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First Choice College Tips - Episode 13

In this episode James talks to Jeff Iserson, principle at NC3 and Co-founder of Stars by NC3 which provides career individual assistance and professional career coaching for college students. Stars by NC3 gives students the training, tools and insights to maximize their chances of getting hired after college. Topics include


First Choice College Tips - Episode 12

The First Choice College Tips Podcast is brought to you by, comprised of some of the greatest minds in college planning, they help families to make informed decisions about students transition to college. In this episode, we discuss the all important college admissions essay. James speaks to Meghean Gormley, director of essay writing at First Choice College and owner of Rough Draft Essays. Topics include: - What makes a good college essay - How students can get...


First Choice College Tips - Episode 11

In this episode James catches up with his former roommate at Yale University Bill Tessier. After studying a BA in fine art, Bill went on to complete his masters at UCLA. Bill started his career in animation as an intern working on Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone at Sony Pictures. He went on to work in animation for many years, receiving credits for films including: Stuart Little 2, Open Season, Bee Movie, Kung fu Panda 2, Frozen, Polar Express. Bill also worked in the games industry for...


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James speaks to Dave Malarkey former professor of veterinary pathology in NC state. James and Dave talk about how students can prepare for a career within the veterinary industry. What additional activities should you take as well as getting a degree? Advice on choosing and gaining a place at a vet school, training opportunities and more.


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This episode is sponsored by In this episode James speaks to experienced animator TJ Sullivan. With over 20 years experience Sullivan has worked for Dreamworks, Nickolodeon, Lucas Film Animation. In his spare time he also illustrates the online comic "Going Boldly" ( James asks Sullivan about how he got into the animation industry and most importantly the types of training and tools he recommends for upcoming animators to get a...


First Choice College Tips - Episode 8

In the final installment we continue our discussion with Jackie Jewett of Mitchell College. Jackie gives her advice for athletes applying to college and talks about her experience as a parent with children who have gone through the college process. Look out for upcoming episodes featuring an animation and veterinary professor. This episode was brought to you by Online College Planning, featuring some of the best minds helping students to find their best fit college.


First Choice College Tips - Episode 7

This episode, brought to you by Online College Planning continues a past episode with admissions officer Jackie Jewett at Mitchell college. In this second part Jackie gives her tips and advice for parents who have children with additional needs. Topics include:


First Choice College Tips - Episode 6

In this episode James speaks to David Dorfman, professor of dance at Connecticut College and founder of David Dorfman Dance. An award winning choreographer, David has had a long career teaching dance and working on hit shows including Tony award winning play "Indecent". This episode is perfect for anyone looking to start a major in dance or other performing arts. David answers questions including: - How students should decide to apply to a liberal arts college with a dance major or a...


First Choice College Tips - Episode 5

In this episode James interviews Jacqueline Jewett Director of education outreach, parent engagement, student relations at Mitchell College in New London, CT. James speaks to Jewett about topics including the Weighted vs Unweighted GPA, college essays, interviewing and more. James asks Jacqueline about her favorite admission essay and her advice for students writing their own. What should a student write about in their admissions essay? how does an essay impact a students chances of being...


First Choice College Tips - Episode 4

In this episode we cover the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), discussing the importance of the form and what families should be aware of when filling it out. James speaks to Todd Kelly, financial planning expert and one of the founding partners of Online College Planning who gives his top advice, as well as some of the common mistakes to look out for.


First Choice College Tips - Episode 3

James speaks to Keirsten Sires from about the site that rates college coaches and simplifies the college recruiting process. Learn about how you can use lockerroomtalk to help you find a coach and navigate your own college recruitment.


First Choice College Tips - Episode 2

In this episode James speaks to Christina Hamilton, the director of admissions for undergraduates at Sacred Heart University. James speaks to Christina about the admissions process at Sacred Heart university in CT, as well as admissions advice in general, including information on: The college admissions essay - Joining sports programs - Academic advising - Advice for students with learning difficulties - Advice for parents - Top admission tips And a whole lot more!


First Choice College Tips - Episode 1

This is the first episode in the series of informative, engaging tips for the student preparing for college. This po In the first ever episode of the First Choice College tips podcast, James Maroney speaks to Kevin Phillips the associate vice president for enrollment at the University of New Haven. One of the most common questions parents ask is: What do colleges look at? How important is a students GPA score, what if it's a weighted or non weighted GPA? This is an unmissable episode for...