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E1 - College Scoops

E1 - College Scoops

By Moira McCullough
College Scoops is focused on all things college-related, whether you are in high school or graduating from college. We connect and engage with students, parents, educators, entreprenuers, and authors who share their advice, guidance, and lessons learned.
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Episode 39: Calling all Student-Athletes! Wondering What to do Now with Guest Chad Dorman
Advice for student-athletes - the ramifications of COVID19 are still playing out now especially for the Class of 2021. With lost seasons, the cancellation of showcase events and invitation-only visits, no game tapes - what now? How can student-athletes approach the college admissions process if they are looking to play sports in college? A lot has happened outside of our control but what can student-athletes do that is within their control? Chad Dorman joins us today to share his insights and advice.
October 20, 2020
Episode 38: Topics to Avoid in a College Essay with Guest Jaclyn Corley
Jaclyn Corley, aka The College Essay Captain, has been a College Scoops supporter since we launched sharing her expertise in blog posts for College Scoops. Jaclyn helps students stand out from the crowd with a powerful essay. Oftentimes, students wonder if there are topics that should be avoided and that is why we asked Jaclyn to join us today. Are there particular subjects that students should avoid? What are they and why?
October 15, 2020
Episode 37: Three Gap Experiences You Want to Listen to with Guest Adelaide Hanson
Students considering taking a gap year, listen up! Adelaide Hanson took a gap year composed of 3 segments - Fall semester in East Africa, winter semester working at home, spring semester - backpacking Southeast Asia. She joins us today to share why she choose a gap year, her stories, her lessons and learned, and recommendations for students considering taking a gap year. Adelaide was introduced to College Scoops by Marion Taylor - Founder of Taylor the Gap. Marion was a guest on our podcast a while back. Thank you Marion for continuing to support College Scoops and introduce us to students across the globe.
October 13, 2020
Episode 36: Legal Documents Your College Student Should Complete Before They Leave for Campus with Guest Nara Herbowy-Callanan
Navigating legal documents can be a daunting task, especially for parents and their young adult children. Attorney Nara Herbowy-Callanan will join us today to break down important legal documents, including the advance medical directive (living will), the HIPAA release, and the durable power of attorney. Nara helps us to understand the different ways in which parents can remain involved in their child’s medical life, while also taking into account the privacy concerns of young adults.
October 8, 2020
Episode 35: Looking for an Internship with Guest Mikala Bush
Students are gearing up for internship interviews this fall so we reached out to companies who have renowned internship programs to ask them what they are looking for from candidates? How can students best prepare for interviews and internship opportunities? We know the last six months were challenging with students losing out on internships or jobs they had committed to due to the pandemic. What can they do now and how can they explain the lost opportunity? Mikala Bush is part of a University Relations team at NCR Corporation which has won numerous awards for their Internship program and she joins us today to share her advice, guidance, and insights to help students as they navigate researching and applying to internship programs.
October 6, 2020
Episode 34: Tips to Strengthen Your Executive Function Skills with Guest Christy McGarry
There are ways we can support and help students perform to the best of their abilities in and out of the classroom by modeling good behavior and role-playing. It is hard to get and stay organized or prioritize all the homework and extracurricular activities in a way that does not increase the stress levels. Ensuring students develop life long skills that will enable them to live, learn, and grow in the next academic environment is the goal of Christy McGarry. She joins us today to discuss how to prepare your students with the executive functioning skills necessary to succeed in college.
October 1, 2020
Episode 33: Everything You Need to Know About Applying from Abroad with Guest Elaine Seremetis
Are you an expatriate or international student applying to a college or university in the United States? Today, college consultant Elaine Seremtis will join us to answer burning questions regarding the application process specific to expatriates and international students. As an expatriate herself, Elaine has firsthand experience with all of the tips and tricks that will help you get ahead on your college admissions process. From the necessary paperwork to helpful resources, Elaine provides essential insights that will enable you to tackle U.S. applications from abroad.
