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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 #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

For more information, visit: Prepped and Polished.com.

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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

For more information, visit: Prepped and Polished.com.

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February 23rd, 2017
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Episode #126, Jessica Yeager, Crafting Your Best College Application

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!

 

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

Listen to our interview here!

Episode #126, Jessica Yeager, Crafting Your Best College Application

For more information, visit: Prepped and Polished.com.

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June 10th, 2016
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College Application YouTube Videos, Yes or No

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished discusses whether or not you should submit a college application youtube video.

Yes: If you want to fill in a hole or elaborate about something on your application.
Yes: If you want to highlight your personality.

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No: If you said everything that needs to be said on your application.
No: If you are a shoe-in for that college.

http://www.soapboxincluded.com/2010/03/10/students-using-youtube-to-impress-colleges/

Would you submit a college application video? What would you feature in a college application YouTube video?

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July 12th, 2010
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Five Tips That Make a Good College Portfolio

Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished offers five tips that make a good college portfolio.

Tip 1: Write a well-written college application essay that speaks to you as a person.

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Tip 2: Participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, and stick with them.
Tip 3: Have volunteer experiences to show that you care about giving back.
Tip 4: Have a strong ACT/SAT score or both.
Tip 5: Get good grades and take challenging courses.

Which of the five tips do you think is most important for a good college portfolio? Do you have other tips to share?

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June 7th, 2010
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