In this episode of The College Checklist Podcast, I interview Off-Trail On Purpose founder Leslie Frey about the benefits of defying the status quo in college admissions and why taking the long view of what you want from life can help you find the perfect-fit college.
Leslie’s background as a teacher and Outward Bound leader gives her a unique perspective on the college admissions process. She provides insights as to why finding a career choice before a college choice is so important. She also explains the financial benefits of knowing what you want to do when you enter college and graduate in 4 years.
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About Leslie Frey
Leslie Frey is the founder of Off-Trail on Purpose – a program designed to show families a better way to prepare for, apply to, and navigate college. Her work in the college admissions space is informed by her own journey after graduation and influenced by her experiences as a teacher and an Outward Bound leader.
Leslie takes a very unique view of the college admissions process by helping students identify their direction in life before focusing on the college search. She works with students to help them find their true north and helps them discover their unique path to success.
“Many students approach college choice in wanting to go to the best college. That doesn’t always work out.”
“Many people choose a college or major without a clear idea of what they really want to do after graduation. We try to build a life skill on how to actually engage in your own life.”
“It is not just knowing what you want to be, it is learning how to create relationships with others that can help you move in that direction. Beginning to think about this in high school is what really sets you apart.”
Lightning Round Q&A
Q1: What’s your best piece of advice for families as they begin this journey?
A1: Define specifically what success means to the student and the family.
Q2: What is your favorite college admissions book, blog, or tool that no family should be without?
A2: Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni*
Q3: What should a family who is overwhelmed by the college admissions process focus on?
A3: Parents should find other people to help their kids. Function like a general contractor.
Q4: What are your all-time favorite books?
A4: The Chosen by Chaim Potek*
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Get In Touch with Leslie
Head to OffTrailOnPurpose.com to connect with Leslie.
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