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The College Essay Guy Podcast: A Practical Guide to College Admissions

Mar 31, 2017

This week, I cover:

  • 6 Ways That Most Workshops Fail in the First Five Minutes (aka 6 Terrible Ways to Start a Workshop)
  • 9 Tips for Leading a Workshop of Any Size
  • 5 Potentially Life-Changing Workshop Moments
  • Bee tea dubs: These are essentially three of the modules from the Essay Workshop in a Box--there are 29 total,...

Mar 31, 2017

Curious how to make the most of your upcoming summer? There's a lot you can do (and they don't all cost money.) This episode, we cover:

  • Great questions to ask when it comes to planning a summer
  • The 2014 National Pre-College Summer Survey, which Jill and her co-author put together based on asking 50 colleges: What...

Mar 29, 2017

Ever wonder what you should include in an appeal letter? This week, Jodi and I cover:

  • Who should make the call to a financial aid office: the student or parent?
  • What to literally say to a financial aid officer when you call them to appeal
  • Why you maybe shouldn’t start off the conversation by mentioning a financial...

Mar 28, 2017

I chat with Dr. Aliza Gilbert about how to support undocumented students. We chat about:

  • What terms to use (and not use) when working with undocumented students
  • What the Dream Act is and why not all students love the term “Dreamers”
  • What percent of kids born right now are born to undocumented parents
  • Whether or not...

Mar 25, 2017

I chat with current Harvard student Daishi Tanaka. We chat about:

  • What a typical day is like for a Harvard student
  • What it might mean for him and 700,000+ other undocumented students if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is repealed
  • What Daishi wrote his college essay about and why
  • What he felt...