On last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, guest host Ian Fisher discusses three very different phases of the college admission process: writing supplemental essays, receiving admission decisions, and repaying loans.

December Admissions Decisions

Ian first welcomes admissions educator Tova Tolman, formerly of Barnard College, Fordham University, and Montclair State. Many students who applied to colleges Early Action, Early Decision, or on a Rolling Admission basis will receive decisions this month. Whether admitted, deferred, or denied, Tova and Ian have guidance on what to do—and what not to do—depending on the decisions you receive.

Supplemental Essays

Next up, Ian is joined by admissions educator Kara Courtois, also a veteran of Barnard College, to discuss the supplemental essay requirements for Boston College and Colgate University and why they matter. Ian and Kara talk repurposing other essays, choosing prompts that best suit you, and how to write about sometimes challenging topics like diversity, art, and faith.

Student Loan Repayment Plans

Finally, finance educator Michelle Richardson calls in to tackle the various loan repayment strategies out there.  She shares great insight on the eight different repayment options offered by the government, including extended, graduated, and income-driven plans, as well as online resources to help listeners learn more. Michelle also discusses the pros and cons of refinancing loans and important factors to consider like terms, fees, and penalties.

Tune in to our next episode when Elizabeth Heaton returns to answer listener questions and guide students on dealing with deferrals from Early Action and Early Decision colleges.


Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.