YCBK 83: 5 Ways to use a resume in the admission process [Transcript]
Interview 36: David Wagner on "Understanding the 7 Sections of the Common App"

YCBK 83: 5 Ways to use a resume in the admission process

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (6:50): an article from Forbes, “Admission Deans Share Tips for College Applications” by Brennan Barnard.

Brennan Barnard
Recognizing the many students will procrastinate until days or even hours before their application deadlines, Barnard sought sound advice from admission leaders on how to avoid submitting low quality applications (Length 20:32) .https://www.forbes.com/sites/brennanbarnard/2019/07/30/admission-deans-share-tips-for-college-applications/#12698fc83bb0

Chapter 83 of 171 Answers (27:22): We are in Chapter 83 of 171 Answers and Mark and Anika discuss five different ways a college resume can be used in the college admissions process.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
We also discuss why most colleges do not like resumes but yet there are others who love resumes. We also discuss some of the things that should go on the resume that a college student uses (Length 9:08).

This week’s question (36:30) asks how a student who is half Asian and half Caucasian should identify themselves on the Common Application.

This is one of the more complex questions that we have tackled because it is fraught with so many nuances. Mark explains his evolution on this topic. He explains how he once handled this question with his students and how he has evolved to a new perspective that is significantly different from how he used to advise Asian students and Asian bi-racial students.(Length 14:16)

This week’s interview (50:46) Mark’s interview is with Mr. Dave Wagner who is the Director of Admissions of St. Olaf, in Part ‘2 of “Understanding the 7 Sections of the Common Application”.

Dave Wagner
 Dave explains the 3rd section of the Common App, the Education section and he talks about what goes here and how this section is used in admission decisions
 Dave talks about whether students should include their GPA in this section.
 Dave talks about the 4th section, the testing section and he explains why St. Olaf allows students to self-report their test scores
 Next Dave talks section 5, the Activities section, David tells us what he thinks about the student adding a resume to their application
(Length 20 minutes)

 Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:01:47) Mark’s recommended resource of the week is https://www.coursera.org/learn/applying-to-college.

This is a free online college admissions course about, How to apply to college. It is produced by the University of Pennsylvania and it is designed to level the playing field with access to quality free information about the college admissions process. It is co-developed by Eric Furda, Dean of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and it is co-developed by the Steppingstone President, Dr. Sean Vereen. The course involves reading, watching videos and taking quizzes, but it is an excellent free way to understand the college admission process. The course is what is known as a MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course. The course involves dialogue with current students and students applying to college. It is a great course for future college counselors and for parents and students. You will be exposed to a wide range of resources to help you with the college process.

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