September 29, 2020
Episode 32: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Essays: Painting a Picture with Guest Lauren Dana
“What makes my resume different? Will my essay just blend in? How can I stand out?” Every applicant has stressed and obsessed with these questions. Fortunately, Lauren Dana will be joining us today to share her expert writing advice, equipping students to stand out and present their best selves to admissions officers and employers. From resumes to supplemental essays, Lauren has the tips that will help you paint a unique picture and tell an engaging story with the written aspects of the college and job application process.
September 24, 2020
Episode 31: “How to be U-Niquely-U” with Guest Dr. Gena Lester
As a mom of 3 who has 'been there and done that' when her kids applied to college, Dr. Gena Lester joins us today to share her story and how she started Education Prep Centers. Gena will describe her challenge and online campus programs and the tools, strategies, and techniques she uses to help students and parents navigate the college application process. 
September 22, 2020
Episode 30: Introducing Students to Different Professions with Guest Jennifer Severini-Kresock
What does a psychologist really do? How does one become a psychiatrist? What courses should students take in college if they want to be an engineer? Are there any professional organizations students should join to gain a better understanding of certain professions? Jennifer Severini-Kresock, a college and career counseling consultant has conducted interviews with over 35+ professionals and created videos to allow her students an opportunity to learn more about what these jobs entail. Her guests answer what they wish they knew before they attended college. They also share with Jennifer helpful resources, advice, and lessons learned based on their experiences. Jennifer joins us today to explain why she started her quest and the benefits she and her students have experienced already based on these videos.
September 17, 2020
Episode 29: How to Hit the Ground Running with Guest Elizabeth Pyle
Keeping up with the academic challenges of college is demanding and requires organization, time management, and effort. Elizabeth Pyle, an education expert, and mother, is with us today to discuss how to be successful in college, particularly for students who have trouble with executive functioning skills. Elizabeth and her service, College Success Plan, helps instill valuable skills such as goal setting, decision-making, and time management, and she is invited to the College Scoops Podcast today to discuss her methods and advice for students who struggle with executive functioning.
September 15, 2020
Episode 28: Staying Sane During the College Process from a Parent of 5 with Guest Nicole Smith
The college journey can be stressful especially if you have more than one child - but 5? We are reaching out to parents who have been there and done that to get their take on what worked, what did not, and what they would recommend to a parent just starting the process. Nicole Smith is currently helping her middle child navigate the process as a rising Senior. Nicole will share her tips and suggestions for staying not only sane during the college process but also ways you can support and have fun with your son or daughter on the road. We always love hearing the lessons-learned and sharing the funny stories parents remember. Get comfortable and enjoy our conversation!
September 10, 2020
Episode 27 : Standing Out in College Applications with Work Experience with Guest Laura Fortner
How can real-world work experiences be a differentiator in college applications? Do you have a student who is a coder, interested in sports management, or loves video games? Laura and her team at Hireedge have created opportunities to match students with employers to gain valuable and real-life experiences. In a time where students do not have a host of internship opportunities available in high school, Laura founded Hireeedge as an accelerator program for high school and college students to gain valuable work experience at companies working with a corporate sponsor and Hireedge mentor.
September 8, 2020
Episode 26: Thinking About a Gap Year with Guest Katherine Stievater
With colleges moving to an online or virtual environment this fall semester, many students and parents are trying to look at alternatives and specifically gap year opportunities. No longer are gap year programs just for international travel as more and more programs are offering various work and volunteer opportunities locally and online. Katherine Stievater, Founder & CEO of Gap Year Solutions, a Boston-based gap year advising company shares her insights on local gap year opportunities and how students can have a productive gap year amidst the pandemic.
September 3, 2020
Episode 25: Tips from the Essayists - Cheryl and Brian Klam
The college essay is a daunting task for many seniors in high school with only 650 words to convince an admissions counselor to fall in love with you. How can students make their essays stand out? Hasn’t every topic been written about? What are some ways to help admissions readers root for them as the hero of their college essay? Cheryl and Brian Klam bring in real-world experience in creative writing to help students tackle the college essay in a new and exciting way.
