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January 24, 2018 02:17 PM PST

Welcome back to our newest season of the Hall Pass Podcast! This season, we're excited to be bringing you more interesting content from inside the admissions office at top universities. In this episode, our team will review and evaluate this past application season and our overall thoughts and findings, including:

-UC Admissions Data
-Ivy League and Top Schools Applicant Data
-Conditional Admissions
-Record Numbers
-New Essay Prompts
-Reviewing a Case Study of an Ivy League Applicant

We're so excited to be back to share our experiences with our listeners! Click below to tune in!

July 05, 2017 02:19 PM PDT

In this episode, we will be using all of the topics we've covered throughout this season (college lists, athletic recruitment, accelerated programs, essays, etc.) to provide advice for our 2 students through case studies. Check out the data for our students on www.thehallpasspodcast.com.

June 28, 2017 01:47 PM PDT

Motivation by definition (according to the Business Dictionary) is the internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal. Motivation results from the interaction of both conscious and unconscious factors such as the (1) intensity of desire or need, (2) incentive or reward value of the goal, and (3) expectations of the individual and of his or her peers. These factors are the reasons one has for behaving a certain way. An example is a student that spends extra time studying for a test because he or she wants a better grade in the class.

There are two types of motivation -- Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Motivation

Extrinsic: are those that arise from outside of the individual and often involve rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition or praise.
Intrinsic: are those that arise from within the individual, such as doing a complicated crossword puzzle purely for the personal gratification of solving a problem.

Tune in to this episode to hear from our speakers about what they did when they lost motivation and cover the following topics below:

-Why do you think students lose motivation?
-What to do when you lose motivation.
-Motivational strategies.
-How to set goals.
-What are colleges looking for?
-....And More!

June 21, 2017 01:40 PM PDT

In this episode, we have a special guest, Dorothy Kang, one of our former students who just finished her first year at Stanford University.

Listen in on some insider knowledge about Stanford University, the application, general tips and advice and answers to the questions below:

-Tell us about what you did in high school.
-What is your major? Did it change from when you first applied? 
-What do you love about Stanford? Favorite class?
-One thing that students should know about Stanford before applying.
-Was Stanford your top choice when you decided to apply? What was the biggest draw? Why was Stanford your dream school?
-Is there anything you don’t like about Stanford?
-Advice on how to get into Stanford.
-Advice on Stanford application/essays.
-What do you know now, as a Stanford student, that you didn’t know when you were in high school, about colleges and college life, in general
-What do you wish you knew about college and the admissions process now that you have gone through it?
-One of the best and most challenging parts of college is being on your own, with a relatively unstructured schedule. How has that adjustment been?

June 14, 2017 02:03 PM PDT

Study Habits are learned traits and skills that not everyone is born with. In fact, it is commonly known that 90% of bad grades in high school are due to poor study habits. 

How you approach studying matters. Where you study matters. In this episode, we delve into various tips and tricks to improve your Study Habits for various courses. A few topics we cover are: 

-Preview/Review Tips
-Scheduling Tips/Procrastination
-Memorization Tricks
-Using Your Teacher
-Using Your Peers
-...And MORE!!! 

June 07, 2017 02:30 PM PDT

Accelerated programs are a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree programs that are structured to be completed in a shorter time frame. Some programs can be completed in as little as 12 months, and others may take 6 to 7 years in comparison to the normal 8-year track. 

In this podcast, we cover the following questions:

- What kinds of programs are there (profession, duration)?  BSMD, BSN, BSPharmD, BSDDS, BAJD, BAMA, BAMS, AILE, etc. 
- What are the pros and cons of accelerated programs? 
- How do I go about preparing for applying to an accelerated program? 
- What are college admissions looking for when reviewing accelerated program applicants?
- How do I know an accelerated program is right for me? 
- How many accelerated programs should I apply to?

May 31, 2017 02:35 PM PDT

In this episode, our counselors delve into athletic recruitment and what students should do to prepare. The key players for athletic recruitment are: the student athlete, parents, counselors and coaches.

A few general things that student athletes should do first before considering athletic recruitment are:

-Find your academic fit: Talk to counselor/college counselor (always first priority)
-Check athletic fit: Meet with your coach (high school, club, etc.)
-Check out the rest: Size, location, student body, major or academic interests

Click below to listen to our episode where we cover:

-How does the recruitment process work?
-What are the kinds of sports colleges seek?
-How are they divided?
-Differences between DI, DII, DIII programs.
-How athletic recruitment works alongside college admissions?
-What do I have to prepare, and when?
-Drawbacks to Selective Division 1 Programs.
-...AND MORE!!!

May 24, 2017 02:02 PM PDT

Why are college tours important? Colleges are becoming more interested in Informed Interest and Demonstrated Interest.

-Informed Interest: How well a student knows a college and how he or she plans to contribute to the campus environment.
Show informed interest through compelling supplemental essays and interviews. Review your research over the summer that went into building your college list and get a head start on your essays.

-Demonstrated Interest: A college’s gauge of how likely a student is to attend based on visits, interviews, essays, etc.
Filling out an information card at a college fair, making an official campus visit through the admissions office, applying Early Action, and more are playing a bigger role in determining how likely you are to attend their school.

In this episode, we cover the following questions:

-When should I go on college tours?
-What should I do when I go on a college tour?
-What should I do before I go on a college tour?
-What should I do after?
-How do I prep for college tours?
-...and MORE!

May 17, 2017 02:35 PM PDT

Choosing colleges can be tricky and confusing. In this episode, we delve into how to choose your colleges, what type of colleges there are, and other unique advice! A few of the questions we answer in this episode are:

-Introduction to Colleges: UC Schools, Public Schools (State Schools), Regional Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Research Universities, International Schools
-How do I make my college list?
-How many do I apply to?=
-What are some things that I should take into consideration?
-When should I start?
-How do I know which colleges are right for me?
-...and MORE!!

May 10, 2017 01:28 PM PDT

There are 2 types of essays: Personal Statements (main essay) and Supplemental Essays (the essays that each college will ask for separately). College essays are an excellent way (and one of the only ways besides teacher recs) to provide additional insight to your characteristics, personality and overall strengths. It is absolutely an opportunity to share your life story.

In this episode, we will delve into college essays in detail and provide general tips on the UCs, Common App and supplemental essays:

-Common App Personal Statement: Choose one, 650 words MAX. Will go to ALL schools you apply to through the Common App.
-UC Essays: Choose FOUR, 350 words MAX. Will go to ALL UC schools you apply to.
-Supplemental Essays
-General topics to stay AWAY from
-Advice for college essays
-...and MORE!!

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