Episode #150, Jessica Yeager, How I got into Harvard and Five Other Ivy League Schools

 

On episode 150, Alexis Avila brings on repeat guest Jessica Yeager, CEO & founder of Impress the Ivies and founder of Dream College Summit. Jessica is a graduate of Harvard and MIT. As a senior in high school, she gained acceptance to Harvard, MIT, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, and Columbia. Her students have gotten into elite schools, like Harvard and Carnegie Mellon.

On Today’s episode Jessica tells us her amazing journey through the college application process and how she got into SIX ivy league schools!  You will learn what it really takes to get into Harvard and other ivy league schools.

Did you know? Jessica got into Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Stanford, and MIT (rejected from Princeton)

What makes a Harvard student special? Their DRIVE

Want to get into Harvard? Pursue your passion to the max (i.e., if you like to write, publish your work

Jessica recommends: Showing interest in a school by visiting w their college rep and show in your essays that you did your research

Do you need a perfect score to get in to an Ivy? NO. Once you get a 33 ACT or 1450, then you have a chance to get into Harvard but the rest of your college application is what needs to stand out!

If Ivy League schools are not an option? Then pursue a school with excellent programs in the area you want to pursue

Jessica’s advice for teens? You are the reflection of the five people you spend the most time with. So hang out with DRIVEN friends.

For Prepped & Polished listeners only, you can access Jessica’s Ultimate Guide to the Commmon App!

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #90 with Elizabeth Dankoski: How a Perfect SAT Score can Backfire on You

Episode #150, Jessica Yeager, How I got into Harvard and Five Other Ivy League Schools

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February 23rd, 2017
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Episode 149, 5 Tips for 11th Grade Success

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC shows you five tips for 11th grade success:
Tip 1: Solidify your portfolio
Tip 2: Come up with a college list
Tip 3: Take the SAT and or ACT twice Junior Year
Tip 4: Work hard and do well this year
Tip 5: Visit Colleges

Episode 149, 5 Tips for 11th Grade Success

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February 16th, 2017
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Episode #148, Brad Baldridge, Helping Families Tame the High Cost of College

Brad Baldridge is a late-stage college planning specialist. He helps parents of high school students plan and pay for college using strategies such as merit aid, need based aid, tax planning, savings and investing for college, negotiating with colleges, scholarships and loans.

Over the past 10 years Brad has directly helped hundreds of families plan and pay for college. He has provided in-depth college plans resulting in increased financial aid, scholarships, identification of the right schools at the right price, and better loans.

Brad’s expertise is featured weekly on his podcast, Taming The High Cost of College. Since 2013 Brad and his expert guests have explored and shared great information related to college planning. Brad received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1990.

On Today’s episode Brad gives parents advice on how to better manage their child’s college education.

Did you know? Brad built a specialty in college planning.

What do families do wrong with college planning? They start too late! The key to start early enough.

Did you know? College will cost you between 10 and 70K per year or more!

Brad’s words of wisdom: Do it on purpose instead of by accident. So if you go to college, figure out where you plan to go and what the plan will be when you get there. Don’t just show up at college, get good grades and think it’s all going to work out for you.

Make sure to go back and listen to episode #31, my interview with Celeste Horton about Creative Ways to Pay for College

Episode #148, Brad Baldridge, Helping Families Tame the High Cost of College

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February 3rd, 2017
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Episode #147, Take the Gratitude Challenge and Experience Positive Change

Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi teaches teens how to be more thankful in their lives.

Episode #147, Take the Gratitude Challenge and Experience Positive Change

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January 26th, 2017
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Tackling Relationship Analysis Questions on the SAT Chemistry Subject Test Part 2

SAT Chemistry Instructor Samantha shows you how to tackle the correct explanation portion of relationship analysis qs. on the SAT Chem subject Test.

