Parent Self-Sabotages Financial Aid Award

Gather round the podcast fire and I’ll tell you the sad tale of a parent – actually, two different parents — who shot themselves in the collected feet by committing two EASILY avoidable, silly mistakes.   I’m not judging, because I and, if you’re honest, you can relate to the case studies in this episode.…

Weird Technique to Bust College Essay Writer’s Block

So there I was, driving around the North Shore of Long Island, when it dawned on me why so many kids have such huge angst over their college essays!   As I came to a stop near the historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead, I snickered at the irony (he was a publisher, hello?), then whipped…

The College Gold Rush

I recorded this episode at a marketing conference in San Diego, which prompted several brain “poofs” that I thought I’d pass along.   The most important idea is about recognizing opportunities, and taking advantage of them.   For college students and recent grads, this is critically important because it’s incredibly easy to go to college…

Why Colleges Don’t Tell You Exactly How to Qualify for Merit Scholarships

This episode was originally recorded on our weekly show, College Talk Tuesday (www.CollegeTalkTuesday.live) when we discussed what Andy learned at a national college planners conference in Charleston the previous week.   Topics included: The counter-intuitive, yet obvious reason colleges don’t publish a “recipe” of what it takes to win a merit award The biggest issue…

What Happens If You Get “Dinged” From An Ivy League College

I recorded this on March 28th, a/k/a “Ivy Day,” when college acceptance decisions from Ivy League colleges come out.   Thus far this cycle, our client have been admitted to top colleges such as Stanford, Yale, Cornell and Amherst College, to name a few….and been deferred or rejected from similarly competitive colleges.   It’s hard…