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College Scoops helps parents and students find the right college fit. We are focused on all things college-related, whether you are in high school or graduating from college. We connect and engage with students, parents, educators, entrepreneurs, and authors who share their advice, guidance, and lessons learned. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support

College Scoops helps parents and students find the right college fit. We are focused on all things college-related, whether you are in high school or graduating from college. We connect and engage with students, parents, educators, entrepreneurs, and authors who share their advice, guidance, and lessons learned. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


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College Scoops helps parents and students find the right college fit. We are focused on all things college-related, whether you are in high school or graduating from college. We connect and engage with students, parents, educators, entrepreneurs, and authors who share their advice, guidance, and lessons learned. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support






Episode 127: What Do Coaches Look For in a College Recruit with Amy Bryant

On today’s podcast, we talk to Amy Bryant, the Founder of Bryant College Coaching and an NCAA head coach and former player. She talks to us about what students can expect during the college recruiting process and the importance of being well prepared to get recruited. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 126: Explore Five Underrated Colleges with Jill Ortman

Every college has their wow factor, and with today's guest, Jill Ortman, we discuss many lesser known but academically strong schools exploring everything from the programs and majors they offer to dining options, athletics, and campus life. Whether it is High Point University’s Steakhouse or Creighton University’s student-run Apple Store, every college has something unique to offer students so grab a pen as you might just add a new college to your list! --- Support this podcast:...


Episode 125: From the Desk of a High School College Counselor with Guest Ann LaFemina

When students are touring college campuses, it is easy for them to get overwhelmed by a host of new information and their surroundings. But, it does not have to be a stressful process. On today’s podcast, we are joined by Ann LaFemina to discuss the importance of college counselors and how they can help students in the college search process. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 124: Raise Your Hand If You Are Undecided with Guest Aaron Basko

Oftentimes, people are worried about entering college as an undeclared major. On today’s podcast, we speak with Aaron Basko, a leader in the field of higher education, about how there is nothing wrong with students not knowing what they want to study when they initially begin college. Although waiting to declare a major is often stigmatized, students are able to form relationships with faculty members across multiple disciplines who can help guide them in the right direction. --- Support...


Episode 123: Our Contestant Today is Nikkee Porcaro!

On today’s podcast, we talk to Nikkee Porcaro. As a multi-talented gymnast, former Jeopardy contestant, entrepreneur, and test prep expert, Nikkee is knowledge on how to apply one’s skills in order to be successful. In this episode, she talks to us about the pros and cons of taking standardized tests for college, as well as strategies to help you or your students succeed. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 122: An Author’s Tips on How to Write a College Essay with Julie Gerstenblatt

Being a writer, whether you’re aiming for a writing career or simply crafting an essay to get into college, is daunting. Julie Gerstenblatt, who is an author and professor, joins us on the podcast to give advice on the writing process and talk about professional publication. With her experience as a college essay coach, she also provides guidance on how to craft the most nerve-racking essay a high school student will write: the college essay. --- Support this podcast:...


Episode 121: How 8th Graders Can Prepare for High School with Guest Melanie Talesnick

The transition from middle school to high school can be daunting because the opportunities are endless and choices can feel overwhelming. But, today’s guest, Melanie Talesnick, who is a college counselor, gives advice to parents and students on how to make the transition into this new chapter easier. Melanie talks about the importance of focusing on your student’s interests and creating a four year plan as a guideline to their journey through high school. --- Support this podcast:...


Episode 120: Exploring Colleges through a Jewish Lens with Guest Laura Hosid

How can high school students get to know a college through the lens of a religious perspective when creating their college list? Laura Hosid shares her insights and advice for students who want to explore a college campus through a Jewish lens. Whether it is getting involved in Hillel or a Chabab on campus, studying Judaism, or savoring a kosher meal with friends, there are many ways students can continue to practice their faith on a college campus. --- Support this podcast:...


