Rank #1: Is A Transfer Track the Right Choice For You?
While this episode was recorded before the pandemic, the information is particularly relevant today as many students and their families scramble to make alternate college plans.
Over the years, no more so than now, I've heard many parents say, "We're just going to have her go to community college because she doesn't know what she wants to do."
Changing course can often be a great choice, but there are some risks that come from opting out of the first 2 years at a 4-year college. The most important thing is to have a clear understand of both the upshots and downsides of opting for a transfer track before making your decision.
Here's the thing, though. Whether you opt to go straight to college, head into a transfer track, or defer enrollment to take a gap year, you get the most out of each experience if you know what you want to do with your life.
After 12 years in the college admissions space, I've worked with so many students who were checking the boxes to take the next steps without really understanding the Big Why behind their actions. So I've created a course to help.
The inaugural run of my live-led program, My Big Why Life, kicks off started on November 1st. I'd love to have you be a part of the journey so that you can gain clarity of purpose as you transition to adulthood.
Head to BigWhyLife.com to learn more!
About Kat Clowes
Kat is the founder of March Consulting. She holds several degrees, including an MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s College, a BA in Communications from Santa Clara University, and a post-graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine.
An associate member of the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association (IECA) and the Higher Educational Consultant’s Association (HECA), she visits college campuses throughout the United States to discover more about the great options available to a variety of different students. She brings that knowledge home with her to help students discover the schools best fit for their needs.
Her favorite part of her job is watching clients discover that they have something to offer the world and find the means of communicating it.
To learn more about Kat, her team, and her services, head to MyMarchConsulting.com.
Oct 15 2020
Rank #2: Increasing Our Capacity To Focus
Recorded long before the pandemic hit, this episode seems rather fortuitous given the biggest challenge I'm currently facing in lockdown: focus.
My dear friend and fellow bookworm Jen Hoffman joins us to share her incredible tips for cultivating the practice of focus.
Yes! Focus is a muscle that must be cultivated but that muscle can atrophy in our high tech world. Our devices are incredible tools that are keeping us connected in these crazy times, but their ability to keep us in contact with others comes with a cost.
Today we'll explore this concept together and discover simple practices that we can weave into the fabric of our day to help us increase our capacity to focus.
About Jennifer Hoffman
Jennifer Hoffman is a Certified Personal Trainer-Restorative Exercise Specialist (CPT-RES) , a Registered Yoga Teacher (eRYT-500), and founder of HealthyMoving.com.
Jen has worked with thousands of students sharing tips to help them make lasting improvements to their health and wellness. Everything she teaches is based on one crazy truth: that you don’t need to exercise to be healthy. Instead, for lasting wellness, she encourages us to weave Healthy Moving into the fabric of our day so we can feel amazing in and about our bodies.
To learn more about Jen and her work, visit HealthyMoving.com.
Sep 30 2020
Rank #3: How to Thrive in Uncertainty
Living in times of great uncertainty is no easy feat. The good news is that there are skills and practices that you can cultivate that can help you not only cope but thrive.
While 2020 is giving the word "uncertain" a run for its money, the truth is that life is always uncertain to some degree.
Whether it's a year when the waters are rough and choppy or a momentary bobble, the tips the Dr. Maggie Wray shares with us today will help you learn to thrive in these (and all) uncertain times.
About Dr. Maggie Wray
Dr. Maggie Wray is a certified ADHD Coach & Academic Life Coach and the founder of Creating Positive Futures. She and her team help high school and college students learn how to earn better grades with less stress and empower students to develop the mindset, organization, time management, and study skills they need to achieve their goals.
You can learn more about Dr. Wray and her work at CreatingPositiveFutures.com.
Sep 22 2020
Rank #4: Networking From A Distance
Networking. It's such a daunting topic for so many people, but - as hard as it is to network in person - it's made even more challenging at a distance.
That said, there are lots of things we can do to make networking more enjoyable whether we're doing so face-to-face or remotely.
This skill is an important one for life. Even if networking makes you a bit squeamish, this episode will give you some practical, tactical tips to help you connect with others in an authentic way that can also greatly boost your growth.
About Derek Hoffman
After a successful career at one of the Big 4 accounting firms, Derek has changed tacks and is now climbing the ranks at a large entertainment company.
