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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 64: Julia Wojnar, How Students Can Unleash Their Public Speaking Presence

On episode 64 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to Julia Wojnar, Founder of Unleash Your Presence, a Public Speaking coaching firm. A natural performer and speaker since a young age, Julia helps students and professionals break down speaking prep into manageable pieces from start to finish. On today’s episode Julia shares her best tips for any student getting ready for any type of public speaking engagement, from classroom presentations to those dreadful college interviews.

Some of Julia’s words of wisdom:

  • If you want to rock your presentation or interview front load your work AKA Prepare in advance
  • Do mock interviews before you go into a college admissions interview
  • Try not to be funny and instead focus on your strengths
  • Make sure your PowerPoint presentations are more visual than text heavy

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May 15th, 2015
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Episode 54: Jethro Jones, The Transformative Principal

On today’s show, Alexis is joined by, Jethro Jones, Principal of Kodiak Middle School in Kodiak, Alaska and host of the “Transformative Principal Podcast.” Each week he interviews school principals who are making a real difference in the life of his or her students.
Jethro talks about his podcast and shares his findings on who are some of the great innovative principals today and what it takes to become a truly great principal.

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April 3rd, 2015
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Podcast Episode 44 with Elly Swartz, Insider Advice from a College Essay Expert

Essay Writing Tips: Elly Swartz

The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.

On today’s show, Alexis talks to founder of The Essay Adviser, Elly Swartz. The Essay Adviser is a company that helps high school students craft well written essays for their college applications. Elly goes into detail about the application process, how parents can help their teens during this exciting and stressful time and much more.

Enjoy, Thanks for Listening and remember at The Prepped and Polished Podcast, We Empower You to Take Control of Your Education!

 

Advice From a College Essay Expert

 

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January 24th, 2015
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Podcast Episode 28, Evan Forster and David Thomas: Sharing Their Recipe for College and Grad School Admissions Success

Evans Forster and David Thomas Admissions Experts

Alexis Avila talks to the educational team of Evan Forster and David Thomas. Evan Forster and David Thomas are founders of Educational Consulting Firm, Foster-Thomas Inc. based in New York City. Evan Forster recieved his BS in Speech from Northwestern University and MFAs in Screenwriting and Film Production from UCLA. David Thomas recieved his BA in Asian Studies and Japanese from U-Texas Austin and an MSJ in magazine publishing in 1991 from Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School of Journalism. Forster and Thomas are world-renowned Admissions Experts, Radio Hosts, and Authors. In 2008, Evan founded Essay Busters, which helps underprivileged teens tackle the college admissions process.
Evan and David share with us their secret sauce for getting kids into top-tier schools as well as share the inspiring work they do in their community.

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August 15th, 2014
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Podcast Episode 26, Harlan Cohen: Inspiring Students to Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Harlan Cohen, Leading the Naked Revolution: Inspiring Millions of Students to Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Alexis Avila talks to Speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author Harlan Cohen. Harlan’s bestselling books include, The Naked Roomate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College, and Getting Naked: Five Steps to Finding the Love of Your Life (While Fully Clothed & Totally Sober). Harlan shares his journey (and struggles along the way) as a successful writer and popular speaker inspiring students to become more comfortable in their own skin.

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July 16th, 2014
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Podcast Episode 23, Sue Atkins: How to Raise Happy, Confident, Well-Behaved Children

Sue Atkins - How to Raise Happy, Confident, Well-Behaved Children

Alexis Avila talks to Parenting Expert Sue Atkins. Sue is a Teacher, Writer, Speaker, Broadcaster, Parenting Coach and author of two Amazon Best-Selling Books “Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy Children” & ‘Raising Happy Children for Dummies’. Sue shares with us her no-nonsense, simple techniques on how parents can make their life with children easier and how they can bring up more happy, confident, well-behaved kids.

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June 20th, 2014
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Podcast Episode 22, David McCullough: Finding True Greatness in the Selfie Generation, Education and Inspiration

David McCullough – Finding True Greatness in the Selfie Generation

Alexis Avila talks to David McCullough on Education and Inspiration, David is a Wellesley High School English Teacher for over 26 years. David’s commencement speech to the Wellesley High School Class of 2012 entitled “You Are Not Special” went viral on YouTube and garnered over 2.3 million hits. After creating a world-wide buzz, David went on to write his book, You Are Not Special, and Other Encouragements. David shares with us his powerful and incisive message about what a fulfilling life should truly look like.

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June 12th, 2014
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