Admissions Uncovered - College Applications and Admissions Explained

Admissions Uncovered - College Applications and Admissions Explained

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Two high school seniors and one Columbia freshman explore the black box that is the college application process.
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Your Life Story: Building a Narrative for College and Beyond
Start your college application by building a narrative of your high school experience. In this episode, Michael guides Dominic, Nhi, and you through a simple 3 step process: listing activities, figuring out what's important, and making connections between what's important in your life. At each step, we share how we came to our narratives. Finally, we talk about how to use the narrative to simplify the college application process. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - bit.ly/aupod37 Follow us on social media - Twitter - twitter.com/aupodfm Facebook - facebook.com/admissions.uncovered Instagram - instagram.com/admissions.uncovered  Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
39:41
February 14, 2019
The Ultimate Guide to Internships
 Thinking of summer already? Considering an internship, but don't know where to start? Well your favorite podcast hosts have put together the ultimate guide to answer all your internship related questions. Still have questions about internships? Feel free to reach out to us on social media or in the comment section below the post. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - bit.ly/aupod36  Follow us on social media -  Twitter - twitter.com/aupodfm  Facebook - facebook.com/admissions.uncovered  Instagram - instagram.com/admissions.uncovered  Subscribe to the podcast -  iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple  Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid  
43:55
February 8, 2019
Senior Spring: Freedom, How We Have Missed You!
Does it feel like you're done with college applications? We hope it does because you've earned a break! Here at Admissions Uncovered, we definitely have some plans for all this extra time. Dominic has a few side hustles to run. Nhi has some piano practice to catch up on. And we all have some great TV recommendations. When Michael was senior, he let grades slip a little, missed some school to travel, and started this podcast. Tune in for some fun stories, celebration, and advice your teachers don't want you to hear.  Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod35 Follow us on social media -  Twitter - twitter.com/aupodfm Facebook - facebook.com/admissions.uncovered  Instagram - instagram.com/admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast -  iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
42:35
January 31, 2019
Admissions Uncovered Trailer
This is the Admissions Uncovered podcast - the college admissions podcast for the students, by the students. We get the stress and fear you are feeling because we are feeling it too. Michael Gao - a Columbia University student who's been through it - guides two high school seniors through the process.  Tune in for no BS advice, great stories, and a college admissions process that's, at least, a little less painful. 
01:13
January 25, 2019
Most Common Interview Questions
 Essays. Done. Common App. Done. Bugging teachers for rec letters. Done. All done. Except for the interview. For many seniors, this is the last mile before decision day. To prepare, tune in to this week's episode. We talk about the most common interview questions and how to answer them. Nhi and Dominic tell some funny public transit stories and give you some advice on how to make your interview interesting with anecdotes.  Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod34 Follow us on social media -  Twitter - twitter.com/aupodfm Facebook - facebook.com/admissions.uncovered  Instagram - instagram.com/admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast -  iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
51:16
January 22, 2019
Reflecting on the College Application Process
 It's been a long road leading up to this point. In this episode, Dominic and Nhi take a moment to reflect on the college admissions process to give advice on what they would do differently and reveal less discusses components of the college admissions process. If you can relate to any of the points mentioned in the episode, be sure to let us know!  Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - bit.ly/aupod33 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid 
44:11
January 13, 2019
Beating the Deferral: How to Get Accepted After Being Deferred
Deferrals are an unfortunate part of the early application process. You worked so hard on that early application to just be shoved in with all of the regular decision applicants. Yes, we feel the pain as we can relate all too well. You can act two ways after being deferred: be discouraged or keep fighting. If you want to keep fighting, you've come to the right place. In this episode we'll discuss ways to give your deferred application the best chance possible in the regular decision round and also offer advice on how to approach the rest of your applications. It's almost over, just keep fighting a bit longer! Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - bit.ly/aupod32 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid  
31:38
December 29, 2018
It’s Not You, It’s Me: Writing Why College Supplements
 One of the most common supplemental essay prompts colleges ask is the Why College prompt? These are often the most difficult essays to write because you want to be original, but not too original. In this episode, we talk about the importance of this essay, researching reasons to go to a school, structuring this essay in an anecdotal format, released essays from Tufts, and, finally, the worst mistake students make: talking only about the school and not about themselves as well. Michael tries to explain with a dating analogy; let’s see how that goes.  Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - bit.ly/aupod31 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid  
37:47
December 24, 2018
Keep Fighting: Early Decisions Out
Early Decisions are out. If you got in, congrats! You are finally done! If you didn't, I know it sucks, but it's not over. There are so many other amazing schools out there, and I know you'll get into one that you love. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod30 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
13:48
December 15, 2018
Johns Hopkins Released Essays Part 2
Johns Hopkins releases essays from previous admitted students. These can be great sources of inspiration and advice. In this episode of the podcast, we read the first few released essays and discuss what we like about them. Michael pulls out his AP Language cards and does some English teacher worthy rhetorical analysis. Nhi and Dominic comment on how the topics seem to encapsulate a clear narrative. And we all wish we could write this well. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod29 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
33:15
December 9, 2018
