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What 9th, 10th, and 11th Graders Can Do Now to Prepare for Admissions; How Students can Financially Prepare for College

Getting In A College Coach Conversation
Ian Fisher College Coach

Written by Ian Brook Fisheron November 14th, 2023

I began my career in admissions by walking backwards as a student intern, giving guided tours, interviewing students, and reading applications for my alma mater, Reed College. After graduating, I began full-time work in admissions, reading thousands of applications primarily from the Western United States, especially Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. (I got to eat the best food on my travel!) In my last three years at Reed, I directed admissions for the entire continent of Asia and served as the director of marketing and communications for the admission office, honing our official voice for web, print, and social media. This helped me to develop a sharp eye for what works (and what doesn’t) in college essays. While Reed is not known (at all!) for sports, I was able to find my competitive outlet with the ultimate Frisbee team as a player and, when I graduated, a coach. After nine wonderful years at Reed, I left Portland to pursue a M.A. at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. When I graduated and joined College Coach, I was living in Palo Alto, California, an experience that helped me learn so much about the UC and CSU system and high school programs all around the Bay Area. In the end, I missed the rain too much, and moved back to Portland in the summer of 2016.
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​On this episode of our college podcast, college admissions counselor—and parent of high school students—Kara Courtois, joins host Ian Fisher to discuss what 9th and 10th graders should be thinking about in the upcoming months. Following up Kara is Nicole Doyle, also an admissions counselor and parent, to talk about what’s next for 11th graders. Lastly, Ian is joined by college finance expert Alex Bickford to discuss how underclassmen can prepare for college expenses. To listen to other episodes, visit Getting In: A College Coach Conversation on VoiceAmerica or search for us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. While you’re there, please leave us a rating or review! We appreciate your feedback.


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