Myths and Realities of College Admission

Podcast 193: What’s REALLY Important in

College Admissions?

Many families are confused about where to start with college admissions, and there is a lot of faulty information out there.

In this episode of “The College Prep Podcast”, I lay out, in concrete terms, what’s important when prepping for college and correct some myths that many families have.

Specifically, we explore:

  • 3 great underutilized resources for getting accurate information about colleges
  • 3 main criteria colleges look at when determining if you are a good fit for their school
  • 5 myths about the college admissions process (like: “you have to have top grades and great scores to get into any school”) and what is actually true instead

Listen here. 

Strategic Extracurriculars

Podcast 191: Make Your Activities Work for You in College Admission

 

Do you worry whether your high school student has the right kind of activities to impress the colleges to which they’re applying?

In this episode of “The College Prep Podcast” I present an easy way to think about extracurriculars to help teens make the most of their time outside of school.

I share:

  • what it means to “start with the end in mind” with thinking through a teen’s activities
  • choose an activity that makes sense for your kid without forcing them to do something they wouldn’t ordinarily do
  • four ways to find the right activities for your student that will be a) aligned with your kid’s interests and b) show them off in a good light to colleges

Listen here.

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Need Money For College?

Podcast 188: Important Distinctions Between Scholarships and Financial Aid

 

Families often mistake financial aid with scholarships, which can lead to confusion, disappointment, and wasted time as seniors choose their college and figure out how to pay for it.

In this episode of “The College Prep Podcast,” I break down how to think about the different pathways to paying for college, so that families can plan accordingly. Specifically:

  • what exactly financial aid is
  • why you should never lie about your assets to try to maneuver more financial aid
  • how to calculate the amount of money your family will be expected to pay for college
  • how to decide whether you should apply for financial aid in the first place
  • why you should apply for scholarships even if you only have an “average” student
  • where to start when looking for appropriate scholarships
  • and more

Listen here.