Derek is a high achiever and problem solver who has been recognized by both guests and leaders for his exemplary service in his new position. The 3 main reasons I think he receives such accolades is due to his insatiable curiosity, his creativity, and his remarkable people skills.
He also makes a mean chicken alfredo. Seriously, don't miss out on the super easy recipe at the end of the episode!
A few books to add to your bookshelf...
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnagie
- The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino
- The Go Giver by Bob Berg
- The Platinum Rule by Tony Alessandra
Sep 15 2020
Rank #5: Locking Down Your Productivity
Last spring was incredibly challenging. The upheaval of our normal day-to-day lives unsurprisingly took a toll on the work we did.
While that's completely understandable given the circumstances, as we head into the new school year, it's important that we focus on ways we can continue to thrive even in the face of tremendous uncertainty.
One thing that helps me feel grounded is to continue to do high quality work and move my various projects forward. That sense of momentum is important to my sense of well-being and the best way I know to continue to work on a high level is to revisit my productivity habits from time to time.
Today, Thomas Frank from CollegeInfoGeek.com will be joining us to help us improve our productivity as we get the new school year underway.
About Thomas Frank
Thomas Frank is an author, YouTuber, musician, and podcaster who is passionate about helping people become more capable and productive.
Most of his work today is done at College Info Geek – a site he created in 2010 in order to share his experiments in becoming a more effective student. Today, College Info Geek is one of the world’s largest and best-loved resources for students, and includes a blog, podcast, and a YouTube channel with over 1.7 million subscribers.
Learn more about Thomas at CollegeInfoGeek.com.
- Gain access to Thomas's 2 courses on productivity for free at CollegeInfoGeek.com/courses.
- Check out Thomas's YouTube Channel.
Sep 08 2020
Rank #6: How to Conduct Virtual College Visits
After the initial shock of quarantine life wore off last spring, I realized that one of the biggest ways that the Class of 2021 was going to be impacted by Coronavirus was the inability to visit college campuses. Instead, the state of the world was going to necessitate a shift to virtual college visits.
Spring break, especially during junior year, is a critical time as many high school students travel the country and get up close and personal with the schools on their college list.
College visits are incredibly important for a few reasons. Not only do they help students more fully imagine the what the next steps of their education will look like, they also help students demonstrate interest to the college. When selecting a college, you're selecting your home for the next 4 years.
You probably wouldn't buy a house sight unseen and buying into a particular college sight unseen is equally risky.
So what should we do now that travel is seriously restricted? How can we still get the feel for a college but do so in a virtual or socially distant way?
Today Kelly Queijo of SmartCollegeVisit.com will help us discover how to best use the myriad digital tools now available to us to forge true connection as we select our colleges from a distance.
About Kelly Queijo
A Virginia Tech alumna, Kelly Queijo, is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur and founder of Smart College Visit, Inc. Kelly is passionate about education, technology and travel, whether live or virtual.
Smart College Visit publishes current, relative, and relatable content for students, parents, and high school guidance counselors, while SCV Journey provides students an easy way to search for colleges that meet their criteria, access college profile data and create their own, personalized college list.
Sep 01 2020
Rank #7: Navigating College Essay Writing in 2020
Writing your college essay can be an incredibly daunting task. It can be hard to know how to talk about yourself in a way that shares what you've accomplished without seeming like you're bragging. Or you may struggle to find anything to talk about. After all, what makes you special?
Whether you see yourself as unique or have a hard time identifying what makes you intriguing, in 2020 there's an additionally complicated layer of living in extraordinary times.
With pandemics raging and social justice movements surging, you may find yourself at even more of a loss as to how to get started with writing your personal statement.
Should you talk about the pandemic? Should you address the challenges you faced or the causes you've championed? Should you ignore the current events and write an essay that sounds like it could've been written any other year?
The College Essay Guy Ethan Sawyer is here to help us navigate this tricky terrain with calm confidence.
About Ethan Sawyer
Ethan Sawyer is a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. Each year he helps thousands of students and counselors through his online courses, workshops, articles, and books, and works privately with a small number of students.
Raised in Spain, Ecuador, and Colombia, Ethan has studied at seventeen different schools and has worked as a teacher, curriculum writer, voice actor, motivational speaker, community organizer, and truck driver. He is a certified Myers-Briggs® specialist, and his type (ENFJ) will tell you that he will show up on time, that he'll be excited to meet you, and that, more than anything, he is committed to—and an expert in—helping you realize your potential.
