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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

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August 15th, 2017
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Episode #164, Gregg Cohen, How to Maximize Your Need and Merit Aid Scholarships

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On episode 164, Alexis Avila speaks to Gregg Cohen Founder of Campus Bound  a company that helps a wide variety of students to apply to colleges throughout the United States. Gregg has presented to hundreds of organizations about financial aid and has appeared on local media outlets such as WBZ-TV and Fox-25 News. Gregg has an MBA from Babson. On today’s episode Gregg talks about How to Maximize Your Need and Merit Aid Scholarships.

Fun fact about Campus Bound? While the national average is 30% that students go to a different college after their first year, at Campus Bound their average that a student STAYS at the same school after first year is at 95%!

Did you know that Merit Aid = Scholarships given by colleges used as a recruiting tool

Did you know that need based aid = when schools look at family finances to determine aid amount

Gregg’s advice to parents: Don’t be shy to ASK colleges for more money. Worse thing they can say is no.

Gregg’s advice for teens: Finding a school that is a best fit for you is what’s most important.

For another related conversation, check out my podcast #148 with Brad Baldridge on How to Tame the High Cost of College

For listeners to the podcast today remember to enter the Coupon Code:  Prepped25  – and you will receive a 25% discount off Apply Right products.

Episode #164, Gregg Cohen, How to Maximize Your Need and Merit Aid Scholarships

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June 28th, 2017
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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.

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December 1st, 2016
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Episode #142, Marc Hoberman, How to Become a Better Student

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Today on episode 142, I’m talking to Marc Hoberman, Founder and Director of Grade Success Inc. Marc is a Keynote Speaker, Seminar Leader, Consultant, and author and has trained students, teachers, and corporate executives nationally through a variety of Personal Improvement and Training Methods. As a freelance writer for NY Parents Metro Magazine,  Marc has shared his wealth of educational expertise with thousands of parents each year. From the classroom to the boardroom, Marc continues his mission to “help people realize their full potential.”

 

On today’s episode, Marc gives us his best tips for how students can thrive at school and become better students.

 

Marc’s studying tips: Study for 20 minutes at one time, then take a 5 minute break away from study area, then go back and review same material for 20 minutes to best retain material.

Marc’s study tip no no’s: Don’t cram and don’t lie in bed while studying.

Marc’s best ways to get an “A”: 1) be in tune with your teacher (go office hours and seek extra credit) 2) form a study group with other smart students who you can learn from 3) do the best you can

Marc’s advice for teens: you are who your friends are. If you are emailing people who are not nice then you need to move away from that. And set a goal and ask yourself what you are going to do for the next ten years to achieve your goal.

 

For another related conversation check out my podcast episode # 38 with Jeff Leiken on The Power of Mentoring

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November 11th, 2016
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Episode 141, Ten Ways to Reduce Teen Stress

Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi talks about ten ways teens can reduce their stress.

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November 2nd, 2016
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Episode #140, Dr. Delvina Miremadi, Helping Teens Realize Their Resilience

On episode 140, Alexis Avila talks to Dr. Delvina Miremadi Founder & Chief Resilience Officer at Realize Your Resilience a company dedicated to helping individuals, groups, and organizations build upon their strengths and foster resilience so they can grow, succeed and thrive.  Dr. Miremadi completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Simmons College, focusing her research on academic resilience in higher education.

On today’s episode Delvina shares ways teens can develop the mental tools to overcome any life challenge that comes their way. She also teaches us how to follow the 50-40-10 rule. Listen in!

Fact: Delvina herself struggled with self-esteem issues and learned to conquer her struggles and now empowers others to do the same.

What parents can do to help their teens? Support them but don’t rescue them.

Advice for teens who put a mask on in school? Be kind to yourself, replace negative thoughts with positive ones, and don’t be afraid of failure.

