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The only educational podcast that informs and empowers to close the educational gap by making higher education attainable through informative discussion with educators.

    Season 4, Episode 10: Beyond the Application (The Things You're Not Thinking About)

    Season 4, Episode 10: Beyond the Application (The Things You're Not Thinking About)

    In this episode, we wanted to organize a list of THE INTANGIBLES -- what you should think about beyond the college application (activities, academics, etc.). We specifically chose to spend some time on the miscellaneous things that students and parents do not necessarily think about when they think about their high school journey. 
    From reading for pleasure to social media, we cover a wide array of things that our parents and students should be thinking about besides what goes in a college application. 

    • 52 min
    Season 4, Episode 9: SAT Adversity Score

    Season 4, Episode 9: SAT Adversity Score

    A new "adversity score" assigned by the College Board on the SAT exam will reportedly reflect students' family income, environment and educational differences in an effort to level the playing field in the highly competitive college admissions process. In this episode, we'll dive into what our speakers think about the new adversity score, its implications, and general advice. 
    If you were worried about new adversity score, or had questions about it, this is a great episode for you to tune in on! 

    • 31 min
    Season 4, Episode 8: There’s More to College than Getting into College (David Coleman)

    Season 4, Episode 8: There’s More to College than Getting into College (David Coleman)

    In this episode, we do something special and review an article written by the CEO of the College Board, David Coleman. He writes in The Atlantic his piece titled, “There’s More to College than Getting into College,” which argues for us to reassess the key factors that not just make a great college-bound student, but also enables students to succeed through college and beyond. Given the rising interest and growing intensity of how parents and students approach the college admissions process, we thought it would be an excellent feature on this episode to discuss what the head of college standardized testing had to say about where we are headed and what advice he offers to do college the right way.
     
    Three topics we discuss based on David Coleman's article:

    Finding Great Teachers


    Picking an Activity (or maybe two)


    Learning to love ideas, even when it hurts.

     

    • 45 min
    Season 4, Episode 7: Top Application Questions

    Season 4, Episode 7: Top Application Questions

    While the school year might be coming to an end for most of our students, our Class of 2020 students are starting the college application process. As such, we thought it would be great to hit the Top 5 most frequently asked questions that students and parents ask about the college application process. We do feel like this would be helpful for all grade levels as they can prepare for their college applications early and keep this information in mind.  
     
    Questions that we discuss today are:

    How do admissions evaluate my application?


    Should I apply early?


    Should I do an optional interview?


    Should I tell colleges about any extenuating circumstances that impacted my grades?


    How can I make my application stand out?

    • 49 min
    Season 4, Episode 6: End of the Year - What You Must Consider

    Season 4, Episode 6: End of the Year - What You Must Consider

    As we approach the end of the school year, we thought we’d give you a quick checklist of what you should consider and be mindful of in this episode. We know this is a very stressful time for some of our students, so we want to make it easier for you to digest your next steps!
     
    A few things you should consider that we dive into in this episode are:

    APs: First 3 weeks of May


    SAT IIs/SAT I/ACT: June


    2nd Semester GPA


    Finals: Finishing your school year strong


    Teacher Appreciation Day, 5/7


    11th Graders: Teacher Recommendations request


    Solidifying Summer Plans (all grade levels)


    ...and MORE!

    • 37 min
    Season 4, Episode 5: Making the College Decision and Waitlisted Next Steps

    Season 4, Episode 5: Making the College Decision and Waitlisted Next Steps

    As many of you may or may not know, college admissions decisions came out throughout the month of March, and many of our seniors are making their decisions on which college they should attend -- where they should go for the next four years.
    Some students may have also been waitlisted to their top choice schools, so in this episode, we talk about: 1) What to consider and what NOT to consider when making your college decision and 2) What to do if you are waitlisted.
    A few topics we cover in this episode are:

    Statement of Intent to Register: 5/1


    Admit Weekend or Admit Day, Admission Day, Bruin Day (UCLA), Quaker Day (UPenn), Newly Admitted Students Day (Harvard)


    What to consider when choosing your college


    What NOT to consider when choosing your college


    Waitlist next steps: intent to stay on waitlist, Continued Interest Letter, etc.

    • 49 min

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A MUST LISTEN for HS Students!

I can't believe this podcast is completely free!! A perfect combination of information and conversation. Thanks Hall Pass!

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The best

I'm a college student now and WISH I had this podcast when I was in high school. So much useful information

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A must for all students!

This is a must listen for all high school and college students, and the parents as well. So much valuable information

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