Last week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation continued the student perspective series, offering you advice straight from those who know the college search process best: a first-year college student!

The Student Perspective

Beth began the show with current University of Southern California first-year student Noa Braun about her search process. They chatted about Noa’s primary selection criteria, the role rankings played, and what happened the summer after junior year when she went on a big college tour. Noa joked that she was the example of just how many applications is too many. When presented with wonderful opportunities, Noa chose USC. She explained just what her parents had to say about her decision.

College Finance Questions Answered

In the second segment, Beth and finance expert Tara Piantanida-Kelly answered college finance questions submitted by our listeners. Tara tackled questions on what families should be doing after they submit the FAFSA, how to cover gaps in aid packages, what happens if it seems like the school is pushing for an early deposit prior to May 1, and what actually is federal work-study money?? Next time we will tackle financial aid appeals and scholarship negotiation. Check out 5 Tips for Increasing your Financial Aid Offer if you’re looking for some spoilers.

Encouraging Creativity in Students

Beth wrapped up the show with guest Kara Courtois to talk through the New York Times article from January on how to raise a creative child. Give a listen to hear Beth and Kara discuss what they liked, their thoughts on whether or not creativity can be bought or micromanaged, and the implications when the student progresses to high school.

On tomorrow’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, we’ll continue our student interview student with a Brown freshman, dive into Harvard’s Turning the Tide report on the state of college admissions, and discuss some of the way you can negotiate a better financial aid package. See you then!

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Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. Visit our website to learn more about Tova Tolman.