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A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

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A whole lot happens between choosing a list of top schools and getting that thick acceptance envelope in the mail. But you don't have to take that journey alone. On each episode of College Admissions Insider, we talk to real college admissions counselors to bring you expert advice for your college search. Learn how to find the right college fit, build a list of finalists, and create an application that gets noticed. This podcast is an initiative of Bucknell University but is designed for students applying to any school.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 46: All About Accessibility Resources

7/11/2022
You're probably familiar with the age-old proverb that "it takes a village to raise a child." Well, a similar sentiment is true of college, too. It takes a whole support system to help a student get the most out of their college education and experience. For many, that support comes in the form of accessibility resources that promote the wellbeing, productivity, and confidence of students with unique academic, physical or mental health needs. In this episode, we're talking all about...

Duration:00:23:18

Episode 45: Supporting Your Student Throughout College

6/27/2022
College isn't a path that your student travels alone. Walking right beside them is a whole community of professors, classmates, alumni and, of course, you — the family members who have guided and nurtured your student their whole lives. Your support doesn't stop the moment you drop your student off on campus for the first semester. In fact, there are numerous ways that you can continue to advocate for your student, whether they're in their first year of college or rounding out their...

Duration:00:35:17

Episode 44: A Quick Guide to Student Life

6/13/2022
What do you like to do in your free time? If you're the adventurous type, maybe it's exploring the outdoors or trying a new sport. Or catching a concert or theatre performance if you're into the arts. Or maybe you love working with others to better your community. Whatever your extracurricular interests and passions are, college is the ultimate time to dive even deeper into the things that you love. At most colleges, you'll find a whole administrative division dedicated to enhancing the...

Duration:00:19:51

Episode 43: Taking Your Faith to College

5/30/2022
College is much more than a place for academic advancement, or a pit stop on the fast track to a well-paying job. It's a four-year journey marked by mental, social and, sometimes, spiritual growth. This episode is all about the spiritual form of personal development and the role faith can play in a student's college experience. What does it mean if a college has a religious affiliation in the name? What should students of faith look for in religious resources on campus? How can parents...

Duration:00:26:36

Episode 42: The Residential vs. Commuter Experience

5/16/2022
You know the familiar movie scene: A family car pulls up to a cluster of old brick buildings and out jumps a bright eyed-student and their parents. After a drawn-out, emotional goodbye the family car drives off, leaving the student to start this exciting new chapter in their life called “college.” Plenty of first-year students will experience a move-in day like on the Silver Screen. But many others won't, opting to live away from campus and commute to their school instead. In this episode,...

Duration:00:25:11

Episode 41: Applying to College as a Home-schooled Student

5/2/2022
There are somewhere around 15 or 16 million high school students in the U.S. But not all of them walk through locker-lined hallways, sit in 20-person classrooms and count down the seconds until lunch period in the cafeteria. Instead, many students and their families opt for high school learning that happens at home. In this episode, we're offering helpful insights for home-schooled students who are navigating the college process. What are the curriculum requirements to qualify for college?...

Duration:00:23:28

Episode 40: How to Get a Feel for Campus Culture

4/18/2022
If you could run personality tests on the colleges of their choice, what would the results say? Like people, colleges and universities have their own sets of values, distinctive strengths and lenses through which they view the world. All of these characteristics indicate something about a college's culture and the day-to-day experiences students will have on campus. In this episode, we're sharing some tips on how prospective students can get a sense of a university's campus culture — from...

Duration:00:16:56

Minisode: Get To Know Your Hosts

4/11/2022
We're dropping in mid-week with a special mini-episode to share some recent changes at College Admissions Insider. Bryan Wendell, who cohosted the podcast, is now pursuing new and exciting career opportunities beyond Bucknell — and we wish him the best of luck! Joining Brooke Thames as the podcast's new cohost is Becca Haupt Aldredge, senior associate director of admissions at Bucknell. If Becca's name (and voice) sound familiar, that's because she's been a guest on several prior episodes....

Duration:00:14:04

Episode 39: So You Want To Be a Teacher: Preparing for a Career in Education While in College

4/4/2022
Whether we met them in elementary, junior high or high school, we all have that one teacher who went above and beyond to mentor and encourage us. It's easy to think that those wonderful teachers were simply born for the job. But dedicated, compassionate and empowering educators aren't magic — they're made. This episode of College Admissions Insider is for future college students who want to be that wonderful, life-changing teacher someday. In this episode, we'll discuss how to choose the...

Duration:00:21:31

Episode 38: Financial Aid and College Affordability

3/21/2022
Alongside stick-figure families and save-the-environment slogans, there’s another bumper sticker you're bound to see if you spend enough time on the road: "My kid and my money go to [insert university name here]." It's a sticker that's quite real and honest. And in the spirit of being real and honest, we wanted to share an episode of College Admissions Insider that’s all about the truth behind college affordability. In this episode, we’ll define need-based aid, discuss how families should...

