Interview 173: Matt Bonser on "Answers to 20 FAQ about Gap Years"
YCBK 408: Colleges come up with very creative ways to use the ACT/SAT

YCBK 407: 20 answers to questions about taking a Gap Year

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (11:20): Matt Bonser, the Director of Admissions at Colorado College and a Gap year expert answers 20 questions about Gap Years in this 75 minute discussion. (Part 1 of 3) (Length 29 minutes)

This week’s question (40:56): Mark and Susan answer a question about how being a talented classical pianist is perceived by admission officers, when a student is not planning on majoring in music. (Length 21 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:01:22): Mark interviews Nora and Hannah, two college coaches with ScholarMatch, the CBO that matches college coaches with First Gen, under-resourced students. They explain who ScholarMatch is and how YCBK listeners can become a volunteer college coach with ScholarMatch, even if they do not have any college counseling experience. Part 1 of 3 (Length 22 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:11:00): About | American Gap Association and ScholarMatch and here are the dates for ScholarMatch information sessions:

Here is a link to the ScholarMatch volunteer form: Volunteer Contact Form (

College Spotlight (1:23:50): College Spotlight, Interview with VP of enrollment, Gil Villaneuva, Understanding Rhodes College Part 2 of 2 is our preferred method for you to ask a question and we will be prioritizing all questions sent in via Speakpipe.

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