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CALLING ALL STUDENTS, PARENTS, EDUCATORS, AND BELIEVERS!Success doesn’t come by chance. Success is a decision to take a chance on YOU. Being admitted to the YOUniversity of your choice is a goal, but not a guarantee. Who you surround yourself with is just as important as what you do. Hear from extraordinary people who led ordinary childhoods. Each story tells the tale of finding passion, purpose, and praise from adults.The secret to a “YES” is becoming your best YOU. Walk away with practical tips and action steps on how to go from good, better, to best and increase your chances of receiving that “YES!” If you are a student, parent of a student, teach students, or are a student of life, this show is for you!So, what do you say? Let’s do this! Join Dr. Cynthia Colón for Destination: YOUniversity, on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

Latest Episodes

Encore: UCLA: Nation's Largest Applicant Pool

“Think less about what you think we want to hear, and more about what you want to say.” Gary Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission at UCLA. With just less than 10 days away from the November 30 UC application deadline, UCLA is poised to break records again this year. Just a year ago, this premiere institution received more than 113 thousand freshmen applications. UCLA is on a mission to serve the entire state of California and represent students from all backgrounds. With over 137 thousand applicants, including transfer students, Gary Clark enjoys the reading season. He believes reading stories in a student’s own authentic voice is the best way to get to know each applicant. Hear more about Gary Clark’s own journey to college and why he loves UCLA. As a bonus, Gary will offer his best tips for applying to the University of California. Tune in LIVE! Wednesday, November 21 at Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica.com Variety Channel.

60 MIN6 d ago
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Encore: UCLA: Nation's Largest Applicant Pool

Eight Colleges To Consider Adding To Your List

I have visited and researched hundreds of colleges! While I love them all for different reasons, I’ve chosen a list of my “Great Eight.” If you are looking for colleges to add to your list, you might consider one or three of these I highlight today. These colleges span across the country, and no, they are not all football schools. Yes, I love college football, so I just had to give a shout out to the University of Nebraska and Memorial Stadium. Find out why these colleges have stuck in my mind over the years: University of Oregon, DePaul University, Miami University in Ohio, Saint Mary’s College, Indiana University in Pennsylvania, University of Nebraska, Gonzaga University, and University of Cincinnati. As a bonus, I share about my trip to the University of Notre Dame when I completely embarrassed myself. Hint: I dared to wear cardinal and gold as a guest of ND. You won’t believe why I was there to begin with. Episode #36

60 MIN1 w ago
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Eight Colleges To Consider Adding To Your List

The Common App And Those Pesky Supplemental Essay Questions

Working on the Common Application? Trying to figure out what to include in those pesky supplemental essays? I get it; they are a thorn in your side. Just when you think you are done with the application, you then notice the additional 1-4 supplemental questions. WHAT? You stare at the computer screen and you are back to square one. Yep. I know. Right? Those supplemental essay questions will take hours off of your life. In this episode I am breaking down the Common App, giving you my practical tips for the entire application. I also give you the 5 types of supplemental questions: Why Us, Why This Major, Personality Questions, Diversity/Inclusivity, and Special Circumstances. Hear the tips I offer for how to either repurpose an essay you have already written and/or how to tackle answering these supplemental questions. You do not want to miss this episode! Episode #36

60 MIN2 w ago
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The Common App And Those Pesky Supplemental Essay Questions

ESSAY Type #4: YOUR Academic or Future Connection Essay

How do you convey your interest in a major? What can you share that shows a passion in an academic subject or a career path? Here is an example that I will break down in today’s episode: “Would you like nuts on your sundae, sir?” I waited for the customer’s reply. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see the owner motioning for me to join him in the booth when I was done. … He wanted to go over the profit and loss statements with me. I had no idea what that was and could only see a giant binder full of rows and columns, listing every single expense of the restaurant. “You see this line here,” I nodded, “...this is how much the nuts on a sundae cost every month.” Many teens have had a part time job at some point and many adult admission officers will have shared a similar life experience. As a bonus for you, I am featuring 3 college essays and I’ll explain why this is important for you to have in your portfolio of essays to use in this process. Episode #34

