39 episodes

Practical, up-to-date interviews with experts in college admissions, financial aid, personal statements, test prep and more. Ethan Sawyer (aka College Essay Guy), interviews deans of admission, financial aid experts, and veterans of the admissions field to extract, then distill their advice into practical steps for students and those guiding them through the process. From creating an awesome college list to appealing a financial aid letter, Ethan skips the general advice and gets right to the action items, all in an effort to bring more ease, joy and purpose into the college admissions process.

The College Essay Guy Podcast: A Practical Guide to College Admissions Ethan Sawyer

    • Self Help
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Practical, up-to-date interviews with experts in college admissions, financial aid, personal statements, test prep and more. Ethan Sawyer (aka College Essay Guy), interviews deans of admission, financial aid experts, and veterans of the admissions field to extract, then distill their advice into practical steps for students and those guiding them through the process. From creating an awesome college list to appealing a financial aid letter, Ethan skips the general advice and gets right to the action items, all in an effort to bring more ease, joy and purpose into the college admissions process.

    17 Things Students of Color (+ Their Counselors and Parents) Should Know When Applying to College

    17 Things Students of Color (+ Their Counselors and Parents) Should Know When Applying to College

    In this episode we cover, among other things:
    Ways that students of Color can advocate for themselves while in high school How to research Historically Black Colleges and Universities Ways to learn more about fit at colleges that are not minority-serving Where to find more financial aid after you’ve been accepted How parents can get involved to advocate for their students in high school and college How counselors can more fully serve students of Color & First steps that counselors can take to become focused on racial equity and anti-racism Resources:
    Shifting Narratives Toward Healing: Disrupting Trauma Exploitation in the Admissions Essay Writing Process  https://www.bigjeducationalconsulting.com/resources https://www.smontgomeryconsulting.com/admissions-news-and-topics/2020/8/3/how-to-estimate-your-familys-financial-aid http://www.thehundred-seven.org/ https://hbculifestyle.com/ https://uncf.org/scholarships https://www.blackscholarships.org/p/black-student-organizations.html https://www.aises.org/ Race and Equity Resources  Graduate Certificate in Anti-Racism in Urban Education The Institute for Anti-Racist Education  Center for Racial Justice in Education Reimagining Education: Teaching Learning and Leading for a Racially Just Society Summer Institute Anti-Racism, Education, Programs, and Resources Checklist for Combating Racism https://www.smontgomeryconsulting.com/barrier-breakers-college-edition https://www.smontgomeryconsulting.com/break-the-cycle https://www.smontgomeryconsulting.com/blog https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV0seRFpfJU6JKEQWagqOsg/featured?view_as=subscriber https://www.antiracisted.org/ How to Write a Financial Aid Appeal Letter “When someone does a favor for you, they actually like you more” White Privilege and Multicultural Counseling Competence: The Influence of Field of Study, Sex, and Racial/Ethnic Exposure Common App Activities List Play-by-play:
    [1:00] Who is Sydney Montgomery?  [3:00] Why does Sydney do this work?  [3:45] Tip #1: Own your academic journey [6:30] #2: Strive to reach higher than just the bare minimum graduation requirements.  [7:48] #3: Make sure that your college application list is tailored to your academic profile.  [10:15] #4: Make sure you and your counselor have a good fit relationship  [13:14] #5: Form allies outside of your counselor or teacher. [14:04] #6: Prepare a brag sheet for teachers’ letters of recommendation [15:40] #7: Parents should start to request information about FAFSA and financial aid in the 9th grade. [17:20] #8: Parents and students need to consider finances when building a college list [22:15] #9: Students should advocate for themselves in the early stages of the college application process [23:30] #10: Don’t overlook the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities [27:40] #11: Speak to students in the Black Student Union or other cultural affinity groups when on college visits. [28:50] #12: Look up a school’s profile on the Common Data Set [32:25] #13: Apply to scholarships offered by Black Sororities and Fraternities (the “Divine Nine”) [33:05] #14: Apply to scholarships with Black churches [33:30] #15: Don’t discount things like church activities and helping out at home or with younger siblings [35:20] #16: Actively pursue certain specialized programs like magnet programs. [36:15] #17: Parents can push school districts and boards of education to fund schools on an equitable basis to combat education disparities. [37:45] How counselors can more fully serve students of Color [43:30] First steps that counselors can take to become focused on racial equity and anti-racism

