Top 100 transfer offers to major in Biology in the US
After graduating from high school in Mexico, Carlo Waltier Soriano enrolled in the Kings GO:100 program in New York to study Biology. He has received several transfer offers to Top 100 universities, including the University of Miami (ranked 53), Stony Brook University – SUNY (80) and the University of San Francisco (96). We spoke to him about his experiences and future plans.
Hi Carlo. Which Kings school are you studying at and what are you studying?
I am studying at Kings New York. My major is Biology and I am interested in Marine Science as well.
What made you want to study abroad to pursue your degree?
It was mainly a search for a better education. For the country I am from, Science is undervalued and underfunded. The main focus of my country is not scientific, in other words. I came here because I feel like I have a better opportunity to study in the science field and for my future career, when it comes to research funding. I think the US understands the importance of developing new scientific fields.
What are your plans or goals after graduation?
In the short term, I want to specialize in an area of Biology. I am considering between Marine Biology or Environmental Biology. My long-term plan is to use what I have learned to support change when it comes to the environmental crisis that has taken over the whole world.
Why did you choose to study at Kings New York?
I think the most interesting drive is how close Kings is to New York City. What made me stay here was how although it is a small school, I feel like it is incredibly diverse, when it comes to ethnicity and nationality. In many ways, it's more diverse than even some of the biggest schools in the US.
What is your favorite class?
Of course, my favorite classes were most related to my major, specifically Biology I & II. Personally, I feel that a good side of the United States is that professors generally need to have a PhD in their field. So, you have a chance to ask more in-depth questions about the subjects you are interested in.
I feel another good side of Concordia is that compared to other majors, there is a lot of focus and support for the Medical Sciences. There are lots of labs and classroom spaces for scientists. It was a great starting point for me to be able to figure out how the science major works.
What class do you find more challenging?
I think that even though I got As in all my classes, the most challenging ones are the ones I have had to write a lot of essays for. For example, my English 120 (Argument and Rhetoric) as well as my Philosophy courses, I have to create arguments from scratch from my perspective. These are more subjective subjects, whereas in the sciences, it is very objective. So, I find it a bit challenging to focus on my opinion rather than verifiable facts, as I encounter in the sciences.
In order for you to get to your dream school, how did Kings staff guide you through the process?
Kings helped me with choosing the appropriate courses, advice regarding which schools are a good fit for me and my goals, as well as the entire application process. Writing the transfer essay would have been more challenging to begin and revise, but thanks to Kings support, it wasn't so hard.
The biggest stressor was the uncertainty if I would get offers for the schools I want, but I felt more confident knowing that there was someone here who knew the entire process and helped me to not worry. That is why I came to Kings, because I didn't know anyone who would have all this information back home.
Were there any activities that you enjoyed at Kings NY?
I founded a volunteer club. It’s good for a resume to show your interests through extracurricular activities. But the main reason I wanted to start this club is that I couldn’t volunteer by myself due to my I-20. However, if I started my own club, I wouldn't have any issue volunteering. This allowed International Students to volunteer without breaking the I-20 rules. It allowed for new interactions that students wouldn’t have a chance to experience otherwise.
What is your favorite part of living in NY?
My favorite part of living in New York is that I was able to meet people from all around the world. It opened my perspective as to how humans and other societies work. It made me realize that we are all very different, yet very similar.
Do you have any advice for students about to start college?
Before starting my school, I think the hardest part was getting used to living in a dorm. The second thing I would advise, at the beginning of your school experiences, go to all the workshops. If you do, then you will know everything you need. If not, you will feel more panicked at the end when your applications.