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YCBK 420: How to select a college when you have options-Part 3 of 3

YCBK 419: Mark and Vince discuss observations from this year’s admission decisions

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (1:50): Mark and Vince will eventually discuss an article on how students are being coached to brand themselves in their applications. This is an article that appeared in the NY Times by a Guest Essayist, entitled, “Elite college admissions have turned students into brands” but they get into that article in Part 2, on Episode 421, that will air on April 11th, but this week, Vince and Mark discuss their observations from this year in college admissions; they also share some admission tips, an admission vernacular and a big number; the big number really inspired Mark. (Length 48 minutes)

This week’s question (49:50): Question from a listener – Jennifer from Texas wants to know what they should do when they learn about some serious racial incidents that occurred at a college her student was considering applying to (Length 16 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:05:40): Lydia Dagenais, a former admission officer at Haverford College and Swarthmore College is joined by Julia Esquivel, a co-host for YCBK but also a former Haverford College admission officer to discuss how Law School admissions works-Part 2 of 2. Preview of Part 2 of 2

  • Lydia lets us know if students can get access to LSAC
  • What role does writing ability and critical thinking play in the admission process?
  • Lydia talks about the content of the first year in law school
  • Lydia talks about whether you need to go to a top tier law school to get the plum jobs after graduation
  • Lydia answers the question, are there too many lawyers out there, is the field oversaturated?
  • Lydia tells us what the character and fitness questions are and she tells us why they are so important
  • Lydia goes on the hot seat (Length 31 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:26:35): A new podcast about going to college in another country, An Education Abroad is the new podcast by Kevin Newton, founder of, An Education Abroad. Kevin is a frequent guest on YCBK, including in today’s episode when he helps us to understand, the University of Edinboro

College Spotlight (1:36:08): Kevin Newton joins us to talk about the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Part 2 of 2 is our method if you want to ask a question and we will be prioritizing all questions sent in via Speakpipe.

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