60 MIN3 w ago
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ESSAY Type #4: YOUR Academic or Future Connection Essay

What's YOUR 'COOLNESS' FACTOR Essay

What’s YOUR “COOLNESS” FACTOR Essay Episode Description Today’s episode is part 3 of a 5-part mini series on the College Admission Essays. I am reviewing the “What Is My “Coolness” Factor?” essay. Here is a glimpse into the famous “Taco Bell College Admission Essay.” Today I will be facing my biggest challenge: the Taco Bell menu. A place that can be compared only to Frankenstein’s laboratory for its reputation for the strangest menu in all of the fast food kingdom. “You want to get that,” my dad responded with a smile and a familiar rustle of my hair as I made my demand: “Two Doritos locos tacos and an enchirito.” THIS ESSAY MIGHT BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS. This essay is not just about fast food. It’s about so much more than that. I will break this down and share why it works. For this series, please download the 10 FREE sample essays I offer on my website: www.drcynthiacolon.com. LABELED: STOP PROCRASTINATING Episode #34

38 MINOCT 16
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What's YOUR 'COOLNESS' FACTOR Essay

Dissecting The 'What Am I Good At' Admission Essay

Today’s episode is part 2 of a 5-part mini series on the College Admission Essays.I am reviewing the FOUR buckets of Essays that every student needs in their arsenal of college essays. Who AM I? What Am I Good At? What Is My “Coolness” Factor? Connect Accomplishments With Your Future Major. And in part 5 of this mini series, I will review supplemental essays and how they differ from the personal statements. WHAT AM I GOOD AT? This essay is about something you do in school, a leadership role, sports, or performing arts. This is your “thang,” “your jam.” Examples of topics you include: leadership, club activities, academic accomplishment, community service, Girl Scout Gold Award, Eagle Scout, State title, or some great passion. For this series, please download the 10 FREE sample essays I offer on my website: www.drcynthiacolon.com. LABELED: STOP PROCRASTINATING I will dissect each essay in that packet with you and explain why they work. Episode #33

60 MINOCT 9
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Dissecting The 'What Am I Good At' Admission Essay

How To Write The 'Who Am I' College Admission Essay

Today’s episode kicks off a 5 part mini series on the College Admission Essays. I am reviewing the FOUR buckets of Essays that every student needs in their arsenal of college essays. Who AM I? What Am I Good At? What Is My “Coolness” Factor? Connect Accomplishments With Your Future Major. And in part 5 of this mini series, I will review supplemental essays and how they differ from the personal statements. WHO AM I? This essay sheds light on your family, culture, background, and offers context of who you are. Examples of topics include: Family: traditions, celebrations, family members who influence you. Your background: cultural background, where/how you grew up. Life Challenges: death, divorce, learning challenges. For this series, please download the 10 FREE sample essays I offer on my website: www.drcynthiacolon.com. LABELED: STOP PROCRASTINATING I will dissect each essay in that packet with you and explain why they work. Episode #32

60 MINOCT 2
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How To Write The 'Who Am I' College Admission Essay

Those Who Finish First, First Fail. So Get Started!

When I was admitted to Columbia University for graduate school I paused and just stared at the letter. My finger slowly traced the school emblem at the top of the page, a scene I imagine every student must do when admitted to one of the most elite colleges in the country. I remember asking myself, “Geez, I wonder if I could have been admitted when I was a senior in high school.” The answer is “No.” The irony is that if I could do it over again, I now know exactly what I would need to do. What I’m unveiling today is the culmination of what I’ve learned over the last 20 years - what it takes to get admitted to highly selective colleges. This episode is for those who dream big. You dream of places like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, & Stanford. I believe with all my heart that anyone can get there with the right guidance, support system, belief, and willingness to put in the work. If you want the blueprint on how to increase your chances at H-Y-P-S, this episode is for you! Episode 31

