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College Matters. Alma Matters.

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We bring you conversations, how tos, and insights from College Counselors, College students, admissions officers and other stakeholders in the college-bound process.

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Segment #8: Planning, Letters of Recommendation & Timeline. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

September 24th, 2021

32:00

Episode summary introduction: Segment #8 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build standout US College Applications. This …

College & Beyond: Putri Aimee Srijaya 12th Grade, Indonesia.

September 22nd, 2021

30:03

Episode summary introduction: In this Podcast, Putri talks about her love for writing, her broad range of interests in high school, her cooperative …

Andrew Maguire on Hidden Curriculum and International Students.

September 16th, 2021

33:29

Episode summary introduction: Andrew Maguire is the author of a new book Teaching Between the Lines, about the Hidden Curriculum.

Andrew joins us on …

College Rankings without SAT in College News Fit to Digest. August 23, 2021.

September 16th, 2021

16:15

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Rifat Mursalin on Emory: Transformative Experience, Social Entrepreneurship and Halloween Tradition.

September 14th, 2021

53:40

Episode summary introduction: A first generation student, Rifat was in student government in High School, involved in Social Science projects, math …

College & Beyond: Sanya Goyal 12th Grade, India.

September 9th, 2021

31:26

Episode summary introduction: In this Podcast, Sanya talks about her passion for entrepreneurship, her broad range of interests in high school, her …

Chloe Heskett on UVA: Rich Traditions, The Cavalier Daily, and Career Abroad.

September 9th, 2021

36:35

Episode summary introduction: As a high schooler, Chloe was a student-athlete. She carried a full load of APs in her junior and senior years. She was …

Stacey Kostell on The Coalition: College Access for All.

September 7th, 2021

35:18

Episode summary introduction: Stacey Kostell is the CEO of the Coalition for College Access.

Stacey joins us on our podcast today to tell us How The …

Biden has Big Plans for Int’l Education in College News Fit to Digest. August 9, 2021.

September 7th, 2021

14:50

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

About Majors: What is Biochemistry? With Prof. Dipali Sashital, Iowa State University.

September 2nd, 2021

1:12:19

Episode summary introduction: The goal of this series is to serve as a primer for High Schoolers about a Major, through our conversations with …

College & Beyond: Saumya Gupta 12th Grade, India.

August 30th, 2021

32:57

Episode summary introduction: In this Podcast, Saumya Gupta a 12th Grader in India, shares her high school interests, her surprise discoveries about …

Segment #7 on College Selection: Narrowing the List. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

August 26th, 2021

45:33

Episode summary introduction: Segment #7 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build standout US College Applications. This …

Fall 2021 College Enrollment in Danger in College News Fit to Digest. August 2, 2021.

August 25th, 2021

10:41

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Jeet Raut on UI Urbana-Champaign: Cognitive Psychology, Quiz Bowl, and International Classmates.

August 19th, 2021

29:22

Episode summary introduction: In school, Jeet played the cello. He did Quiz Bowl. He was into science and technology clubs - robotics and astronomy …

What is Innovation? With Prof. James Oliver, Director of Student Innovation Center, ISU.

August 17th, 2021

28:19

Episode summary introduction: Prof Oliver joins us on our podcast to give us a Primer on Innovation. We cover, What is Innovation, When to Innovate …

Mixed Reaction to Test Optional in College News Fit to Digest. July 26, 2021.

August 16th, 2021

12:09

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Prof. James Oliver on ISU’s Student Innovation Center: Bold Experiment

August 15th, 2021

31:16

Episode summary introduction: Professor James Oliver is the Director of the Student Innovation Center at Iowa State University, Ames Iowa.

Prof. Oliver joins us on our podcast today to share Why the Innovation Center …

“Drop SAT/ACT Scores in US News Ranking” in College News Fit to Digest. July 19, 2021.

