YCBK 139: Exploring Unrealistic Undergraduate Salary Expectations [Transcript]
YCBK 140: Should College Applicants Focus Their Essays on the Pandemic? [Transcript]

YCBK 140: Should College Applicants Focus Their Essays on the Pandemic?

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (13:34): In this week’s news segment, an article from the Washington Post, “College applicants will make the pandemic a focus of their admissions essays. Should they?” by Valerie Strauss. Students may be compelled to use the pandemic as the central theme of their essays however, two college admissions experts provide a clear reminder on how the essay is used by admissions staff. Mark and Dave discuss the key takeaways from the articles. (Length 14 minutes)

Chapter 140 of 171 Answers (27:50) : and we’re talking through federal work-study jobs for students who complete the FAFSA.

171 Answers to the Most-Asked College Admission Questions
What is Federal Work-Study, who qualifies, how much do they get and how can they maximize this opportunity. (Length 18 minutes)

This week’s bonus content (45:44) Mark got to ask questions to the Yale admissions office and he’s sharing his top 5 that he thought would be of most interest to YCBK listeners. The key to these answers is that they apply to so many other schools. (Length 23 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:08:18) is with Sam Prouty, Director of Admissions at Middlebury College in Part I of II on a spotlight on Middlebury college.

Sam Prouty
(Length 6 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:14:50) The new podcast: Inside the Yale Admissions office (Length 9 minutes)

College Spotlight: None this week

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