Chances are that sometime during the college application process, you’ve found yourself slacking off or procrastinating. In this week’s episode we’ll talk about how to stay productive during the college app process. We’ll give some tips and specific systems that Michael, Nhi, and Dominic have found helpful like hyper-scheduling your calendar, having soft deadlines, and using to do lists. And, of course, an episode on productivity wouldn’t be complete without Michael hating on bullet journals.
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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.
You thought you were free after pressing submit. Then, you get an email about an interview. What? Don’t worry. In this episode, Michael and our guest host Sid talk about their experiences with the interview. Sid just had several interviews with schools like Swarthmore and Oxford. We give some sample questions, do’s and don’ts, and some preparation tips.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.