College of Wooster (OH)
YCBK 216: Admissions decisions that are perplexing [Transcript]

YCBK 216: Admissions decisions that are perplexing

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (12:05) : In this week’s “In the news” segment, Dave returns and Mark and Dave discuss a Feb 14th, 2022 article, by Brennan Barnard of Forbes, “Things that make you go Hmmm. Brennan Barnard interviews many admission leaders and college counselors in attempt to explain some rather bizarre things that are happening in the world of college admissions. These admission and counseling leaders provide some sage advice for us all. (Length 24 minutes)

This week’s bonus content (36:50) Mark continues with a bonus content section that will run over the next three weeks. Mark shares with Lisa what he believes would surprise our listeners if they were to be a college admissions officer. Part 2 of 3 (Length 34 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:10:00) Our interview is with two MIT admission officers (Chris Peterson and Kellen Manning) who also have other roles at MIT. Chris aka Petey and Kellen provide great insights into “what can a student learn from a college’s social media presence”. In this interview, Petey and Kellen discuss the following: (1) Petey and Kellen give their backstory, (2) They discuss how MIT uniquely uses (or doesn’t use) blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, (3) They also discuss three other powerful forums that often go overlooked: Discord, Reddit, and Quora, (4) Petey and Kellen give their perspective on whether forums like Reddit are valuable forums that they would encourage students or parents to frequent,

Chris Peterson and Kellen Manning
(5) Kellen and Petey answer the question, how can a student discern the jewels from the junk in social media platforms, (6) Petey and Kellen give their advice to high school students’ on how they should manage their own social media accounts, (7) Kellen and Petey discuss whether they look up students social media presence when reaching their files? (Length 17 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:18:00) Our recommended resource for episode 216 is “The Slice” by Applerouth (see It is a great college admissions blog but it is also a place to learn about up and coming college admissions webinars. Instead of me talking about the Slice, Applerouth’s own, Emma Vigneault to present the Slice to our listeners.

College Spotlight (1:27:54) : Our college Spotlight is College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. This is part 2 of 2 (Length 20 minutes)

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