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UNIcq – U and I, UNIque College Quest, UNIcqly International
UNIcq is a one of a kind, one-stop resource for international students applying to U.S schools.
We’d like to see ourselves as your trusted guide for your Higher Education experience in the U.S. Our experienced and well-qualified community, having been there and done that, is here to help you create an educational journey that is truly unique. We provide peer advice on college or graduate school application issues, and help you adjust to life in a new country and education system.
We help to take care of the details, so that you will no longer waste time, efforts or money on such a critical part of your future.
That’s our UNIcq promise to you.
OUR MANTRA? To Connect, Understand and Facilitate.
WHAT WE OFFER
IN PROGRESS (Please bookmark us and check back for updates!)
1) UNIquest – PART 1 is up and running! Get help with your Common Application by installing our Free CommonApp Companion that contains advice and tips from the UNIcq Team. Check out UNIquest for instructions on how to download this super helpful panel!
2) UNIverse – This is a free community where we celebrate YOUR Unique voice. From reviews on everything college-related (and more) to articles written by real internationals, there is something for everyone – from pre-college students to researchers and spouses of international students. If you want to seek and share advice, opinions and recommendations in a respectful and supportive environment, join us now to engage with some of the best and brightest minds in the international community.
3) UNIcoach - Our consulting marketing place, linking students in need of college and/or graduate school admissions consulting, resume and cover letter reviews and more to verified and experienced experts in our network. Check out our latest Student Deal now!
WHY CHOOSE UNICQ
We are international students and scholars who have successfully navigated the U.S. education system: We offer the most credible and reliable advice distilled from the wisdom and experiences of peers and seniors from all over the world.
You’re the center of our universe
We don’t just stop at the application process; From settling into a new education system to integrating into American culture and beyond, we want to help maximize the best years of your life in your new college and country.
We listen, engage and we are constantly working with international students to make UNIcq uniquely YOURS. That’s why a) our UNIverse community is free (and will always be), b) we take your feedback seriously and c) we’ll always be continuously improving and innovating to meet your needs.
OUR VALUES AND OUR TEAM
IF UNIcq was a person…
She/he will be Confident, Inspiring, Genuine, Affable, Dependable, Compassionate, Professional yet Fun-Loving.
These are the values the team will always strive to uphold.
MEET THE TEAM
UNIcq was founded by two Yale students from Singapore, Huijia Phua and Wilson Chan.
Huijia and Wilson know how difficult, stressful and daunting it can be on this journey – whether it is managing your applications, securing financial aid or scoring well for your tests. Even after getting admitted, adjusting and thriving in a new country and education system can be quite an adventure as well. Leveraging their experiences from being student panelists, pro bono consultants and successful scholarship recipients in both their native countries and from the US, Huijia and Wilson are determined to create a platform that will benefit students from all over the world, regardless of background or financial status.
You know you are UNICQ. We know, too.
Jean Zheng was born in Shanghai, China, but came to the United States at the age of 7. She lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, until she left for college. She attended undergraduate at MIT where she majored in Mechanical Engineering and concentrated in Economics. After graduation, she worked for Boston Scientific in Minnesota developing implantable pacemakers and defibrillators.
Jean enjoys serving her community as well as sharing her passion for engineering. At Yale, she volunteered as an Orientation Assistant for the Office of International Students and Scholars where she hosted events to help incoming international students get acclimated to life in New Haven and the United States. As a graduate student, she is also leveraging her industry experiences to foster collaborations between universities and corporations and developing programs to enrich the engineering education experience for Yalies. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University researching human-machine interface design. In her free time, she enjoys spreading her passion for engineering, serving her community, trying out new foods, and ... having fun! :)
A student at Yale University studying sociology, Stefan is a born-and-raised Canadian. After getting involved with track and field (throwing the shot put and discus) at age 12, he continued the sport and took it to the national stage, where at the Youth National Championships he won gold twice in shot put, and one silver in discus. In school, he was deeply interested in business and international relations, both passions he carries on today at Yale.
Besides track & field and business, Stefan enjoys reading and listening to music – country music, to be precise! Stefan applied to colleges both in Canada and the US in the season of 2009/2010, so he knows what it takes to apply to schools in different countries, and he is happy to bring that knowledge and expertise to UNIcq as the New Year progresses!
AARON GOH - Ushare Head Blogger
Aaron is a freshman/first-year in the University of Chicago. While he counts the neighborhood of Hyde Park home for about 9 months of the year, he is a citizen of sunny Singapore, where he has lived in pretty much all his life. Other than working
with UNIcq, Aaron is a photographer for MODA, the school fashion magazine, and is (at this point in time) production manager for a school play.
Aaron is on scholarship from the Public Service Commission of Singapore, and will be heading back to work for the Civil Service after his studies. He is seeking to major in the field of Economics, although he is also deeply interested in History and Politics. Other than imagining himself as a globetrotting musician/superstar, Aaron daydreams of designing the next big branding campaign for the likes of Apple, Adidas and Singapore Air. In his free time, Aaron enjoys reading, travelling and tasting exotic coffees. However, he does not enjoy writing about himself in the third-person.
Kylie Goh is an undergraduate at Stanford University. She loves California, but its weak drizzles will never be able to match up to awesome power of the tropical thunderstorms of Singapore, where she was born and raised. A proud member of the pioneer batch of NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, she was on the 2010-2011 editorial team of NUSHSCollegeTalk; a blog providing advice and information for high school students applying to universities and scholarships. The experiences of applying to universities, figuring out how to finance one's education and choosing one's field are really not easy, she feels, and so what motivates her is the desire to provide for her juniors and friends here at UNIcq, to ease their path and prevent them from making the same mistakes as she did.
Besides hanging out at UNIcq, Kylie is also passionate about activism, women's rights, travel and food. An aspiring writer and poet, she co-founded Journal Watermark, an online platform for students' creative works, and has published in anthologies and magazines such as 14:39, Ceriph, Reflecting the Merlion.
JUNHUAN ZHU, UNICQ SOFTWARE DIVISION
Junhuan Zhu is currently a MS student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Rochester. He received a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. His research focuses on multimedia communication and computer vision, with one publication posted by DCC 2010 and one paper accepted by VCIP 2010. During the recent 4 years, he was involved in website constructing projects for the Chinese Ministry of Education, China Mobile and Beijing Customs. Now he is doing a cataract surgery grading system for Eye Institute at University of Rochester Medical Center.
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