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A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

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A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

    Episode 55: What NOT to Do When Applying to College

    Episode 55: What NOT to Do When Applying to College

    You don't have to look very far to find tons of guidance on just about every aspect of your life — from social media videos on what to wear and articles about keeping healthy to podcasts on how to maximize your chances on getting into the school of your dreams. 
    On College Admissions Insider, we focus on providing expert advice on what you can do to make the most of your college admissions journey. But today we're turning the podcast on its head a bit, as we discuss what not to do during the college admissions process.

    Our don'ts will include mistakes to avoid on the college application, who you shouldn't ask for a recommendation letter, what not to forget after applying and more.

    Our guest is Kevin Mathes, assistant vice president and dean of admissions at Bucknell.

    Read a transcript for this episode

    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.

    Links:
    Find more college admissions tips on Bucknell's Admissions BlogInfo about applying to BucknellApplication dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to Bucknell@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsBucknell Virtual Welcome Center

    • 24 min
    Episode 54: Financial Aid Series, Pt. III: Accepting a Financial Aid Offer

    Episode 54: Financial Aid Series, Pt. III: Accepting a Financial Aid Offer

    If there's anything we know about securing financial aid at college, it's that it can be a pretty complex process. That's why we've dedicated the past few episodes of College Admissions Insider to outlining each aspect of the financial aid process to help you and your family fund your dream education.
    Today, we're rounding out our discussion on financial aid by chatting about what happens after your financial aid offer has been calculated. How do you find out what you've been awarded? How do you accept an offer? What should you keep in mind when finalizing your payment? We're diving into all of that and more.

    Our guests are two experts from Bucknell's Office of Financial aid: Erin Wolfe, the interim director of Bucknell financial aid office; and Jamie Lowthert, the associate director for financial aid.

    Read a transcript for this episode

    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.

    Links:
    Learn more about financial aid at BucknellFinancial Aid CalculatorsInfo about applying to BucknellApplication dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to Bucknell@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsBucknell Virtual Welcome Center

    • 23 min
    Episode 53: Financial Aid Series, Pt. II: How to Apply for Financial Aid

    Episode 53: Financial Aid Series, Pt. II: How to Apply for Financial Aid

    The choice to attend college isn’t just one decision. It’s a whole matrix of considerations, each one a crucial part of the journey to pressing submit on an application form. Perhaps, none is more important than the ability to finance your education.

    Today, we’re diving into part two of our financial aid series on College Admissions Insider: how to apply for financial aid.
    In this episode, we're breaking down acronyms like FAFSA and CSS, discovering just how student’s financial aid package is calculated, and chatting a bit about how the process might differ for students of various family structures and circumstances.

    Our guests are two experts from Bucknell's Office of Financial aid: Erin Wolfe, the interim director of Bucknell financial aid office; and Jamie Lowthert, the associate director for financial aid.

    Read a transcript for this episode

    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.

    Links:
    Learn more about financial aid at BucknellFinancial Aid CalculatorsInfo about applying to BucknellApplication dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to Bucknell@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsBucknell Virtual Welcome Center

    • 24 min
    Episode 52: Financial Aid Series, Pt. I: How to Pay for College

    Episode 52: Financial Aid Series, Pt. I: How to Pay for College

    If you've begun your college search, then you know there are myriad types of schools. But what's the one thing all of these options have in common? They all cost money to attend.

    While higher education is one of the best investments you can make, figuring out how to fund that journey can also be one of the most daunting aspects of the college process. But it doesn't have to be!

    This episode of College Admissions Insider is the first in a three-episode series about financial aid. We'll demystify the financial aid process as we cover everything from financial aid options, to the steps required to qualify for assistance, to how to accept a financial aid award after you're admitted, and so much more. In this first installment, we're focusing on that first piece, getting a clearer sense of the options available to help you pay for college and how you can determine the kind of aid you need.

    Our guests are two experts from Bucknell's Office of Financial aid: Erin Wolfe, the interim director of Bucknell financial aid office; and Jamie Lowthert, the associate director for financial aid.


    Read a transcript for this episode.

    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, please email podcast@bucknell.edu.

    • 31 min
    Episode 51: Studying Abroad While In College, Pt. II: Student Roundtable

    Episode 51: Studying Abroad While In College, Pt. II: Student Roundtable

    What better way to get an idea of what studying abroad is like than talking to those who've taken the journey themselves?

    In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we're welcoming a few Bucknell students on the podcast to share their study abroad experiences with you — including how they chose their destinations, their preparation processes and the biggest lessons they learned while abroad.

    The students joining us are chemistry major and Spanish double-major Jake Kozora '23; accounting major Sarah Hanlon '24; and Arabic and Arab world studies major, Allure Cooper '23. They represent majors from all three of Bucknell’s colleges (Engineering, Arts & Sciences and the Freeman College of Management) and have participated in study abroad programs on three different continents.

    Read a transcript for this episode.

    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, please email podcast@bucknell.edu.

    Links:
    Explore study abroad opportunities at BucknellBucknell's Office of Global & Off-campus EducationInfo about applying to BucknellApplication dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to Bucknell@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsBucknell Virtual Welcome Center

    • 25 min
    Episode 50: Studying Abroad While In College

    Episode 50: Studying Abroad While In College

    Imagine you're on an airplane — one of those big ones designed for international flights. You're moments away from jetting off on your biggest adventure to date. Where are you going? More importantly, what are you going there to learn?
    For many college students, traveling abroad is an enriching experience — academically, culturally, and personally. It's also a big decision that requires plenty of thought and planning
    In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we're giving you a birds-eye view of studying abroad as we cover the kinds of study abroad programs universities typically offer, when to start working study abroad into your college journey, earning academic credits for international courses and more.
    Our guests are two staff members from Bucknell's Office of Global & Off-campus Education: Jen Fritz and Trace Coats. Jen is the associate director of Global Education and advises study abroad programs in the Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and more. Trace serves as assistant director of technical operations within Global Ed, and his advising areas include the education and geography disciplines.
    Read a transcript for this episode
    If you have a question, comment or idea for a future episode, email podcast@bucknell.edu.


    Links:
    Explore study abroad opportunities at BucknellBucknell's Office of Global & Off-campus EducationInfo about applying to BucknellApplication dates and deadlinesPlan a visit to Bucknell@iamraybucknell, our student-run InstagramBuild a Bucknell Custom ViewbookLatest news for prospective studentsBucknell Virtual Welcome Center

    • 19 min

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