Meridian Beyond the Tassel is a weekly podcast hosted by education equity advocate and rural communities champion, Craig Williams, featuring insider tips to help families and students prepare for the transition from high school to college. College isn’t for everyone but, on average, about two out of every three kids from rural communities wind up going to college. Our mission is to help rural kids make the most of that process, helping them with the tools to gain admission to the schools of their choice and to help parents with strategies to make college more affordable. We know that kids from our rural communities are hardworking, smart, and motivated. But too often, they lack easy access to some of the tools and educational resources their suburban counterparts take for granted. Through this podcast, and our website, www.journey12.com, we want to enhance the odds for young people from less populous areas to find success with their college admissions process and level the playing field for access to the nation’s top colleges and universities with that of their suburban counterparts.
Meridian Navigating the Anxiety of the College Application Experience
Ramping-up for the college application process is part preparation, part inspiration, and part anxiety navigation. This week, we discuss the steps of a solid application, the keys to making the most of each of them, and the importance of keeping your...
Meridian Debunking College Myths: What It Is and What It Isn’t
This week we go into full myth-buster-mode and explore some of the things you might have thought you understood about college as well as some of the things that probably never occurred to you. In short, we debunk some myths about what college is, what...
Meridian Sorting Through College Choice and Finding College Fit
This week, we explore college choice and finding fit. Just as every student is unique, every educational institution has its unique characteristics and makeup. We walk through some basic definitions of various institutional types and then dive into a...
Meridian Pros and Cons of College
This week, we talk about big decisions. Specifically, the decision of whether or not to attend college and earn a degree. It’s a big decision, after all, and getting a college degree will take some time. For most people, four years. So, you might be...
Meridian Exploring Postsecondary Options
This week we discuss the 8-primary postsecondary paths taken by high school seniors after graduation. While Beyond the Tassel’s primary focus is on strategies and insights to make the most of the college admissions process, we recognize that college...
Meridian Financial Broad-strokes
Getting into college is one thing, paying for it is quite another. Parents have so much anxiety about how they’re going to pay for their students’ college education, that often they view the range of college options as quite narrow based on financial...
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Solid insights on college admissions
Wonderful content for parents lost in the woods of college admissions! Interesting learning about the nature of private vs public institutions.