YCBK 286: Gus Resendiz, Avoiding the potholes in athletic recruiting Part 2
YCBK 285: Elite Colleges’ Quiet Fight to Favor Alumni Children [Transcript]

YCBK 287: The College Essay Is Dead

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (14:30) : Mark and Dave discuss Stephen Marche’s December 6th 2022 article in the Atlantic entitled, “The College Essay is Dead”. Dave and Mark debate the merits of this argument


(Length 18 minutes)

This week’s question (32:30) Mark and Lisa answer our first two speakpipe questions that were sent in.

Eric from Iowa has a lot of questions about hiring a college coach for his junior son and another anonymous listener also has questions about hiring a college coach. Lisa and Mark do a 55-minute-deep dive over the next two weeks to answer their two questions. Part 2 of 2 (Length 24 minutes)

This week’s interview (56:10) Mark continues his interview with Wendy Beckemeyer, the VP of enrollment at Cornell College. Wendy will help us to understand what makes Cornell College special. Part 3 of 3:

Wendy Beckemeyer
(1) Wendy explains why she selected Cornell as a place to work, (2) Wendy goes on the hot seat for her lightning round and she leaves all of us with some real sage advice that we can apply to our lives

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:00:30) The recommended resource is the book “Poison Ivy: How Elite Colleges Divide Us“. An eye-opening look at how America’s elite colleges and suburbs help keep the rich rich—making it harder than ever to fight the inequality dividing us today.

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