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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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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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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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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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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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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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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15 – Applying to International Schools from America – How and Why?

We aren’t just limited to schools in the United States. There are great schools internationally. We discuss the application processes for UK and Canadian schools as well as joint programs between American and international schools like Yale-NUS and NYU’s programs. Finally, we reflect on whether applying internationally is actually worth it.

Time Stamps –
UK Schools – 2:06
Canadian Schools – 15:48
Joint Programs – 21:08
Reflection – 28:53

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British University Application Guide

Applying to UK Schools NYT Article

Cambridge Testing and Application Requirements

British Standardized Testing for International Applicants

Oxford Price and Financial Aid

Cambridge Price and Financial Aid

 

Standardized Testing for Canadian Schools

UToronto Admission Requirements

Canadian University Stats

Canadian University Rankings (don’t use this religiously, but it is a good basic guide)

 

Yale NUS Admissions

Yale NUS Price and Financial Aid

Columbia Sciences Po Admissions and Application Requirements

Columbia Sciences Po Price and Financial Aid

NYU Abu Dhabi Admissions and Application Requirements

NYU Abu Dhabi Price and Financial Aid

NYU Shanghai Admissions and Application Requirements

 

Applying Abroad Article

Additional Applying Abroad Article

 

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