132 episodes

Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career.

Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "171 Answers: To The Most-Asked College Admission Questions", we will dedicate a segment to questions from our audience and Mark will interview a "thought leader" in the world of college admissions. We will also share the best free resources every week to help you with college admission and college life. Our most recent episodes also focus on a great college/university that we shine the spotlight on.

The "Your College-Bound Kid" podcast combines in depth knowledge and insights about college admissions and college life with a lighthearted, and at times, entertaining style that makes Mark and Anika easy to listen to.

A new episode goes live every single Thursday morning.

Your College Bound Kid | Scholarships, Admission, & Financial Aid Strategies Mark Stucker

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Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career.

Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "171 Answers: To The Most-Asked College Admission Questions", we will dedicate a segment to questions from our audience and Mark will interview a "thought leader" in the world of college admissions. We will also share the best free resources every week to help you with college admission and college life. Our most recent episodes also focus on a great college/university that we shine the spotlight on.

The "Your College-Bound Kid" podcast combines in depth knowledge and insights about college admissions and college life with a lighthearted, and at times, entertaining style that makes Mark and Anika easy to listen to.

A new episode goes live every single Thursday morning.

    Pandemic Hurts Student Mental Health

    Pandemic Hurts Student Mental Health

    In this episode you will hear: (08:07) In this week’s news segment, an article from Insider Higher Ed, “Pandemic Hurts Student Mental Health”, by Elizabeth Redden.  A survey of 18,764 current college students revealed that the pandemic has caused an increase of financial stress and depression among students. Among this group, students have faced barriers to campus mental health resources.   (28:36) We are in Chapter 131 of 171 Answers and Mark talks through some of the important steps that athletes should take to secure athletic scholarships. We discuss seven or eight of the most important things for athletes to do and know.   (51:00) This week’s question is from Michele in Washington and she wants to know if and how student loans help improve a student’s credit score.   (01:06:43) Mark’s interview with Dean of Admissions Gil Villanueva moves into the 2nd part of a deep dive of University of Richmond.   (01:13:10) Recommended resource: Mark shares a summary of the important work Professor Scott Galloway of the Stern Business school at NYU is doing to sound the alarm about the dire financial straights that many colleges are in. Here is a link to sign up for a 90-minute session Prof Galloway is leading on Thursday, August 6th from 6-7:30 pm:    Don't forget to send your questions related to any and every facet of the college process to: questions@yourcollegeboundkid.com If you enjoy our podcast, would you please do us a favor and share our podcast both verbally and on social media? We would be most grateful! To access and best utilize the transcripts of each podcast, please do the following: Go to  Click the Transcripts tab, from the top menu by the Episodes tab Click on the transcript for the specific episode you are interested in, just click on the image or by the word “Transcript” You will see a Share icon, a download option, a link to Apple podcast and you will see a magnifying glass Use the magnifying glass to search for any word. If that word was used in the episode, it will show up, highlighted in yellow. You will also see a timestamp so you can see the exact minute and second this word was spoken. If you click the word highlighted in yellow, the podcast player will start playing right at that word. You can stop it from playing by clicking the pause button.  Note: The transcription accuracy is about 90%, so you will see some spelling errors and errors in translation going from voice to print. We are excited to give our listeners a chance to play a role in shaping what topics we discuss, so please send us your ideas for college spotlights, articles for discussion and recommended resources. You can let your voice be heard by completing this survey. Just put the following link in your browser and give us your honest feedback. We thank you in advance. Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy go to Amazon and click:   If you want to place a bulk order, you will save money by purchasing this book at 171answers.com. Every penny goes to The Atlanta Mission, a Christian organization that helps over 1000 homeless residents every day.  If you want to see what future episodes will discuss in the book chapter section,  just go to 171answers.com and then click the red button "See exactly what 171 Answers covers"

