<p>It has been my dream to go to Columbia for a while now, I understand that my only "path" is the GS "path"...
The reason I will go to GS is that I served in the IDF for 3 years, I think that qualifies me as a "non traditional" student.
I read alot in the last month about school in the US and especially in columbia, the main reason I chose columbia is that I wanted to live in the world capital ; NYC.
Columbia is one of the best schools in the world and this GS program is just a match made from heaven for me.
My plan is to move to new york on Feb, then I my object will be the fall admissions. By the time the admission date comes(I will have about 6 months to prepare) I will hopefully find myself an apartment, I'll finish my essay and my TOFEL,GSAE tests.
I also want to establish myself and get used to NYC.
I have some Q's, I hope you could clear them out for me:</p>
<p>1.From what I understand it is fairly easy for an international student to get admitted if I will not apply for financial aid.
Will I really stand a much better chance if I won't apply for a scholarship/financial aid?
2.The only thing that scares me is the intense study needed, I will really appreciate it if someone could explain to me how much school work there is exactly?
3.If I'll take a private loan will it be considered a financial aid?
4.Is being a member of school athletic team gives any benefits?
5.I think I'll do the GSAE because from what I understand its easier from the SAT, could anyone verify that? anyone knows where could I get a recent test so I could know what does the test includes?</p>
<p>Thats it for now.. Thank you so much.</p>
<p>BTW if any one here knows or is a israeli who went to study in GS and could be an adviser for me?
I will be much obliged...</p>