PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 17 | Is Your Child Apathetic About The College Admission Process?

prepwell podcast Jan 26, 2020

What I discuss in this episode: 

In this episode, I review some of the reasons why a teenager might be less-than-enthusiastic to begin thinking about the college admissions process in 9th or 10th grade. I then give suggestions on what a parent can do to help turn the tide.

0:02:20 Why focus on 9th and 10-graders?
0:02:54 Reason #1: Fear
0:03:34 Reason #2: Social Proof
0:04:45 Reason #3: No curriculum
0:05:08 Reason #4: Immaturity
0:05:31 Reason #5: No Role Models
0:06:01 Reason #6: Too many distractions
0:06:32 Reason #7: Short-term perspective
0:07:06 Reason #8: Ill-prepared parents
0:07:50 What can parents do to motivate their children?
0:08:22 Option #1: Rely on your high school
0:09:00 Option #2: Become Subject Matter Expert
0:09:30 Option #3: Do nothing
0:10:24 Option #4: Enroll in PrepWell Academy
0:15:52 How to use PrepWell Academy with your child
0:16:40 Finding the right time,...
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Will "Pretty Good Pete" get into UPENN?

 

As a college admissions counselor specializing in students with big ambitions (e.g. Ivy League, Military Service Academies/ROTC, Athletic scholarships), I have seen dreams realized, shattered, and everything in between.

Case Study

In this case study, I reveal what goes through a college admissions officer's mind as they review an application. What do they care about, what do they disregard, what jumps out, and what factors might seal the deal (for good or bad)?

In this blog, I review Pete's profile. Pete just finished his junior year at a big public high school in NY. He has a pretty good GPA. pretty good SAT score, has taken pretty hard classes, is a pretty good lacrosse player, and has pretty good extracurricular activities.

Are you getting my drift?

Pete is "pretty good" at just about everything. This is the profile of a lot of high school students these days.  That's why we call him "Pretty Good Pete". He has a closely-related friend named "Pretty Good Pamela."

The question...

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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 16 Should Your Child Specialize In Their Sport?

prepwell podcast Jan 19, 2020

Show Notes:

Today, I make the case for sports specialization - the process by which families decide that it’s in the best interest of their son (or daughter) to focus exclusively on one sport - and so they drop all the others (along with other extracurriculars in many cases)
 
For example, a boy who has always played football, basketball, and lacrosse while growing up (all in different seasons), decides to drop everything but lacrosse in 10th grade.  Or, a girl, who has played volleyball and softball growing up - decides to go all-in on soccer in 9th grade. 
 
Is this a good idea? What does the timing look like? What are the advantages and potential drawbacks of this strategy? 
 
Now, If your child is not an athlete, then you might not get as much value from this episode, but I still think there are a lot of great lessons to be learned. The episode is geared toward families who have children who have grown up playing multiple sports, and...
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How Did This PrepWeller Get Into Every College He Applied To?

Wait, what?

"Wait, what? Jimmy got into Berkeley? Are you serious? My son has the same GPA and SAT scores - maybe even better. He took just as many weighted classes as Jimmy. Why didn't my son get in?  They both have the same profile."

This is one of the most common questions I hear from the PrepWell community and from random people around the water cooler, lacrosse field, and locker room.

I'd like to shed some light on this question by comparing three students that I counseled privately this year in my Private Mentoring program.

[FYI: I run a program where I work closely with a handful of PrepWell Academy students who opt to move from the online program to a full-service program in junior year].

What accounts for the difference in outcomes?

There are several factors at play here (e.g. extracurriculars, leadership, letters of recommendation, demonstrated interest, major preference, parental involvement, etc.)

However, I believe the biggest difference-maker is when a student...

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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 15 | Why Colleges Love Leaders and How Your Child Can Become One

prepwell podcast Jan 12, 2020

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:03 Why do colleges seem to love leaders?
0:04:13 How can you help your child become a leader?
0:05:55 Why is it so important to start early?
0:07:23 What happens if your child waits too long?
0:08:20 Can 9th and 10th graders become leaders?
0:09:44 What about starting your own club?
0:11:10 What about a Shark Tank Club?
0:12:05 Don’t make this mistake
0:12:45 What about Captains of sports teams?
0:14:37 How your child’s job demonstrates leadership
0:15:15 Students who lead their families
0:15:45 Tried-and-True leadership opportunities
0:16:30 How important is leadership to military programs?
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Will Mia Get into MIT?

