As a college admissions counselor, I think “The Crush” sums up the way most people feel about the college admissions process and the college experience itself. High school students fall into a deep infatuation with a potential future alma mater, maybe even many, and work themselves into ulcerous, sleepless fits trying to find a way to get noticed and give them a chance. And then there’s the other kind of crush. The physical weight of it all. The pressure of expectations for yourself, your parents, your peers, the weight of the finances you might be asked to conjure up in order to appease your hungry crush, and the crush of information in the form of mailings to your house, stories in the media, tweets, op-eds, rumors, gossip, and outright bull. This podcast looks to explore these issues and more by talking to fascinating people who know more about it all than I do.
Episode 44: Ron Lieber on the Price of College
Ron Lieber recently completed writing a book called “The Price You Pay for College,” and if you’re interested enough in this stuff such that you’re listening to this, then you should read this book. He... The post Episode 44: Ron Lieber on the Price of College appeared first on The Crush.
Episode 43: Prof. Marlene Daut on “Becoming Full Professor While Black”
In the United States, just 6% of college faculty members are Black. It’s a really tough career pathway for anyone, but as we’ll learn from my guest today, there are so many additional hurdles to... The post Episode 43: Prof. Marlene Daut on “Becoming Full Professor While Black” appeared first on The Crush.
Episode 42: Celeste Suris Rosselli and DJ Meehan on College Access in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is subject to a number of unique barriers to accessing college whether they leave the island or stay. These barriers simply don’t exist for any other US state or territory and are a... The post Episode 42: Celeste Suris Rosselli and DJ Meehan on College Access in Puerto Rico appeared first on The Crush.
Episode 41: Mindy Rose and Mark Moody of Shanghai American School
The coronavirus has forced some wildly unprecedented anxieties into an already extremely anxious space. Mindy Rose and Mark Moody of Shanghai American School have had to roll with the punches in a very unique college... The post Episode 41: Mindy Rose and Mark Moody of Shanghai American School appeared first on The Crush.
Episode 40! Oregon State University’s Jon Boeckenstedt
Jon Boeckenstedt is as fearless as he is smart as he is dedicated to Doing The Right Thing as a leader in the realm of college enrollment management. He’s one of these people that everyone... The post Episode 40! Oregon State University’s Jon Boeckenstedt appeared first on The Crush.
Episode 39: Dr. Philip Walsh on the Value of Philosophy
The humanities are in a tough spot these days, and the discipline of philosophy often ends up in the crosshairs as an exemplar of Undergrad Majors That Will Waste Your Time and Money. Good news... The post Episode 39: Dr. Philip Walsh on the Value of Philosophy appeared first on The Crush.
Always thoughtful, and entertaining, too
Davin is a gifted interviewer and careful listener — passionate, well-informed, and curious, with a terrific sense of humor and a light touch, even when handling difficult material. And he finds equally passionate and always-interesting guests, too. If you have any interest in the college admissions process/landscape, it’s well worth going back to the beginning (2015) and listening to every episode.
All corners of college
I love the interesting perspectives gathered from all corners of college this podcast offers: admission, application, issues around access, the purpose and goals of a college education—basically voices from lots of involved parties, thinking about their position, impact, blindspots and imagining a better way forward.
I’m an IB coordinator and Social Studies Teacher who was drawn to this podcast after a recent interview with the Director General of IB, Dr. Siva Kumari, was shared with me by a colleague. Since then I have listened to almost every episode of this show, and have shared several of the podcasts with parent groups, students, and fellow educators. These are relevant, amusing and important discussions with experts who understand the current pressures affecting our kids. Thank you Davin for this terrific podcast and keep up the great work! An absolute must listen for teachers, parents and students caught up in "the crush" of all things college related!