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April 11, 2021  Episode #106  Conor Walsh on Harvard: Linguistics, Homeless Shelter, and Buddhist History Trek in the Himalayas.
Conor studied French and Chinese in High School. He loved languages. Grammar, the sounds. Literature and culture. In College, he wanted more. Conor Walsh is a graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics.

 

 

March 29, 2021  Episode #100  Episode #100: Why I Picked My College!
To mark this special episode, I decided to go through the tens of College Alumni podcasts and select the overriding reason they picked their college. The reasons fall into 6 different categories.

 

 

March 23, 2021  Episode #99  Miloni Gandhi on UCLA: International Development, Approachable Professors and Bruin Spirit.
Miloni wanted to go college in a “real city” like New York City. Unfortunately for Miloni, her parents wanted her to be close to home. Miloni Gandhi is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles with Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Geography. Highlights (4-minute Listen)

 

 

March 19, 2021  Episode #98  Segment #3: Application Strategy. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.
Segment #3 of this 10-Segment Podcast Series provides a process for students to develop the best strategy for their College Applications. Athena Lao & Rob Franklin of Admissionado lead the discussion. Student Assignments included.

 

 

March 6, 2021  Episode #94  Andrew Maguire on Vanderbilt: American Studies, Study Abroad Decision, and Tale of Two Halves.
Andrew liked and did well in AP Psychology in High School. At Vanderbilt, he took courses in Psychology. Then, his interests evolved. Andrew Maguire tells us how he graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Psychology. Highlights (3-minute Listen).

 

 

February 28, 2021  Episode #92  Professor Nikil Dutt of UC Irvine on Serendipity, Bright Students and Good Relationships.
Professor Dutt, a versatile researcher, shares his journey and insights on research, students and on being in the academia. Professor Nikil Dutt is the Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science, EECS and Cognitive Science at the University of California Irvine.

 

 

February 24, 2021  Episode #91  Clare Overmann on Georgetown: Languages, International Experience, and Talks by World Leaders.
Clare loved languages in Middle School. She learnt Spanish and wanted to pursue it in College. It would turn out to be a great choice. Clare Overmann is a graduate of Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Culture. Highlights (2-minute Listen).

 

 

February 18, 2021  Episode #89  Segment #2: Extracurriculars Review and Summer Break Planning. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.
Segment #2 of a 10-Segment Podcast Series to help 11th Grade students build their best US College Application. Segment #2 is on Extracurriculars and Summer Break Planning. Athena Lao & Rob Franklin of Admissionado lead the discussion. Student Assignments included.

 

 

February 02, 2021  Episode #84  Katie Dunagan, Int’l Admissions at UW Madison: Flagship campus, Wisconsin Idea and the Isthmus.
Founded in 1848, the University of Wisconsin Madison is the flagship campus of the 13-university system across the state. It boasts of highly ranked programs in Engineering and Business. Katie Dunagan, Assistant Director of International Admissions at UW Madison is our guest. Highlights (4-Minute Listen).

 

 

January 19, 2021  Episode #76  Segment #1: A Holistic Approach. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.
Segment #1 of a 10-Segment Podcast Series to help 11th Grade students build their best US College Application. Segment #1 focuses on a Holistic Approach. Athena Lao of Admissionado leads the discussion in this segment. Student Assignments included.

 

 

December 12, 2020  Episode #68  Karen Doster on Dartmouth: Challenging Courses, Sophomore Summer and College as Imagined.
Karen wanted to be in a small liberal arts college and Dartmouth certainly fit that bill. Karen Doster is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s degree in Government, Public Policy and Native American Studies. Highlights (4-Minute Listen).

 

 

December 12, 2020  Episode #67  Seth Shapiro: Penn attracts Smart, Ambitious and Friendly Students.
Seth was quite clear that he wanted to go to the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). So sure that he applied for Early Decision. Seth Shapiro is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Highlights (3-Minute Listen).

 

 

October 8, 2020  Episode #52  Princeton Alum Avinash Nayak: Challenging Academics, Students’ Diversity, Bicker and Lots of Clubs.
For every student, there is a college out there. For Avinash Nayak, that college was Princeton. Avinash gives us an in-depth account of his undergraduate experience at Princeton.

 

 

December 18, 2020  Episode #72  Yale Alum Ike Wilson: Learning Languages, Studying in Europe and Lasting Relationships.
Ike Wilson is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in French. Ike wanted to go to a college that would allow him to pursue Languages, American Culture, and things international. Highlights (3-Minute Listen).

 

 

December 17, 2020  Episode #71  Mike Mochizuki on Brown University: An Undergraduate Journey to Explore and Discover.
Mike Mochizuki is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Brown allowed Mike to explore a variety of courses in his bid to find the subject that would excite him the most. Highlights (3-Minute Listen)

 

 

November 30, 2020  Episode #65  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about Last Minute College Application Tips, Int’l Students Migrate from Australia.

