Interview 9: Brandi Smith on "How to work effectively with your HS school counselor"
YCBK24: Mistakes Students and Parents Make on College Visits [Transcript]

YCBK24: Mistakes Students and Parents Make on College Visits

In this week’s episode…

In the News (2:30): We discuss an article that writes about an alarming trend of college-bound students that don’t make it to the beginning of their intended fall semester in college.

Patrick O’Connor
This article titled “Summer Melt: Why One Third of College-Bound Students Don’t Make It to Campus in the Fall”, was written on June 4th, 2018 and published on (Length 6:40)

In this week’s book discussion (9:10) of chapter 24 of the book, “171 Answers” Mark and Anika discuss the common mistakes that students and parents make on college visits.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
Mark lists what he regards as some of the most common mistakes that he sees students and parents make on college visits and Mark asks Anika for her feedback. Anika shares the mistakes that really stood out to her from Mark’s list. Mark did not list every mistake but he does share about 15 mistakes. Some of these mistakes are bad decisions that students and parents make and others are things students and/or parents omit to do that they should do. For more discussion from Mark and Anika about college visits, listen to their discussion in “Admission in the news” segment on episode 5 (Length 9:35)

This week’s question (18:45) is from a student named Mahogany who is from New Hampshire and she wants to know if she can submit only one of her SAT subject test scores to the colleges on her list.

We broaden the conversation to include SAT and ACT scores and we ask can only one SAT or ACT score be submitted. We discuss the various policies that colleges have on this subject. (Length 7:25)

Part 3 of Mark’s interview with college expert Brandi Smith (26:10) Brandi Smith is the college advisor at Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia.

Brandi Smith
Brandi discusses the reason counselors often have knowledge of some of the best scholarships students should apply for. Brandi shares additional resources that school counselors have that students should take advantage of. Brandi and Mark converse about the kind of actions that make a student stand out, positively or negatively in the eyes of the counselor and in the eyes of the colleges who recruit. Brandi let our listeners know how the School Counselor and Admissions Officers communicate with each other. Brandi closes with some pearls of wisdom. This is part three of a three part interview. (Length 18:07)


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Every episode of Your College-Bound Kid will align with a chapter from the book 171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions. To get a copy visit and if you want to see what future episodes will cover just click the red button “See exactly what 171 Answers covers”.

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