national honor societies

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, guest host Ian Fisher discusses the pros and cons of honor societies, the wonderful world of tax breaks, and ponders just what it is seniors should be doing right now.

The Pros and Cons of Honor Societies

Ian first welcomes admissions educator Tova Tolman, formerly of Barnard College, Fordham University, and Montclair State, to weigh the merits of national and school-specific honor societies. What do they require, should you join, and do admission officers care about them? They also take on the mystery of those paid leadership program brochures sophomore and juniors may be getting in the mail.

The Senior Waiting Game

Next up, Ian chats with another former Barnard College admission officer, Kara Courtois, who shares advice for seniors, whether they’re awaiting decisions or ready to make some of their own. They touch on how to go about ensuring all your application materials have been received, immersing yourself in more in-depth and intensive research on your prospective colleges, and—perhaps most importantly—savoring your last semester of high school and all the friendships it has brought.

Tips on Tax Breaks

Finally, Laurie Peltier, former financial aid officer at Becker College and Anna Maria College, joins Ian for tax breaks galore. From 529 plans to student loan repayment strategies, Laurie has tips for parents with students of all ages. This is just the first in our two-part series on this topic.

Tune in to our next episode when Elizabeth Heaton returns to discuss value in the college selection process with our partner, Edmit, and take on part two of our tax breaks series.


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.