 

As a college admissions counselor specializing in students with big ambitions (e.g. Ivy League, Military Service Academies/ROTC, Athletic scholarships), I have seen dreams realized, shattered, and everything in between.

Case Study

In this case study, I reveal what goes through an MIT college admissions officers' mind as they review Mia's application. What do they care about, what do they disregard, what jumps out, and what factors might seal the deal for her (for good or bad)?

Mia just finished her junior year at a big public high school in CA. She has a great GPA, killer SAT score, nearly perfect SAT Subject Test scores, and some impressive extracurricular activities.

Will this seemingly extraordinary application stand out?

Here are the summary findings for Mia:

Objective Academic Metrics:

Excellent.

  • SAT: 1520
  • GPA: 4.4
  • SAT Subject Tests: 800 and 790
  • AP Cal BC: 5
  • AP Physics: 4
  • Rigor of classes: very

Extracurriculars:

Very strong. A combination of academics, work, STEM camp,...

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Lesson From a Quitter Podcast | Guest: Phil Black

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Listen here: Episode 47

    The path that many of us have been brought up to follow usually goes a little something like this: take the right classes, get the good grades, get into the prestigious school, graduate, and then find a high paying job. We're taught that it is a linear path that you stick to and climb to the top.
    Well, in today's episode, Phil Black teaches us why you should buck that wisdom. Phil has one of the most interesting careers we've ever highlighted on this show. His story is a testament to following your curiosities and always re-evaluating what is most important. Among his many accomplishments, Phil played D1 collegiate basketball at Yale, worked as an investor at Goldman Sachs, was a Navy Seal Officer, went to Harvard Business School, is a firefighter, entrepreneur, father, and more.
    While it wasn’t clear to him during his journey, he was gaining an incredibly useful skill: the ability to find his way into...
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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 14 | Top 10 Things Your High Schooler Should Have done This Year

prepwell podcast Dec 29, 2019

Show Notes:

In this episode, I share with you what every 9th, 10th, and 11th grader should have done between June and December of this year (the first half of the academic year).
 
I lay out these 10 DIRECTIVES by grade (9th, 10th, and 11th), with a short explanation as to why each is so essential. 
 
If your child is a PrepWeller, who has been keeping up with their videos for the last few months, this will be old news to them. They will have heard this (ideally) and taken action and been on their way. They are my superstars. If you are the parent of a PrepWeller, who hasn’t quite kept up with the weekly lessons, well, now you’ll learn 10 of the most important things that I’ve been directing your child to do since June. Yes, these are just the tip of the iceberg, but worth noting  And, hint hint, it might be a good idea for you to check-in with your child to see how they’re doing with these directives.

Here is what I discuss in this...

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Will Rohan Get into USNA or ROTC?

 

As a college admissions counselor specializing in students with big ambitions (e.g. Ivy League, Military Service Academies/ROTC, Athletic scholarships), I have seen dreams realized, shattered, and everything in between.

Case Study

In this case study, I discuss whether Rohan has what it takes to get into the United States Naval Academy or win an ROTC scholarship. These insights can be applied to similar service academies (e.g. West Point, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy).

Click these links to find out more about military service academies and ROTC scholarships.

Rohan just finished his junior year at a big public high school in MA. He hadn't thought much about applying to a service academy and didn't even know what ROTC was. No one ever introduced these two options to him. Now, as Rohan begins to prepare his college applications, he is struck by the amount of work required during the process.

Will Rohan be too late to submit a solid application?

Here are the summary...

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PrepWell Podcast - Ep. 13 | How to Keep Track of your Child’s Extracurricular Activities

prepwell podcast Dec 22, 2019

Show Notes:

In this episode, I discuss how to help your child keep track of their extracurricular activities. There are many options - some of which your child (or you) may already be doing - from doing nothing, to recording events in a notebook, collecting articles or certificates in a physical folder, updating a computer file or spreadsheet - or, doing what PrepWellers do - which is updating, in real-time, their own LinkedIn profile. 
 
The goal of these options (and there are plenty of others) is to document important moments in your child’s life.
 
Today, Im going to walk you through the importance of this process and each of the steps required to be successful.

What I discuss in this episode: 

0:01:37 How do PrepWellers track their activities?
0:02:08 Why should my child track their activities?
0:03:50 A practical reason to track activities
0:04:15 How will tracking help with college applications?
0:05:25 When...
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