    • 1 hr 30 min
    New International Students to US May Hit Post WW2 Low

    New International Students to US May Hit Post WW2 Low

    In this episode you will hear: (17:44) In this week’s news segment, an article from Forbes, “New International Students to US May Hit Post-WW2 Low”, by Stuart Anderson.  For the upcoming academic year, the National Foundation for American Policy has forecasted a 63% to 98% decline in enrollment of new international students from the 2018-2019 level. The numbers were first tracked after World War II.   (32:48) We are in Chapter 130 of 171 Answers and Mark shares how some colleges will reduce grants if a student receives outside private scholarships.  This is known as “loan displacement’ and Mark answers questions like: when does this occur? Is this a good thing? What can you do to avoid this and more?   This week’s bonus content is Mark giving the one of the biggest mistake that students make when building their college list.   (01:11:30) Mark’s interview with Dean of Admissions Gil Villanueva moves into a deep dive of University of Richmond.   (01:20:28) Recommended resource: Another great source to find scholarships that have been pre-screened and confirmed as viable and legitimate scholarships:   Don't forget to send your questions related to any and every facet of the college process to: questions@yourcollegeboundkid.com If you enjoy our podcast, would you please do us a favor and share our podcast both verbally and on social media? We would be most grateful! To access and best utilize the transcripts of each podcast, please do the following: Go to  Click the Transcripts tab, from the top menu by the Episodes tab Click on the transcript for the specific episode you are interested in, just click on the image or by the word “Transcript” You will see a Share icon, a download option, a link to Apple podcast and you will see a magnifying glass Use the magnifying glass to search for any word. If that word was used in the episode, it will show up, highlighted in yellow. You will also see a timestamp so you can see the exact minute and second this word was spoken. If you click the word highlighted in yellow, the podcast player will start playing right at that word. You can stop it from playing by clicking the pause button.  Note: The transcription accuracy is about 90%, so you will see some spelling errors and errors in translation going from voice to print. We are excited to give our listeners a chance to play a role in shaping what topics we discuss, so please send us your ideas for college spotlights, articles for discussion and recommended resources. You can let your voice be heard by completing this survey. Just put the following link in your browser and give us your honest feedback. We thank you in advance. Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy go to Amazon and click:   If you want to place a bulk order, you will save money by purchasing this book at 171answers.com. Every penny goes to The Atlanta Mission, a Christian organization that helps over 1000 homeless residents every day.  If you want to see what future episodes will discuss in the book chapter section,  just go to 171answers.com and then click the red button "See exactly what 171 Answers covers"

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Williams College Cuts Tuition and Fall Semester Sports

    Williams College Cuts Tuition and Fall Semester Sports

    In this episode you will hear: (15:22) In this week’s news segment, an article from Forbes, “Williams College Cuts Tuition 15% and Cancels Sports for Fall Semester”, by Anna Esaki-Smith.  The prestigious liberal arts institution announced a reduction in fees related to tuition and room and board costs for the 2020-2021 academic year. President Maud Mandel also added to the announcement that sport competitions are not happening in the fall and that they are moving forward with combined online and in-person classes.   (24:16) We are in Chapter 129 of 171 Answers and we finish a 2-part discussion on private scholarships – how and where to find them.   (42:11) This week’s question is from Claire, a student from Chicago, who wants to know if it’s worth the strenuous process of selecting colleges.   (53:47) Mark continues his interview with Gil Villanueva, Dean of Admissions at University of Richmond and he shares advice for under-resourced students when applying for college.   (01:03:48) Recommended resource: A fantastic blog full of tips on how to win private scholarships: (01:15:47) College spotlight: Carnegie Melon University ()   Don't forget to send your questions related to any and every facet of the college process to: questions@yourcollegeboundkid.com If you enjoy our podcast, would you please do us a favor and share our podcast both verbally and on social media? We would be most grateful! To access and best utilize the transcripts of each podcast, please do the following: Go to  Click the Transcripts tab, from the top menu by the Episodes tab Click on the transcript for the specific episode you are interested in, just click on the image or by the word “Transcript” You will see a Share icon, a download option, a link to Apple podcast and you will see a magnifying glass Use the magnifying glass to search for any word. If that word was used in the episode, it will show up, highlighted in yellow. You will also see a timestamp so you can see the exact minute and second this word was spoken. If you click the word highlighted in yellow, the podcast player will start playing right at that word. You can stop it from playing by clicking the pause button.  Note: The transcription accuracy is about 90%, so you will see some spelling errors and errors in translation going from voice to print. We are excited to give our listeners a chance to play a role in shaping what topics we discuss, so please send us your ideas for college spotlights, articles for discussion and recommended resources. You can let your voice be heard by completing this survey. Just put the following link in your browser and give us your honest feedback. We thank you in advance. Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy go to Amazon and click:   If you want to place a bulk order, you will save money by purchasing this book at 171answers.com. Every penny goes to The Atlanta Mission, a Christian organization that helps over 1000 homeless residents every day.  If you want to see what future episodes will discuss in the book chapter section,  just go to 171answers.com and then click the red button "See exactly what 171 Answers covers"