August 7th, 2021

15:03

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Jemina Bouma Perez on Rice: Cognitive Science, Passion for Education, and Culture of Care.

August 7th, 2021

41:19

Episode summary introduction: When Jemina was looking at colleges, her high school counselor suggested she look at Rice University. Jemina had not …

Michelle Setiawan of Sekolah Lentera Indonesia: Guiding Students to Colleges Abroad.

July 31st, 2021

30:48

Episode summary introduction: This episode sheds light on college-bound students at Sekolah Lentera Indonesia, a K-12 school, who are looking to …

What is a Community College? “A Smarter Option”, says Dr Miloni Gandhi of Foothill College, California.

July 25th, 2021

41:50

Episode summary introduction: This podcast is to serve as a primer on Community Colleges in the US.

Dr Miloni Gandhi, Adjunct Faculty at Foothill …

UCs to Admit Fewer Int’l Students in College News Fit to Digest. July 13, 2021.

July 20th, 2021

11:49

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Sydney Dinenberg on Georgetown: Foreign Service, Ultimate Frisbee, and Joining the Peace Corps.

July 19th, 2021

1:04:04

Episode summary introduction: Ever since high school, Sydney had an interest in all things Global. She loved languages and history and enjoyed …

Lorena James on Davidson College: Environmental Studies, Ecopreneur, and Passion for China.

July 14th, 2021

46:50

Episode summary introduction: Lorena started learning Mandarin in middle school. In her senior year of high school, Lorena created her first …

Segment #6 on College Essay: How to Write? A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

July 8th, 2021

27:16

Episode summary introduction: Segment #6 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build standout US College Applications. This …

TOEFL - Shorter, Cheaper in College News Fit to Digest. June 21, 2021.

July 5th, 2021

15:02

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Andy Ng on NYU: English & Urban Education, Pitching Competition, and New York City Energy.

July 5th, 2021

54:08

Episode summary introduction: In high school, Andy was a driven and busy high schooler. He was in student government. He was the President of the …

About Majors: What is Physics? With Prof. Sridhara Dasu, University of Wisconsin Madison.

June 29th, 2021

43:03

Episode summary introduction: The goal of this series is to serve as a primer for High Schoolers about a Major, through our conversations with …

Legacy Admissions Ban in College News Fit to Digest. June 1, 2021.

June 27th, 2021

9:49

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Jennifer Davis on UVA: English Major, Black Student Community, and The Lawn.

June 16th, 2021

52:51

Episode summary introduction: As a high schooler, Jen loved writing and was part of the school newspaper. She was on the varsity tennis team. She was …

Tuition Discounts in College News Fit to Digest. May 24, 2021.

June 15th, 2021

13:17

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Emma Steele on Villanova: PolSci, Community Outreach and Basketball Ball Games.

June 14th, 2021

41:07

Episode summary introduction: Emma was very artistically inclined in school. She was a dancer. She played the piano, violin, and participated in …

UCs drop & Georgia Univs require SAT in College News Fit to Digest. May 17, 2021.

June 12th, 2021

11:23

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Segment #5 on College Selection: Making the Initial List of Colleges. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

June 3rd, 2021

28:31

Episode summary introduction: Segment #5 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build standout US College Applications. This …

O’Brien & Calderon on ISU: Hidden Jewel, Innovation Thrust, and 900 Student Clubs.

May 27th, 2021

46:37

Episode summary introduction: Founded in 1858, Iowa State University became the nation’s first land grant institution in 1862. ISU’s Design Programs are highly ranked in the nation, and is well known for its programs in …

Choosing College by Location in College News Fit to Digest. May 10, 2021.

May 26th, 2021

12:18

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Lydia Piendel on Notre Dame: Dementia Research, Huge Sports Fan, and the Travel Bug.

May 25th, 2021

54:11

Episode summary introduction: In high school, Lydia grew up with a love for science, sports and school spirit. When she started to think about …

US Colleges Still Looking for Students in College News Fit to Digest. May 3, 2021.