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January 17th, 2017
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Matrix Math on the ACT Part 2: The Power of Reasoning

In this video, ACT instructor Stephanie goes through concrete examples of ACT matrix problems

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January 11th, 2017
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How to Prepare for a Test in One Week: Secrets of the Fast Preparation

Monica Morganby Monica Morgan, Guest Blogger

The worst nightmare of every student is probably a final test at their school or college, especially when only one week has left. Sure, it causes stress, anxiety and chronic nervousness as a young person cannot calm down even for a minute. However, the main problem is that only very few of them can prepare to the test successfully and quickly. Although one week seems to be a long term and the majority finds that it is enough to get ready for exams, it is much more complicated to cope with this in reality. You will have to review and remember all the materials you have studied per one year. Sometimes students cannot even imagine how much information they have to learn in such quick terms. Then, one week does not look like a period which is enough to deal with everything necessary for a test.

Pay Attention to Your Workplace

First of all, it is important to keep in mind that workplace plays a great role in the whole process of preparation. Unfortunately, many students ignore this point and work in noise or messy places. As a result, they have a low productivity and simply waste their time while learning materials without effectiveness and concentration. You can spend your time for studying with a better use. There are some easy but beneficial ways for making your workplace cozy, tidy and, what is the most important, appropriate for learning in several minutes.

Clean Your Desk

It is a typical situation when young people have an awful mess in their bedrooms and places for studying. There are thousands of papers, notebooks and other things on their desks. It is impossible to find something which you really need quickly. Hence, you will waste hours to get a textbook while preparing for a test. It is better to care about this beforehand and solve this problem with simple cleaning your room and putting all documents in the right order. You should divide your desk into sections and sort out everything.

Make It Quiet

Do not forget that it is important to provide quietness in the place your work. Turn off your phone, music and other distractions. Moreover, you should ask your relatives to avoid disturbing you when you learn things for the test. Hopefully, they will understand such a necessity clearly. Remember that noise may be your worst enemy while studying as it makes you unable to concentrate.

 

Create a Plan

You should create a certain plan of your studying and, do not ignore it while working. A schedule helps you to prioritize your tasks and cope with them quickly and effectively. In case you study irregularly, it will be hard to finish your preparation and reach some significant skills for your test as well. Thus, you have to set the amount of information you should learn per day. For example, you can pick a number of pages in your textbook which you have to read and note. In this way, you will be able to rest and study without tiredness and stress. Having a plan is the best treatment for the time pressure.

 

Use Past Tests

It happens that teachers do not give you any examples of questions which will be presented in the test. Hence, you cannot even imagine which kind of tasks you should expect and prepare to. In such a case, it is a good idea to use past tests. The majority of professors do not change the main scheme for years, and you can try to use these materials for preparing to yours. Sure, there may be lots of changes. However, it will let you revise everything one more time and understand the type of questions.

Summarize Information

Do not forget that your task is not just to read something or learn it by heart. The main point is understanding the material clearly. Only in this way you can prepare for the test. Hence, you should make notes while reading and then summarize them. Try to retell things in your own words. If you can do it, it means you will not be confused while writing your test. In case you simply learn everything by heart, you will probably forget the majority of this information soon and lose your chance to pass exams successfully.

Make Specific Cards

One more beneficial idea which can help you to memorize information is making some flash cards. Your task is putting down the most significant points on them. It is a good way to learn formulas or grammatical rules. You can use these cards in order to test yourself or ask someone else for help. It can even be a kind of a game when you have to pick a card and then answer the question written on it. Do not put them into a trash bin after passing your test. You can give them to younger students or use some time later as the material used to be repeated at different exams at college.

Cooperate with Group Mates

If you have some close friends in your group, you can ask them to cooperate and prepare to the test together. You should plan your learning as well. In case you have a partner, things are simpler, as you can explain each other some information and study in the form of a game. For example, it is possible to use cards which were mentioned before. It is a pretty good idea to provide a short quiz and ask questions each other. It is beneficial if you have an oral exam. Furthermore, cooperation with your friend will help you to prevent nervousness and disturbance. You will feel that your buddy is ready to support you.