Duration:00:18:39

Episode 37: Merit Awards: How Are They Granted?

3/7/2022
Take a moment to consider what you’re good at — an achievement you're most proud of, a skill you’ve spent years perfecting, or an activity or cause you’ve passionately pursued. If you’re a high school student on the track to college, there may be numerous merit scholarships out there for you. Just like colleges and universities themselves, higher education scholarships are abundant and diverse. But unlike need-based financial aid, many of these merit awards don’t consider a student's...

Duration:00:20:33

Episode 36: You Got Your Acceptance Letter — Now What?

2/21/2022
You researched every fact and figure about your choice institutions, wrote and rewrote the perfect admissions essay, and connected with everyone from current students to admissions counselors — all in hopes of receiving that life-changing notification that says, “Congratulations! You’ve been admitted.” Well done! You should be quite proud. But after the confetti settles to the floor, there's still work to be done. Receiving an acceptance letter on Decision Day is far from the end of the...

Duration:00:22:30

Episode 35: What to Do While You Wait for a Decision

2/7/2022
While search engines provide millions of answers in less than a second, there is one life-changing question for which the answer doesn't arrive as quickly: Did I get in? When you want to know whether you’ve been accepted into your college of choice, things don't happen quickly. In fact, it may be months between the moment you press “submit” on your application and the day that acceptance notification appears in your virtual or physical mailbox. So what do you do in the meantime? In this...

Duration:00:25:30

Episode 34: Preparing for Your Dream Job While in High School

1/24/2022
When do you find "the one"? Some people don't pinpoint their perfect career path until midway through college. For others, that true passion waits to reveal itself after years of being in the workforce. But for a lucky few, that dream job shines brightly early on. These ambitious high schoolers are certain of what they want to do with their degrees before they even begin their college search. This episode of College Admissions Insider is for that last group — the high schoolers who are...

Duration:00:28:18

Episode 33: So You Want To Be a Doctor: Preparing for a Medical Career While in College

1/10/2022
For high school students who aspire to be doctors or work in health care, there are numerous fields to choose from — areas like surgery, physical therapy and dentistry, to name just three. But what is the right path to reaching that career? What majors might best set you up for success? And how many years should you expect to be in college? Helping us navigate those questions and more is Alison Patterson, a pre-health adviser at Bucknell’s Center for Career Advancement. She holds a Ph.D....

Duration:00:23:49

Episode 32: So You Want To Be a Lawyer: Preparing for Law School While in College

12/27/2021
It’s one of the oldest professions and a job that touches nearly every aspect of our lives, from finances and real estate to commerce, health care, and beyond. That far-reaching trade is law, which encompasses far more than the intense courtroom scenes we see in crime movies and TV shows. In fact, there are more than a dozen major fields of law and an array of even more nuanced concentrations offered at law schools around the country. But for those who dream of attending law school one...

Duration:00:21:32

Episode 31: How I Crafted a Killer Application Essay

12/13/2021
Think about the latest TV series you binge-watched. Did it start by saying, "In this TV show, you'll meet a messed-up family with lots of problems." Probably not. It likely threw you right into the story, sharing something interesting just a few moments after you pressed "play." In other words, it hooked you quickly, and it did so by showing, not telling. What if you applied this same strategy to application essays? In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll share how to create...

Duration:00:20:00

Episode 30: Inside the Mind of an Application Reader, Vol. 2

11/29/2021
If you're on Bucknell's mailing list, you might have seen an email telling high school students that when they apply to Bucknell, a real human — not some computer algorithm — reviews their application personally. At Bucknell, we're proud of that fact. But that statement might raise a follow-up question: Who are those humans who will review my application? In this episode of College Admissions Insider, you'll meet two members of the team that reviews Bucknell applications. Whether you're...

Duration:00:33:10

Episode 29: Why Bucknell? Students Answer the Top Questions About Bucknell

11/15/2021
There's no better resource for learning about a university than its students. Nobody else truly knows what it's like to live in that campus community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students are the ones who take the classes, attend the events, participate in the clubs and live in the residence halls. That's why it's so important to talk to actual students when researching colleges. By hearing why they chose that school and learning what life is like there, you'll gain a clearer picture...

Duration:00:31:41

Episode 28: Making the Most of a Counselor Visit to Your High School

11/1/2021
Sometimes you travel a long distance to go see a college or university that interests you. Other times, if you're lucky, that college or university comes to see you. They're called counselor visits, and they're a great way to learn more about a university without leaving school grounds. In this episode of College Admissions Insider, we'll share our top tips for making the most of these counselor visits. We'll cover it all — what happens during a typical counselor visit, whether students...

Duration:00:26:17