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Destination YOUniversity

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Destination YOUniversity is a podcast for parents of college bound teens and the mentors and educators who support them. If you are looking to learn quality tips, true tales of real applicants, and candid behind-the-scene truths about the college admission process, you've come to the right place. College dreams and EXPERT college advice is distributed here, no matter who you are, where you live, or where your teen attends high school. Join us!

Destination YOUniversity is a podcast for parents of college bound teens and the mentors and educators who support them. If you are looking to learn quality tips, true tales of real applicants, and candid behind-the-scene truths about the college admission process, you've come to the right place. College dreams and EXPERT college advice is distributed here, no matter who you are, where you live, or where your teen attends high school. Join us!

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Destination YOUniversity is a podcast for parents of college bound teens and the mentors and educators who support them. If you are looking to learn quality tips, true tales of real applicants, and candid behind-the-scene truths about the college admission process, you've come to the right place. College dreams and EXPERT college advice is distributed here, no matter who you are, where you live, or where your teen attends high school. Join us!

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English


Episodes

#86 - How STEAM Students Find Their Passion

7/28/2021
How do video games give you the skills to be a successful college applicant? Hear about this and much more from Jon Cassie, Director of Innovation at TVT Community Day School in Irvine, CA. If you want to learn about the benefits of connecting the Arts with STEM, this episode is for you. If you want to hear how one can apply knowledge from tabletop games, board games, and video games to "real life", this episode is for you. TRUTH: There are real skills you can take away from playing games...

Duration:00:45:04

#85 - Performing Arts Student Finds A College With Choir And Strong Academics

7/20/2021
Are you trying to figure out how to balance an arts focus with academic rigor? Listen to Jamie of Chapman University to hear more about this and other topics! If you want to hear about how you balance different needs when it comes to choosing the right college, this episode is for you. If you need to know what the most important aspect of your application is, this episode is for you. TRUTH: Applying to college is a (temporary) part time job. TIP: When you're going through the admissions...

Duration:00:30:05

#84 - A Conversation With United Nations Consultant & Fulbright Fellow

7/13/2021
What do college admissions staff actually WANT to see in your application? In this episode, hear about this (and more) from Jon Rice, Director of Transfer Admission at the University of San Francisco. If you want to know HOW authentic you should be on your college application, this episode is for you. If you want to hear more about when to say "yes" when opportunity calls, this episode is for you. TRUTH: You never know what's going to impress an admission counselor. TIP: Make sure to...

Duration:00:34:57

#83 - From LA Private School to Flagship University: Meet Briana of Lawrence University

7/7/2021
Is it okay to change or adjust your college path? In this episode, hear from Briana of Lawrence University about that and more. If you are worried about not knowing your preferred major or college, this episode is for you. If you want to see how much relationships can help you on your college journey, this episode is for you. TRUTH: Change - it is okay to change your mind, and to be your own person! TIP: If you need to change majors, or even colleges, that's okay! One key to being...

Duration:00:33:41

#82 - Keep St. Mary's College Weird

7/5/2021
Do you want to learn about why it's important to be weird? In this episode, hear from David Hautanen - Vice President for Enrollment Management at St. Mary's College - about why he loves St. Mary's, and how important it is to be truly yourself. If you want to hear about how your weirdness can help you get into college, this episode is for you. If you want to know how to balance parent involvement with your college application, this episode is for you. TRUTH: Colleges want you to BE YOU, be...

Duration:00:38:51

#81 - A First Generation To College Student Gets A Nudge From His English Teacher

6/23/2021
Are you trying to figure out what it is that colleges want to learn about you in your application? Check out this interview with Carlos Leyva, admission counselor, to hear more. If you want to learn about why colleges want to see your true PASSION, this episode is for you. If you want to learn about what it can be like to go on the journey to college as a first generation college student, this episode is for you. TIP: What You See In Others Is What You Believe In Yourself. TALE: Carlos had...

Duration:00:39:41

#80 - On the Ramp to Your Future

6/16/2021
How do you make your college application stand out? Check out this interview with Carl Forbes, Associate Director for Multicultural Admissions at The Evergreen State College. If you're thinking about how to show off your passions to colleges, this episode is for you. If you're curious about the perspective of an admissions office expert, this episode is for you. TIP: Counting Backwards Forces Forward Thinking TALE: Picture this: On your 10th birthday there are only 7 candles burning atop...

Duration:00:37:08

#79 - A Conversation with Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admission

6/8/2021
How do you go about following your college dreams? Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admission April Crabtree shows us how to be a dream-builder. If you want to feel inspired to follow your goals, this episode is for you. If you want encouragement to keep at it, this episode is for you. TIP: I CHOOSE CROW POSE. TALE: Reading the bios of our guests for Dream College Academy is always a treat, but this particular bio made me stop in my tracks. This decorated Fulbright scholar...

Duration:00:38:15

#78 - 3 Most Important College Essay Tips

6/1/2021
What does my college essay need in order to accomplish its intended goal? College essay specialist Betsy Cadel gives us great tales and tips on writing excellent college essays. If you want to learn more what your essay HAS to demonstrate, this episode is for you. If you want to learn what YOU should be doing to stand out on your college application, this episode is for you. Parents: hear Betsy and Dr. C speak about the most important things YOU need to be doing to ensure your child's...

