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Today we’re talking to author and college admissions expert Jill Margaret Shulman about her new book, “College Admissions Cracked: Saving Your Kid (and Yourself) From the Madness.” Jill has spent nearly a decade shepherding high school students and their parents through the college admissions process and reading and evaluating applications at elite colleges. Whether your family is just starting this process or you are in the full-on heat of college admissions frenzy, this show is for you.

Today, we talk about…

  • The biggest mistake families make when they start looking at colleges.
  • What kids need to do during each year of high school to prepare themselves and their resumes for applying to college.
  • Whether or not extracurricular or volunteer activities are important.  What about an old-fashioned J-O-B?
  • The surprising things to include in a college application.
  • The rule of 5.
  • How much should parents help their kids during the process?
  • Should families should hire professional help if they can afford it?
  • Whether or not colleges want to hear about a struggle or something positive in the college essay or are sincerity and good writing the most important thing.
  • Are we thinking in the wrong way about what makes a “good” college? Does a bigger price tag mean a better school?
  • When should finances come into the discussion?
  • What do you do it your child has their heart set on a certain school and you know there’s no way the family or child can afford it. Or, there’s no way he/she will get in.
  • How do you narrow all the choices available for college?
  • How to handle it when your child receives the thin envelop rather than the fat envelope from the school of their dreams? Hint: It’s not about you.

We know you’ll love it, so press play and let’s hit the road.

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