Johns Hopkins Released Essays Part 1
Johns Hopkins releases essays from previous admitted students. These can be great sources of inspiration and advice. In this episode of the podcast, we read the first few released essays and discuss what we like about them. Michael pulls out his AP Language cards and does some English teacher worthy rhetorical analysis. Nhi and Dominic comment on how the topics seem to encapsulate a clear narrative. And we all wish we could write this well. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod28 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - http://bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - http://bit.ly/aupoddroid
29:12
November 29, 2018
Type-A Productivity
Chances are that sometime during the college application process, you've found yourself slacking off or procrastinating. In this week’s episode we’ll talk about how to stay productive during the college app process. We’ll give some tips and specific systems that Michael, Nhi, and Dominic have found helpful like hyper-scheduling your calendar, having soft deadlines, and using to do lists. And, of course, an episode on productivity wouldn't be complete without Michael hating on bullet journals. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod27 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
41:18
November 22, 2018
Touring Schools and Fly-Ins
The Common App has many sections - demographic information, test scores, educational history, academic honors, extracurricular activities, the additional information section, the Common App essay, recommendation letters, supplemental essays, and a little bit of common confusion among stressed-out seniors. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod26 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
46:04
November 19, 2018
Acing Your College Interview with Sid Seenivasa
You thought you were free after pressing submit. Then, you get an email about an interview. What? Don't worry. In this episode, Michael and our guest host Sid talk about their experiences with the interview. Sid just had several interviews with schools like Swarthmore and Oxford. We give some sample questions, do's and don'ts, and some preparation tips. Check out the show notes: http://www.bit.ly/aupod25
51:05
November 9, 2018
I Pressed Submit, Now What?
It's November First and you've either already submitted your application or about to submit it. After months of stressing, you finally have finished the first round of applications. Now what? On this episode, we give some reminders for more forgettable pieces of the application and what you should be doing after the deadline. Check out the show notes at http://bit.ly/aupod24.
40:23
November 1, 2018
Writing Resumes for Colleges and Employers
Your resume will be the first thing employers, colleges, and interviewers see about you. Learn how to format and write a resume with strong and impactful descriptions. Listen till the end for an update in Dominic's college list drama. Check out the show notes - bit.ly/aupod23
38:11
October 25, 2018
Choosing Your Major
Choosing your major may seem like the most daunting decision you need to make. It seems to ask you to determine your entire life with one checkbox. In reality, it's not that complicated at all. Just choose what you are interested in. In most cases, the major you choose doesn't close off opportunities, just opens up more specific ones. Tune in for our advice. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod22 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
29:22
October 18, 2018
UChicago's Wacky Supplements
The University of Chicago has some of the weirdest and wackiest supplemental essay prompts of any university we've seen. In this episode, we analyze each one and give some of the first ideas that come to our mind. We talk through the general processes that you should use to generate ideas, from simplifying the prompt, thinking about your narrative, to having no filter. At the end, Michael shares his UChicago essay that he thought was amazing but that some admissions officer clearly didn't. Check out the show notes - bit.ly/aupod21
42:59
October 11, 2018
Don't Forget: Your Checklist Other Application Items
Everyone knows that by November 1 and January 1, Common Applications need to be sent. What else? We share some other items that are often forgotten but are very important like a schedule, recommendation letters, test scores, transcripts, essays, scholarships, financial aid, and more. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod20 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
47:32
October 4, 2018
Liberal Arts vs Research Universities - A False Distinction
The distinction between liberal arts colleges and research universities is an artifact of a faraway time. Today, the differences between the two are far fewer, mainly centering around the size of school and the emphasis on undergraduate education. We also discuss a few pieces of breaking college news - Rice making tuition free for more students, Stanford stopping its release of admissions rate, and Harvard's record-breaking fundraising effort. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod19 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
40:09
September 27, 2018
Beating Your Senior Year - Friends, Fun, and Maybe School
Senior year is going to be your hardest year of high school, but it can also be the best year. In this episode, we discuss how to schedule your senior year around college applications, scholarships, school, extracurriculars, and the inevitable senioritis. Stick around till the end and hear about how Dominic became the most infamous person at school. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod18 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
46:35
September 20, 2018
Fantasy Recommendation Letter League with Don Gonzalez
Teacher recommendation letters are your reward for being a brown noser for four years. Just kidding... Kinda... Joining us to talk about how to get good teacher recommendation letters and how to build strong relationships with instructors is a 20 year veteran of public schools. Don Gonzalez is a teacher and magnet coordinator at the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet in Dallas, TX. He was a key piece of Michael's college applications, and now he joins the podcast to give his own advice. To hear more from Mr. Gonzalez, check out his podcast and blog at thejoecatholic.org. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod17 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
57:19
September 13, 2018
Not Just Ivies - Building a College List
The first step in the college application is process is picking which college you want to apply to. Applicants should pick schools in three ranges - safety, target, and reach schools. The number of schools they apply to will differ based on the applicant and their level of confidence. Finally, Michael shares his list and advises Dominic and Nhi on their lists. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod16 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
42:01
September 6, 2018
Applying to International Schools from the US - How and Why?
