STEM major

On this week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, guest host Sally Ganga talks about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs, beginning post-secondary education at two-year institutions, and how to teach your soon-to-be-college-student to set up a budget.

Laurie Peltier, former financial aid officer, answers questions about how to best prepare your teen financially for college. Families tend to focus on tuition and room and board because they are the big ticket items for college, but Laurie reminds us that students will also spend money on other things while on campus. There are many factors that influence the size and content of the student’s budget but there are some basic rules to follow to keep help your student stay on sound fiscal footing.

Next, Zaragoza Guerra, former admissions officer at MIT and Caltech, answers the question: What does art have to do with STEM? As Zaragoza explains, the synthesis of art and science has deep roots in human history and continues to this day. For example, the field of medicine may bring in artists to help communicate medical risk to better inform patients. This concept is gaining in popularity in middle and high schools as well as college campuses.

After this week’s School Spotlight on Virginia’s University of Richmond, Sally speaks with former University of Southern California admission officer, Emily Toffelmire, about the pros and cons of starting at a two-year community college before transferring to a four-year college. This can be a wonderful option for students interested in saving money and those who may need a fresh start, but it’s important to understand some of the challenges that may be encountered. Listen in for recommendations on how to be a successful transfer student.

Tune in next week when host Beth Heaton is back to take listener questions and discuss Canadian universities.


Written by Lauren DiProspero
Lauren DiProspero is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Lauren worked as an admissions officer at Stanford Medicine and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Visit our website to learn more about Lauren DiProspero.