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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 #158, Monica Matthews, Your Guide to College Scholarships

On episode 158, Alexis Avila brings back to the show Monica Matthews educator and founder of www.how2winscholarships.com . In 2008-2009, Monica helped her oldest son procure over 100K in scholarship money. Monica now helps parents and students all over the world find and win college scholarship money. On today’s episode Monica shares some of tips we will find in the updated version of her nationally recognized college scholarship guide.

Monica’s updates to her guide include: How to make your online application better and how to better prep for scholarships.

Are you a B- student and want to win a scholarship? Then you CAN! Many scholarships don’t even ask for GPA.

Monica’s advice for teens going to college? Don’t be afraid to apply for scholarships. Jump right in.

For another related conversation, check out my first podcast with Monica Matthews Episode #17 How to Win the College Scholarship Game

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May 4th, 2017
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Episode #156, Jordan Schanda, Why the College Admissions Process Starts After 8th Grade

On episode 156, Alexis Avila speaks to Jordan Schanda, founder of ScholarPrep a company that helps students set goals, track their progress and organize all of the information they will need for college and scholarship applications.
ScholarPrep was created by Jordan and her mother, Christina, based on their personal experiences with the college and scholarship application process. The mother-daughter team developed ScholarPrep after Jordan’s successful yet, overwhelming and stressful, experience applying for college and scholarships.
On today’s episode Jordan talks about how students can stay organized and on top of their college admissions process.

Jordan’s tips for staying on top of the college admissions process:

  1. start right after 8th grade
  2. indentify your specific interests so you can delve into them
  3. get organized either by paper or digitally and have a catch-all device ex) use a file folder

Jordan’s advice for teens: Figure out early what best interests you.

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #126 with Jessica Yeager on Crafting your best college application

Episode #156, Jordan Schanda, Why the College Admissions Process Starts After 8th Grade

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April 14th, 2017
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Episode #154, Eric Stutman, Six Goals for the Best College Search Experience

On episode 154, Alexis Avila speaks to college consultant and founder of Top Choice College Consulting Eric Stutman. Eric uses his research and project management skills to help his Top Choice College Consulting clients find the best fit and stay on schedule. Eric earned a BS degree from the University of Virginia School of Engineering and an MS degree from Boston University’s College of Engineering.

On today’s episode, Eric talks about the goals students should make so that everyone involved in the college admissions process will have a great experience during, and after, the college search!

Eric highly recommends the Fiske college guide which has honest observations about the political and social climates at many colleges.
Eric’s advice for teens: Get ready for college in an organized, on-time way, and don’t procrastinate.

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

Episode #154, Eric Stutman, Six Goals for the Best College Search Experience

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April 1st, 2017
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Episode #152, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, How College Admissions Committees Evaluate the Different Parts of Your Child’s College Application—and what you can do about it

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On episode 152, Alexis Avila speaks to Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, founder and admissions consultant of Shemmassian Academic Consulting. As a Cornell University graduate and Cornell admissions interviewer, Shirag knows what the best schools are looking for in prospective students during admissions interviews. On today’s episode Shirag gives you some insider tips for what college admissions committees are truly looking for.

Want to get into any ivy league school? Shirag advises to grab what you love and go in deep with that and don’t be a dabbler!

While grades and test scores tell admissions that you work hard and have smarts, the extra currics and essays tell them what type of person you are.

Shirag’s advice for teens. 1. Believe in yourself and 2. Do what you love to do (nothing is too silly)

For another related conversation, check out podcast Episode #90 with Elizabeth Dankoski: How a Perfect SAT Score can Backfire on You

Episode #152, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, How College Admissions Committees Evaluate the Different Parts of Your Child’s College Application—and what you can do about it

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March 9th, 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 #144, Elizabeth Dankoski, How to Rise Above College Admissions Mania

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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!

Episode #144, Elizabeth Dankoski, How to Rise Above College Admissions Mania

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November 24th, 2016
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Episode #143, Mindfulness Made Simple: Being present in the moment

Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi teaches teens how to be more present in the moment.

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November 17th, 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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