YCBK 81: Common Mistakes Made by International Students [Transcript]
University of San Francisco (CA)

YCBK 81: Common Mistakes Made by International Students

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (3:00): In this week’s news, an article from Pro-Publica, “The Admission Arms Race: Six Ways Colleges Game Their Numbers” by Marian Wang.

Pro Publica
Colleges are gaming their numbers through what the writer calls strategically achieved statistics. College-bound students often look at stats to weigh their options, and colleges are using tactics such as fast apps, the common application, early applicants, and moving toward test optional to skew the rise in their applicant pools and selectivity (Length 28:32).

Chapter 81 of 171 Answers (31:32): We are in Chapter 81 of 171 Answers and Mark talks through some common mistakes that international students make when applying to US colleges.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
We discuss about six common mistakes or missed opportunities for International students (Length 9:17).

This week’s question (40:49) is from a mom who wants to know if LinkedIn could be useful in the college application process.

We discuss the pros and the cons of using LinkedIn. We talk about four different ways LinkedIn can be used. Mark shares what happened when he talked to his daughters about using LinkedIn during the college admission process. Mark thinks both sides of thr Linked in debate have value, but he shares what he believes should be the bottom line in helping decide this debate. (Length 11:03).

This week’s interview (51:52) Mark returns with Ms. Chika Nwosu a recent high school graduate and she updates us on her college admission process.

Chika Nwosu
One of our listeners asked us if we could bring on a current student at the start of their college process, after their process is over and after they have completed a year of college. We selected Chika. Chika was on episode 38 when she first started her college process. She returns in this episode to discuss where she got in and where she didn’t get in; where she visited, how those visits went; where she is going in the fall and why she selected the school that she selected (Length 25 minutes).

 Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:08:17) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is the book:

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