May 20th, 2021

14:09

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Jay Jacobs, Vice Provost Enrollment at UVM: Distinctive Programs, State of the Art Labs, and Welcoming Community.

May 14th, 2021

33:29

Episode summary introduction: Founded in 1791, the University of Vermont (UVM) is a land grant research university in the state of Vermont. Located …

Harder Getting off a Waitlist in College News Fit to Digest. April 26, 2021.

May 14th, 2021

14:50

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Jemmy Chayadi on UW Madison: Mechanical Engineering Major, Becoming a Global Citizen, and Saturday Football Games.

May 12th, 2021

58:37

Episode summary introduction: When he was in High School in Jakarta, Indonesia, some students from UW Madison talked about their experiences in …

25% Students Delay College in College News Fit to Digest. April 19, 2021.

May 7th, 2021

14:03

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Anna Li of University of Chicago: Sociology Major to Pastry Cook.

May 6th, 2021

55:07

Episode summary introduction: Anna Li started baking regularly when she was six. She continued all through the end of high school. She picked up …

Financial Aid Negotiable in College News Fit to Digest. April 12, 2021.

May 3rd, 2021

13:13

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Sanjeet Rangarajan on Vanderbilt: BioMedical Engineering, Starting Model UN, and Snowball Fights.

May 2nd, 2021

51:00

Episode summary introduction: Sanjeet grew up in the Detroit area loving math, science and engineering. When time came to choose a college, he was …

Local Economies miss Int’l Students in College News Fit to Digest. April 5, 2021.

April 29th, 2021

12:02

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Andrew Maguire on Decoding the Hidden Curriculum in the College Admissions Process.

April 26th, 2021

42:38

Episode summary introduction: Andrew Maguire’s upcoming book - Hidden Curriculum, shines light on the norms, behavior, language and unstated …

Virtual Campus Tours in College News Fit to Digest. March 29, 2021.

April 24th, 2021

14:23

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Segment #4 on College Essay: What to Write? A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

April 24th, 2021

32:51

Episode summary introduction: Segment #4 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build standout US College Applications. This …

Eric Yu on U of Michigan: Computer Science, MPowered Entrepreneurships and Coffee Chats.

April 21st, 2021

39:15

Episode summary introduction: Eric was quite sure he wanted to get a business degree in college. In fact his hobby in high school was making money …

College News Fit to Digest. March 22, 2021.

April 19th, 2021

13:18

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Sujata Gupta and Science Journalism: An Unusual Journey via Japan, Park Service to Johns Hopkins and Beyond.

April 18th, 2021

40:04

Episode summary introduction: Sujata Gupta is Social Sciences Reporter at Science News. Sujata is an alum of Cornell University and Johns Hopkins.

In this podcast, Sujata gives us a peek into the world of Science …

Conor Walsh on Harvard: Linguistics, Homeless Shelter, and Buddhist History Trek in the Himalayas.

April 11th, 2021

1:10:55

Episode summary introduction: Conor studied French and Chinese in High School. He loved languages. Grammar, the sounds. Literature and the culture. …

College News Fit to Digest. March 15, 2021.

April 11th, 2021

12:39

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Christian Tanja on UCLA: First-Genner, Career in Education, and Lifelong Bruin.

April 10th, 2021

1:05:09

Episode summary introduction: In High School, Christian was considering going to a Community College. He would be the first in his family to attend …

College News Fit to Digest. March 8, 2021.

April 7th, 2021

13:19

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Alana Weiss on Pomona: Molecular Biology, Ballroom Dancing, and Fountaining.

April 5th, 2021

42:45

Episode summary introduction: Alana’s father had gone to Pomona. When Alana started looking at Colleges, she was looking for a small student body …

Doris Huang on Harvard: Grateful, Cross-Pollination of Ideas, and An Evening of Champions.

