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Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

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Planning for college? Tune into Getting In: A College Coach Conversation for tips, techniques, and insider perspectives. Hosted by Elizabeth Heaton, a former admissions officer at the University of Pennsylvania, and featuring her fellow admissions and college finance experts from Bright Horizons College Coach, the show shares what colleges are really looking for and how to highlight your hard-won achievements for the best chance at success. New episodes air every Thursday at 4 PM Eastern Time, 1 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety channel.

Planning for college? Tune into Getting In: A College Coach Conversation for tips, techniques, and insider perspectives. Hosted by Elizabeth Heaton, a former admissions officer at the University of Pennsylvania, and featuring her fellow admissions and college finance experts from Bright Horizons College Coach, the show shares what colleges are really looking for and how to highlight your hard-won achievements for the best chance at success. New episodes air every Thursday at 4 PM Eastern Time, 1 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety channel.

Location:

Tempe, AZ

Description:

Planning for college? Tune into Getting In: A College Coach Conversation for tips, techniques, and insider perspectives. Hosted by Elizabeth Heaton, a former admissions officer at the University of Pennsylvania, and featuring her fellow admissions and college finance experts from Bright Horizons College Coach, the show shares what colleges are really looking for and how to highlight your hard-won achievements for the best chance at success. New episodes air every Thursday at 4 PM Eastern Time, 1 PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Variety channel.

Language:

English

Contact:

877-402-6224


Episodes

Why This College Essays for the Ivies; EFC and the College List; Evaluating Your College List

10/15/2020
We’ve covered what colleges are looking for in Why This College essays in a podcast a few weeks ago. But given how many of the Ivies have different versions of this essay, we are dedicating another segment to these supplemental pieces. We also have advice as you finalize your college lists, from determining whether it is balanced to considering it in conjunction with your expected family contribution.

Duration:00:51:18

Maximizing Sections of the Common App; CSS Profile; Supplemental Essays for Georgia Tech and UGA

10/8/2020
Ever wonder what goes into the additional information section on the Common App—or if you even have to fill it out? How about what to include in the honors section? We have advice on maximizing these and other areas of the application, including the activities lists and the new COVID question. We’re also sharing what you need to know about the CSS Profile as you prepare to complete this financial document for the colleges that require it. Finally, we’ll walk you through the supplemental...

Duration:00:51:45

Should I Report My Test Scores? Filing the FAFSA; Missing Out On Your First Choice College

10/1/2020
Standardized test date cancellations across the world have led many universities to institute temporary and permanent test optional policies. This week we’ll help you decide whether or not to report your test scores to the colleges on your list who aren’t requiring them. It’s October 1, and the FAFSA is out—we have all the details you need to know to file this important financial document. Finally, host Ian Fisher joins the show to share his story about not getting into his first choice...

Duration:00:51:34

Pre-Med Student Advice; Listener Q&A

9/24/2020
For those students interested in pursuing med school post-college, engaging with your pre-med advisor will be an important part of the process. Our resident med school admissions expert, Lauren DiProspero, will offer her suggestions for making the most of this relationship. We’ll also answer as many of your burning college finance and admissions questions as we can.

UC Personal Insight Questions; Early Decision versus Early Action; Financial Impact of ED versus EA

9/17/2020
The University of California application differs from other platforms in that it requires students to respond to four out of eight personal insight questions with four essays no longer than 350 words each. This week, we will walk you through each of the options and offer writing tips. We’re also exploring early decision and early action—who are these application programs right for and the financial impact of choosing one of these options.

FAFSA and CSS Profile Preview; Georgetown Essays; Applying to College From Abroad

9/10/2020
In another in our series of stories from our team, Sai Samboon will share his decision to apply to and attend college in the United States despite growing up in Thailand. We’re also offering tips for the Georgetown application essays and previewing the FAFSA and CSS Profiles so that you can pull together the information you’ll need to complete these when they become available this fall.

Duration:00:49:25

Supplemental Essays & Why This College Prompts; COVID’s Impact on College Finance; Goals for Juniors

9/3/2020
In theory, applications like the Common App, The Universal Application, and the Coalition App allow students to write one essay for all colleges. In practice, many colleges also require supplemental essays. We’ll tell you what these are and how to find them, and offer tips on writing the most common prompt—Why This College? We’re also discussing COVID-19’s impact on college finance based on what we are hearing from colleges and families. Finally, we’ll set some goals for juniors returning to...

Duration:00:52:01

Fall Standardized Testing Update; Listener Q&A

8/27/2020
In terms of the college application process, almost nothing has been impacted quite as significantly by COVID-19 as standardized testing. A testing expert joins us to share her insights into what to expect when it comes to these evaluations this fall. In our second and third segments, we’re answering your questions related to college finance and admissions.

