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Gap Years; High School Resumes; Aid Timeline for Early Applicants

Getting In A College Coach Conversation
Elizabeth Heaton

Written by Elizabeth Heatonon November 8th, 2023

I began my admissions career at the University of Pennsylvania, where I chaired university selection committees, evaluated potential athletic recruits as one of the school's athletics liaisons, and oversaw the university's portfolio of admissions publications. I also served as second chair in the selection committee for the school's flagship interdisciplinary Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. A frequent contributor to USA TODAY and The Huffington Post and a graduate of Cornell University, I bring exceptional skills to the craft of essay writing paired with experience reading and evaluating thousands of admissions essays. I can offer expert advice on a wide range of college admissions topics, from colleges' expectations for high school curriculum choices and standardized test scores to choosing the right extracurricular activities and essay topics. Prior to joining the University of Pennsylvania, I worked as a public relations professional and served for a decade as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.
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​On this week’s podcast episode, host Beth Heaton and colleague Zaragoza Guerra discuss the increasingly popular gap year option being considered by more and more students. Beth is also joined by colleague Jennifer Simons to talk resumes, and whether prospective college students should include this component in their apps. Hint: in most cases, no! Beth wraps up the episode with a visit from college finance expert Zachery Gries, who shares his knowledge of financial aid notification timelines for early admission applicants. To listen to other episodes, visit Getting In: A College Coach Conversation on VoiceAmerica or search for us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. While you’re there, please leave us a rating or review! We appreciate your feedback.


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