In my final feature of a Higher Scores Test Prep student from the high school class of 2016, I am thrilled to include one of my very first online students, Madeleine. At the time of recording, Madeleine had just graduated from high school and was planning to attend Mt. Holyoke College.
In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Madeleine takes us through the plan she developed and the steps she took to get in to the college of her dreams. I was struck by Madeleine’s poise and commitment to honoring her true self as a part of this journey to college. She lead with her strengths and, by being so honest and transparent, was able to find a incredible college admissions success as schools that were the perfect fit for her.
This episode is loaded with tips that will be useful to any student or family getting ready to begin the college search process or who are already on the journey to college.
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“You don’t have to take all AP classes to find a fulfilling academic experience and growth.”
“College has always been on my horizon. I started actively searching in my sophomore year. It is never to early to start looking but you don’t want to have the college application process be a weight that looms over your head.”
On what helped her decide which college to attend: “Sitting in on classes was the most helpful for me. I highly recommend it.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Keep in mind t hat it’s never a bad idea to ask questions.
Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: Best 381 College by Princeton Review* and 100 Successful College Application Essays by The Harvard Independent*
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Have a plan. Map out a calendar.
Q4: What are your all-time favorite books?
A4: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
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