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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
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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
What was your biggest takeaway from this podcast about Advice for the Aspiring Teen Musician? Do you have any questions for DJ Shri and Alexis Avila?
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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!
What was your biggest takeaway from this podcast about How to Rise Above College Admissions Mania? Do you have any questions for Elizabeth Dankoski and Alexis Avila?
Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi teaches teens how to be more present in the moment.
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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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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/
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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
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On episode 118, Alexis Avila talks to Ryan Gray, MD, founder of Medical School HQ.net a site to help medical school applicants guide their way through the admissions process. Ryan graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Sciences, and received his M.D. from New York Medical College. After graduating from medical school, Ryan completed his internship through a Tufts Medical Center transitional medicine program at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. On today’s episode Ryan talks about his excellent medical school resource Medical School HQ and discusses some of the challenges of going through the Medical School application.
Ryan’s Medical School podcast has over 177 episodes.
Challenges today’s medical school applicants face: long process, many interviews, expensive applications, and it’s really hard to figure out what medical school admissions are looking for
MCAT: The MCAT changed in April 2015 and now has a psychology and sociology section. The exam is heavy in the reading comprehension so take a lot of practice tests.
Ryan’s attributes for a good doctor: empathic, caring, patient, smart
Ryan’s attributes for a bad doctor: egotistical, doesn’t work well with team
Ryan’s advice to teens: It’s a long journey. If you want to be a doctor, start by shadowing other doctors!
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College is an expensive investment, so you not only want to take that campus tour, but also do these five things to make sure you find the best college for you!
Alexis Avila CEO of Prepped & Polished gave us some tips.
Five Things to Do on a College Visit
from Alexis Avila CEO of Prepped & Polished
Visit school when it is in session, bustling with kids.
Sleepover in the dorms. Hanging out with students overnight will tell you volumes about the day to day college scene.
Really taste the food! You’re going to spend the next two to four years eating at this dining hall, so make sure you like the cuisine!
Identify your academic interest and take a class in it. Was the class interesting? Were the students engaged?
Get to know other college students. Find out what’s REALLY happening at the school.
What was your biggest takeaway from these five things to do on a college visit? Do you have any questions for Alexis Avila?
Check out the Four Things the SAT and ACT Test Creators Will Never Tell You. Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation told us more.
1. You can learn to beat the test. By practicing and learning test-taking strategies (such as back solving questions on the math section or answering reading questions as you read the passage), you won’t only improve your test score, but can ace the test.
I had a student who practiced SAT problems each day, got tutored, and took the test 5 times, and then after super scoring his results (combining his best sections from multiple sittings), he improved close to 500 points and got into Brown University.
2. The essay graders spend no more than several minutes reading and grading your essay. The SAT graders are trained to do a masterful job of glancing through hundreds of essays in a sitting. Therefore, it’s critical that you make a great first impression on the judges by taking care of the basics.
Qualities of a cosmetically appealing essay include:
Legible handwriting (not cramped, enough spacing between words)
No cross-outs (erase all mistakes)
3 to 5 indented paragraphs (introduction, 1 to 3 supporting paragraphs, conclusion)
The longer the better (minimum 1.5 pages. In general, scores decrease as the length decreases)
3.The SAT is probably a harder test than the ACT test.
For years, students have come to my office to take my Test Prep Selector Practice Test which is an ACT SAT Hybrid Test comparing your ACT score to your SAT, and find that the majority of students do better on their ACT sections than on SAT sections. Why is that? The ACT is a more straightforward, less trickily worded exam; with fewer answer choices, no guessing penalty, and best overlaps with the school curriculum.
The SAT, which is getting redesigned starting March 2016 is trying desperately to look more like the ACT. The SAT got rid of the guessing penalty, there are fewer answer choices, and made the essay optional, but still the SAT exam questions look harder than ACT questions! So when applying for colleges, consider taking the ACT.
4.The SAT and ACT tests will help you get into college but not predict how successful you will be in college and post-college.
A good SAT or ACT score may get you into a better college on paper. But it’s proven that an accurate predictor of success is not the college you go to but how you utilize your time while in college.
A recent Gallup poll surveyed nearly 30,000 college graduates last year and found the percentages of students, who were thriving in all aspects of their lives, did not vary whether the grads went to a public or private four-year college.
I have students who got descent test scores, didn’t get into a top college but are doing amazingly well. What is their secret? These students maximize their time while at college. They find great programs and professors to partner with, they take advantage of the many internships available to them, and make great social and professional connections.
Overall I know students who didn’t ace the SAT and they are now young adults running their own businesses, working in careers that suit their passions, and best of all these students are happy. Just don’t tell the SAT that!
What was your biggest takeaway from these ACT/SAT tips? Do you have any questions for Alexis Avila?