You can learn more about Ethan on his website CollegeEssayGuy.com.
Ethan's website had a whole slew of amazing resources.
Here are a few great places to start...
Aug 25 2020
Rank #8: Finding College Scholarships During A Pandemic
Throughout the years, I've noticed that many of the families I've worked with have focused exclusively on getting into college throughout high school. There's a sense that you ought to know where you're going and what it will cost before figuring out the financial side of the equation.
Unfortunately, though, delaying thinking about paying for college can cause you to leave a lot of money on the table. As important as it is to consider the paying for college question in normal times, it's even more important to think about it in a year in which so much is in flux in our lives.
Since the FAFSA that you fill out starting in October 2020 will not take into account how COVID-19 may have impacted your finances this year, private scholarships are a great way to fill any gap that the institutional calculations based on your 2019 tax return may leave.
Today's interview with Jocelyn Pearson of The Scholarship System will shed light on how you can approach the scholarship search this year and beyond.
About Jocelyn Pearson
Jocelyn is the founder of The Scholarship System, an online program designed to help families avoid college debt by teaching them how to earn thousands of dollars in scholarships.
Necessity is the mother of invention and, as the oldest of 5 kids, Jocelyn needed to find a way to pay her own way for college. She founded the The Scholarship System after graduating college with no student loans.
To date, The Scholarship System has saved families over $2.5 million -- and counting! Learn more about Jocelyn and her team @ TheScholarshipSystem.com.
Aug 18 2020
Rank #9: To Test or Not To Test
Today we're going to dive into a question I've received so very many times over the last few months: Lauren, should we take the ACT or SAT this year?
Gosh, I wish I could give a quick DO IT! or DON'T DO IT! answer, but - as with most things this year - the reality is far more complex than any one pat answer can adequately address.
This episode will walk you through a framework that will give you guidance to make the decision that's right for you based on all of the information available to you today.
By the end of this episode, you'll be able to comfortably and confidently make the decision that's right for you.
About Lauren Gaggioli
After graduating from New York University with her B.F.A. in Theater, Lauren moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. To make time for auditions during the day, she called upon her academic roots from her high school days and began tutoring the ACT and SAT.
She quickly fell in love - not with the exams, but with the feeling that she was helping students put their feet on a firm path towards a big, bright future.
(Ok, maybe she fell a little bit in love with the exams too. Her dad didn't nickname her #2 Pencil Nerd for nothing.)
After 7 years working as an in-home tutor with a large test prep firm and then in her own independent tutoring company, Lauren distilled her experiences into the 4 different ACT & SAT prep programs that are now available through her company, Higher Scores Test Prep.
Lauren's love of teaching and compassion for what students are facing in today's complex, competitive college admissions landscape allows her to bring a little bit of calm to her corner of the college admissions process.
4 steps to determine whether you should take the ACT or SAT:
- Create your college list.
- Research your colleges' current admissions policies.
- Research your colleges' current merit aid/scholarship requirements.
- Run the Rejection Test.
- To discover colleges that would be a great fit for you, visit BigFuture.com.
- To decide if you should take the ACT or SAT, watch this short video.
- To get started on your test prep journey for free, download my free eBook, The Insider's Guide to the ACT & SAT.
Aug 11 2020
Rank #10: How Financial Aid Is Being Impacted By Coronavirus
When thinking about next steps for college admissions in the time of Coronavirus, something that is top of mind for so many families is the cost.
Frankly, it should be top of mind any time we're talking about college.
There is a lot of need-based aid and merit-based aid that's available, even in these challenging times. But, as with so much of the college admissions process, getting organized and hitting deadlines is critical to ensure that you get every free dollar you're eligible for.
Today we're going to be discussing the need-based aid side of things. (Don't worry! We'll get to merit aid and scholarships in future episodes too!)
About Jodi Okun
Author. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Financial Advisor. Jodi Okun is one of the “Top 30 Social Influencers in Personal Finance & Wealth,” according to Huffington Post. As the founder of College Financial Aid Advisors, she has helped thousands of families successfully navigate the financial aid process and open educational possibilities for their children, regardless of cost. In addition to CFFA, Jodi’s background includes former financial aid consultant at Occidental and Pitzer College.
You can get in touch with Jodi on her website CollegeFinancialAidAdvisors.com.
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Aug 04 2020