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

May 25, 2017

On this episode we discuss how Urban Confessional started, what Ben has learned about listening over the years, how these lessons have impacted his relationships and even what it was like doing free listening at last year’s Republican and Democratic National Conventions. At the end he offers a great resource called...

May 21, 2017

In this podcast, I’ll dive into:

  • The story behind how I started connecting screenwriting and the college essay in the first place.
  • Two exercises that I love to use to generate some great content for the essay.
  • Two structures that I think can work for just about any essay.
  • Four types of college essays
  • What I believe...

May 12, 2017

Ted’s book has been a go-to reference for me (and many other counselors) in our work with students and I loved getting a chance to go behind the scenes and hearing how the sausage is made. We discuss, among other things:

  • Why did the Fiske Guide happen in the first place?
  • How does Ted avoid sounding generally positive...

May 6, 2017

On this episode:

  • How many schools students should apply to and when is best to start the process
  • An amazing list of resources for helping students get to know themselves better
  • Answers: What is the highest-impact hour that someone should spend developing their college list? (answer may surprise you)
  • What do parents and...

May 1, 2017

On this episode, my guest Monica James and I discuss, among other things:

  • What the heck is demonstrated interest in the first place and why is it important to colleges?
  • What “yield” is and why there’s a multi-million dollar industry of people called “enrollment consultants” who use sophisticated predictive...