In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about the Common Application with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian. Shirag will help us wrap our minds around what’s expected of us on the Common App and help us with some tips about best practices for filling out the Common App as well. We’ll also cover essay differences, submission deadlines, early […]
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The College Checklist Podcast is a free resource dedicated to guiding you through the complex world of college admissions. Your host, Lauren Gaggioli, interviews experts about college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, SAT & ACT prep, career success, and more to empower you to take control of your family's college admissions process.
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I’ve been a very vocal proponent of not taking the new SAT since it was released in March 2016 and I stand by that; however, I do advocate that students take the PSAT. Unfortunately, this seemingly mixed message has confused some of my families so I wanted to make sure I clarified why these two […]
In Episode 82 of The College Checklist Podcast, I interviewed Kelly Peeler of NextGenVest and something she said got me thinking about alternatives to college. While she was very clear that the data from the last 20 years shows that college graduates make more over their lifetime than their uneducated peers, she also implied that the payoff may […]
In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Kelly Peeler of NextGenVest shares a lot of information about the ever-shifting landscape of college financial aid. Be sure to take advantage of NextGenVest’s free texting service that can help you have your financial aid and scholarship questions answered. NextGenVest can even help you appeal your financial aid […]
I’m sometimes asked by anxious parents about the best way for their freshmen or sophomores to prepare. While I absolutely applaud gathering information about college admissions and testing early, there is such a thing coming too early to the test prep party. So, rather than tell you what specific ACT book to buy or which […]
In today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, Sharise Kent joins us to share her expertise on college internships. Sharise is an expert on how students can find internships and determine their career objectives while they are still in school. Sharise provides many practical tips on how to prepare for college and how to find internships […]
In this new, recurring series on The College Checklist podcast, I share my latest episode from Test Prep Tuesday – my weekly live show on Facebook. To join me live, come over to the Higher Scores Test Prep Facebook page at 4:30pm (Pacific), 7:30pm (Eastern) to chat about the topic of the day and have […]
As you may know, I’ve begun hosting a live show over on the Higher Scores Test Prep Facebook page every Tuesday at 4:30pm Pacific / 7:30pm Eastern. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know some of you better and answer your questions live, but many people have said that they either aren’t on […]
If you’ve ever wondered how students get admitted to top schools like Columbia, you’re in for a special treat! My former test prep student and Columbia University Class of 2020 admittee Tevis joins me on today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast to share his college admissions story. Here’s the thing: getting into an Ivy League college is […]
Looking for great scholarship tips from someone who’s used free money to fund her college education? You’re in the right place! Fellow podcaster Kristy Sturgill joins us on The College Checklist podcast to share how she graduated debt free from college by obtaining scholarships both before she set off to college and throughout her 4 years […]