 

 

November 23, 2020  Episode #64  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about Faculty & Career Exploration, Early Fall 2021 Applications rise.

 

 

December 3, 2020  Episode #66  How Srihari Balaji of Union College landed Financial Aid.
Srihari Balaji, an international student, is a sophomore at Union College, New York. Srihari shares how he searched for Financial Aid, and how he went about applying for Aid.

 

 

November 9, 2020  Episode #62  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about SUNY Reopening Plans, IELTS vs SAT/ACT Testing..

 

 

November 10, 2020  Episode #61  Updates on Financial Aid for Fall 2021 from Ben Stern of IvyAchievement.
Benjamin Stern gives us an update on how colleges view Financial Aid for Fall of 2021 and what students need to do differently.

 

 

October 20, 2020  Episode #54  Priya Chandrasekaran tailored her college experience at University of Pittsburgh.
Priya wasn’t ready to commit to a major before college, and University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”) gave her lots of options to try on. Pitt Alum Priya Chandrasekaran tells us how she navigated Pitt in this Podcast. Highlights (4-min Listen).

 

 

September 17, 2020  Episode #46  Athena Lao on Harvard: Studying Classics, Teaching Abroad and Wanting to Make Things Better.
A large number of high school students have Harvard on their list of Colleges they aspire to. Harvard University Alum Athena Lao shares her undergraduate experience in this Podcast.

 

 

October 27, 2020  Episode #57  Expert Tips before You Submit College Applications 2021.
The calendar is racing towards the end of the year, which means the College Applications deadlines are fast approaching. In this podcast, with the help of expertise from Admissions Officers and Counselors, we offer some tips in this COVID-19 world, before you submit the College Applications.

 

 

September 28, 2020  Episode #51  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about College Fall Enrollment drop, College Application Calendar Alert and more.

 

 

September 18, 2020  Episode #50  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about Purdue Fall Enrollment up and Colleges that are getting reopening right.

 

 

September 26, 2020  Episode #49  Ben Stern of IvyAchievement: Finding Financial Aid to attend US Colleges.
One big factor for college-bound students and parents is the cost of attending college. Benjamin Stern, CEO of IvyAchievement, a college counseling firm, tells us all about financial aid options.

 

 

September 11, 2020  Episode #48  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about the Plight of Int’l Students, and the mad rush to take the SATs.

 

 

September 4, 2020  Episode #45  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about University of California being asked to go Test Blind, and the status of Colleges Reopening in Fall.

 

 

August 27, 2020  Episode #42  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about 7 tips for International Students during COVID-19.

 

 

August 25, 2020  Episode #41  Test Optional: Nitin Jain on How to Navigate College Applications. Now.
Standardized Tests have fallen victim to COVID-19. Nitin Jain, Co-founder of Oncourse, shares his views on how students should handle College Applications without Standardized Tests.

 

 

August 20, 2020  Episode #39  Sibi Venkatesan on UC Berkeley. The Daily Grind, Great People and Donut runs.
Sibi Venkatesan knew he wanted to study Computer Science. He had always enjoyed it and was good at it. Sibi moved from Bangalore to UC Berkeley to pursue the prestigious Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program.

 

 

August 18, 2020  Episode #38  On Creating with Humility: Anika Gupta on her time at MIT.
Anika Gupta wasn’t very keen on MIT. A campus visit to MIT changed all that. Anika went on to get a joint major at MIT in Computer Science and Molecular Biology.

 

 

August 8, 2020  Episode #37  Counseling with Admissionado: Athena Lao on Rolling up the Sleeves to Find the Right College.
College counselors have enormous power to do good, to guide students to the right college destinations. Athena Lao, Head College Mentor at Admissionado, talks about their hands-on approach to counseling.

 

 

August 3, 2020  Episode #34  Washington University in St. Louis crystallized Chetan Vakkalagadda’s interest in Medicine into a career.
Chetan Vakkalagadda joined Washington University in St Louis, to validate his interest in medicine. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, a minor in music, and a firm confirmation that medicine was his calling.

 

 

July 23, 2020  Episode #31  Princeton Prof Isobel Ojalvo: Early Curiosity leads to High Energy Particle Physics Research.
Isobel Ojalvo grew up enjoying Math and Science, overcoming societal biases about girls and science. Today Isobel Ojalvo is a High Energy Particle Physicist, and Assistant Professor at Princeton University.

 

 

July 18, 2020  Episode #29  UC Santa Barbara: Lisa Przekop, Admissions Director on Reading 110K Applications, “Happy” Students and UG Focus.
Lisa Przekop, Director of Admissions at UC Santa Barbara shares an insider’s view on the school, students and applications.

