Who am I?
My name is Rubin Sagar. I am a freelance higher education consultant, and I specialise in producing high-quality written material for graduate program applications. I am also the producer and host of ‘After the Master’, a podcast through which I bring the diverse experiences of recent master’s graduates across professions and disciplines to budding professionals and aspirants.
I am a forest ecologist by training, and have worked with leading non-profits in the US and India, before my transition to being a full-time higher education consultant. As my LinkedIn profile attests, I hold a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from VIT University, Vellore, and a Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environment, specializing in Conservation Ecology and Environmental Informatics, from SEAS, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
In my free time, I enjoy swimming, badminton, tennis, outdoor activities, films, books, and nature photography.
Why did I get into higher education consulting?
I have three reasons for transitioning to assisting and mentoring applicants who are genuinely interested in pursuing higher education abroad, particularly in North America.
1. Many applicants, if not most, are unaware of how to approach the application process in the best possible way. People look to their former colleagues, seniors from college, or rely on social networks for advice. Proceeding to graduate school is possibly one of the biggest decisions of your life. Approaching a professional with considerably greater knowledge and experience (as one would, such as seeing a doctor) is the most logical step. I have been in your place several times, and I know that the process can be intimidating, confusing, and busy professionals can’t give the time that applications demand.
2. ‘Conventional’ consultancies with university tie-ups present a conflict of interest by default. They receive a commission, if you decide to choose a university that they suggest. That is, for every successful ‘convert’, they receive a fee from the university. Tie-ups do not mean that the chances of you receiving admission are higher. So, do you think they would place your interests before theirs?
I do not have tie-ups, and hence the applicant’s interests, aspirations, and dreams also become mine.
3. I aim to lower the expenses you incur even before you step foot in the consulate. By maximising chances of receiving admission, I try to help you apply to fewer programs (and hence spend less on applicant fees) and offer my services at much lower rates relative to most others.