If you listened to the last episode featuring just-graduated-high-school-Adam, be prepared to teleport 3 years into the future and meet almost-graduated-college-Adam!He’s the same focused, dedicated student he always has been and he’s back to share a great deal of insight for other students who are getting ready to head off to college for the first […]
The College Checklist Podcast
The College Checklist Podcast is the show dedicated to guiding you through the complex world of college admissions. If you need help with college prep, college search, financial aid, scholarships, SAT & ACT and more, this podcast will be a great resource for you!
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Focus & Determination, Adam’s Story (Part 1)
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Adam when he was a junior in high school. Not only was he thoroughly committed to improving his ACT scores, he then leveraged those scores for some really impressive merit aid awards. He’s a very focused young man who worked hard and reaped the […]
Big Why Life
In my 13 years helping college-bound high school students, I’ve seen many students lose their way.Sometimes they lose connection with what they want and why they started on the path to college. They had direction once, but – over time – it slipped away.Or they realize that what they want from life is shifting, but the […]
Transforming The College Conversation
If you’re not hopeful about the future…If your next steps feel forced…If you feel your purpose lies on a different path than the one you’re currently walking……then this episode is for you. And, if I’m honest, this episode is for me too. It’s for high school me who was so lost and felt compelled to plod […]
Is A Transfer Track the Right Choice For You?
While this episode was recorded before the pandemic, the information is particularly relevant today as many students and their families scramble to make alternate college plans. Over the years, no more so than now, I’ve heard many parents say, “We’re just going to have her go to community college because she doesn’t know what she […]
Increasing Our Capacity To Focus
Recorded long before the pandemic hit, this episode seems rather fortuitous given the biggest challenge I’m currently facing in lockdown: focus.My dear friend and fellow bookworm Jen Hoffman joins us to share her incredible tips for cultivating the practice of focus.Yes! Focus is a muscle that must be cultivated but that muscle can atrophy in […]
How to Thrive in Uncertainty
Living in times of great uncertainty is no easy feat. The good news is that there are skills and practices that you can cultivate that can help you not only cope but thrive.While 2020 is giving the word “uncertain” a run for its money, the truth is that life is always uncertain to some degree. […]
Networking From A Distance
Networking. It’s such a daunting topic for so many people, but – as hard as it is to network in person – it’s made even more challenging at a distance.That said, there are lots of things we can do to make networking more enjoyable whether we’re doing so face-to-face or remotely.This skill is an important […]
Locking Down Your Productivity
Last spring was incredibly challenging. The upheaval of our normal day-to-day lives unsurprisingly took a toll on the work we did.While that’s completely understandable given the circumstances, as we head into the new school year, it’s important that we focus on ways we can continue to thrive even in the face of tremendous uncertainty. One thing […]
How to Conduct Virtual College Visits
After the initial shock of quarantine life wore off last spring, I realized that one of the biggest ways that the Class of 2021 was going to be impacted by Coronavirus was the inability to visit college campuses. Instead, the state of the world was going to necessitate a shift to virtual college visits.Spring break, […]