March 30th, 2021

1:02:22

Episode summary introduction: Doris did well in Biology in High School, so she thought she would pursue the same in College. In college, she quickly …

Episode #100: Why I Picked My College!

March 29th, 2021

43:00

Episode summary introduction: To mark this special episode, I decided to go through the tens of College Alumni podcasts and select the overriding …

Miloni Gandhi on UCLA: International Development, Approachable Professors and Bruin Spirit.

March 23rd, 2021

51:33

Episode summary introduction: Miloni wanted to go college in a “real city” like say New York City. Unfortunately for Miloni, her parents were not for …

Segment #3: Application Strategy. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

March 19th, 2021

30:52

Episode summary introduction: Segment #3 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build standout US College Applications. This …

College News Fit to Digest. March 1, 2021.

March 18th, 2021

15:39

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Ettie Nikolova on Cornell: International Relations, Teaching Youth, and Fulbright in Bulgaria.

March 17th, 2021

36:42

Episode summary introduction: Ettie, a self-described nerd in High School, applied to Cornell at the last minute. Cornell made it easy, by giving her …

College News Fit to Digest. February 22, 2021.

March 13th, 2021

17:37

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Andrew Maguire on Vanderbilt: American Studies, Study Abroad Decision, and Tale of Two Halves.

March 6th, 2021

44:33

Episode summary introduction: Andrew liked and did well in AP Psychology in High School. He felt Psychology could be his thing. At Vanderbilt, he …

Mirka Martel of IIE: Interpreting Trends and Patterns Data on International Education.

March 5th, 2021

51:57

Episode summary introduction: At the Institute of International Education (IIE), Mirka Martel runs the Open Doors Data project and Project Atlas to study global mobility trends in International Education.

In this …

Professor Nikil Dutt of UC Irvine on Serendipity, Bright Students and Good Relationships.

February 28th, 2021

40:48

Episode summary introduction: Professor Dutt believes exciting research comes from a combination of serendipity, bright students and good, …

Clare Overmann on Georgetown: Languages, International Experience, and Talks by World Leaders.

February 24th, 2021

37:34

Episode summary introduction: Clare discovered that languages came easily to her starting in Middle School. She learnt Spanish and wanted to pursue …

College News Fit to Digest. February 15, 2021.

February 23rd, 2021

15:17

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Segment #2: Extracurriculars Review and Summer Break Planning. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

February 19th, 2021

48:49

Episode summary introduction: Segment #2 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build their best US College Application. …

College News Fit to Digest. February 8, 2021.

February 18th, 2021

12:49

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Botswana to Williams College: Harvey Mogojwe discovers Love for Theater.

February 18th, 2021

56:00

Episode summary introduction: Harvey didn’t grow up in Botswana dreaming of coming to the US for College. He was on track to join the University in …

Anna Bartoli on Johns Hopkins: Applied Math, Tutoring Students, and Summer Mid-Course Correction.

February 14th, 2021

57:17

Episode summary introduction: Anna grew up with a romantic notion of Mathematics. When she arrived at Johns Hopkins all set to pursue pure …

Northwestern Alum Neha Kumar: Tempering Passion with Pragmatism.

February 6th, 2021

50:49

Episode summary introduction: Dance has been a huge passion for Neha. South Indian Classical dance, Bollywood Fusion were her favorites. Neha didn’t …

College News Fit to Digest. February 1, 2021.

February 6th, 2021

14:31

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Katie Dunagan, Int’l Admissions at UW Madison: Flagship Campus, Wisconsin Idea and the Isthmus.

February 2nd, 2021

35:19

Episode summary introduction: 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.

Rohith Jayaraman on Berklee: A Musical Undergraduate Journey.

February 1st, 2021

1:13:35

Episode summary introduction: A product of  Silicon Valley, Rohith decided to pursue a career in Music. His talents in the Arts were in evidence at an early age and nurtured through his teenage years through Indian …

Cleo Handler: Yale Paved the Road to becoming an Actor, Writer, Director.

