58 episodes

Applying for college is more complex and often times more confusing than it used to be. In addition, there are so many resources out there. How do you know which is the right one? The best one? Shouldn't everyone have access to the best information out there, regardless of price?

That's what we believe! We believe in giving everyone their best chance by providing them with real insight from the college admissions industry. On this podcast, we share real and relevant topics in college admissions to provide you with a fresh perspective and truly actionable takeaways that you can use as you prepare to apply for college.

We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you on your college admissions journey!

College Admissions with Mark and Anna Anna Ren, Mark Hofer

    • Education
    • 4.2 • 20 Ratings

Applying for college is more complex and often times more confusing than it used to be. In addition, there are so many resources out there. How do you know which is the right one? The best one? Shouldn't everyone have access to the best information out there, regardless of price?

That's what we believe! We believe in giving everyone their best chance by providing them with real insight from the college admissions industry. On this podcast, we share real and relevant topics in college admissions to provide you with a fresh perspective and truly actionable takeaways that you can use as you prepare to apply for college.

We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you on your college admissions journey!

    Unforgettable Value of International Internships with Fredrik van Huynh

    Unforgettable Value of International Internships with Fredrik van Huynh

    No idea what to do this summer? Join Mark and Anna as they speak with Fredrik van Huynh from Absolute Internship about finding your passion and lining up an internship that helps you explore it. From how to find internships and how to make a good impression to the value of living and working abroad for an international internship, Fredrik has you covered. Learn more about these valuable opportunities at www.absoluteinternship.com

    • 48 min
    Helping Teens Move Forward with Danit Erlich

    Helping Teens Move Forward with Danit Erlich

    We are entering our third year of COVID related social adjustments that have included education, social gatherings, family dynamics, job loss/gain, finances, Netflix addiction, and unknown health risks, just to name a few. Understandably, it is an especially difficult time for teens as they try to navigate a transitional period in their lives during a pandemic. Join Mark and Anna as they speak with Danit Erlich of Always Forward Coaching and Consulting, LLC as they talk about how parents and educators can better help support teens through stress and mental health challenges.

    • 51 min
    Holistic College Admissions 2021

    Holistic College Admissions 2021

    While a student’s weighted GPA and SAT score are important, and thoughtful recommendations are significant, as are clear, concise, and cogent essays—school representatives often comment that a common attribute of the strongest and most successful applications is…consistency. Does the entire application sound like the same person? Are strong attributes and characteristics consistently highlighted, and do examples from essays, recommendations, and even extracurricular activities correlate with one another?

    These are all ways to make an application more powerful and effective.

    Join Mark and Anna as this discuss how essays, recommendations, and activities support an applicant beyond their transcript and test scores to help them stand out in the college admissions process.

    • 44 min
    College Letters of Recommendation During COVID

    College Letters of Recommendation During COVID

    Letters of recommendation are one of the holistic components of the college application, but probably a component that is talked about the least, despite the weight they hold. Most college admissions officers would say that letters of recommendation do not help or hurt an application. However, strong letters of recommendation can really strengthen a college application. Join Mark and Anna as they discuss why letters of recommendation and how to prepare in obtaining a strong one. They will also be talking about how students can try to strengthen their recommendations, even if they didn't get to physically meet their teachers in this new episode on making the most of letters of recommendation during a pandemic.

    • 50 min
    College Admissions through a Teen Lens with Kamila from "Who Cares About College"

    College Admissions through a Teen Lens with Kamila from "Who Cares About College"

    What's it like to be a teen actually going through the college admissions preparation process? Between classes, activities, college lists, and essays, our teens have A LOT on their plates. Join Mark and Anna as they speak with Kamila from the "Who Cares about College" Podcast as they talk about how they're preparing for college during a pandemic. Kamila also shares insights from her experiences interviewing students who have applied and are in college now. From testing to financial aid, join Mark and Anna for a very REAL conversation about applying to college.

    • 56 min
    Surviving College Admissions Madness with Kevin Martin

    Surviving College Admissions Madness with Kevin Martin

    Ever feel like the college admissions process has gotten overwhelming and overall insane? Join Mark and Anna as they speak with Kevin Martin, former admissions officer at the University of Texas-Austin, and author of "Surviving the College Admissions Madness" as they talk about how families can better approach the admissions process to reduce stress as well as recommended improvements they would like to see in the college admissions process.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Buddy and Kylie ,

Excellent College Admissions Podcast

I have been listening to Anna and Mark’s podcast for the past year. Each episode is chock-full of helpful information for parents and students. Both Anna and Mark are knowledgeable and encouraging. They help take the stress out of the college admissions process. Highly recommend!

ericachorley ,

Great advice

We can't afford a paid college advisor. I feel like this has been the next best thing. When my son does not want to hear my point of view, I put this podcast on. Hoping he takes the advice given.

CJ Hokama ,

Coast2Coast

Wow, Anna Ren is a great interviewer and she sets the tone of this podcast to not only be educational and informative, but also personal and conversational which I totally resonated with. She really knows her space. The key takeaways: Reducing your anxiety levels and knowing that there are so many options available that you can explore that will best suit you as a student. Definitely changed my perception about college admissions for the better!

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