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Tova Tolman

Written by Tova Tolmanon May 31st, 2018

I began my career as both a tour guide and senior interviewer at my alma mater, Barnard, where I later joined the admissions team and read and reviewed applications from students applying from the northeastern, midwestern, and western regions of the United States, as well as Canada. A few years later, while pursuing my master’s degree, I briefly left admissions to be the director of student life at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Realizing I missed working closely with students on the high school side of college counseling, I joined the admissions team at Fordham University where I recruited and reviewed applicants applying to Fordham’s liberal arts and business colleges. My most recent experience at Montclair State helped me understand what the application process looks like outside of highly selective colleges and how to help students who may not be fully prepared for college-level work. One of my favorite past experiences was managing the athletic recruitment process at Fordham as well as a number of sports at Barnard. Understanding the inner workings of both the Ivy and Patriot athletic leagues meant I was able to guide students to find the best athletic matches as part of their college search.
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On this week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Sally Ganga fills in as host and covers all things related to activities: How to describe yours from high school and how to find the ones in college that will pay you. Working at College Interested in applying for an on campus job as a college student? Michelle Richardson joins Sally to explain more about the process. Michelle begins buy busting some myths about what percent of college students work while in college, explains the difference between work-study jobs and regular jobs, and walks us through where to begin when looking for a work. Sally and Michelle also review some important interview tips Building Your Activities List Mary Sue Youn joins next to talk about getting started on your activity list or resume for college applications. Mary Sue begins by reviewing what should be included and what is better to leave off. Sally asks some clarifying questions about descriptions, awards, and hours of participation, and Mary Sue shares more about the steps involved in building this list and provides key tips on formatting. Listen for some important reminders on which activities are most frequently mistakenly left off the list. How to Present a Distinguishing Excellence On last week’s episode, we dove deep into a discussion of what is a “Distinguishing Excellence.” Today, Christine Kenyon joins Sally to unpack to how to document and present these accomplishments that distinguish you from others when applying to a selective college. They discuss why it can be difficult to convey the full level of impact the student has made, and what tools to utilize to get the message across. Christine reviews how and when to use supplemental recommendation letters, essays, and the application’s additional information section. Next week, Elizabeth Heaton will be back to cover what you need to know when considering ROTC programs, as well as to answer listener questions. Submit your questions here. Getting-In-CTA

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