January 30th, 2021

38:26

Episode summary introduction: Growing up in Los Angeles, from a very young age, theater was a big part of Cleo’s life. She was very interested in …

College News Fit to Digest. January 25, 2021.

January 29th, 2021

15:13

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Bianca Brown. Long Island to Williams College: 2 Majors, 3 Continents and 4 Languages.

January 28th, 2021

1:08:34

Episode summary introduction: Bianca grew up in Long Island, NY speaking no language other than English. She did not know how a second language could …

Rob Franklin on Stanford: Political Science, Creative Pursuits and Summers in New York.

January 25th, 2021

52:46

Episode summary introduction: Rob leveraged the Stanford resources for a rich undergraduate experience - both in the classroom and outside. His love for languages took him to Paris as part of the study abroad program.

Columbia University Engineering Professor Lall: A Lifelong Learner.

January 25th, 2021

50:20

Episode summary introduction: Professor Lall joined academia so he could keep learning new things, and inspire new generations of students.

Professor …

College News Fit to Digest. January 19, 2021.

January 21st, 2021

18:37

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Segment #1: A Holistic Approach. A Guide to Build a Standout US College Application.

January 20th, 2021

49:24

Episode summary introduction: Segment #1 of the 10-Segment Podcast Series to help students in 11th Grade build their best US College Application. …

College News Fit to Digest. January 11, 2021.

January 15th, 2021

14:36

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

College News Fit to Digest. December 21, 2020.

January 13th, 2021

16:28

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Joey Fritz on Amherst: Nurturing Passion for Languages, Cultures and Tennis.

January 8th, 2021

37:20

Episode summary introduction: Joey grew up with two passions: Tennis and Languages. Tennis enabled him to go to Amherst as a scholar-athlete and …

Yale Alum Ike Wilson: Learning Languages, Studying in Europe and Lasting Relationships.

December 18th, 2020

1:02:43

Episode summary introduction: Ike loves languages. He studied French in middle school and Spanish in High School. He loves music. Ike wanted to go to …

Mike Mochizuki on Brown University: An Undergraduate Journey to Explore and Discover.

December 17th, 2020

50:44

Episode summary introduction: Mike chose Brown because it would allow him to check out and explore a variety of courses in his bid to find the …

College News Fit to Digest. December 14, 2020.

December 17th, 2020

16:24

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

College News Fit to Digest. December 7, 2020.

December 14th, 2020

13:04

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Karen Doster on Dartmouth: Challenging Courses, Sophomore Summer and College as Imagined.

December 12th, 2020

52:28

Episode summary introduction: Karen wanted to be in a small liberal arts college and Dartmouth certainly fit that bill. In addition to being the …

Seth Shapiro: Penn attracts Smart, Ambitious and Friendly Students.

December 12th, 2020

37:29

Episode summary introduction: 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 …

How Srihari Balaji of Union College landed Financial Aid.

December 3rd, 2020

21:36

Episode summary introduction: Srihari Balaji, an international student, is a sophomore at Union College, New York. Srihari shares his experience and …

College News Fit to Digest. November 30, 2020.

December 2nd, 2020

12:56

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

College News Fit to Digest. November 23, 2020.

December 2nd, 2020

14:46

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

UC Irvine: Ajan Subramanian on Engineering Pursuit, Discovering Research and Sunny California.

November 19th, 2020

51:16

Episode summary introduction: While Ajan was in High School in India, he was looking at Colleges in the US where he could pursue Engineering and …

College News Fit to Digest. November 9, 2020.

November 11th, 2020

14:40

Episode Title: College News Fit to Digest. November 9, 2020.

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by

Updates on Financial Aid for Fall 2021 from Ben Stern of IvyAchievement.

November 11th, 2020

11:42

Episode summary introduction: Benjamin Stern of IvyAchievement gives us an update on how colleges view Financial Aid for Fall of 2021 and what …

College News Fit to Digest. November 2, 2020.

