24 – I Pressed Submit, Now What?

It’s November First and you’ve either already submitted your application or about to submit it. After months of stressing, you finally have finished the first round of applications. Now what? On this episode, we give some reminders for more forgettable pieces of the application and what you should be doing after the deadline.

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Show Notes:

What is FERPA?

What to do Before You Submit Your Application

What to do After You’ve Submitted Your Application

School Interview List

 

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23 – Writing Resumes for Colleges and Employers

Your resume will be the first thing employers, colleges, and interviewers see about you. Learn how to format and write a resume with strong and impactful descriptions. Listen till the end for an update in Dominic’s college list drama.

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Show Notes:

Your Resume: What to Put In, What to Leave Out

Resumes With Impact: Creating Strong Bullet Points

College Resume Outline and Template

Princeton Review: College Resume Tips

Internship Resume Tips

UT Austin Example Expanded Resume

Sorry About the Calendar- Too Much Classified Information

 

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22 – Choosing Your Major

Choosing your major may seem like the most daunting decision you need to make. It seems to ask you to determine your entire life with one checkbox. In reality, it’s not that complicated at all. Just choose what you are interested in. In most cases, the major you choose doesn’t close off opportunities, just opens up more specific ones. Tune in for our advice.

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Show Notes:

Yale Admission Officer’s Essay

Difference Between Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts

The Rise of the M.D./M.B.A. Degree

Does Major Have An Effect on Your Chance of Admission?

 

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21 – UChicago’s Wacky Supplements

The University of Chicago has some of the weirdest and wackiest supplemental essay prompts of any university we’ve seen. In this episode, we analyze each one and give some of the first ideas that come to our mind. We talk through the general processes that you should use to generate ideas, from simplifying the prompt, thinking about your narrative, to having no filter. At the end, Michael shares his UChicago essay that he thought was amazing but that some admissions officer clearly didn’t.

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Show Notes:

Episode 7: The Supplemental Essay – Boosting Your Application to the Max

UChicago Word Count “Limits”

2018-2019 UChicago Supplement Essay Prompts and Previous Prompts

 

Other Tips on How to Write the UChicago Supplement Essays:

CollegeVine Article

College Essay Advisors Article

 

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19 – Liberal Arts vs Research – A False Distinction

The distinction between liberal arts colleges and research universities is an artifact of a faraway time. Today, the differences between the two are far fewer, mainly centering around the size of school and the emphasis on undergraduate education. We also discuss a few pieces of breaking college news – Rice making tuition free for more students, Stanford stopping its release of admissions rate, and Harvard’s record-breaking fundraising effort.

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Liberal Arts vs Research Resources:

Niche Article– Differences and Liberal Arts College Top 10 Ranking

College Choice Article– Differences

PrepScholar Article– Liberal Arts vs. Research (deeper dive)

 

College News:

Harvard Money Campaign

Rice Financial Aid Update

NYU Med School Free

Stanford to Not Release Admission Rate

 

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11- Spiking Your College Application: Increasing Your Chances of Getting Accepted

The college admissions process is very competitive and will only get more difficult. Join us as we discuss how to spike your application, one way of increasing your chances of getting in.

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Show Notes:

Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Prudential Scholarship

National Scholastic Award

Achievement Awards in Writing from National Council of Teachers of English

Bennington Young Writers Award

 

Allen Cheng: How to Get into Harvard

Allen Cheng’s Successful Harvard Application

 

List of Community Service Scholarships

 

 

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10- Getting a Perfect Score: How to Get 800s and 5s on SAT Subject Tests and AP Tests

There is more to standardized testing than just the SAT and ACT. Join us to learn how to best take advantage of SAT subject tests and AP tests. We have had great success with them and now it’s your turn.

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Best Test Prep Material

SAT Subject Test Prep Examples:

Official SAT Math 2 Prep Guide With 4 Official Subject Tests

Barron’s SAT Math 2 Prep Guide

AP Prep Examples:

Barron’s AP Calculus AB

Princeton Review AP Chemistry

 

Show Notes:

Subject Tests Dates

List of Subject Tests

List of Schools that Require Subject Tests

Crack SAT

AP Tests

AP Credit Search Tool

AP Policies Michael Discussed

 

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9 – Beating the SAT and ACT: Which Test to Take, How to Study, and How to Maximize Your Score

Standardized tests are stressful for many students. Join us as we break down the differences between the SAT and ACT, how to study for each test, and strategies to maximize your score.

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Show Notes:

UChicago Goes Test Optional

Info for Michael’s Points on Test Inequality

 

Test Prep:

Free: Khan Academy

Good price for online course: Prep Scholar

Good price for in-person tutoring: Gao Admissions

Expensive but good scores: KD College Prep

Free Tests:

SAT

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Prep books:

Kaplan

Princeton Review

Barron’s

Crack SAT

Crack ACT

 

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