stress and the college application process

Airing on November 1st, the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation congratulates those seniors who submitted applications for an early round deadline! Pressing “submit” on that first application is almost as exciting as receiving the first offer of admission! Host Elizabeth Heaton and her guests cover the following topics in their conversation this week: reducing stress and mindfulness during the application process, using life insurance as a college savings vehicle, and how to handle disciplinary infractions on your applications.

Stress and the College Application Process

Former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer and wellness guru, Sai Somboon, joins Beth to focus on mindfulness and bring a little zen to our listeners. Whether you are a nervous high school freshman or a senior anxiously awaiting admissions results, stress finds all of us at some point throughout this process. Sai offers great advice and insight on how to be aware, remain present, and accept the space you are in. This segment is a must-listen for students and parents who need a reminder to just breathe.

Using Life Insurance to Save for College

Alex Bickford, former Southern New Hampshire University financial aid officer, and Beth then discuss using life insurance to save for college. Is this one of those “I heard through the grapevine…” scenarios that is just too good to be true? Alex helps listeners understand what to consider if they are considering purchasing insurance for the purpose of helping to pay for college.

Reporting Disciplinary Infractions on College Applications

Finally, Joy Biscornet, former high school counselor and admissions officer at multiple colleges, discusses reporting disciplinary infractions on a college application. While this is certainly not a favorite topic for anyone, it’s important to be informed. We all know that teenagers make mistakes. But are they required to report an infraction? Can they get away with it if the college doesn’t ask? Tune in to the full segment for some straight talk on handling a tricky situation, and to better understand what colleges want to hear in an explanation.

On our next show, Ian Fisher hosts and will discuss the UC application, supplemental essays for Carnegie Mellon and Syracuse University, and the California state financial aid programs.


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.