Take Some Breaks

It is significant to remember about regular breaks while preparing to the test. Your target is the prevention of being exhausted and stressed. It will ruin all your efforts and diligence. When a student is nervous and does not have enough sleep, he will not be able to work productively. Hence, you should follow your daily schedule and try to provide a good rest for your body. For example, you can establish a strict time when you should go to bed and recall about it every time you want to study during the night. Abstain from bad habits. Smoking will never help you to get rid of nervousness before exams.

All in all, it is true that preparation to your test may be complicated and take a lot of time in case you are not aware of these tips and secrets. It is proven by dozens of students that a young person can get ready for an exam for one week without sleepless nights and chronic tiredness. However, you should never postpone your preparation until one day is left to your exam. You will not be able to learn anything in such a short period. Hence, you have to keep in mind all important dates in your head or write them in your diary in order to avoid disappointment.

 

Author Bio

Monica Morgan is a free-spirited woman having vast experience in article writing. She loves to travel Asian countries, writing reviews on each of them on her Hqessays.com. She prefers using diverse writing styles to properly engage with a wide array of readers.

 

December 13th, 2016
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Episode #146, DJ Shri, Advice for the Aspiring Teen Musician

Today on episode 146, I’m talking with guest DJ Shri host of the popular iTunes Podcast-Mobile DJ Tips, a weekly show that interviews influential DJ’s from around the world to share marketing, music, and business knowledge. Previous guests have included Oprah’s DJ.

DJ Shri graduated from Rutgers University with a double bachelor’s in Economics and Public Health.

On Today’s show DJ Shri shares with us his tips for any teen who wants to pursue an exciting career of music.

DJ Shri on what college taught him: How to live with different types of people.

For any teen who wants to pursue a career in music? Listen to all types of perspectives, and not just listen to the naysayers. Also pursue different majors at college. Last, always be genuine and honest. Don’t be fake bc people your potential employers will sense that.

Did you know? That DJ Shri plays an Indian Drum called a dhol.

DJ Shri’s words of wisdom for teens: Keep your ears open and liten to everybody’s story

Make sure to go back and listen to my interview with the Worlds Hottest DJ, DJ Irie on Episode 36, Using the Mainstage to Empower at Risk Youth

Episode #146, DJ Shri, Advice for the Aspiring Teen Musician

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December 9th, 2016
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Episode #145, Just Because Your Brain Wants You to Worry Doesn’t Mean You Have to!

Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi teaches teens how to stop worrying so much.

Episode #145, Just Because Your Brain Wants You to Worry Doesn’t Mean You Have to!

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December 1st, 2016
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Episode #144, Elizabeth Dankoski, How to Rise Above College Admissions Mania

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Today on episode 144, I’m talking to returning guest Elizabeth Dankoski of The Dream School Project.

For the past 15 years, Elizabeth has worked as a private college consultant, helping students get into incredible schools: Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Yale, Caltech, Dartmouth, and many, many others.

On today’s podcast, Elizabeth shares some of the biggest myths about the college admission process and teaches us ways to make ourselves more interesting and attractive to college admission officers.

For a link to my last conversation with Elizabeth Dankoski click on Episode 94 How a Perfect SAT Score Can Backfire on You

Elizabeth highly recommends this book How to Be A High School Superstar

Elizabeth’s college admissions myth: Grades and test scores are the only things you should focus on when applying to college

Elizabeth’s best college admissions essay? A great story is one that describes how you have grown and evolved.

How to become more interesting? Ask yourself what light’s you up! What are you curious about? And think about what problems in the world you notice and want to address.

Advice to teens: Focus on what light’s you up and tap into your unique gift to the world. We all have a gift!

Episode #144, Elizabeth Dankoski, How to Rise Above College Admissions Mania

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November 24th, 2016
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