September 1, 2020
Episode 24: How to Write a Killer Resume with Guest Emily Weiss
Emily Weiss, a career consultant and resume guru, will join us today to discuss techniques, tools, and advice on how to hit the ground running freshman year, how to transfer your work experience and life skills to craft an impressive resume that will help you stand out, and land the internship of your dreams.
August 27, 2020
Episode 23: Own Your Story with Guest Sydney Montgomery
As the daughter of an immigrant mother and a military father, Sydney Montgomery knows first hand how daunting the college admissions process can be for first-generation college and law school students and aims to push students to be inspired, empowered, and achieve their full potential. Sydney shares some of the challenges and struggles 1st generation college students will encounter when they arrive on campus and her tips and resources to help students succeed.
August 25, 2020
Episode 22 : Students Giving Back - Student Impact with Guest Ana Stanisavljev
When COVID19 hit and college students were sent home, students were frustrated, disappointed, and angry. But some students turned that energy into something positive creating programs, businesses, and communities that have positively impacted many people. Student Impact is one of those organizations.  Ana Stanisavjlev founded the non-profit, Student Impact, which supports students, teachers, and schools in the time of online learning. 
August 20, 2020
Episode 21 : Lessons Learned from a Medical Emergency at College with Laura and Zane Dennis
College is for many students the first time they are responsible for their physical health. Going to college there are a ton of legal and medical forms that may not seem like a big deal at the time but can be impactful in a medical emergency. From insurance disclosure to HIPPA forms, parents and their students need to be organized about preparing for medical situations once their child is away at school. Laura and her son Zane bring in a personal medical emergency experience that opened their eyes to just how complicated forms are and how to be prepared.
August 18, 2020
Episode 20: How to Empower your Teen with Guest Emma B. Perez
We invited Emma B Perez, a mentoring coach to teens and young adults to share her framework, tools, and resources she uses as she guides young adults through her college and career workshops.  Through self-discovery, identifying what your priorities and values are, talking about money, and career exploration will guide young adults to gain a clearer understanding of who they are, what they might want to focus on next, and the next steps required to achieve their goals.
August 11, 2020
Episode 19: Create a Passion Project with Guest Julie Kim
Does your student have a love of photography, gardening, or fashion? Julie Kim works with students to help them create passion projects which align with their academic and personal interests. Through her detailed framework, she works with cohorts of students as they identify, develop, and implement their passion projects over the course of several months with some students continuing to pursue their projects in college. Julie enjoys watching students learn, grow, and thrive through her programs.
August 6, 2020
Episode 18: Online College Webinars and the Virtual College Process with Guest Jenna Shulman
College Admissions have been hosting virtual tours, information sessions and student panels during the last 6 months. College consultants are also hosting webinars in conjunction with area college admissions representatives and current students. We invited Jenna Shulman, Founder of Jenna Shulman College Consulting, to join us today as she has launched a Summer Series with the New Jersey college admissions reps for 50+ schools. These sessions are free and available to all. It is a great opportunity to listen and learn more about the schools you or your student is interested in. 
August 4, 2020
Episode 17: Take charge of defining Yourself and Your Future with Guest Marsha Ray
As a parent and educator, one of our objectives is to create a trusting, safe, and respectful learning environment for our kids and students to thrive. How can we support students as they navigate the college admissions journey and the transition from high school to college? How can we encourage students to step forward and take charge of defining what is important to them as they research their next learning experience? What are some techniques and tools students can use to navigate their college journey to chart a course that will help them thrive, learn, grow, and develop the strength to be successful throughout life? Marsha Ray, M.A., brings an informed and unique voice to study abroad advising and college experience advising, based on teaching experience, in the U.S., in France and Italy, where she resided for 17 years.
July 30, 2020
Episode 16: How to Tackle Alumni Interviews and the Essay with Guest Pat Berry
A parent, writer, editor, alumni interviewer, and college application essay coach, Pat Berry shares her insights and tips on how to start writing your college essay and how to prepare for the alumni interview. As the summer kicks off, students have an opportunity to take some time to reflect and brainstorm ideas for how to write a thoughtful, insightful, and interesting essay. 