November 6th, 2020

16:41

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

WashU Alum Namrata Vakkalagadda: An Open Mind attracts Opportunities.

November 6th, 2020

44:47

Episode summary introduction: Namrata wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to study, and Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) let her experiment for a couple of years, before she had to decide.

Namrata Vakkalagadda …

College News Fit to Digest. October 26, 2020.

October 28th, 2020

16:42

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Expert Tips before You Submit College Applications 2021.

October 28th, 2020

19:27

Episode summary introduction: The calendar is racing towards the end of the year, which means the College Applications deadlines are fast …

College News Fit to Digest. October 12, 2020.

October 26th, 2020

12:14

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Dean of Admissions Cornell LeSane on the Historic, Innovative Allegheny College & Spotting Diamonds in the Rough.

October 22nd, 2020

38:42

Episode summary introduction: Allegheny College is a historic, private liberal arts college in Western Pennsylvania. Over 200 years since its …

Priya Chandrasekaran tailored her college experience at University of Pittsburgh.

October 21st, 2020

43:32

Episode summary introduction: Priya wasn’t ready to commit to a major before college, and University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”) gave her lots of options …

College News Fit to Digest. October 5, 2020.

October 15th, 2020

13:57

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Princeton Alum Avinash Nayak: Challenging Academics, Students’ Diversity, Bicker and Lots of Clubs.

October 8th, 2020

47:31

Episode summary introduction: For every student, there is a college out there. The challenge, as we know, is figuring out which one. It turned out …

College News Fit to Digest. September 28, 2020.

October 2nd, 2020

11:03

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Engineer turned Counselor Shveta Bagade: For Every Student, there is a College out there.

September 29th, 2020

47:35

Episode summary introduction: There are over 5000 colleges and universities in the US. Each college and university offers a unique experience. A …

College News Fit to Digest. September 18, 2020.

September 28th, 2020

14:13

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Ben Stern of IvyAchievement: Finding Financial Aid to attend US Colleges.

September 26th, 2020

38:13

Episode summary introduction: One big factor, if not the most predominant one, for college-bound students and parents is the cost of attending …

College News Fit to Digest. September 11, 2020.

September 26th, 2020

12:18

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Iris Li: Taiwan to UC Santa Barbara to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and Field Trips to the beach.

September 23rd, 2020

35:06

Episode summary introduction: When Iris Li was in the 11th grade in Taiwan, her teachers strongly encouraged her to apply to the US for college. Iris …

Athena Lao on Harvard: Studying Classics, Teaching Abroad and Wanting to Make Things Better.

September 17th, 2020

51:51

Episode Title: Athena Lao on Harvard: Studying Classics, Teaching Abroad and Wanting to Make Things Better.

Episode summary introduction: The mere …

College News Fit to Digest. September 4, 2020.

September 11th, 2020

16:38

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

USC Alum Anu Ramachandran: Part II. On Creating her own Undergraduate Experience.

September 11th, 2020

27:17

Episode summary introduction: Anu Ramachandran chose the University of Southern California (USC), among other things, for its location, access to …

USC Alum Anu Ramachandran: On Creating her own Undergraduate Experience. Part I.

September 4th, 2020

31:39

Episode summary introduction: Anu Ramachandran chose the University of Southern California (USC), among other things, for its location, access to …

College News Fit to Digest. August 22, 2020.

August 27th, 2020

12:55

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Test Optional: Nitin Jain on How to Navigate College Applications. Now.

August 25th, 2020

27:08

Episode summary introduction: Standardized Tests have fallen victim to COVID-19. Over 80% of the Top US Colleges have gone Test Optional, which means …

College News Fit to Digest. August 15, 2020.

August 21st, 2020

13:32

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Sibi Venkatesan on UC Berkeley. The Daily Grind, Great People and Donut runs.

