YCBK 193: College Rankings have led colleges astray [Transcript]
YCBK 194: Advice from College Admission Deans [Transcript]

YCBK 194: Advice from College Admission Deans

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (10:35) : In this week’s “In the news segment, a September 26, 2019 Washington Post article by Valerie Strauss article entitled, “The truth about college admissions — from college admissions deans. In this article, Strauss assembles a group of quotes that Brennan Barnard (another Washington Post contributor) assembled from Admission Deans. These quotes represent the dean’s best doses of wisdom for students. Mark and Dave discuss one quote from Brennan and three quotes from the Dean in this episode. Mark and Dave plan on returning to this article to discuss more of their quotes in future episodes. (Length 28 minutes)


This week’s question (38:56) Dr. Lisa Rouff has a certificate in understanding ADD. Helping adults and adolescents with ADD is part of her professional clinical counseling practice. She takes the lead in answering a question from Christina: My very bright son with inattentive ADD declared in 9th grade that he was going to be a B student. Anything higher wasn’t worth the extra effort to him.

He has high intellectual curiosity, is very bright, and the structure of the school isn’t his jam. It seems to me he puts more energy into managing to a B than he would simply doing the work and getting an A (which would be easy for him). Where do kids like that end up? This is the final part of a two part answer that began on episode #193. (Length 27 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:05:30) Mark interviews Michael Fong, the founder of “The Student Manager podcast”. Michael is a lifelong California native.

(1) Michael Fong gives his backstory, including the creative approach he took to win a scholarship to college, (2) Michael tells us about the format of his, “The Student Manager podcast”, (3) Michael talks about what type of students he chooses to interview on his podcast, (4) Michael answers the question, how does he prevent a student who comes on his podcast from giving a biased perspective that would be unfair to the schools he is featuring. (Length 25 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:18:40) https://www.mefa.org

College Spotlight (1:30:40) : Sylvia Borgo, our newest team member shares her backstory, and then she takes the lead on our College Spotlight. College Spotlight-University of California San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, California (Length 40 minutes)

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