getting into college

On last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Sally Ganga stepped in as guest host and discussed with her guests how to get the most out of a college visit, middle school strategies for future success, and what seniors can do to optimize their financial aid after submitting the FAFSA.

Getting the Most Out of the College Visit

Visiting colleges is costly both in terms of time and money.  Kyra Tyler offered tips on how to maximize the time spent on campus so that a student will walk away with a real sense of the specific community and culture. Kyra and Sally provided some great examples of questions to ask, and ultimately reminded students not to be afraid during their visit. After all, the people you meet on a college campus are there to help you, not to reject you!

Mastering Middle School

In the second segment, Mary Sue Youn offered advice on middle school study skills and organizational strategies as both a former admissions officer and as a parent of a current middle school student.  Mary Sue discussed the fine balance of handling a middle schooler’s push for independence while guiding them to build a foundation for success in high school.

Finding Money for College

In the final segment, financial aid expert Shannon Vasconcelos joined Sally to highlight what seniors can do in the winter and spring to find money for college after submitting the FAFSA.  Students should follow up directly with college aid offices if there are financial circumstances that aren’t reflected on the forms, and Shannon also encouraged students to seek out private scholarships particularly from community based organizations in their hometown.

On tomorrow’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Beth Heaton will return to the hosting chair to discuss what seniors should be doing now that their applications are in, as well as covering financial aid tips for transfer applicants.

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Written by Lauren Randle
Lauren Randle is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Lauren worked as a senior admissions officer at Georgetown University and previously held positions in college counseling at Malvern Preparatory School and the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Visit our website to learn more about Lauren Randle.