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From Zoology to Molecular Life Science: Lakshit's Voyage of Grit & Determination


Faith Career Tanmay Singh Study Abroad Study in Germany Lakshit Sharma Masters in Germany University of Jena




#1) Lakshit, can you please briefly describe your profile?


I am an international student in Germany. I am from New Delhi, India. I did my bachelor's degree in Zoology from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, followed by my first master’s degree in Biotechnology, also from India. Currently, I am pursuing my second master’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences from the University of Jena in Germany.






#2) Why did you decide to pursue a Master’s degree in Molecular Life Science?


I have been interested in researching in the field of Molecular Oncology ever since I worked on my thesis for the completion of my first master’s degree, in a cervical cancer research lab at National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research in India. I want to do further research into the field of Oncology and hence, I decided that pursuing a second master’s degree in Germany would only strengthen my profile and make me more competent to pursue a PhD in Germany or beyond.







#3) Why did you choose Tanmay Singh to be the mentor for your application?


Tanmay has the experience of studying in 3 big and famous countries and that makes him an expert when it comes to foreign universities. He has always guided me at every step in my academic career and I look up to his opinions and suggestions. He puts his 100% when working with a student. He is that good.


He knows what the universities are looking for and he knows how to tailor your profile for every program and university you are applying to. There was no doubt about me seeking his guidance when I applied for my second master’s degree. Thanks to him I got into all the 10 universities in the UK I applied for, in addition to the University of Jena in Germany.







#4) What 2 tips would you like to share with an aspirant who is working on their study abroad application?


  1. Know what you want. Be specific with your questions and queries. No one can help you if you yourself don’t know what you want.

  2. Do some basic research online yourself first. Don’t go to any mentor with just a vague idea in your mind. Look for the universities and the programs that you would like to apply for and build on from there with the help of your mentor.







#5) How was Tanmay’s mentorship important while working on the MSc in Molecular Life Science application?


Tanmay walks along with you through the whole process. He helps you strategically shortlist the universities and the programs. He asks you to have a few options where you dream to go and a few options where he is sure you will get into. This way you are sure to have an admit from at least one decent school.


He guides you how to tailor your CV for different universities and programs to have more impact. Having a generic CV might not always work out. He also helps you with motivation letters, which in my opinion are an important aspect of applications. He knows very well how they should be written without being verbose.






#6) Did you receive offer letters from other universities as well?


Among others, I got offer letters from the Universities of Dundee, Sussex, Glasgow, Liverpool, Strathclyde, Sheffield. I also got a conditional offer letter from BTU Cottbus in Germany.






#7) What are your final ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ for a study abroad aspirant?


Do:

  1. Research well before applying.

  2. Know exactly what you are looking for and be focused.

  3. Improve your profile by doing internships or apprenticeships. Having lab experience is of utmost importance in the field of academic research.

  4. Think well before in time. The whole process might take upto 2 years, so plan well and in advance.


Don’t:

  1. Do not have long gaps in your profile. If you do, be sure to be able to explain them.

  2. Don't try to handle everything at once. Applications must be done one at a time.





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