We aren't just limited to schools in the United States. There are great schools internationally. We discuss the application processes for UK and Canadian schools as well as joint programs between American and international schools like Yale-NUS and NYU's programs. Finally, we reflect on whether applying internationally is actually worth it. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod15 Jump ahead - UK Schools - 2:06 Canadian Schools - 15:48 Joint Programs - 21:08 Reflection - 28:53 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
37:00
August 30, 2018
Extracurricular Strategy - Picking and Pursuing Activities
Extracurricular activities are the backbone of any college application, especially to top-tier schools. Freshmen need to start early. Upperclassmen need to develop their interests with awards and leadership positions. Seniors need to stay calm and not randomly resume pad. We discuss the activities we wish we had done and the ones we wish we had quit. Finally, Michael becomes an ameatur psycologist. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod14 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
42:14
August 23, 2018
How to Common App - 9 Parts, 3 Hosts, 1 Application
The Common App has many sections - demographic information, test scores, educational history, academic honors, extracurricular activities, the additional information section, the Common App essay, recommendation letters, supplemental essays, and a little bit of common confusion among stressed-out seniors. Check out the show notes for links to more helpful information - http://bit.ly/aupod13 Follow us on social media - Twitter - @aupodfm Instagram/Facebook - @admissions.uncovered Subscribe to the podcast - iTunes/Apple devices - bit.ly/aupodapple Android devices - bit.ly/aupoddroid
39:22
August 16, 2018
Your Guide to Junior Year - Productivity, Testing, Networking
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We are partnering with Anchor.fm to launch a new way for you to help support the podcast. Just go to anchor.fm/admissionsuncovered and click the Listener Support button. It's that easy. School is starting soon. If you are about to be a junior, don't let senioritis strike early. We have tips about how to use your junior year as a launchpad into your dream school from tips. We talk about staying productive and on track, the incoming storm of standardized testing, focusing on a few key extracurricular activities, and networking with key college admissions players to set yourself apart from the crowd. See the show notes at admissionsuncovered.com/240.
52:50
August 9, 2018
Spiking Your College Application: Increasing Your Chances of Getting Accepted
The college admissions process is very competitive and will only get more difficult. Join us as we discuss how to spike your application, one way of increasing your chances of getting in.
40:34
August 2, 2018
Getting a Perfect Score: How to Get 800s and 5s on SAT Subject Tests and AP Tests
There is more to standardized testing than just the SAT and ACT. Join us to learn how to best take advantage of SAT subject tests and AP tests. We have had great success with them and now it's your turn.
42:41
July 26, 2018
Beating the SAT and ACT: Which Test to Take, How to Study, and How to Maximize Your Score
Standardized tests are stressful for many students. Join us as we break down the differences between the SAT and ACT, how to study for each test, and strategies to maximize your score. Check out our show notes at www.admissionsuncovered.com/?p=200&preview=true. Please submit your questions and comments on our Contact Us form.
43:54
July 19, 2018
Struggle is Real: A Summer Check-In on Where You Should Be
Newsflash: everyone is struggling right now, especially with colleges changing the goalposts on standardized testing. Nhi and Dominic fret about how they are doing with their essays and overall application. Through it all, you'll find out where you need to be at this point in the summer. Check out the show notes here: http://bit.ly/2metnjv
1:02:28
July 12, 2018
The Supplemental Essay – Boosting Your Application to the Max
Just because supplemental essays are short doesn’t mean they are easy. Join us in exploring essays answering why college, why major, extracurricular, speed dating, and your background prompts. See the show notes here: http://bit.ly/2KJHifE
53:53
July 5, 2018
Clashing with Class Rank with Kevin Bai in Plano, Texas
We talk with Kevin Bai about how he helped lead the movement to end class rank in Plano ISD, how class rank hurts students, and why colleges don't really care about it. Check out our show notes at: https://wp.me/p9XkHM-2n
47:21
June 29, 2018
The Early Bird Gets the Worm: Early Decision and Action
The November early application deadline is coming up quickly: learn about the differences between early action, early decision, early decision 2, and regular decision, whether applying early is advantageous, how you should pick between all your options, and what you should do if you are deferred. Check out the show notes on our website: http://bit.ly/earlydecisionpodcast
46:32
June 22, 2018
Slaying the Beast: The Essay for College Applications
We talk about best practices for writing college essays, brainstorm ideas for the CommonApp and ApplyTexas prompts, and explain how you can get feedback on your essays. Check out the show notes for what we discussed and other useful links: https://wp.me/p9XkHM-1O
40:13
June 15, 2018
Senior Summer
We know summer just started, but it's time to start thinking about the fall and college applications. We talk about what rising seniors need to be doing this summer to get ready from testing to essays and so much more.
37:01
June 10, 2018
What's Common about the Common App?
Join us in exploring the various bits and pieces of the Common App: the profile, the honors, the extracurricular, and much more.
29:24
June 6, 2018
Hello World!
Join us to learn about picking between schools to apply to, touring schools, and "target" schools with some intermittent dissing on Harvard's campus.
28:02
May 30, 2018
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