School’s Out: College Application Workshop

On last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Ian Fisher debuted our new School’s Out series, held Office Hours with a former Yale admissions officer, and unpacked some of your student loan options.

Inside the Yale Admissions Office

In the first segment, Ian welcomed our colleague Amy Alexander to discuss The Battle for Room 314, by Ed Boland. Aside from convincing me that we should consider starting a book club podcast, the two discussed Boland’s experience in education, shared which pieces of his Yale Admissions experiences overlapped with Amy’s experiences, and uncovered the role of alumni interviews, essays, and letters of recommendations. If you’re looking for a phenomenal example of being real and presenting your authentic self, this book is a must read.

School’s Out: College Application Workshop     

After the break, Ian introduced our new series airing this summer offering actionable advice to help navigate the challenges of the college admission process. On this episode, Kyra Tyler joined Ian to tackle the essay – also known as the personal statement. The two went through how to begin brainstorming, what to leave out, and how to master the art of talking about yourself. They shared some examples of great writing showcasing the author’s voice, and explained why you shouldn’t be so quick to write about that summer service trip.  They ended the segment by each giving our listeners one assignment to kick start the writing process.

How to Choose a Student Loan

In the last segment, Tara Piantanida-Kelly joined Ian to talk about student loans. More specifically, how to find the best loan program and avoid graduating buried in debt. Tara patiently walked us through some of the options, explained what the maximums are for federal loans, and shared which loans might have forgiveness programs sometimes making higher interest rates worth considering. Most helpful to me was their discussion around when to and when not to defer your loan payments. Can’t get enough of the conversation on student loans? Then be sure to tune into our next episode when we tackle how much to borrow!


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. Visit our website to learn more about Tova Tolman.