July 28, 2020
Episode 15: Incorporating Mindfulness into High School and the College Admissions Journey with Guest Carolyn Caplan
High schools and colleges are incorporating mindfulness and meditation into all aspects of their curriculum and colleges are investing in wellness centers. Given the current situation, now more than ever students, parents, educators, and businesses are all looking at ways to reduce the anxiety and stress in our daily lives. How can we incorporate mindfulness into High School and the college admissions journey? Carolyn Caplan, aka AdmissionsMom, joins us today to share her mindfulness techniques into every aspect of the college admissions journey. 
July 21, 2020
Episode 14: Why I Choose a Gap Year with The BlissBean Founder, Beatričė
We are interviewing students who have been on a gap year to share why they choose to take a gap year and what they would recommend to fellow students entertaining a gap year. Beatrice is the creator behind the Bliss Bean, a self-improvement and productivity blog and YouTube channel, which has 75,000+ subscribers, and in her spare time loves to study languages, read, and travel. Beatrice was born in Lithuania and immigrated to Wisconsin with her parents at the age of 4. She is currently on a post-high school gap year doing freelance photography and traveling for two months. Beatrice is gearing up to study Communications and Digital Media at IE University in Spain in the fall.
July 16, 2020
Episode 13: Parenting with Your Teen Founders Susan Borison and Stephanie Silverman
Parenting is not easy and given the last 5 months, we have all learned how to live, learn, and work with our kids some of whom have not lived in our house for a while. Knowing you are not alone and having a community to share your thoughts, frustrations, concerns, and celebrations is what led Susan Borinson and Stephanie Silverman to launch Your Teen Media. We are excited to have a conversation about all things parenting-related on today's show. 
July 14, 2020
Episode 12: Meet Ethan Knight - The Executive Director and Founder of Gap Year Association
With schools announcing their plans for the fall of 2020, many students and families are wondering what options are available for a gap year experience. As a veteran in the industry and the Founder and Executive Director of the Gap Year Association, Ethan Knight and his team have been working hard with their members and gap year programs to communicate all of the changes and opportunities available through the Gap Year Association website. Ethan will discuss the benefits of a gap year, the resources available through the Gap Year Association, and what opportunities are available now for students in 2020/2021.
July 7, 2020
Episode 11: Advice for the Class of 2021 with Guest Deena Maerowitz
The Spring of 2020 brought about many changes for college admissions and with that comes many questions from parents and students about what now? Where do we start and what should our focus be if we have a rising senior? How do you support parents and students in this challenging time with COVID19?  Deena will discuss the changes in college admissions due to the pandemic and advice for the Class of 2021.
June 30, 2020
Episode 10: Choosing A Gap Year Program That's the Right Fit For Your Student
Gap semesters and gap year programs have become more popular in the last ten-fifteen years with students finding value in taking an intentional gap year before starting their college adventure. Colleges are more accepting and adaptable to students taking a gap semester and many even encourage a gap semester or year program before starting freshman year. Students return from their experience with a more worldly view, practical experience, independence, and self-reliance. Studies have shown the benefits of a gap year include higher GPA's, an increase in 4-year graduation rates, and an increase in job satisfaction. Marion Taylor is the Owner and Founder of Taylor the Gap, a personalized inclusive gap year consulting service who shares her insights on how to choose a gap year program that's the right fit for you or your student.
June 25, 2020
Episode 9: Don't Panic! Tips for Students and Families Navigating the College Journey with Special Guest - Lee Norwood
How can parents support their students during the college admissions journey? What resources are available for students and families?  How to use online resources to research colleges from home and the importance of getting engaged early on as a freshman at college, are all topics Lee and I will cover in our discussion today. Especially given these unique times, focusing on what you can control is the key to success.  Lee Norwood, Owner of Annapolis College Consulting, joins us today to share her strategy for approaching the college admissions journey. She shares her strategy for working with college-bound students on their applications and how she is continually partnering with her community to provide opportunities for students to gain valuable experience during their high school years.
