!
1. Yes, I would advocate submitting the separate transcript.
2. Yes, Japan-related culture and history.
3. Under informal studies, list something like "Self-Study Japanese" under "Institution." If you can, specify your general level (i.e. introductory, intermediate, advanced). You can leave the grades section blank.
4. It sounds sort of borderline for needing to provide a Physician's Form. I would say to declare them and get the Physician's Form just in case, but it's basically up to you.
5. Yes, you should mention it and include a doctor's note. For one thing, if you are requesting a warmer climate, it provides a bit more weight to your placement request.