37 – Your Life Story: Building a Narrative for College and Beyond

Start your college application by building a narrative of your high school experience. In this episode, Michael guides Dominic, Nhi, and you through a simple 3 step process: listing activities, figuring out what’s important, and making connections between what’s important in your life. At each step, we share how we came to our narratives. Finally, we talk about how to use the narrative to simplify the college application process.

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35 – Senior Spring: Freedom, How We Have Missed You!

Does it feel like you’re done with college applications? We hope it does because you’ve earned a little break! Here at Admissions Uncovered, we definitely have some plans for all this extra time. Dominic has a few side hustles to run and, of course, Boy Scouts. Nhi has some piano practice to catch up on. And we all have some great TV recommendations. When Michael was senior, he let grades slip a little, missed some school to travel, and started this podcast. If you need some ideas for how to spend the rest of your senior year, tune in for some fun stories, celebration, and advice your teachers don’t want you to hear.

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34 – Most Common Interview Questions

Essays. Done. Common App. Done. Bugging teachers for rec letters. Done. All done. Except for the interview. For many seniors, this is the last mile before decision day. To prepare, tune in to this week’s episode. We talk about the most common interview questions and how to answer them. Nhi and Dominic tell some funny public transit stories and give you some advice on how to make your interview interesting with anecdotes.

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Georgetown Alumni Interviewer Guide (Michael here – My Georgetown interviewer asked these questions, word for word.

Another Podcast about the College Interview – Preparing, Body Language, and More Funny Stories

 

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31 – It’s Not You, It’s Me: Writing Why College Supplements

One of the most common supplemental essay prompts colleges ask is the Why College prompt? These are often the most difficult essays to write because you want to be original, but not too original. In this episode, we talk about the importance of this essay, researching reasons to go to a school, structuring this essay in an anecdotal format, released essays from Tufts, and, finally, the worst mistake students make: talking only about the school and not about themselves as well. Michael tries to explain with a dating analogy; let’s see how that goes.

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30 – Keep Fighting: Early Decisions Out

Early Decisions are out. If you got in, congrats! You are finally done! If you didn’t, I know it sucks, but it’s not over. There are so many other amazing schools out there, and I know you’ll get into one that you love.

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26 – Touring Schools and Fly-Ins

Everyone tells students to tour schools, but we never know what to do on them. Now, as seniors start to get flown out by different schools, we talk about how to take advantage of your short time at the school by asking the right questions and talking to the right people. Then, Nhi and Michael share some of their personal experiences with touring schools and attending fly-in programs.

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SNL- The Poddys

 

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20 – Don’t Forget: Your Checklist Other Application Items

Everyone knows that by November 1 and January 1, Common Applications need to be sent. What else? We share some other items that are often forgotten but are very important like a schedule, recommendation letters, test scores, transcripts, essays, scholarships, financial aid, and more.

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October 2nd School Day ACT Cancelled

 

How to Send SAT Scores

How to Send ACT Scores

 

FAFSA

CSS Profile

 

 

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18 – Beating Your Senior Year – Friends, Fun, and Some School… Maybe…

Senior year is going to be your hardest year of high school, but it can also be the best year. In this episode, we discuss how to schedule your senior year around college applications, scholarships, school, extracurriculars, and the inevitable senioritis. Stick around till the end and hear about how Dominic became the most infamous person at school.

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Let us know if it looks like a Christmas tree in the comments below!

Learn About Rec Letters in Episode 17!

SAT/Subject Tests Dates

ACT Dates

QuestBridge

UT 40 Acres Scholarship

UNC Moorehead-Cain Scholarship

UVA Jefferson Scholarship

 

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17 – Fantasy Recommendation Letter League w/ Veteran Educator Don Gonzalez

Teacher recommendation letters are your reward for being a brown noser for four years. Just kidding… Kinda… Joining us to talk about how to get good teacher recommendation letters and how to build strong relationships with instructors is a 20 year veteran of public schools. Don Gonzalez is a teacher and magnet coordinator at the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet in Dallas, TX. He was a key piece of Michael’s college applications, and now he joins the podcast to give his own advice. To hear more from Mr. Gonzalez, check out his podcast and blog at thejoecatholic.org.

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Great Rec Letter Article (Real Rec Letters)

Tips to Get a Standout Rec Letter

 

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16 – Not Just Ivies – Building a College List

The first step in the college application is process is picking which college you want to apply to. Applicants should pick schools in three ranges – safety, target, and reach schools. The number of schools they apply to will differ based on the applicant and their level of confidence. Finally, Michael shares his list and advises Dominic and Nhi on their lists.

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PrepScholar College List Article

Building Your College List

Top 10 Best College Search Tools

 

 

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