In the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coast Conversation, guest host Sally Ganga covers a wide range of topics, beginning with a discussion on how to prepare to repay student loans, and then an in-depth look at the supplemental essays for Loyola Marymount University and Occidental College. She wraps up with a lively conversation about the differences between studying the sciences and studying engineering in college.
These days, high school students are encouraged to try out possible careers or majors through jobs and internships.
But sometimes that’s easier said than done.
High school internships aren’t always easy to find. Employers often prefer college students, can’t afford to pay interns, or don’t have the time to supervise them. Teen part-time jobs, while valuable, may not offer the kind of experience that will tell you if engineering is the right major for you.
With college applications looming on the horizon, many rising high school seniors are feeling the pressure to figure out in the next few months, not only where they want to study, but what they want to study. This choice, many believe, will determine the path of the rest of their lives. That’s a weighty burden for a 17-year-old student to bear, and some may wonder if all this stress is really necessary. Find out from former Barnard and Whittier College admissions officer, Mary Sue Youn, in this installment of the College Coach video series, Ask the College Admissions Expert. Mary Sue answers the burning question on the minds of rising seniors and their parents, “Is It Okay To Apply To College With An Undecided Major?”
It’s not unusual to meet high school students who haven’t quite narrowed down their particular interest of study or what major they want to pursue. But what about students who have an interest in STEM that haven’t necessarily discerned what they want to do with that interest? How can a student leverage a degree in biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science if they’re unsure how they want to use such a degree?
The most recent episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation was guest hosted by Ian Fisher. In three fast-moving segments Ian and his guests covered a vast array of topics, from using data to estimate a student’s chances of admission, to tips and tricks for selecting your major on the college application, to deciphering the loan portion of financial aid packages.