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The Public Health Major & How to Complete the FAFSA

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Lauren Randle

Written by Lauren Randleon October 5th, 2016

I learned firsthand about the world of highly selective admissions as a former assistant director of admissions at Georgetown University. I traveled the United States, in and out of high schools and auditoriums, to eagerly educate students and their families about the application process, and then painstakingly reviewed thousands upon thousands of applications to fill our class. I reviewed applications for all four of Georgetown’s colleges (Georgetown College, McDonough School of Business, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and School of Nursing & Health Studies), and chaired the admissions committee for the School of Foreign Service. I experienced the nuances of the recruitment process as the admissions liaison to the Georgetown women’s soccer team, and also understood the significance of the admissions interview as the co-coordinator for Georgetown’s alumni interviewing process. I left admissions to pursue a master of education degree at the University of Virginia to broaden my knowledge of student development theories and current trends in higher education. There I decided that it was time to work more directly with students and families at the high school level, where my support and encouragement would have a more personal impact. That desire led me across the globe to Hong Kong, where I worked at a competitive international high school helping students with their college applications to the world's best universities. My international experience offered me the opportunity to work with extraordinary students and see extraordinary places.
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In the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Beth Heaton covered two big topics with the help of expert guests. First, Beth and guest, Catherine Ettman, discussed the ins and outs of a public health major and why pre-med students should consider it.  The show wrapped with the weekly “School’s In! Application Workshop” session, discussing everything you ever wanted to know about filling out the FAFSA. All About the Public Health Major What is a public health major?  What kind of student should consider it? What does a career in the field look like?  Catherine Ettman, director of strategic initiatives at Boston University’s School of Public Health, joined Beth for a fascinating conversation regarding public health—defined as the conditions that we live in that shape our health.  A public health major studies the many different sectors that shape our health, and it is this intersection of many different disciplines which makes the major particularly appealing. So if you are looking for a way to impact health but blood and guts are turning you off from a career in medicine, tune into the full episode to learn more about the opportunities in public health! School’s In! College Application Workshop – Filling Out the FAFSA Financial aid expert, Laurie Peltier, offered an extensive overview on everything you need to know about filling out the FAFSA.  This segment of the “School’s In! Application Workshop” was aimed at parents of current seniors who are applying to college for the fall of 2017. It is particularly timely, as the FAFSA opened on October 1 this year!  What steps do both student and parents need to take? What materials do you need to make the process go faster? What gets counted?  Don’t let this form intimidate you! Tune in to the full segment and let our expert walk you through the process. The next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation airing Thursday, October 6 at 4 PM EST will spend the bulk of the conversation on filling out the Common Application.  Deadlines are just around the corner!  Let’s get these applications completed together! Getting-In-CTA

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