    • 1 hr 41 min
    UC Regents Declare Support to End Race-Blind Admissions

    UC Regents Declare Support to End Race-Blind Admissions

    In this episode you will hear: (10:38) In this week’s news segment, an article from universityofcalifornia.edu, “UC Regents Declare Their Support for an End to Race-Blind Admissions”, by Nicole Freeling.  The University of California Board of Regents has acknowledged that race-neutral admissions have failed to acknowledge discrimination and structural barriers that have, in-turn, amassed a non-diverse student body for the university system.   (42:59) We are in Chapter 128 of 171 Answers and we start a 2-part discussion on private scholarships – how and where to find them. This is the first time on the podcast we have done a deep dive into outside scholarships aka private scholarships. Most people are overwhelmed by the topic of outside scholarships. Is it worth my time? How do I find them? Which ones should I apply to? We address all of this and more.   (01:06:32) This week’s question from Alison, a student from TX, and she wants to know if starting extracurricular activities at the beginning of junior year can be a huge disadvantage in the admission process.   (01:23:41) Mark kicks off his interview with Gil Villanueva, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Admissions at University of Richmond and he shares advice for under-resourced students when applying for college. Gil has over 25 years of experience at four different selective colleges.   (01:31:05) Recommended resource: NYT Article-A Timeline of Key Supreme Court Cases on Affirmative Action: (01:47:59) College spotlight: University of Kansas ()   Don't forget to send your questions related to any and every facet of the college process to: questions@yourcollegeboundkid.com If you enjoy our podcast, would you please do us a favor and share our podcast both verbally and on social media? We would be most grateful! To access and best utilize the transcripts of each podcast, please do the following: Go to  Click the Transcripts tab, from the top menu by the Episodes tab Click on the transcript for the specific episode you are interested in, just click on the image or by the word “Transcript” You will see a Share icon, a download option, a link to Apple podcast and you will see a magnifying glass Use the magnifying glass to search for any word. If that word was used in the episode, it will show up, highlighted in yellow. You will also see a timestamp so you can see the exact minute and second this word was spoken. If you click the word highlighted in yellow, the podcast player will start playing right at that word. You can stop it from playing by clicking the pause button.  Note: The transcription accuracy is about 90%, so you will see some spelling errors and errors in translation going from voice to print. We are excited to give our listeners a chance to play a role in shaping what topics we discuss, so please send us your ideas for college spotlights, articles for discussion and recommended resources. You can let your voice be heard by completing this survey. Just put the following link in your browser and give us your honest feedback. We thank you in advance. Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy go to Amazon and click:   If you want to place a bulk order, you will save money by purchasing this book at 171answers.com. Every penny goes to The Atlanta Mission, a Christian organization that helps over 1000 homeless residents every day.  If you want to see what future episodes will discuss in the book chapter section,  just go to 171answers.com and then click the red button "See exactly what 171 Answers covers"

    • 2 hrs 11 min
    The End of Colleges as We Knew It?

    The End of Colleges as We Knew It?