Episode 119 - How to Use Social Media to Grow Your Business with Guest Mandy Edwards

Today’s podcast episode is a little different. We divert from our normal college prep-based conversations and chat with Mandy Edwards, the owner of ME Marketing Services, who helps College Scoops behind the scenes with our social media content and strategy. Want to get the inside scoop on what working in social media is really like? Then, you don’t want to miss this episode of the College Scoops podcast! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 118: Get the Scoop on Researching Accessible Colleges with Guest Annie Tulkin

Transitioning from highschool to college is not easy. For many students, this will be the first time living independently. For students with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions, the transition can be even more challenging if students are unprepared. Annie Tulkin is an expert in the area of college transition for students with physical disabilities and health conditions. She helps students and families find a school that is the right fit for them from an accessibility...


Episode 117: Get Schooled on 529 Plans with Guest Patricia Roberts

The stress of paying for college has increased throughout the years with the escalating costs of tuition. In this episode, Patricia Roberts, shares her personal stories attending and paying for college. Her personal journey led her to write a book for families called Route 529 to help families get started no matter where they are in their education savings journey. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 116: So, You Want to Be a Doctor with Guest Shirag Shemmassian

So, you want to be a medical professional? The road to medical school is not easy, but with the right amount of preparation and dedication, it is a viable and fulfilling career option for many. On today’s episode, Dr. Shirag Shemmassian gives prospective medical students advice and information on the application process. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 115: Managing Family Dynamics During the College Application Process with Guest Norma Greenberg

The last two years of the college application process has been nerve wracking for everyone, especially the students. In light of SAT/ACT tests being canceled, colleges and universities transitioning to test-optional, extracurricular activities canceled or halted, families working and learning remotely, we have all had to adapt. Our guest today, Norma Greenberg, has a degree in counseling psychology which offers a unique lens into the college counseling process from a family dynamics...


Episode 114: Work Smarter, Not Harder with Guest Scott Clyburn

Everyone knows the phrase “work smarter, not harder”, but how can you actually do that? Today’s guest is Scott Clyburn who has been a tutoring professional since 2005. Scott provides helpful advice for students on how to study smarter whether you are in high school or college. Scott touches on how creating organizational systems, meeting professors, and knowing your goals can help you achieve success in higher education. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 113: The Gap Year Advantage with Guest Holly Bull

The student identity has always been an integral part of any teenager or young adult’s life. How can it not be after 12+ years of school where a student’s life constantly revolves around attending classes, studying for exams, doing extracurricular activities, and getting ready for college. After experiencing the same routine for so many years, it leaves little room for self-exploration and discovery. This is why gap years have become increasingly popular among recent graduates to take a...


Episode 112: How to College with Guest Dr. Andrea Malkin Brenner

The transition from high school to college is a tough one! There are so many aspects of a student’s first year at college that can determine their success. Dr. Andrea Brenner is the creator of American University's first-year experience program, and in this episode she gives parents and students tips on how to make the transition easier. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 111: Deferral and Waitlist Strategies with Guest Abby Siegel

Every student’s college application process is different and sometimes students receive an answer that is neither an acceptance or a rejection. What happens when a student is deferred or waitlisted? Do students really get off the waitlist? There are steps you can take to demonstrate your interest and to continue communicating with colleges of your desire to attend a particular school. In this episode, Abby Siegel, an independent college counselor, shares advice on what to do when your...


Episode 110: Congratulations You Are In! Now How Do You Decide? with Guest Jennifer Almoney

Congratulations! You have made through the hard part- the applications are submitted and the decisions are in. But how do you decide where to go? Visiting the campus, talking to students, and knowing your students' needs are just some of the ways to figure out how your student can fit at a campus. Choosing your home for the next few years is a hard decision and in this episode, Jennifer Almoney, an educator and consultant, gives parents and students tips on how they can make that...


Episode 109: Understanding Your Financial Aid Package with Guest Fitz Totten

It is not a secret that college is an investment and, for many families, financial aid is a critical component when it comes to paying for college. In this episode, Fitz Totten, a former Admissions officer and founder of Find the Right College, provides advice and guidance to families on how to interpret their financial aid package and the steps one would take to appeal for more aid. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/college-scoops/support


Episode 108: Preparing for your College Journey with Guest Lisa Marker Robbins

When students are faced with choosing a college major, the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. In this episode, Lisa Marker Robbins, independent college and career coach, takes the time to give advice to make student’s college-bound journeys feel less stressful for both parents and students. By using methods such as personality assessments and guided modules, Lisa helps students know themselves and their interests better, in order to encourage them to make informed decisions about...