Your College Bound Kid | Scholarships, Admission, & Financial Aid Strategies show

Your College Bound Kid | Scholarships, Admission, & Financial Aid Strategies

Summary: Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career. Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "!71 Answers", we will dedicate a segment to questions from our audience and Mark will interview a "thought leader" in the world of college admissions. We will also share the best free resources every week to help you with college admission and college life. The "Your College-Bound Kid" podcast combines in depth knowledge and insights about college admissions and college life with a lighthearted, and at times, entertaining style that makes Mark and Anika easy to listen to. A new episode goes live every single Thursday morning.

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 YCBK 72: Advice for Undocumented Students | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:31

Article we discuss: “Does it Really Matter Where You Go to College?”, by Derek Thompson of the Atlantic Book chapter we discuss: Chapter 72, Advice for undocumented students Question from a listener: Mark addresses the cases that support the College Board’s Environmental Context Dashboard Interview: Part II of Interview with Dr. Josie Uribistondo “Preparation for the Personal Statement” Recommended resource: @FAFSA. We also share a great resource for undocumented students

 YCBK 71: 13 Things to Consider Doing if Waitlisted | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:11

(6:28) Article we discuss: “Colleges have been under pressure to admit needier kids. It’s backfiring”, by Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (18:08) Book chapter we discuss: Chapter 71, What your child can do if they are waitlisted (30:01) Question from a listener: Mark addresses the case against the College Board’s Environmental Context Dashboard (48:55) Interview: Part I of Interview with Dr. Josie Uribistondo “Preparation for the Personal Statement” (60:43) Recommended resource: @comm

 YCBK 70: How to Handle a Weakness in Your Admissions Application | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:34

(6:22) Article we discuss: “Temple University Settles Suit Over Fudged Data on MBA Ranking”, by Kelsey Gee (18:12) Book content we discuss: How to avoid automatic denials with red flags in a student’s file (34:19) Question from a listener: Part 1 of 4 about the recent roll out of the College Board’s Environmental Context Dashboard (55:00) Interview: Part III of Yancie Davis Interview “Using Non-Cognitive variables to help with admission decisions” (66:00) Recommended resource: @CollegeBo

 YCBK 69: What You Need to Know about College Interviews | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:19

(4:20) Article we discuss: “Non-degree badges are booming, are they useful?, by Matt Krupnick, (16:35) Book chapter we discuss: Chapter 69, What you need to know about college admission interviews (31:35) Question from a listener: Can I get refunded for the SAT or ACT if my child no longer needs to take the test? (41:13) Interview: Part II of Yancie Davis Interview “Using Non-Cognitive variables to help with admission decisions” (47:51) Recommended resource: is the website campusreel.org

 YCBK 68: The Biggest Mistakes with Extracurricular Activities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:18

Article we discuss: “Oberlin, University of Chicago and Other Elite Colleges Extend Application Deadlines”, by Melissa Korn. Book discussion: Chapter 68, The biggest mistakes students make with their extracurricular activities Bonus content: What your student can do to best utilize the upcoming summer. Interview: Part I of Yancie Davis Interview “Using Non-Cognitive variables to help with admission decisions” Recommended resource: The Freshman Survival Guide

 YCBK 67: Ways to show colleges your Academic Passion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:18

(3:52) Article we discuss: “America’s colleges struggle to envision the future of diversity on campus”, by Laura Pappano. (17:20) Book chapter we discuss: Chapter 67, How students can demonstrate their academic passions (30:01) Question from a listener: What are the pros and cons of US students going to college abroad? (51:12) Interview: Part III of Christ Carlton “The value of studying abroad” (60:23) Recommended resource: UCAS.com, a stupendous source for exploring European universities.