    In this episode you will hear: (11:36) In this week’s news segment, an article from The New York Times, “The End of College as We Knew It”, by Frank Bruni.  The public is skeptical that courses of study like the humanities and social sciences lead to jobs. This is making colleges drop these courses because the demand is just not there. We discuss the deleterious impact this will have on society because these subjects are foundational for us to live in a more humane society where we understand each other.   (30:39) We are in Chapter 127 of 171 Answers and we discuss whether paying for college is the student’s responsibility or the parent’s.   (50:47) This week’s question from a college counselor in North Carolina and she wants to know how Mark advises his students to answer the new question on the common application about COVID-19.   (01:09:20) Mark concludes his interview with Vanessa Didyk, CEO of Zeemee, a company that let’s students share their stories and connect with college communities.   (01:17:11) Recommended resource: The Book; .” Jeffrey Selingo   (01:27:12) College spotlight: Morehouse College   Don't forget to send your questions related to any and every facet of the college process to: questions@yourcollegeboundkid.com If you enjoy our podcast, would you please do us a favor and share our podcast both verbally and on social media? We would be most grateful! To access and best utilize the transcripts of each podcast, please do the following: Go to  Click the Transcripts tab, from the top menu by the Episodes tab Click on the transcript for the specific episode you are interested in, just click on the image or by the word “Transcript” You will see a Share icon, a download option, a link to Apple podcast and you will see a magnifying glass Use the magnifying glass to search for any word. If that word was used in the episode, it will show up, highlighted in yellow. You will also see a timestamp so you can see the exact minute and second this word was spoken. If you click the word highlighted in yellow, the podcast player will start playing right at that word. You can stop it from playing by clicking the pause button.  Note: The transcription accuracy is about 90%, so you will see some spelling errors and errors in translation going from voice to print. We are excited to give our listeners a chance to play a role in shaping what topics we discuss, so please send us your ideas for college spotlights, articles for discussion and recommended resources. You can let your voice be heard by completing this survey. Just put the following link in your browser and give us your honest feedback. We thank you in advance. Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy go to Amazon and click:   If you want to place a bulk order, you will save money by purchasing this book at 171answers.com. Every penny goes to The Atlanta Mission, a Christian organization that helps over 1000 homeless residents every day.  If you want to see what future episodes will discuss in the book chapter section,  just go to 171answers.com and then click the red button "See exactly what 171 Answers covers"

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Colleges Are Deluding Themselves on Safe Reopen

    Colleges Are Deluding Themselves on Safe Reopen

    In this episode you will hear: (06:13) In this week’s news segment, an article from The Atlantic, “Colleges Are Deluding Themselves”, by Michael Sorrell.  The President of Paul Quinn College, Sorrell, makes the case on why colleges should not cloud their judgement on reopening this fall, based on financial and reputational worries.   (34:33) We are in Chapter 126 of 171 Answers and Mark discusses the repayment options for federal loans and why it is important to communicate with your loan service provider.   (49:08) This week’s question is from Larissa in Colorado. How important should the salary data for graduates be, when I am evaluating colleges?   (01:00:46) Mark continues his interview with Vanessa Didyk, CEO of Zeemee, a company that let’s students share their stories and connect with college communities. This is part 3 of 4   (01:06:50) Recommended resource:  The website: This website lets you know what the fall re-opening plans are for almost 300 colleges. It is updated multiple times in one day   (01:17:13) College spotlight:  Virginia Tech University ()   Don't forget to send your questions related to any and every facet of the college process to: questions@yourcollegeboundkid.com If you enjoy our podcast, would you please do us a favor and share our podcast both verbally and on social media? We would be most grateful! To access and best utilize the transcripts of each podcast, please do the following:   Go to  Click the Transcripts tab, which is on the left side, by the Episodes Tab Click on the transcript for the specific episode you are interested in, just click on the image or by the word “Transcript” You will see a Share icon, a download option, a link to Apple podcast and you will see a magnifying glass Use the magnifying glass to search for any word. If that word was used in the episode, it will show up, highlighted in yellow. You will also see a timestamp so you can see the exact minute and second this word was spoken. If you click the word highlighted in yellow, the podcast player will start playing right at that word. You can stop it from playing by clicking the pause button.  Note: The transcription accuracy is about 90%, so you will see some spelling errors and errors in translation going from voice to print. We are excited to give our listeners a chance to play a role in shaping what topics we discuss, so please send us your ideas for college spotlights, articles for discussion and recommended resources. You can let your voice be heard by completing this survey. Just put the following link in your browser and give us your honest feedback. We thank you in advance. Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy go to Amazon and click:   If you want to place a bulk order, you will save money by purchasing this book at 171answers.com. Every penny goes to The Atlanta Mission, a Christian organization that helps over 1000 homeless residents every day.  If you want to see what future episodes will discuss in the book chapter section,  just go to 171answers.com and then click the red button "See exactly what 171 Answers covers"

    • 1 hr 52 min

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