Get Ready To Apply To College, With Randy Mills – RFL007

Episode Overview

Apply to college with Randy MillsNote – the content is great in this podcast – we apologize for the recording and sound quality. 

In this episode, we presume that you have decided that going to college is a meaningful next step to helping you achieve your objectives. To be ready to apply to college – to sort through all of the college choices, majors and the application process – there is some important information you need. Randy Mills, Co-Director of College Placement at Greenhill School, shares with us the things that college admissions departments need and want from applications and candidates.

Take away messages for students and parents

  1. Choosing a college wisely first requires research – find out the following and compare it to what you want and need:

    1. What majors are offered?
    2. How are courses taught?
    3. What size is the school?
    4. What is the culture?
    5. What is the cost?
    6. What is the geography?
  2. Choosing a college wisely requires work in each of your four high school years.

    1. As a freshman, use your time to start your research and expand what you learn about schools.
    2. As a sophomore, talk to others about your list of schools; contact alumni groups, correspond with the admissions and career development offices of schools that get your interest. Start college visits. Take meaningful courses. Step into community service and volunteering.
    3. As a junior, start to narrow the list of college – to your silver, gold and platinum choices. Do additional research. Understand each college’s application process – prepare through school and community to meet all of the requirements. Make campus visits. Correpsond with alumni and students at top choice schools.
    4. As a senior, finalize your list, complete your applications, connect with alumni. Continue to perform well in school. Start selecting career directions and consider majors.
  3. Use the resources at the colleges and in your high schools to learn as much as you can about yourself, today’s workplace and how the colleges respond.

  4. Choose college on purpose. Don’t do it because others do it.

Stop and Notice

This week we have been talking about how to get ready for college. So here are two things for you to notice:

  1. Notice the jobs or careers you think fit you. Notice what education (if any) is required to be successful in it. Search through job descriptions on and Start a list of what is required for the jobs you want.
  2. Next, just pick a couple of colleges that get your attention for whatever reason. Then notice what it takes to apply and be accepted. Notice the courses they offer and if the courses will help you be ready for what you want to do. Notice what attending the school will be like. What geography does it have? What is its culture? What is its size? How are their classes taught? Do some research.

As you stop and notice these, just record some questions that come to mind. Contact the colleges or find people in the roles that interest you to become more informed. Know what is involved in each and you will know how to prepare to be successful.

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This week’s Focus:

15 Free Apps to Help With College Prep

As the title shares, here is a link worthy of your time. The apps range from finding colleges, learning about the culture at colleges, to arranging your visits at college campuses. Great one for both parents and students to review.

Important Links:

  • All Groan Up – Paul Angone – Advice for surviving your 20s
  • Life After College – Jenny Blake – Live Big After College
  • Ask The Headhunter – Nick Corcodilos – Important information about getting a job
  • Campus to Career – Kirk Baumann – practical information to move into the job market
  • Sumry – Nate Hanson – Land your dream job

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  • Britt Hysen – Editor in Chief of MiLLENiAL – lifestyle and cultural magazine highlighting millennials’ contribution to today’s world.
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