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MIT and Caltech Admissions, Applying to College as a Student on the Autism Spectrum, and Summer Jobs

MIT Admissions
Kristine Sawicki

Written by Kristine Sawickion May 3rd, 2017

I grew up in California and attended a big suburban public high school. For college, I chose Reed in Portland, Oregon, where I studied psychology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience. After a year working as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Sciences University, I switched my professional objective and taught at both the middle and high school levels and coached women’s cross-country. Eventually I made my way to admission work and spent the next eleven years at Reed, culminating in a year as Acting Dean. I later moved to California and spent a few years in the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admission, where I continued to work directly with students both domestic and international.
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On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Sally Ganga welcomed three guests to discuss: admissions to Caltech and MIT, considerations for applying to college as a student on the autism spectrum, and the benefits of having a summer job. Caltech and MIT Admissions Sally first welcomed College Coach admission expert Zaragoza Guerra, former admission officer at Caltech and MIT, to talk about the admissions process at these two schools. Zaragoza explored similarities of and differences between MIT and Caltech. He also discussed the importance of how a student spends their time outside the classroom and the value of finding both a curricular and extracurricular balance of breadth and depth. Applying to College for Students on the Autism Spectrum Sally next welcomed Dr. Valerie Paradiz to talk about the college application process as it pertains to students on the autism spectrum. Val highlighted the importance of thoughtfully evaluating how much a student can take on in their first year of college. She explored specific topics a student and their family may consider and how to apply those reflections to the college search. Sally and Val also discussed when a student should disclose being on the spectrum and concluded by recommending additional resources. Summer Jobs In the third segment, Sally welcomed College Coach finance expert Jeanne Mahan to talk about the value of summer jobs and the positive impact a summer job can have on both paying for college and on a student’s engagement and appreciation for their education. Jeanne talked about how summer earnings impact eligibility for need-based financial aid, tips for considering different kinds of employment, and the benefits of having an employment history before graduation. On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Sally will welcome hosts to explore what a liberal arts education is, what juniors can do now to develop their college list, and, from a financial perspective, what parents of seniors can be doing now to prepare for the start of college—and tuition bills—in the fall. Getting-In-CTA Save Save Save Save Save


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