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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
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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!
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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
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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!
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Teen wellness instructor Delvina Miremadi teaches teens how to be more present in the moment.
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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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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.
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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
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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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On episode 126, Alexis Avila talks toJessica Yeager, CEO & founder of Impress the Ivies. 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.
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On Today’s episode Jessica gives us tips on how to craft an application that Harvard will want to see! Jessica’s take on why perfect scores sometimes get rejected? Colleges want to see that you spend hundreds of hours on something more impactful than just on test prep.
Jessica’s X factor for getting into Harvard? Showcase what makes you unique and don’t be a dabbler.
Jessica’s advice to students who get rejected from Harvard? It’s not the college you get into that is most important but rather it’s what you do with your degree that matters. Get involved and make an impact at the school you get into.
Jessica’s advice for teens: Surround yourself with positive people who make an impact in the world, that will help you step up your game!
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