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## Masters Success Story - Journalism

#### Sundas Zahra

I applied for Fulbright in 2016, and made it to interview, but not through that. I wanted to start my graduate studies in 2017. Many people advised me to apply again, and assured I will make through it , but I did not want to, its not to say others should not. Well, I applied initially to 4 colleges only for journalism and then later on a friend told me to apply to two more places that are known for journalism and give generous scholarships too given you meet the merit. The universities I initially applied to, were top colleges but they give very minimal or no scholarships. Well, I was pretty scared as my GRE and TOEFL were just average: 305 and 100. I was confident about my statements though. I was anxiously waiting for the results. I was so excited when I got my acceptance at Syracuse with $10,000 scholarship. Then I got another one from CUNY but they don't give scholarships. Well, I was happy but worried as Syracuse costs around$60K just for tuition. Then I got my acceptance from USC with $22,500 scholarship, and I was very happy as it is one of my top priority colleges located in downtown LA , but even with the scholarship, it was not affordable. Its cost for 9 month program is$80K including everything. Well, while I was worried about all my expenses an making calls and emails to check my financial aid options, Ohio Uni emailed me with a pleasant surprise of a Full tuition waiver and a very generous stipend against RA/TA-ship enough to cover my housing. Well, the choice was obvious but I did not want to go to a small town, as its a journalism program and I always wanted to do my graduate studies in a city like NYC, but calculating the living cost and everything else, and after taking advise from my professors and some knowledgeable people, I chose Ohio. Well I also got email from HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft

University of Applied Sciences(Berlin, Germany), and Emerson college in Boston  with acceptances and Emerson also offered a scholarship offer of \$15,000. Well, I can't deny in spite of pretending to be unaffected in front of family, I was very upset about the rejection after interview. Failing one step before destination is sometimes even harder. I now think it was a necessary fall. The whole process made me stronger, and also I will have a year's time legally to gain work experience as well. My mamma and I have been praying intensely. Meditation/Praying and never giving up on your dreams always lands you among the stars, if not the moon. Alhamdolilah