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Your Best Financial Life

24 EpisodesProduced by Scott MalbasaWebsite

No matter where you are in your career, you probably have some stress in your life that is caused by money. Are you saving enough? Will you be able to retire early? How much will it take to get complete financial freedom? Your Best Financial Life is here to answer all of your questions and bring on … read more


24: How to Prepare for the Transition to College with Ben Malbasa

When making major life transitions, it’s natural to have questions and uncertainties. When preparing for college, many parents and students are unsure of where to start, what to prioritize, and how to prepare. In today’s interview Ben Malbasa, teacher and coach, discusses how to prepare for transitioning to college, what to think about before applying, and how to think about prepping for college sports. While college can be a hyper competitive environment, there are three areas in which you can leverage yourself to be the best possible advocate. Join Scott Malbasa in this interview to learn more about how you can prepare for college as early as possible.  


Show Highlights: 


  • Ben talks about his teaching and coaching experience 
  • Parents are often uncertain on how to prepare students to transition from high-school to college and Ben shares how his school helps prepare students 
  • Experience in sports can help prepare students for further academic education
  • Parents often want to protect students from failure but sometimes failure is what students need to succeed 
  • Being able to deal with real world problems is key to developing flexibility and resilience 
  • Having a conversation about finances can help you identify your financial objectives in supporting your children’s education
  • Being aware of the differences in gender development is crucial for future preparation 
  • College has become significantly more competitive over the last few years and the sooner you prepare the better 
  • Encouraging a life-long habit of being a reader is one of the most beneficial preparations for college 
  • The SAT and ACT are simply levers to help you pull in your college application process but they are not measures of what your best is 
  • Establishing good habits as incoming freshman is important to keep up with academics 
  • The real purpose of sports in school is to learn how to win with humility, lose with dignity, and learn to be part of a team 
  • Being a part of a team presents opportunities to achieve something great 
  • There are three levers of college admissions; academic profile, specialized skill, and revenue 
  • Almost anyone willing to commit to a sport can compete at a college level and it can significantly elevate your college application
  • Recruiting services can be beneficial but are not necessary 
  • Going to college camps for your sport starting your freshman year can be extremely beneficial when applying later 
  • Pursuing your values is important 




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