Duration:00:54:30

Top 5 Series: Advice for Senior Year Admissions and Financial Aid Applications; Senior Timeline

8/20/2020
This week is all about applications! Our Top 5 Series is back, and we have two top 5’s for listeners: advice for seniors heading into application season (especially in the age of COVID) and for getting organized and ready for the financial aid application process. We’re also checking in on the rising senior summer schedule we introduced back in June and making suggestions for a fall timeline.

Duration:00:51:14

COVID’s Impact on SNHU; Tips for Online Learning; Using College Savings Plans to Pay College Bills

8/13/2020
Southern New Hampshire University President Dr. Paul LeBlanc joined the show this week to offer his thoughts on how SNHU is responding to COVID-19, tips for online learning, and what he sees as the overall disruption to higher ed and the potential positive outcomes to that disruption. For those with college savings plans, we’ll discuss how to maximize those plans to pay the college tuition bill when it arrives.

Duration:00:51:51

COVID’s Impact on UCLA Admissions; Finance Conversations to Have Before Starting College

8/6/2020
UCLA Senior Associate Director, Evaluation and International Admission Ffiona Rees joins the show this week to share information on how the UC-specific changes brought about by COVID-19 are shaping the UCLA admissions process this year. She also offers her advice about how to navigate this challenging year. For those students about to start college, we have thoughts on important financial topics for parents and students to discuss beforehand.

Duration:00:50:53

Common App Essay; Tuition Payment Plans; Strengths Coaching

7/30/2020
For most people, writing a check for the tuition bill is a frightening prospect. What if you could spread those payments out? We have information on tuition payment plans offering an installment plan. We’ll also take a close look at the Common App essay topics and offer suggestions for approaching those. Finally, Bright Horizons’ director of learning and development services will join us to share data on strengths-based coaching.

Duration:00:52:10

Pre-Med Activities; Listener Q&A

7/23/2020
Many students enter their undergraduate years with their sights set on medicine. We have suggestions for pre-med activities that can positively impact med school applications. In our second and third segments, we’re answering your questions related to college finance and admissions.

Duration:00:50:07

Maximizing Common App Activities Section; Engineering in Liberal Arts College; FERPA

7/16/2020
One of the most important parts of the Common App is the section in which students list their activities. Involvement outside the classroom is a major selection component for many universities, and this is the primary opportunity to share the depth and breadth of that involvement. We’ll offer tips for these 10 entries to maximize their impact. In other segments, we’ll go over what you need to know about FERPA and one of our educators will share her experiences studying engineering in a...

Duration:00:51:34

Essays on COVID-19; Selecting a College & Studying Abroad; Making the Most of the Summer Financially

7/9/2020
COVID-19 looms large for all of us this year, including high school students. For many, it might be tempting to write their essays about their experiences—but should they? We’ll talk through this question and offer our perspective as former admissions officers who have read tens of thousands of admissions essays over the years. In other segments, we’ll go over how students can help themselves financially this summer and hear about one of our expert’s experiences selecting her college and...

Duration:00:52:01

Essential Executive Function Skills; Summer Plans for Rising Seniors; Finding Scholarships by Major

7/2/2020
There are some executive functioning skills that are essential to student success. Michael Delman, founder of Beyond BookSmart, joins us to go over those skills and share tips for how to develop them. We’ll also look at how to find scholarships based on your intended major. In Office Hours, we have a suggested timeline and plan for rising seniors to make the most of their summer by tackling some of the biggest pieces of the college process during this time off from school.

Duration:00:52:01

College Level Writing; Listener Q&A

6/25/2020
For some students, one of the biggest challenges of transitioning from high school to college is adjusting to the expectations of college level writing. Cassie Hemstrom of the UC Davis University Writing Program joins the show with tips. In our second and third segments, we’re answer listener questions related to college finance and admissions.

Duration:00:53:19

Distance Learning; Post-Graduate Years; Borrowing to Pay for College

6/18/2020
With the pandemic disrupting in-person classes and raising the question of whether or not students will be on campus this fall, some families are investigating distance learning. Join us to learn more about who might flourish in distance learning and what to look for in the options available. We’ll also go through what parents need to know about borrowing money to pay for college, and a College Coach educator will share his personal experience with a post-graduate year of study between high...

Duration:00:52:30

Adjusting Summer Plans; PSAT Scores & Scholarships; Navigating COVID-19 with Help

6/11/2020
COVID-19 has disrupted many things in our world this year, including many high school students’ summer plans. We’ll be talking through how to adjust your activities with social distancing and cancellations in mind. For all those juniors who took the PSAT this past fall, we have information on how those scores will relate to scholarships available to students. Finally, if all the changes in admissions this year has you looking for assistance beyond our podcast, we have thoughts about how to...

Duration:00:51:33

College for B/C Students & Listener Q&A

6/4/2020
News articles, parents, and college themselves can often focus on the importance of earning As in high school classes. But the reality is that many, many of the students applying to college every year are earning Bs and Cs. We’ll discuss considerations and college pathways for those students, who are far more common than those earning straight As. In Office Hours, we’re answering your college admissions questions.

Duration:00:50:30