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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!

Three Myths about Big Colleges

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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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