Scoir presents conversations with intellectuals and thought leaders in the field of education and college admissions. Hear from people who are passionate about higher education and the opportunities it provides, and who are working to create a more transparent and effective college admissions process.
Early Decision Rejection
Ashley Smith from Scoir talks with special guest Carolyn Caplan (Admissions Mom) about early decision rejection, how to cope, and what to focus on to find your "Dream You."
Admissions Mom Website: https://admissionsmom.college/
Blog on Emotional Planning: https://admissionsmom.college/college-decisions/seniors-if-you-applied-early-this-fall-its-time-for-some-emotional-planning-spoiler-youre-gonna-be-ok/
Blog on if Early Decision Didn't go Your Way: https://admissionsmom.college/college-decisions/seniors-if-you-applied-early-this-fall-its-time-for-some-emotional-planning-spoiler-youre-gonna-be-ok/
Admissions Mom on Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/admissionsmom
Advice for Underclassmen: Applying With a Sense of Purpose, Testing, and Course Selection
Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Director of College Counseling & Student Services at University Prep, Kelly Herrington, to discuss tips for underclassmen!
Our conversation covers topics such as: applying with a sense of purpose, self-reflection, testing, and course selection. This interview was conducted on October 15, 2021.
Evaluating Your College List: When are You Ready to Submit?
Scoir Strategic Advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Director of College Counseling at Jackson Preparatory School, Malika Lindsay, to discuss building your college list, applying, and making a "plan b" if Early Decision/Early Action did not pan out as expected.
This episode was recorded on October 28, 2021.
Supplemental Essays, Personal Statements and Other Types of College Essays
Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Diane Anci, Dean of Admission and VP for Enrollment at Kenyon College, to discuss college essays.
Our conversation covers topics such as: demonstrating your voice with honesty, the importance of the essay, investing time writing about topics that you enjoy, and much more. This interview was conducted on October 13, 2021.
A Conversation With the Authors of The Truth About College Admission Workbook: A Family Organizer for Your College Search
Join Ashley Smith from Scoir for a conversation with Brennan Barnard, the director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, and Rick Clark, the director of undergraduate admission at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where they discuss their new book, who it's for, and how it can help students and families better navigate the college search experience.
Get your copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1421442639/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_DJ16ZRYS11GGNZKD1THT
Money Matters: A Walkthrough of Financial Aid for College
Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Varo Duffins, Director of FA at Swarthmore and Lynell Engelmyer of The Hamilton Scholars to discuss student financial aid options.
Lynell Engelmyer has worked in college admissions and financial aid for 25 years. She served as a Director of Financial Aid at a small liberal arts college before joining the staff of Alexander Hamilton Scholars, a non-profit that serves talented, low-income college-bound students.
Varo Duffins has been in admissions and financial aid since 1995. Currently, he is director of financial aid at Swarthmore College, a private liberal arts college near Philadelphia. Prior to that Varo worked in admissions and then financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, and he began his career in admissions at Elizabethtown College. Varo has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Delaware and a masters degree in higher education administration from Drexel University.
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Amazing, Helpful Content!
The host does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer awesome advice as well. I would recommend this show to anyone looking to learn more about admissions!