66 – How to ask teachers for Letters of Recommendation – From teachers themselves

This short episode, Sean interviews high school teachers about approaching teachers for letters of rec and the writing process.  We also dispel some of the myths associated with letters of rec, and advise how underclassmen could build relationships with these teachers leading up to the letters of recommendation.


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65 – Chance Me Profile Reviews with Admissions Counselor u/ScholarGrade, Part Two

This episode, Sean and Michael are joined by u/Scholargrade, a prominent college admissions counselor active in the r/chanceme and r/ApplyingToCollege subreddit. In Part Two of this session, we talk about 2 more case studies, and talk about whether their college list suits them. We thoroughly review their application qualities and clarify some of the myths that the general populace has when viewing college admissions to US universities.

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An Introspection worksheet to brainstorm essay topics from u/ScholarGrade
u/ScholarGrade’s Better College Apps company, here
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64 – Chance Me Profile Reviews with Admissions Counselor u/ScholarGrade

This episode, Sean and Michael are joined by u/Scholargrade, a prominent college admissions counselor active in the r/chanceme and r/ApplyingToCollege subreddit. In Part One of this session, we talk about 4 different student case studies, and talk about whether their college list suits them. We thoroughly review their application qualities and clarify some of the myths that the general populace has when viewing college admissions to US universities.

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An Introspection worksheet to brainstorm essay topics from u/ScholarGrade
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63 – AdmissionsMom: Mindful College Admissions, Her Book, Her App, and More

Michael interviews AdmissionsMom, queen of the Reddit r/applyingtocollege community, capping off a summer of interviews with the community. In this episode, AdmissionsMom and Michael talk about mindful college admissions and how it can help craft a reflective college application and make the process less stressful. Then, we talk about her new book about moderating the subreddit and her new app that helps students be mindful about their college tours.

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More AdmissionsMom here

ApplyingtoCollege Subreddit

AdmissionsMom’s Book “Hey AdmissionsMom: Real Talk from Reddit”

CollegeVizzy – a new approach to college visits

 

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62 – College Essay Writing and Common Mistakes with Sean and Michael

This week, we discussed a bit about the early college essay writing process with Sean.  As someone going through the process, Sean talks about the struggles and methods of coming up with ideas.  Then, we talk about school-specific essays and how to approach them.  Throughout the episode, we talk about common mistakes and cliche essays that many applicants use.

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61 – Entrepreneurship in High School and College Applications with Teland of the Major Jobs Podcast

This week, I talk with Teland from the Major Jobs Podcast. As a fellow podcaster, we talk a little bit about how we both got started and why we do it. Then, we talk about what it’s like to do podcasting as a student: Teland as a high school student and me as a college student. Finally, we discuss Teland’s plans to leverage the podcast on his college admissions.

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60 – Real Talk on Standardized Test and Test Prep with Kathryn Zheng

Test prep tutoring is very expensive and a lot of people don’t have those resources. This week, I’m joined by Kathryn Zheng, the founder of Sparky Prep. Sparky Prep is an online peer tutoring program where high school students tutor other high school students on the SAT, ACT, APs, and other academic subjects. I talk about why Kathryn started the organization, how it works, and what she thinks about the value of standardized tests.

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59 – Lessons from a Former Admissions Officer with Sean Cai

On Reddit, former admissions officer WilliamTheReader made some harsh accusations against his former bosses. On this episode, I talk with my friend Sean Cai about these accusations and how we as students should react. Among the topics discussed are how school treat private school applicants, low income students, and Asian American students.

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Reddit thread from WilliamTheReader

 

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58 – If You Want To Be Different: Non-Traditional Colleges with Ashley Chen

College admissions is a great time to reflect on your future. That means that not everyone is suited for a traditional, 4-year education. On this episode, I’m joined by incoming Stanford freshman Ashley Chen to talk about alternatives to a traditional education from 2-year community colleges to service academies to colleges with just plain wacky admissions processes and educations (anyone up for cow manure and manual labor?).

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Make School – Great 2 Year Program w/ No Up-Front Cost

Deep Spring College

Olin College of Engineering

Alice Lloyd College – Free College

Berea College – Free College

Thiel Fellowship

Applying to Service Academies

Find a Community College

 

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57 – Finding a Home and a College with Carolyne G.

Your college isn’t just a school; it’s also a home. On this episode, I talk to high school senior Carolyn G. on how she’s learning more about the soft-side of a school: its community, culture, and friendliness. We talk about what questions to ask, who to ask, and when to ask. Then, we finish up with some final tips on how to make the most out of a college visit.

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