Duration:00:47:19

#77 - Test Prep, AP Scores, Grades - The Future of Quantifiable Data

5/25/2021
How do you navigate the world of quantifiable data as requirements are changing? Candice Lapin fills us in. If you want to learn more about the impact of test prep, AP scores, and grades, this episode is for you. If you want to learn what YOU should be doing to improve your Academic Qualities, this episode is for you. TRUTH: In terms of Academic Qualities (AQs), a lot is changing in the world of college admissions. All you can control is what YOU do, and what skills YOU are going to build...

Duration:00:39:37

#76 - 10 Strategies to Beef Up Your College Admissions Resume During a Pandemic

5/18/2021
How can you strengthen your college application/resume during a pandemic?? Listen to this interview with Vince, college admissions guide, to find out. If you're wondering how important community service is, this episode is for you. If you're thinking about ways to boost your college resume, this episode is for you. TIP: Never Force a teen to do something they find undesirable. TALE: When I worked with private clients one of the things families are surprised about is when I give permission...

Duration:00:46:29

#3 Barbara Connor’s Five First-Choice Colleges© Approach To The College Admission Process

2/19/2021
What happens when you move 11 times before the age of 20? You begin to learn, listen, watch, try, and begin again and again. Learn poignant lessons from this all-star army brat turned esteemed educator. The lesson this week: Change is constant. My question is: Are we shaped by those around us or that which surrounds us? This week our guest, Barbara T. Conner, Director of College Counseling at Foxcroft School in Northern Virginia, shares her extensive experience in helping thousands of...

Duration:00:53:00

#9 Canh's College Journey: Good Student, Great Athlete. Bi-Racial. Adopted.

2/19/2021
This episode is packed with valuable golden nuggets for parents, teens, athletes, students struggling with identity, and students who have gifts and talents in something other than academics. Canh Oxelson's shares his real life journey to college. It is one of the most real and candid interviews I've had. Trust me, this one is fabulous! OK, but I digress. What is the message of this episode? Interested Students Become Interesting Applicants. Period. Students ask, "What do I do? How will I...

Duration:00:52:36

#42 Ross Mankuta: The Reality of 30K+ Valedictorians, Class Presidents, Football Team Captains

2/19/2021
There are over 30K high schools, which means there are 30+ valedictorians, class presidents, team captains, etc. While the average acceptance rate to colleges across the country is over 60%, if your child has a "dream college" on their mind, you won't want to miss this episode. How will s/he stand out among a pool of thousands? Be Present. Be Open. Be Uncomfortable. Today, our guest, Ross Mankuta, offers his tips, tales, and lessons on how teaching your child to be present, be open-minded,...

Duration:00:59:22

#1 My Mom: The ONE Word Every Parent Should Remove

2/19/2021
The Word Every Parent Should Remove Be a good listener. I hear parents pass this advice along generation after generation. But my question is, “Whose voice are we listening to?” The messages we hear become the messages we believe. And the beliefs children internalize shape who they are and who they become. If you want your child to truly believe she/he can achieve anything, there is ONE WORD all parents must remove from their vocabulary. After a recent conversation with my own mother, I...

Duration:00:50:26

#48: Paying For College. Debt Free Degree.

2/19/2021
Episode #48 Paying For College: Earn A Debt Free Degree. My mother screamed on the other end of the phone and I ran around the house like a kid on Christmas. The pure joy is indescribable. When I look back now, I understand there is no other satisfaction than seeing your child happy. I cannot imagine where I would be if Mom had said, “Ladybug, we can’t afford to send you to your dream college.” Parents, the best gift you can give your child is a debt free college diploma. If you have a...

Duration:00:58:13

The Parent Blueprint To Know More, Love More, Dream Bigger

10/21/2020
It happens every year. I get a call from a parent who says the following: 1. We’re not getting what we need from school. 2. My kid is a senior in high school. 3. Can you help us? These are three comments I’ve heard more times than I can count and the honest answer is, “No.” I can’t help your daughter OR son if we’re in a situation where you’ve gone so far down the road where your school isn’t delivering what you need. Wanting to attend a dream college late junior year is like asking a girl...

Duration:00:47:57

Is COVID Widening The Education Gap? How To Stay Ahead In College Admissions.

9/10/2020
Perhaps this is a trick question, but I dare say the question is NOT, Is COVID widening the education gap, but rather how much will this pandemic exacerbate the already stark inequities in our national K-12 system? High School seniors wrestle with what to do and how to explain what their own education has looked like over the last 6 months. Sophomores and juniors question what will matter most in two or three years? I've been asked over and over again, What should my kid be doing now? What...

Duration:00:39:58

COVID and College Admissions: 3 Rumors, 3 Truths & 3 Predictions

8/26/2020
Do you feel like you’re living in the Twilight Zone? Do you secretly hope you’ll fall asleep and wake up and 2020 will be over? If you are a parent of a college bound teen, all you want is their future happiness. I know. I get it. If your teen is the class of 2021-2024, their college admission journey will be affected by COVID. Just when your teen was about to become the lead in the musical, the next Hideo Nomo, study abroad, or start a new job, the world came to an end as we know it. If...

Duration:00:37:51

Encore The Word Every Parent Should Remove

8/12/2020
Be a good listener. I hear parents pass this advice along to their children. My question is, “Whose voice are we listening to?” The messages we hear become the messages we believe. If you want your child to truly believe she/he can achieve anything, there is ONE WORD all parents must remove from their vocabulary. After a recent conversation with my own mother, I learned of her decision to change this one word in our home. That one word changed the trajectory of my life and I’ve invited my...

Duration:00:53:58