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The College Checklist Podcast: College Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Test Prep, and more...

Lauren Gaggioli | SAT & ACT Prep Expert, Entrepreneur, and Speaker

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Confused about the road to college? Don’t know where to begin your college search? The College Checklist podcast is your source for great information on the college admissions journey. Hosted by SAT & ACT expert and entrepreneur Lauren Gaggioli, the College Checklist features interviews from college counselors, admission officers and other professionals who can help you get into college, pay for school with scholarships, and succeed once you’re there. This podcast also features test prep tip ...
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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 firs…
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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 firs…
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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 rewards of his efforts. I always find it so ins…
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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 work they’ve done so far mak…
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There are over 4,500 institutions in the US post High School. Within these 4,500 schools there are three different types of schools, Community College/Junior Colleges, Four Year Colleges and Universities. In this episode we talk about the differences between the three types of institutions and why they exist. You may find out where you might end up…
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In episode 114 we talk about the US University entry exams, the SAT and the ACT. These two exams will help with university admissions and can sometimes determine where you can and cannot go. The scores you receive after sitting these exams can also determine what type of academic scholarship you may receive. Listen in to find out more.…
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Where will your college offers come from? With over 4000 institutions in the US it is a very hard question to answer. Your best opportunities could come from anywhere. Options will come from suitable and affordable schools that suit the individual and their family. Where are your best options? That is all part of the process and at the end of the d…
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In episode 112 we talk about college offers. How many should you expect to receive? When should you expect to receive them? At the end of the day it is not about the quantity of offers but the quality. Anyone can go get 100 opportunities, but are they the right options for you? Will they suit academically, athletically, financially or are they just…
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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 towards a future she wasn't genuine…
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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 wants to do." Chan…
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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 our…
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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 our…
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In episode 111 we talk about the different things you can do in the US outside of your education and sport/arts. There are many different student organizations, school events, travel opportunities that you can involve yourself in. You will never be bored in the United States as there are so many things happening that will keep you busy. You have to…
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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. Whether it's a year when the waters are rough and chop…
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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 one for life. Even if networking makes you…
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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 t…
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