June 23, 2020
Episode 8: How to Find Scholarships for College with Special Guest Monica Matthews
College is expensive and now more than ever, families are working very hard to pay for college. Finding ways to pay for college takes time, energy, and resources. We hear all about the scholarships and grants available but how do you find scholarships?  How do students apply for scholarships? Where and when do you start looking for scholarships? Is it really hard to win a scholarship?  Monica Matthews, founder of How 2 Win Scholarships, is joining us today to share her guidance and tips so you too can find scholarships to apply to before and during the college years. 
June 16, 2020
Episode 7: Testing - What Now with Special Guest Jen Henson
With all the recent changes and disruption to the testing environment, we invited Jen Henson on our show to help clarify questions surrounding the testing environment. What are the recent changes to the ACT/SAT tests and test schedule? Should students take the ACT/SAT if they are applying to test-optional schools? What is the difference between test-optional and test-blind? When and how should students start to prep for the standardized tests?  Jennifer Henson, Founder of Goal Digger, answers these questions and more on our show.
June 11, 2020
Episode 6 - Choosing a College that Supports Students with Learning Differences with Guest Debbie Cinquemani
Choosing a college that supports a student with learning differences requires some additional information, a checklist to take on-campus tours, and, a network of experts to call upon if you need it. Each student has a unique way of learning, and choosing the right college is an important decision for a family.  There is a school for every student, no matter how they learn.  In this episode, Deborah Cinquemani, Founder of Guide Us Educational Services, will review the important questions to ask,  how to learn more about each school's program offerings, and more importantly, how you as a parent can support your student as they navigate the college admissions journey especially for students with learning differences.
June 9, 2020
Episode 5: How Our Parents Helped Us Through the College Process with Special Guest Lilly Rosenberg and Kyra Hermans
We know the college admissions process can be stressful for not only students but parents as well. How can parents support their kids as they navigate their junior and senior years? Sometimes our "help" actually creates more anxiety for students. What do students really need or want from their parents as they navigate the college application process? We talked with two recent high school graduates who shared their experiences with us and provided some helpful tips for parents. What resources did their parents find most helpful during the process? What resources did they find most helpful during the process? What is the most important advice you would give to a 1st-time parent going through the process? All these questions and more we discussed during our conversation with Lilly Rosenberg and Kyra Hermans who took time out to talk with us this week as they wind down their senior year and get ready for graduation. 
June 2, 2020
Episode 4 - Prepping for a College Interview with Patrick Meade
What are the best questions to ask in every college interview? Are there different types of interviews offered at universities? How does a student prepare for the interviews? When should students plan to interview at schools or with alumni? These are questions many parents have as their son or daughter starts the college admissions journey.  If you are wondering what is the best strategy or approach your student can take with respect to interviews, listen up as we invited Patrick Meade, a former Assistant Director of Admissions, to join us and share his tips, strategies and advice on how to best prepare for the college interview.
May 26, 2020
Episode 3 - How Students Can Make the Most of Their Summer with Kate Sonnenberg
Are your kids wondering what to do this summer? Many high school and college students are trying to find ways to continue to work, learn, and grow this summer with the effects of COVID-19 changing life as we know it for the moment. Schools are moving summer courses to online programs, athletic tournaments and travel teams have been canceled, many companies are recommending employees continue to work-from-home, and internships have been canceled or significantly reduced. As a mom of three high school and college students, I feel their pain and I know how anxious kids are to find something they can do this summer that is “meaningful”. We reached out to Kate Sonnenberg, Founder of KS College Success, to share her insights and knowledge about summer programs, opportunities, and ideas for how our kids can learn, stay engaged, and maybe even have some fun this summer doing something they never had the time or energy for before.
May 20, 2020
Episode 2 - How To Live Your College Admissions Story with Hamada Zahawi
The thought of writing your college essay can be a daunting and unnerving task for everyone involved. How does one even start? What should the focus be? How can we as parents and educators help our students to delve deep and find the confidence and courage to write an essay that will convince someone to advocate for them in the admissions process. Today our guest shares his insight on how to go about writing your story. Hamada Zahawi helps students craft their narrative in an authentic, creative, and brave voice that reflects their true selves.
May 19, 2020
Episode 1 - The Story of College Scoops
Moira McCullough, the founder of College Scoops, shares her story and how College Scoops started. 
May 19, 2020