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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

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 #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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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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5 Things to do on a College Visit

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.

5 Things to do on a College Visit

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February 14th, 2016
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College Counseling from a PARENT’S Perspective

On episode 102, Alexis talks to college coach expert and writer Suzanne Shaffer of the popular college coaching site, Parents Countdown to College. Suzanne brings a unique perspective to the college admissions process, the PARENT’S perspective. On today’s episode, Suzanne shares her personal story and insights on how she helped her own kids navigate the college admissions process. If you are a ‘do it yourself’ kind of parent, this episode is a must listen.

Suzanne’s must do’s: apply to local scholarships, apply to colleges where you are going to shine

Suzanne’s things to avoid: don’t waste time applying to scholarships that you don’t think you have a chance winning, and don’t apply to colleges without visiting first

Suzanne’s ‘a-ha’ moment: 1. Everyone qualifies for financial aid, just fill out the FAFSA form!

Advice to parents? Don’t miss out on Twitter. Use twitter to ask questions to experts in college admission process.

Recommended college experts who offer tons of free information:

Financial Aid: Jodi Okun and my podcast with Jodi Okun

College Visits: Kelly Queijo and my podcast with Kelly Queijo

College Planning: Paul Hemphill

College Essays: College Essay Guy

Episode 102, Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College

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December 11th, 2015
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Episode 86: Ann Helmus, Evaluating and Treating Students with Emotional Disorders

Alexis Avila talks to Ann Helmus founder of NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents). Ann Helmus, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for almost 20 years and specializes in the evaluation of children with learning disabilities, attention and executive function deficits and primary neurological disorders.

In September of 2007, Dr. Helmus established NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents), a client and family-centered group of seasoned neuropsychologists and allied staff. Ann received her undergraduate degree in Neural Science from Brown University and earned her doctorate at Boston University School of Medicine.

On today’s show Ann talks about the various types of emotional disabilities, why student depression has risen over the years, and offers tips on how to best overcome emotional challenges.

Ann’s two pieces of advice for teens:

  1. Have as much self-awareness as possible. Know your strengths and your weaknesses, so you make better choices.
  2. Find a mentor in colleges, especially in a field of interest

 

Episode 86: Ann Helmus, Evaluating and Treating Students with Emotional Disorders

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August 7th, 2015
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