August 20th, 2020

53:41

Episode summary introduction: Sibi Venkatesan knew he wanted to study Computer Science. He had always enjoyed it and was good at it. When time came …

On Creating with Humility: Anika Gupta on her time at MIT.

August 18th, 2020

47:31

Episode summary introduction: Anika Gupta wasn’t very keen on MIT. A campus visit to MIT changed all that. She was taken in by the “air of humility” that she felt in the students she interacted with during the campus …

Counseling with Admissionado: Athena Lao on Rolling up the Sleeves to Find the Right College.

August 8th, 2020

43:18

Episode summary introduction: College counselors have enormous power to do good, to guide students to the right college destinations.

Athena Lao, …

College News Fit to Digest. August 1, 2020.

August 6th, 2020

10:35

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

UW Madison Prof Kevin Black: Passion for Subatomic Particles, Mission to inspire young minds.

August 5th, 2020

41:33

Episode summary introduction: A chance summer research led him to becoming an Experimental Particle Physicist. Kevin Black majored in Physics as part of his undergraduate program at Wesleyan University and PhD in …

Washington University in St. Louis crystallized Chetan Vakkalagadda’s interest in Medicine into a career.

August 3rd, 2020

30:46

Episode summary introduction: Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) offered Chetan Vakkalagdda the right resources and the appropriate experiences to validate his interest in medicine. Chetan earned a Bachelor’s …

College News Fit to Digest. July 25, 2020.

July 30th, 2020

12:44

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Brother’s tip vectors Bharath Rabindranath to Jacobs University in Germany.

July 25th, 2020

43:36

Episode summary introduction: A tip from his brother’s friend takes Bharath Rabindranath to Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. Bharath goes on to earn the Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Bharath looks back at …

Princeton Prof. Isobel Ojalvo: Early Curiosity leads to High Energy Particle Physics Research.

July 23rd, 2020

50:51

Episode summary introduction: She grew up enjoying Math and Science, overcoming societal biases about girls and science. She went on to pursue a PhD in Physics from the University of Wisconsin Madison, making a stop at …

College News Fit to Digest. July 18, 2020.

July 21st, 2020

13:36

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

UC Santa Barbara: Lisa Przekop, Admissions Director on Reading 110K Applications, “Happy” Students and UG Focus.

July 18th, 2020

42:18

Episode summary introduction: Since becoming part of the University of California system in 1944, University of California Santa Barbara has become one of the premier Public Universities in the world. 110K Students from …

Competitive Colleges: Ben Stern of IvyAchievement on Counseling International Students.

July 15th, 2020

41:16

Episode summary introduction: International students nurture dreams of making it to a competitive US College. It requires planning, discipline and a …

College News Fit to Digest. July 11, 2020.

July 13th, 2020

12:54

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Sciences Po and Uddeshya Nigam: 3 Continents and a Degree.

July 6th, 2020

59:02

Episode summary introduction: Uddeshya Nigam found a different route to get an  Economics undergraduate degree. Uddeshya’s journey takes him to Sciences Po in France, Emory University in the United States, and a final …

College News Fit to Digest. June 27, 2020

July 4th, 2020

10:26

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

The Stanford Sprint and a Jog. Gobi Dasu on his UG and Graduate Experiences.

June 30th, 2020

54:00

Episode summary introduction: Gobi Dasu, a Stanford University alum talks about his college years. How he finished his undergraduate program in 2 …

Managing Student Expectations: Counseling Tenets that Guide Nitin Jain of Oncourse.

June 28th, 2020

26:30

Episode summary introduction: Students have a right to Dream BIG. The challenge for College Counselors is to morph those BIG Dreams into achievable …

Dr Subhasish Dasgupta. In pursuit of a passion from Calcutta to George Washington University.

June 22nd, 2020

45:08

Episode summary introduction: Dr Subhasish Dasgupta was smitten by a nascent field called Information Systems, while doing his MBA at University of Calcutta. Dr Dasgupta traces his journey of how he transformed that …

College News Fit to Digest. June 20, 2020.

