Coast to Coast College Admissions Podcast with Anna and Mark
By Anna Ren, Mark Hofer
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Applying for college is more complex and often times more confusing than it used to be. In addition, there are so many resources out there. How do you know which is the right one? The best one? Shouldn't everyone have access to the best information out there, regardless of price? That's what we believe! We believe in giving everyone their best chance by providing them with real insight from the college admissions industry. On this podcast, we share real and relevant topics in college admissions to provide you with a fresh perspective and truly actionable takeaways that you can use as you prepare to apply for college. We look forward to answering your questions and assisting you on your college admissions journey!
||CleanMaking the Most Out of Campus Visits||Heading out for some school tours? Learn how to make the most of them as Anna and Mark cover questions to ask, what to look out for, what to do, and who to talk to.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToo Young to Prepare for an Alma Mater?||As college applications and admissions becomes more competitive each year and the financial ramifications of choosing the right school is even more important and daunting… parents desperately recognize that preparing earlier is better than later. But||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCourse Selection vs. Finding Your Path?||It's back to school and you're wondering what classes you should pick? Should you try taking that harder class? Should you stick to classes related to your major or classes that will deem you "more competitive" based on the university's preferences. Joi||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStaying Healthy (Mentally, Emotionally, Physically) in College Admissions||A majority of students can make it through high school and college, and some will do so with incredibly high grades while achieving amazing things. However, increasingly more high school and college students are finding the stresses of academics to be o||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat’cha Doing This Summer?||School is almost out and its time to figure out what to do this summer, besides soaking in the sun with your friends. While we've talked about activities in general, summer offers a unique opportunity to focus on development. Join Mark and Anna as they||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Fish in Little Pond: What’s the Lure?||Inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's book, David and Goliath, Mark and Anna discuss how to assess "big fish in a little pond" opportunities. As you look at schools, narrow your list, and make decisions, this is another factor to keep in mind. Join Mark and An||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOffer Letters: Rainbow of Emotions and What to Look Out For||All the work and sacrifice – applications completed, essays written, weekends lost, and joy-filled NetFlix binges missed… has finally paid off. THEY want you! Colleges want you! The golden ticket with notice of admission has been issued to you and n||4/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArt School Admissions with Tali Nesher||Join us as we talk to Tali Nesher of U-College College Consulting, a former literary agent, NYU Tisch graduate and independent educational consultant specializing in the arts. Tali will be offering expertise on applying to different types of art program||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollege: Beyond Admissions||You've gotten into college. Now what? After spending most of high school preparing for this next step, what do you need to be successful in college and even in life? Join Mark and Anna as the cover the top skills you need for life in college and beyond.||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtracurricular Activities: What do they want from us?!||With so many people around you juggling 20 activities, you wonder..do I really need 20 activities? What is the point of these extracurricular activities? What kind of activities should I have? Is there ever too much or too few? Join Mark and Anna as the||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Dish on Applying for Med School with Todd Faubion||With medical school acceptance rates being so low, join Mark and Anna as they talk with expert Todd Faubion on his advice on maximizing your chances for getting into medical school. He'll also cover advice on how you can prepare as a high school studen||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollege Food - And Why It's Important||Food - its necessary for survival and is often an overlooked attribute. If your stomach is not satisfied, your brain will not work optimally and your academic - and social potential may take a nosedive. Join Mark and Anna as they talk about what you sho||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStanding Out Positively with Learning Disabilities featuring Dr. Shirag Shemmassian from Shemmassian Academic Consulting||Join us as we talk to Dr. Shirag Shemmassian, Founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting. As a graduate of both Cornell University and UCLA, Shirag will be offering expertise on applying as a student who has faced learning challenges, in addition to sha||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting into your Dream School with Jessica Yeager from Dream College Summit||Join us as we talk to Jessica Yeager, Founder of Dream College Summit and Impress the Ivies. Jessica will be dishing on her own college journey as an alumnus of both Harvard for undergrad and MIT for graduate school. She will also be covering new trends||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDesigning the College List||Congratulations… you are ready to apply to college. But which colleges do you apply to and how many? And even more importantly, how do you pick your list and narrow it down? Join Mark and Anna as they tackle these important topics and more, including||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEssays: The Good, Bad, and Ugly||College essay topics are out! Join Anna and Mark as they discuss the do's, don'ts, and their favorite essays on this episode in which they cover how to brainstorm and create a college application essay that stands out.||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReal College Journeys with Aleks Stefanovska||Join us as we talk to Aleksandra (Aleks) Stefanovska, Founder of Pain Free to College and first generation college student on her college journey, where she dishes on her advice to students applying to college for the first time. She covers everything f||4/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecisions Are In - What Do I Do Now?||College decisions are in! It can be a very exciting and confusing time for many students and their families. In this episode, Anna and Mark are here to advise on what happens when regular decision results are in. They'll cover acceptances, waitlists, an||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReal College Journeys with Liz Tenety||Join us as we talk to Liz Tenety, Co-Founder of Motherly and former Washington Post writer, on her college journey, where she discusses how she decided to transfer to her dream school, despite loving the school where she went to.||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCollege Interviews: The Myths, They Magic, The Mirth||You've finished writing essays and sent your application in. Now, you get an email about a college admissions interview. They want to meet you! In this episode, Mark and Anna cover your most common questions regarding the interview, such as how importan||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGoing to College on OPM (Other People's Money) - Financial Aid, Merit Aid, Loans, and More||The average public school's cost of attendance can range from $25 to $45k a year. For private schools, the average university cost can be $60k to $70k! In this episode, Mark and Anna talk about ways you can go to college on OPM (other people's money) t||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeadlines, Results, Decisions||Now that most of the results from early action and early decision are in, its time to make sense of it all. Learn about the different deadlines, possible results, and what to do next.||1/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanROI of Using an Independent Educational Consultant||Ever consider using a consultant to help you with the college admissions process? Their more common name is IEC. Learn the benefits and values of using an IEC and who they are most beneficial for.||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRankings - What's the big deal and does it really matter?||There are so many lists on rankings out there. What is worth considering when looking at these lists? Do they even matter? We'll also review different types of lists out there.||11/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGap Year - What Are They? Why Take One?||Ever since Malia Obama decided to take a gap year, it has been a widely discussed topic in college admissions. So what is a gap year? Why take one? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we delve into what types of gap year opportunities exist||11/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Importance of Meeting Face to Face||While the internet has certainly made it easier to research and learn more about a school, meeting face to face and visiting a campus in person can make a big difference. Learn the benefits and what to look for when visiting campuses in this week's epis||10/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNiceness - The New Factor in College Admissions||Thanks to Harvard's Turning the Tide Report, more schools are being asked to evaluate how "nice" a student is in the college admissions process. Learn more about how you can genuinely demonstrate your "niceness" in today's podcast.||10/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent College Admissions Podcast
I have been listening to Anna and Mark’s podcast for the past year. Each episode is chock-full of helpful information for parents and students. Both Anna and Mark are knowledgeable and encouraging. They help take the stress out of the college admissions process. Highly recommend!
We can't afford a paid college advisor. I feel like this has been the next best thing. When my son does not want to hear my point of view, I put this podcast on. Hoping he takes the advice given.
Wow, Anna Ren is a great interviewer and she sets the tone of this podcast to not only be educational and informative, but also personal and conversational which I totally resonated with. She really knows her space. The key takeaways: Reducing your anxiety levels and knowing that there are so many options available that you can explore that will best suit you as a student. Definitely changed my perception about college admissions for the better!
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