YCBK1: Defining Success, Careful Now!

In this week’s episode…

In the News: We discuss Harry Ortof’s article, Penn Face : The ugly truth about mental health on college campuses. (12/12/2017).

Harry Ortof

Amherst Wire

This article is based on the book, “What Made Maddy Run” by Kate Fagan, which tells the story of a college student’s struggles with mental health. It is critical that parents and students know what mental health resources exist on their current or potential college campuses. We talk about this in this segment. Harry Ortof is an Assistant Editor for the Amherst Wire. Harry is a journalism student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is from Queens, New York. If you have any questions you can email Harry at hortof@umass.edu, or follow him on Twitter @harry_ortof. (Length 7:28)

Mark and Anika discuss this excellent article by Stacey Ross Cohen that she contributed to the Huffington Post on 09/22/2017.

Stacey Ross Cohen

Huffington post

The article exposes the consequences of irresponsible posting and how it impacts college admissions. A professional who earned her stripes on Madison Avenue and at major television networks, Stacey is a sought-after speaker, author and panelist in the realm of personal branding. Follow Stacey on Twitter: @staceyrosscohen

This week’s book discussion (20:13) of chapter 1 from the book, 171 Answers: to the Most-Asked College Admissions Questions asks and answers the question, “What does it mean to be Successful”.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark and Anika have a conversation about a definition of success that contradicts what is defined as success in pop culture. They discuss what society deems as successful and then they share a perspective that is liberating and inspiring. We think of our chapter discussions as our college admissions course (Length 9:45)

This week’s question (29:58) is from Monique in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Monique wants to know what an applicant can do to stand out in their application through community service. Mark shares some statistics about community service; he talks about the challenge of standing out through community service and he shows one creative way to really make your application more compelling by combining community service with another important trait that colleges value. Mark and Anika talk about how important it is to be genuine by getting involved in something you love. Mark and Anika discuss how colleges can see through it when a student is trying to build their resume by engaging in service without making a heartfelt commitment. (Length 7:00)


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