Posts Tagged ‘College’

Episode #166, Wayne Weber, Helping Families Give the Gift of College

On episode 166, Alexis Avila speaks to Wayne Weber, CEO of Gift of College, a gift registry for college savings plans, helping friends and family to contribute to loved ones’ existing or newly established 529 college savings accounts or make a payment toward an existing student loan account.   Over the holiday season Toys“R”Us®  became the first retail chain to offer Gift of College gift cards to shoppers at select stores across the country.  On today’s episode, Wayne talks about the rising cost of college, and how his Gift of College can help you better afford college and pay off your student loan debt.

Wayne’s advice for teens: Make sure you know what you want to do and take the right steps to get there. You don’t want to get 135K degree for a low paying job. Instead consider a lower cost degree, or spend a few years in community college to cut off some of the tuition cost.

For another related conversation, check out my podcast #134 with John Hupalo on Financing College

Episode #166, Wayne Weber, Helping Families Give the Gift of College

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July 20th, 2017
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Episode #165, Three College Financial Aid Tips for Parents

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC gives you three college financial aid tips for parents. To get more info about college financial aid planning, please contact Todd Weaver at Strategies for College

Episode #165, Three College Financial Aid Tips for Parents

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July 5th, 2017
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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 #159, Marathon Training and Test Preparation

Alexis Avila of Prepped & Polished, LLC talks about how test preparation is very much like training for a marathon.

Episode #159, Marathon Training and Test Preparation

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May 20th, 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 132, Dr. Karina Dusenbury, Five Obstacles To A Four-Year-Graduation And How To Overcome Them

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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

Episode 132, Dr. Karina Dusenbury, Five Obstacles To A Four-Year-Graduation And How To Overcome Them

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August 15th, 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.

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February 14th, 2016
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Episode 102, Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College

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 66: Frank Bruni, An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

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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May 21st, 2015
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