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Episode #168, Mark Altman, Helping Teens Build Positive Mindsets

On episode 168, Alexis Avila speaks to teen mentor Mark Altman Founder of Mindset Go, a company that empowers students to find their voice to become the best versions of themselves and actualize their potential. Mark also wrote the curriculum and teaches the Parenting your Teen: Communication for Life workshops that help parents and teens better talk and listen to each other so they can strengthen their relationships. Marks’ belief? That growth mindset is the top contributor to personal and professional success and happiness. On today’s episode Mark talks about how he empowers students to become more confident and effective communicators.

Marks advice for teens: It’s never too early to improve your skills (especially your communication skills) and improve your resume.

For another related podcast interview check out episode #80 with Tami Walsh, on her wisdom for teenage girls

Episode #168, Mark Altman, Helping Teens Build Positive Mindsets

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August 15th, 2017
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Episode #166, Wayne Weber, Helping Families Give the Gift of College

On episode 166, Alexis Avila speaks to Wayne Weber, CEO of Gift of College, a gift registry for college savings plans, helping friends and family to contribute to loved ones’ existing or newly established 529 college savings accounts or make a payment toward an existing student loan account.   Over the holiday season Toys“R”Us®  became the first retail chain to offer Gift of College gift cards to shoppers at select stores across the country.  On today’s episode, Wayne talks about the rising cost of college, and how his Gift of College can help you better afford college and pay off your student loan debt.

Wayne’s advice for teens: Make sure you know what you want to do and take the right steps to get there. You don’t want to get 135K degree for a low paying job. Instead consider a lower cost degree, or spend a few years in community college to cut off some of the tuition cost.

For another related conversation, check out my podcast #134 with John Hupalo on Financing College

Episode #166, Wayne Weber, Helping Families Give the Gift of College

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July 20th, 2017
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Episode #162, Seth Perler, Strengthening Your Executive Functioning Skills

On episode 162, Alexis Avila  speaks with Seth Perler, an educator and teen coach. Seth  was a teacher for 12 years (several grades and subjects), has a B.A. in Education, an M.Ed. in Gifted Education, has worked with teens with substance issues for 15 years, and taught on a Navajo reservation. On today’s episode Seth talks about the one thing all struggling students share, and gives us ways to strengthen your executive function skills.

What turned Seth around in school? He started asking teachers for help. Now Seth works with students and teaches them accountability.

Some of Seth’s favorite executive function strategies? Teaching students systems ex) how to use a planner, and how to learn routines

Seth’s advice for parents? Reward and praise your child for small successes. Try to compliment three times for each criticism.

Seth’s purpose of education? To help a child launch a successful adulthood. Executive function issues seem to be something a lot of student struggle with which interferes with this launch.

Check out Seth’s youtube channel!

For another related conversation, check out my podcast #32 with executive function expert Sarah Ward

Episode #162, Seth Perler, Strengthening Your Executive Functioning Skills

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June 15th, 2017
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Episode #160, Lynn O’Shaughnessy, How to Get Smarter About The College Planning Process

On episode 160, Alexis Avila speaks to Lynn O’Shaughnessy, a nationally recognized college expert, who is a higher-ed journalist, speaker educator, and founder of The College Solution. As former Los Angeles Times reporter, Lynn has written and been interviewed about college issues for such national outlets as The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. On today’s episode, Lynn helps us understand ways to better afford college and how to get smarter about the college planning process.

 

Lynn’s advice to parents:

  1. Stop fixation on only getting into ivy league schools. There are plenty of good schools out there. Fixating on only a few name brand schools will only put stress on your kid.
  2. Run a net price calculator on how much college will cost you
  3. Buy the Book The Thinking Student’s Guide to College by Andrew Roberts

 

Lynn’s advice for teens: What matters most is what you do when you’re in college!

 

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #65 my interview with College Coach Todd Weaver on How to Appeal your Financial Aid Award Letter

Also check out my podcast interview #14 with Maria Furtado about Colleges that Change Lives

 

Episode #160, Lynn O'Shaughnessy, How to Get Smarter About The College Planning Process

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June 1st, 2017
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Episode #152, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, How College Admissions Committees Evaluate the Different Parts of Your Child’s College Application—and what you can do about it

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On episode 152, Alexis Avila speaks to Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, founder and admissions consultant of Shemmassian Academic Consulting. As a Cornell University graduate and Cornell admissions interviewer, Shirag knows what the best schools are looking for in prospective students during admissions interviews. On today’s episode Shirag gives you some insider tips for what college admissions committees are truly looking for.

Want to get into any ivy league school? Shirag advises to grab what you love and go in deep with that and don’t be a dabbler!

While grades and test scores tell admissions that you work hard and have smarts, the extra currics and essays tell them what type of person you are.

Shirag’s advice for teens. 1. Believe in yourself and 2. Do what you love to do (nothing is too silly)

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

Episode #152, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, How College Admissions Committees Evaluate the Different Parts of Your Child’s College Application—and what you can do about it

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March 9th, 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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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 #143, Mindfulness Made Simple: Being present in the moment

Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi teaches teens how to be more present in the moment.

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November 17th, 2016
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