College Application Essay

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Ian Fisher welcomed guests to explore the University of California application, with special attention given to how to approach their essays. He also welcomed a College Coach finance expert to talk about applying for scholarships. You can listen to the complete show on the Voice America network or by searching for Getting in: A college Coach Conversation wherever you get your podcasts.

University of California Application

Ian dedicated the first two segments of the show to the UC application. College Coach admission experts Kristine Sawicki and Emily Toffelmire joined Ian to explore what the UC Application is and ways to approach their essays, called Personal Insight Questions. Students choose four of eight Personal Insight Questions to answer and Ian, Kristine, and Emily broke down each prompt, providing tips on how to approach each.

Weekly College Spotlight

This week’s college spotlight was the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Ian highlighted what IIT has to offer, including the fabulous research opportunities found there. Listen in for more!

Applying for Scholarships!

In the final segment, Ian welcomed College Coach finance expert Michelle Clifton to talk about applying for scholarships. Is fall the best time to search for and apply for scholarships? Is it too late to wait until the fall of the senior year to apply? Is it better to search nationally for scholarships or to focus on local opportunities? How many scholarships should a student apply for? Michelle answered these questions for our listeners and provided a variety of examples of scholarships that are out there. And there are lots! Including a scholarship on rice – yes the kind you eat – in which students make a three minute video related to this culinary staple.

The next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation will explore ways to stand out and get noticed in the college application process and strategies for sending standardized tests to your colleges – what scores do you send and when? We welcome you to listen in!


Written by Kristine Sawicki
Kristine Sawicki is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Kristine was an admissions officer at Stanford University and Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Kristine Sawicki.