June 21st, 2020

11:15

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

College News Fit to Digest. June 13, 2020.

June 17th, 2020

13:03

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

The Columbia Years. Narayan Subramanian on Academics, Activism and the Big Apple.

June 13th, 2020

45:12

Episode summary introduction: Narayan Subramanian, a Columbia University alum reflects on his years in college. He paints a vivid picture of life in …

College News Fit to Digest. June 6, 2020

June 7th, 2020

14:23

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

COVID-19 & Beyond. Nitin Jain of Oncourse on Counseling for College Applications. Part II.

June 3rd, 2020

12:59

Episode summary introduction: Every year US Colleges accept over quarter of a million students from all over the world. As high schoolers eye their …

College News Fit to Digest. May 30, 2020

May 31st, 2020

12:45

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Fall Semester & The Virus. Dr Sridhara Dasu, Chair, Physics Department, U of Wisconsin Madison. Part II

May 27th, 2020

13:18

Episode summary introduction: The coronavirus pandemic is going to be with us for a while. How we live with the virus, as we look ahead at the Fall semester, is the topic of discussion with Dr Sridhara Dasu, Chair of …

College News Fit to Digest. May 23, 2020

May 24th, 2020

12:55

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Immersion. Nitin Jain of Oncourse on Counseling for College Applications. Part I.

May 21st, 2020

17:01

Episode summary introduction: Every year US Colleges accept over quarter of a million students from all over the world, into their undergraduate …

College News Fit to Digest. May 16, 2020

May 17th, 2020

14:54

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

The Hustle to go Online. Dr Sridhara Dasu, Chair Physics Department, U of Wisconsin Madison. Part I

May 16th, 2020

16:42

Episode summary introduction: It was becoming clear to the University of Wisconsin Madison, that the Coronavirus was a real threat to the campus …

College News Fit to Digest. May 9, 2020

May 10th, 2020

13:05

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Global Journey with Dr Chandru Rajam: Educator, Entrepreneur.

May 6th, 2020

39:13

Episode summary introduction: A trip down memory lane with Dr Chandru Rajam, an educator and entrepreneur, as he shares his experiences and learnings …

College News Fit to Digest. May 2, 2020

May 2nd, 2020

15:20

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Ivy League Online. Abhinav Sriram of Brown talks about his virtual semester

April 29th, 2020

24:19

Episode summary introduction: College campuses have closed due to Coronavirus. Students have gone back to different corners of the globe. They are …

College News Fit to Digest. April 25, 2020

April 25th, 2020

14:50

Episode summary introduction: Making sense of the College News of the week curated by Alma Matters. Coronavirus continues to drive the news. Shveta …

Online now. On Campus in Fall? Let's ask Kartikeye Khanna, Freshman U of Wisconsin Madison

April 21st, 2020

18:27

Episode summary introduction: Coronavirus was spreading, campus was shutting down. International students were hustling to get home before the borders closed.

In this Episode, we hear from an international student from …

College Applications? Think Differently in the COVID-19 world

April 20th, 2020

26:55

Episode Title: College Applications? Think Differently in the COVID-19 world

Episode summary introduction: As COVID-19 rolls and roils the globe, it …

Tests Cancelled! What should a Student be doing now?

April 14th, 2020

24:39

COVID-19 is impacting everyones' lives. For the US College-bound, coronavirus has resulted in the standardized tests being cancelled or postponed. …

Stuck @Home? Counselor Shveta has Suggestions for your New Found Time

April 6th, 2020

21:39

COVID-19 has changed all our lives. We are sheltering at home. Our daily life and schedules are drastically altered. As a result days may seem …

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

April 5th, 2020

17:35

The Coronavirus has completely disrupted our lives. As we pick up the pieces and try to make sense of this, each one of us is trying to take some …

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