YCBK31: An A in an Easy Course vs. a B in a Hard Course

In this week's episode...

In the News (2:50): we talk about an initiative launched by the Harvard Graduate School of Education that challenges admissions offices and officers to put more emphasis on a student’s concern for others and the common good, instead of just personal achievement. The initiative is called “Turning the Tide Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good through College Admissions” CREATED BY MAKING CARING COMMON, A PROJECT OF THE HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION (Length 11:35).

In this week's book discussion we are in Chapter 31 of 171 Answers (14:25): We are in Chapter 31 of 171 Answers and we're discussing if it is better to get a B in an advanced course or an A in a standard-level course. We talk about a number of factors that students need to think about when facing this decision.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
The reality is that this is a very personal decision and the correct answer will vary from person to person, from subject to subject among other factors. We discussed this question in episode 5, in our question from our listeners, so you may want to listen to that response because we approach the question in that episode from a different angle. Many parents and students don't understand the nuance involved in this answer. One extreme is to avoid all rigorous classes and the other extreme is to take rigorous classes that are not advisable. Our advice involves avoiding both of these extremes. (Length 7:50)

This week’s question (22:15) comes from Audrey in New York and she wants to know how she can get the opportunity to do research with a professor in college.

Question
We share a few different ways for prospective students to set this up, but we also talk about the steps that a current student can take to set up research opportunities while they are already in college. (Length 8:23)

Mark interviews Elaine Griffin Rubin, a top expert on paying for college who works with Edvisors – one of the leading websites on paying for college (30:38) – and they talk about the frequently asked questions around parents borrowing money for college.

Elaine Griffin Rubin
Elaine shares her interest in financial aid and she gives us a brief bio. Mark asks Elaine about the Parent PLUS Loan and Elaine shares the advantages and disadvantages to this loan. Elaine talks about the advantages and disadvantages to setting up a Payment plan with your college. Elaine shares the positives and the negatives about private student loans. Finally, Elaine and Mark talk about the positives and the negatives of borrowing from the equity in your home, or borrowing from your retirement plan. This is part one of a two part interview with Elaine. Elaine is the Senior Contributor and Communication specialist at Edvisors (Length 22:34)

 

Mark’s recommended resource for this week is youscience.com (42.40)

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