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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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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.
To access Karina’s gift for Prepped & Polished listeners, click here: http://www.maximizecollege.com/prepped
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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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.
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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
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On episode 66 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to American journalist and New York Times Best Selling Author Frank Bruni. Frank is author of “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania”. Frank was chief restaurant critic of the New York Times, from 2004 to 2009. He is the author of two bestselling books, Born Round, a memoir about his family’s love of food and his own struggles with overeating, and Ambling Into History, about George W. Bush. In June 2011, he was named an Op-Ed columnist for the newspaper. Frank received his undergrad from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Masters degree in journalistm from Columbia. On today’s episode, Frank talks about college admissions mania, the anxious parents of college bound students, and why top tier schools are rejecting even straight A students.
Frank’s advice for college-bound teens, “Remember a college education if it’s part of a life plan that you can execute is an extraordinary opportunity and adventure regardless of what that colleges acceptance rate is and there is a bevy of colleges that can give you an extraordinary education”
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On episode 60 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to Robin Neff Clebnik, Founder of Intern Boston, a firm that provides students with customized internships. Robin founded InternBoston after 30 years of coaching and management experience in education, information technology, and consulting. More recently, Robin managed the mentor development effort for a well-known career exploration program in the greater Boston area, where in two years she generated an unprecedented number of new mentors and placed over 80 interns. Today Robin talks about the importance of internships as part of the college application process, and why internships are important for the students overall professional development.
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Alexis Avila speaks to Celest Horton founder of How to Pay for College HQ, one of the leading online resources to help serve others looking to earn a degree debt free. Celest was able to search and secure enough Scholarships to fully fund her own education and expenses, and now via her weekly podcast and blog teaches others how to pay for college without loans.
Click here to check out Felecia Hatcher’s book, The C Student’s Guide to Scholarships
Click her to check out Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze’s book, Smart Money Smart Kids
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Alexis Avila talks to 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.
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Alexis Avila talks to Teresa Huggins author, speaker, and founder of Leaders for Life Teen Leadership Program . Teresa has a Bachelors from SUNY Plattsburgh, Masters in Education and Masters in Counseling from SUNY Oswego, and over 20 years of educational experience. Teresa’s empowering programs help teens discover their true selves as they navigate high school and prepare for college.
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