 

 

July 15, 2020  Episode #28  Competitive Colleges: Ben Stern of IvyAchievement on Counseling International Students.
Benjamin Stern, founder and CEO of IvyAchievement of USA a college counseling firm, shares his approach to helping International students make it to competitive US Colleges.

 

 

June 27, 2020  Episode #25  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor talks about the OPT visa, Creative approaches to Fall College reopening and College programs being cut.

 

 

June 30, 2020  Episode #24  The Stanford Sprint and a Jog. Gobi Dasu on his UG and Graduate Experiences.
Gobi Dasu, a Stanford University alum talks about his race to finish his undergraduate program in 2 years and later returned for Graduate study.

 

 

June 28, 2020  Episode #23  Managing Student Expectations: Counseling Tenets that Guide Nitin Jain of Oncourse.
Nitin Jain of Oncourse discusses how they set and manage students’ College expectations using Counselng Tenets they developed over the last 10 years.

 

 

June 22, 2020  Episode #22  Dr Subhasish Dasgupta. In pursuit of a passion from Calcutta to George Washington University.
Dr Dasgupta traces his journey of how he transformed a passion for Information Systems into a career in academia at George Washington University.

 

 

June 20, 2020  Episode #21  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives her take on Students changing College Plans and COVID-19 testing on campus.

 

 

June 13, 2020  Episode #20  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives her take on Tech Graduate Students from India down and International Students in limbo.

 

 

June 3, 2020  Episode #19  The Columbia Years. Narayan Subramanian on Academics, Activism and the Big Apple.
Narayan Subramanian, a Columbia University alum paints a vivid picture of life in college, the dorms and regales us with anecdotes on the activism on campus and the taste of the Big Apple.

 

 

June 6, 2020  Episode #18  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives her take on Senate Hearing in Colleges reopening and AP Online Testing.

 

 

June 3, 2020  Episode #17  COVID-19 & Beyond. Nitin Jain of Oncourse on Counseling for College Applications. Part II
College Counselor Nitin Jain, Co-founder of Oncourse, India talks about the impact of COVID-19 on College Counseling.

 

 

May 30, 2020  Episode #16  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives her take on AP Online Testing, SAT/ACT Fall Testing and Fall Colleges reopening.

 

 

May 27, 2020  Episode #15  Fall Semester & The Virus. Dr Sridhara Dasu, Chair, Physics Department, U of Wisconsin Madison. Part II.
Dr Dasu talks about the Fall 2020 semester with the virus, and the permanent changes forced by the virus.

 

 

May 23, 2020  Episode #14  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor discusses University of California dropping SAT, ACT, and College Deferrals.

 

 

May 21, 2020  Episode #13  Immersion. Nitin Jain of Oncourse on Counseling for College Applications. Part I.
Nitin Jain, Co-founder of Counseling firm Oncourse, shares how they shape and sculpt aspiring students to become competitive college applicants.

 

 

May 16, 2020  Episode #12  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor discusses CSU going Online this Fall, Bugs in AP Online tests, and Drop in Graduate students enrollment.

 

 

May 15, 2020  Episode #11  The Hustle to go Online. Dr Sridhara Dasu, Chair Physics Department, U of Wisconsin Madison. Part I.
Dr Sridhara Dasu gives us an inside account on how his department moved from in-class instruction to online in a few weeks.

 

 

May 9, 2020  Episode #10  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives her take on Students suing US Colleges, Summer Internships and ACT Test in June.

 

 

May 5, 2020  Episode #9  Global Journey with Dr Chandru Rajam. Educator, Entrepreneur.
Dr Rajam shares his rich experiences studying, working and living in multiple countries.

 

 

May 2, 2020  Episode #8  College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives her take on US Colleges' financial health and International Students stuck in the US.

 

 

April 29, 2020  Episode #7 Ivy League Online. Abhinav Sriram of Brown talks about his virtual semester.
Abhinav Sriram is a freshman at Brown University majoring in Computer Science and Economics.

 

 

Episode #6 College News Fit to Digest.
Shveta Bagade, College Counselor gives her take on Fall 2020, Gap Year and SAT/ACT test at home.

 

 

Episode #5 
Online Now. On Campus in Fall? Let's ask Kartikeye Khanna, Freshman U of Wisconsin Madison

 

 

Episode #4 
College Applications. Think Differently in the COVID-19 world

 

 

Episode #3 
Tests Cancelled! What should a student be doing now?

 

 

Episode #2 
Stuck @Home? Counselor Shveta has suggestions for your New Found Time

 

 

Episode #1
Coronavirus Impact on College Students: Conversation with Ajan Subramanian, senior at UC Irvine

 

 


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