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

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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 #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 #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.

To access Karina’s gift for Prepped & Polished listeners, click here: http://www.maximizecollege.com/prepped

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

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

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August 15th, 2016
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Episode 127, How to Best Stay in Touch with Your College-Age Kid

Alexis Avila of prepped &Polished suggests healthy ways for parents to stay in touch with their college-bound child.

  1. Schedule a weekly call
  2. Don’t rely on social media

Episode 127, How to Best Stay in Touch with Your College-Age Kid

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June 15th, 2016
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Three Myths about Big Colleges

A lot of high school students applying for college want to rule out big colleges without really knowing them. Here are three big college myths to help you make a more informed decision when applying to college from Alexis Avila CEO of Prepped & Polished.

Three Myths about Big Colleges

Myth 1. Big Colleges don’t have small class sizes. Truth is, you can find all types of class sizes at big colleges. Class size really depends on what you’re majoring in and what year you’re in.
Myth 2. Big Colleges have an out of control party scene. Truth is, you’ll also find a lot of activities to do that are non-party related. It’s a big school and there is something for everyone!
Myth 3. You won’t meet anyone at a big College. Truth is, because there are so many students on campus you will find a wide diversity of students there. So it’s easy to find people you share things in common with because there are so many interested students coming to that school!

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February 17th, 2016
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Episode 89: Five Things to do on a College Visit

On episode #89, Alexis Avila talks about five things to do on a college visit

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished discusses five things to do on a college visit.
Tip 1. Visit the college either in the Fall or Spring.
Tip 2. Spend the night in a Dormitory.
Tip 3. Eat a meal at the dining facility.
Tip 4. Take a Class in your academic area of interest.
Tip 5. Engage with other college students.

 

Episode 89: Five Things to do on a College Visit

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August 19th, 2015
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