 YCBK 66: What artistic majors need to do to stand out in admissions? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:47

(6:33) Article we discuss: “6 Terms to Stop Using in College Admissions”, by Brennan Barnard. (31:51) Book chapter we discuss: Chapter 66, What artistic majors need to know about their application process (41:44) Question from a listener: Are tuition ‘discounts’ available if I have more than 1 kid in college at once? (50:10) Interview: Part II of Christ Carlton “The value of studying abroad” (56:40) Recommended resource: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/daily-practi

 YCBK 65: Advice about Letters of Recommendation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:48

(3:47) Article we discuss: “Hackers Breach College-Applicant Databases and Seek Ransom”, by Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn. (11:30) Book chapter we discuss: Chapter 65, Advice on letters of recommendation. (43:48) Question from a listener: How do we factor in a university’s honors college when categorizing the schools on our list. (60:13) Interview: Part I of Christ Carlton “The value of studying abroad” (69:43) Recommended resource: https://mitadmissions.org/apply/parents-educators/writi

 YCBK 64: The Importance of College Specific Essays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:32:58

(6:04) Article we discuss: "Embattled colleges focus on an obvious fix-helping students graduate on time”, by Jon Marcus. (22:36) Book chapter we discuss: The importance of college specific essays. (53:48) Question from a listener: I want to learn more about the no-enrollment online options for college courses. (62:49) Interview: Part II of Anne Jean “How to know if you are on the right career path” (73:58) Recommended resource: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/blog/why-this-college-essay

 YCBK 63: Choosing the Right Prompt for Your Essay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:49

(2:39) Article we discuss: "6 Tips From College Admissions Pros on Standing Out”, by Margaret Loftus. (21:59) Book chapter we discuss: How to select the best prompt for your essay (33:58) Question from a listener: How do you calculate a GPA when it is not listed on the transcript? (51:08) Interview: Part I of Anne Jean “How to know if you are on the right career path” (58:05) Recommended resource: How to Calculate your Weighted GPA

 YCBK 62: The Biggest Mistakes in Personal Essays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:06

(3:40) Article we discuss "Everybody's Doing It": Cheating Scandal Show How Privileged Kids Fake Disability”, by Scott Johnson and Peter Kiefer (15:11) Book chapter we discuss: The biggest mistakes in personal essays Bonus: The best things to do on a college visit (40:00) Interview: PartIV of Susan Tree “ Writing the Personal Essay: Don't miss your opportunity to fill in the gaps and bring yourself to life” (53:46) Recommended resource: Essays that worked at John Hopkins

 YCBK 61: What Admissions Counselors Look for in Personal Essays | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:24:15

(2:56) Article we discuss: “What the college admissions scandal reveals... wealth in America”, by Anna North, Vox.com. (23:10) Chapter we discuss: What AO's are looking for in personal essays. (32:59) Question from a listener: How to make a final decision on which college to attend? (46:08) Interview: Part III of Susan Tree “Writing the Personal Essay: Don't miss your opportunity to bring yourself to life” (67:36) Recommended resource: “On writing the college admissions essay” by Harry Baul

 YCBK 60: How Colleges View Homeschooled Applicants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:43

(3:25) Article we discuss: “A catalog of wealth and privilege: Feds allege college bribery scam”, TheBoston Globe. (31:11) Book chapter we discuss: How Colleges View Home-schooled Applicants (42:05) Question from a listener: What advice do you have for American Expats in the admissions process? (50:33) Interview: Part II of Susan Tree “Writing the Personal Essay: Don't miss your opportunity to fill in the gaps and bring yourself to life” (68:01) Recommended resource: Collegeessayguy.com

 YCBK 59: Social Media Presence in the Admissions Process | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:07

(3:30) Article we discuss: “Liberal Arts College Mega Mergers”, by John Kroger, Inside Higher Ed. (19:08) Book chapter we discuss: Social media presence in the admissions process (33:06) Question from a listener: How can my daughter stand out in the admission process, after taking a gap year? (44:34) Interview: Susan Tree “Writing the Personal Essay: Don't miss your opportunity to fill in the gaps and bring yourself to life” 54:32) Recommended resource: Rachel Tour’s book, “Write your way i

 YCBK 58: Demonstrated Interest and Why It’s Important | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:37

(3:35) Article we discuss: “They’re not fact checking. How lies in college admissions can slip through the net”, by Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times. (20:15) Book chapter we discuss: What is demonstrated interest and why is it important (42:01) Question from a listener: Do the supplemental prompts change everyyear at Ivy League schools? (55:00) Interview: Final part of Dr. David Williams “So you want to be a doctor or nurse, what you need to know” (67:06) Recommended resource: https://www

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