    • 49 min
    Resources for LGBTQ+ Students from Campus Pride

    Resources for LGBTQ+ Students from Campus Pride

    Campus Pride is THE go-to resource for LGBTQ students and their families and my guest on this episode, civil rights champion Shane Windmeyer, is the one to thank for its very existence. On this episode we discuss: 
    How Shane get involved in this work in the first place How is the college search process for LGBTQ+ students? What are some great questions to ask when visiting campuses? Common mistakes students make in the process How can LGBTQ students find scholarships? Should students come out in their essays? If so, how? Resources:
    The Campus Pride Index
    The Advocate College Guide for Lgbt Students
    Brotherhood: Gay Life for College Fraternities
    Inspiration for LGBT students and allies
    Out on Fraternity Row
    Secret Sisters
    The Campus Visit Scorecard
    The Campus Pride LGBTQ College Fair Program
    The P’s and Q’s to choosing the perfect campus 
    Campus Pride Trans Policy Clearinghouse
    FASFA
    CSS Profile
    Gamma Mu Foundation

    • 31 min
    Self-Directed Learning (Why You Can Quit HS & Be Okay)

    Self-Directed Learning (Why You Can Quit HS & Be Okay)

    This is the second of two episodes on homeschooling and self-directed learning. My guest is writer, speaker, and fellow podcaster Blake Boles, whose work invites students and families to re-evaluate the traditional schooling model--are the typical high school and college experiences really the best ways to spend your time? On this episode we discuss: 
    Can you (really) quit high school and not totally ruin your life? Why is this the best time ever for self-directed learning? How can we all be more self directed learners?  Why you should: Google everything, Email strangers, and Find your nerd clan The benefits of skipping college (or at least taking a gap year) How to know if you’re making a decision for you (and not your parents)? A warning: Listen too closely to this episode and it could mean that this is the very last College Essay Guy podcast episode you listen to… and that could be a very cool thing.
    Resources:
    Average is Over
    A Case Against Education
    Off Trail Learning Podcast
    The Self Driven Child
    Dumbing us Down
    The Teenage Liberation Handbook
    Unschooled
    Penelope Trunk
    Excellent Sheep
    The Nurture Assumption
    The Alliance of Self-Directed Education
    Not Back to School Camp
    Camp Stomping Ground
    Unschooled Adventures

    • 54 min
    Advice for Homeschooling Students

    Advice for Homeschooling Students

    This is the first of two episodes on homeschooling and self-directed learning, something that as the father of a four year-old I am way into. My guest is Becca Orlowski, a teacher and consultant with more than two decades of experience in the independent homeschooling world. On this episode we talk about: 
    What are some common homeschooling myths?  Is it true, for example, that homeschooling is “too much work” for any parent in their right minds? Are colleges biased towards homeschoolers… against… neither or both? What kinds of folks choose to homeschool and can parents homeschool and work?  Different homeschooling styles, how homeschooling academics differ from public schools, and even nitty gritty tips like the practical differences for homeschoolers applying to college and the amount of detail homeschoolers need in their transcripts As always, lots of resources and recommendations... Links mentioned in this episode:
    Brave Writer Outschool Pennsylvania homeschoolers Bluetent Thinkwell CTY  Online G3 Michael Clay Thompson OpenCourseware Coursera Classical Homeschooling The Well Trained Mind HSLDA sample docs HS2COLL homeschool to college yahoo group S.E.A secular homeschooling CA College Homeschool Seekers - Facebook group in CA The Davidson Young Scholars Teach Your Own - book Creative Homeschooling - a resource guide for smart families Dumbing Us Down  The Brave Learner

    • 48 min
    Financial Aid Tips for International Students (and Their Counselors)

    Financial Aid Tips for International Students (and Their Counselors)

    This is the last episode in a three-part series on paying for college. My guest is Joan Liu, a college counselor who has a giant heart to go with her giant brain. In this episode she draws on her years of experience helping international students who need financial aid in order to attend college in the US. We cover a range of topics that will apply to both students and counselors, including: 
    How is the application process different for students who need full financial aid? For counselors, how is working with a full-financial aid students different than other students? What are common mistakes students (and counselors) make in applying for financial aid? What do students need to know about getting full financial aid in the US? How do students figure out which schools meet full need? What can students and counselors do if a student doesn’t get their need met? Where do students begin? Relevant Links:
    Find your local Education USA office
    Big J Educational Consulting List of ED and RD Acceptance Rates - Jenny Kent

    • 40 min
    The Being Not-Rich Guide

    The Being Not-Rich Guide

    This is episode two in a three-part series on paying for college. My guest for this episode is Lauren Schandevel, a 4th year Public Policy student at the University of Michigan and creator of the “Being Not-Rich” Guide--more on that shortly. On this episode we discuss:
    Where did the inspiration for the “Being Not-Rich” Guide come from? In what ways are higher ed institutions unsympathetic to the needs of low-income students, and how can this widen the gap between them and their wealthier peers? What’s in the guide? What’s been the impact? How you can access Lauren’s guide and even Tips for creating your own “Not-Rich” Guide and spread the word Links from this episode:
    Being Not-Rich at UM
    The DIY Not-Rich Guide for other schools
    Affordability Michigan Facebook Group

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

Top Podcasts In Self Help

Listeners Also Subscribed To