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CALLING ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS, EDUCATORS, AND BELIEVERS!
Success doesn’t come by chance. Success is a decision to take a chance on YOU. Being admitted to the YOUniversity of your choice is a goal, but not a guarantee. Who you surround yourself with is just as important as what you do. Hear from extraordinary people who led ordinary childhoods. Each story tells the tale of finding passion, purpose, and praise from adults.
The secret to a “YES” is becoming your best YOU. Walk away with practical tips and action steps on how to go from good, better, to best and increase your chances of receiving that “YES!” If you are a student, parent of a student, teach students, or are a student of life, this show is for you!
So, what do you say? Let’s do this! Join Dr. Cynthia Colón for Destination: YOUniversity, on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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CALLING ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS, EDUCATORS, AND BELIEVERS!
Success doesn’t come by chance. Success is a decision to take a chance on YOU. Being admitted to the YOUniversity of your choice is a goal, but not a guarantee. Who you surround yourself with is just as important as what you do. Hear from extraordinary people who led ordinary childhoods. Each story tells the tale of finding passion, purpose, and praise from adults.
The secret to a “YES” is becoming your best YOU. Walk away with practical tips and action steps on how to go from good, better, to best and increase your chances of receiving that “YES!” If you are a student, parent of a student, teach students, or are a student of life, this show is for you!
So, what do you say? Let’s do this! Join Dr. Cynthia Colón for Destination: YOUniversity, on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

    Encore Behind The Scenes Part 2: Your Competition Is Closer Than You Thi

    Encore Behind The Scenes Part 2: Your Competition Is Closer Than You Thi

    I’m just going to say it.
    Your competition sits next to you in class

    I hate to say it, but it’s true. Your application has to be better than the kid sitting next to you in math or English class – not the kid applying from some other state. NO.

    I learned this tough lesson after a conversation with the Dean of Admissions at a highly selective institution.

    The Dean was passing on taking the valedictorian in exchange for admitting Number 4 in the class. The “ranking” is not what mattered; what he said, and I’ll never forget it, “Number 1 fell a bit flat.” In other words, she looked and read just like any other applicant. On the other hand, Number 4 stood out.

    This process is about standing out from among the rest of the students applying from your high school. At the end of the day you will be reviewed among your high school classmates. Period.

    Be sure to snag the free download that pairs with this mini-series www.drcynthiacolon.com/24

    Episode 24

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    Encore Behind The Scenes Truths: Admission Decisions. Part 1/3

    Encore Behind The Scenes Truths: Admission Decisions. Part 1/3

    As an admissions committee we voted with a Red, Yellow, or Green card.
    That was it.
    Deny, Wait List or Admit.
    Three votes
    Majority of 2 votes would win the day.
    Red - yellow - Green.

    The long winter days of January were filled with reading applicants non-stop. February will filled with daily committees with Admission Officers holding up Red, Yellow, or Green cards at the end of a short presentation on each applicant and each school group

    Like a scarlet letter -- a big letter A - WL - or D was written on the cover of each file folder, accompanied with a matching colored round dot stuck next to the applicants name.

    THE BIG QUESTION HOWEVER -- WAS THIS:
    How long would that GREEN sticker remain on that folder?

    Be sure to snag the free download that pairs with this mini-series www.drcynthiacolon.com/23

    Episode 23

    • 53 min
    What COVID-19 Means For College Admissions And Class of 2021

    What COVID-19 Means For College Admissions And Class of 2021

    Through any challenging time, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We can’t always see it, but there is hope. For the graduating class of 2020, their school life ended abruptly with hopes of still having that prom, celebratory awards night, and the culminating graduation ceremony out on a beautiful green lawn or football field with screaming fans in the crowd. But that was not to be.

    And while the Class of 2021 awaits their turn at a senior year, they are left wondering, what will normal look like and what does this mean for me as I apply to college.

    Today I’m answering those questions. I recently hosted an evening for one of my partner schools, Bishop Amat High School. I gave Parents my insights, predictions, and tips and strategies on how to move forward and get ahead in this process. Parents left comments about how helpful and valuable it was, so I thought I would share it with all of you!!

    • 50 min
    College Is A Learning AND Living Community, But What Now?

    College Is A Learning AND Living Community, But What Now?

    College has always been a learning AND LIVING community. Students go to class, meet for lunch, and live with roommates. But today, in the midst of COVID 19, we are doing traditional college in a non-traditional format. Students now live and learn from their couch or bedroom in the home they grew up in.

    Our guest today, Stuart Nachbar, is an independent college admissions advisor based and publisher of EducatedQuest.com.

    Today we talk about colleges as a urban community, an organization of humans, and a network of alumni. Stuart speaks candidly about the questions colleges are asking now, what parents need to plan for, and the questions prospective students should be asking before adding a particular college to their list.

    If you are a parent of a high school student, this show is for you.
    If you are ready to get real about taking the next steps in your teen’s college admission journey, this show is for you.
    If you are unafraid to hear truth, this show is definitely for you.

    • 53 min
    Encore Visiting Colleges and How To Create A List You are Happy With

    Encore Visiting Colleges and How To Create A List You are Happy With

    When April of their senior years rolled around, he was not admitted to a single institution and she was only admitted to ONE college. One.

    Yes it was devastating. Yes it was humbling and humiliating. And as a parent, one mom recalled, “I felt like I was watching a train about to derail, and there was nothing I could do but stand by and watch, with the emergency response team on standby to pick up the pieces.”

    What do these two students have in common? Dream colleges. That is all they had on their list. They refused input and advice from parents, mentors, counselors and believed it would all work out.

    College Admissions is no time to play Russian Roulette with your child’s future.

    What happened with Mitch and Saige, I don’t want this for you.

    The only goal of the college admission process is to MAXIMIZE choices. Have more YESES than NOS.

    There are no do-overs in this process. The key is to first create an appropriate list of colleges that will have your teen excited and happy!

    • 53 min
    Global Pandemic Won’t Stop A Parent’s Dream For Their Child

    Global Pandemic Won’t Stop A Parent’s Dream For Their Child

    This episode is special for so many reasons. It is April of 2020 and I’m guessing you haven’t spent this much quality time with your teenager since maybe before kindergarten.
    Same for me. Over the last 6+ weeks (I’ve lost count) I’ve spent more time with my mother than I have since that 14-day road trip in 2016. And before that, it was Pre-K.
    In this episode my Mom opens up about being a single mom of 3, making time to write encouraging love notes to me through my teenage and young adult years, while trying to figure out how to get me into USC, all at a time when HER life was in turmoil.
    Today we open up and she made me read some of those love notes. Mom will share with you why she wrote them and what she felt when she sent me off to college, when she felt most fragile and vulnerable.
    If you are a parent, single parent, struggling parent, or worried parent, you need to listen today.

    • 47 min

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