Delvina’s words of wisdom for teens:

Believe in yourself and your abilities

Believe that your mind and you have control over your behavior and you can set that in a positive direction (leads to resilience)

Continue to learn and grow and make effort that will lead to increased resilience

Follow the 50-40-10 rule and work on the 40%. (50% of happiness is genetics, 10% is circumstance, 40% is determined by what you do everyday)

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October 28th, 2016
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Episode #134, John Hupalo, Invite Education’s Plan to Financing Your Family’s College Dreams

On episode 134, Alexis Avila talks to John Hupalo CEO of Invite Education and writer of Plan and Finance Your Family’s College Dreams; A Parent’s Step-by-step guide from Pre-K to Senior Year from the Co-Founders of Invite Education. John is a nationally recognized expert in education loan finance and private credit student loans. On today’s episode, John talks about some key strategies families should employ when planning and financing their child’s college education. For a free three month trial of Invite Education’s college planning and financing tool go to: www.inviteeducation.com and type in “3Free”

John’s words of wisdom for teens: The most successful people don’t typically draw straight lines from college to career. Be as flexible as possible, be open to opportunities, and find what inspires you.

For another related conversation, check out podcast  episode #19 with Jodi Okun, Finding College Cash, http://preppedandpolished.com/jodi-okun-finding-college-cash/

Episode 134, John Hupalo, Invite Education’s Plan to Financing Your Family’s College Dreams

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August 27th, 2016
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Episode 132, Dr. Karina Dusenbury, Five Obstacles To A Four-Year-Graduation And How To Overcome Them

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On episode 132, Alexis Avila talks Dr. Karina Dusenbury runs Maximize College an online resource that helps parents equip their students to make smarter choices about majors and careers. Karina holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri,a master’s degree in College Student Development from the University of Iowa, and a doctoral degree in highereducation administration from North Carolina State University.

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On today’s episode, Karina gives us key advice on how to maximize your college years so you thrive in college and after college.

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Karina’s words of wisdom for teens: Don’t stress too much about your future bc you have a lot of time ahead of you. Have fun but be intentional!

For another related conversation, check out podcast  episode #82 with Joan Casey on How to Thrive in College

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August 15th, 2016
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Episode #130, Nived Ravikumar, The College Statement Guru Gives His Best Essay Tips

On episode 130, Alexis Avila talks writing tutor Nived Ravikumar, AKA the Statement Guru. Nived took a pretty unusual path to essay educator extraordinaire. Born and raised in Southern California, he became obsessed with movies at a young age. In high school, he became so preoccupied with writing screenplays that he went on to major in Film Studies from UCal Santa Barbara and obtain a Masters from Chapman University (M.F.A in Film Production). Today Nived uses his creative writing talents to help thousands of students all over the world learn to tell unique, engaging college admissions narratives. Nived’s admissions statement philosophy? Tell a great story! Involve readers! Get them to care! On today’s episode Nived will give you his best tips for writing amazing, unique college admissions essays.

Nived’s 4 tips for writing college essays: 1. Don’t cram everything in it. 2. Create a dynamic title to act as your anchor throughout 3. Do a force retype, instead of superficial edits 4. Focus on the “hero’s journey” so don’t be afraid to show your flaws and how you were able to persevere and learn from mistakes.

Nived’s no no’s for writing essays: Don’t be redundant and don’t play it so safe!

Nived’s advice for teens? It’s great to have an idea of your long term goals but don’t be afraid to change your mind while in college and explore other possibilities. Be adaptive!

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #72 with Elly Swartz: How to start, write, and revise the college admissions essay

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July 11th, 2016
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Episode #114, Joan Casey, How to NOT get Overwhelmed by the College Athletic Recruiting Process

On episode #114, Alexis Avila brings back Joan Casey, Founder of Educational Advocates College Consulting. Joan first appeared on the P&P podcast on episode #82 when she talked about how college students can thrive in college. Joan has a Masters Degree from Harvard, is a CEP (Certified Educational Planner), and has visited and experienced more than 300 college campuses world-wide. On today’s episode Joan gives us tips on how not to get so overwhelmed by the college athletic recruiting process.
Some of the many pieces you will need for a college athletic recruiting process include: Athletic resume, coach letter, attend a NCAA clearing house (Div 1 and 2), get a film together, constant contact w coaches, keep a minimum GPA and test scores
Key tip for Students: Really ask yourself do you want to play sports in college bc it’s a sacrifice! You may not be able to travel abroad for example if you’re playing three seasons per year.
Words of wisdom for aspiring college athletes: Make sure the college you’re looking at is a place where you woant to be even if you don’t end up play there.
Advice for parents: Make sure playing sports in colleges what the student truly wants to do. Don’t decide for them!

Episode #114, Joan Casey, How to NOT get Overwhelmed by the College Athletic Recruiting Process

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March 11th, 2016
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