60 MINSEP 25
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Those Who Finish First, First Fail. So Get Started!

Build Your Team: Teachers, Counselors, Coaches, Family, Friends

My parents did not attend college. I went through high school without a clear plan on what to do, and by senior year, I had no clue where to find a college application, let alone how to apply. In spite of this, I was admitted to my first choice school. How, you ask? I was lucky enough to have a TEAM of Supporters, Cheerleaders, and Believers. The truth is, teens spend more hours at school than anywhere else. Who we encounter determines how we are influenced. While many teens can and do forge through this college admission process on their own, it is 1000 times better when they can draft a TEAM of Supporters and unshakable group of friends early on. Today our guest, Eva Scalzo, knows a thing or two about building your team. Eva captained the Mater Dei HS CIF Championship swim team, went on to Yale where she swam with the NCAA Division 1 swim team, winning Ivy League titles while concurrently qualifying for the U.S. National Long Distance Team and being voted captain. Episode 30

60 MINSEP 18
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Build Your Team: Teachers, Counselors, Coaches, Family, Friends

Make A Plan, Work The Plan and The Plan Will Work

The 1979 Harvard MBA study set out to analyze goal setting among graduates. The study asked only one question, “Have you set written goals and created a plan for their attainment?” · 84% of the entire class had not set any goals. · 13% had written down goals, but had no plan. · 3% of the entire class had both written down goals AND created a plan. Find out what happens when you MAKE A PLAN! The findings are asounding. HINT: 10x MORE is the result. My own anecdotal research tells me that complete belief IN Yourself and your dreams PLUS the written plan is the secret sauce. It is as simple as that. Candice Lapin, Founder and CEO of The Ladder Method is our special guest today. While at Cornell University Candice was practically inventing a specific method she used in her own life and gained academic success. Years later she has helped hundreds of students find success by making a plan. Stick with us today, you are in for a treat Episode 29

60 MINSEP 11
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Make A Plan, Work The Plan and The Plan Will Work

Latest Episodes

Encore: UCLA: Nation's Largest Applicant Pool

“Think less about what you think we want to hear, and more about what you want to say.” Gary Clark, Director of Undergraduate Admission at UCLA. With just less than 10 days away from the November 30 UC application deadline, UCLA is poised to break records again this year. Just a year ago, this premiere institution received more than 113 thousand freshmen applications. UCLA is on a mission to serve the entire state of California and represent students from all backgrounds. With over 137 thousand applicants, including transfer students, Gary Clark enjoys the reading season. He believes reading stories in a student’s own authentic voice is the best way to get to know each applicant. Hear more about Gary Clark’s own journey to college and why he loves UCLA. As a bonus, Gary will offer his best tips for applying to the University of California. Tune in LIVE! Wednesday, November 21 at Noon Pacific on VoiceAmerica.com Variety Channel.

60 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Encore: UCLA: Nation's Largest Applicant Pool

Eight Colleges To Consider Adding To Your List

I have visited and researched hundreds of colleges! While I love them all for different reasons, I’ve chosen a list of my “Great Eight.” If you are looking for colleges to add to your list, you might consider one or three of these I highlight today. These colleges span across the country, and no, they are not all football schools. Yes, I love college football, so I just had to give a shout out to the University of Nebraska and Memorial Stadium. Find out why these colleges have stuck in my mind over the years: University of Oregon, DePaul University, Miami University in Ohio, Saint Mary’s College, Indiana University in Pennsylvania, University of Nebraska, Gonzaga University, and University of Cincinnati. As a bonus, I share about my trip to the University of Notre Dame when I completely embarrassed myself. Hint: I dared to wear cardinal and gold as a guest of ND. You won’t believe why I was there to begin with. Episode #36

60 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Eight Colleges To Consider Adding To Your List

The Common App And Those Pesky Supplemental Essay Questions

Working on the Common Application? Trying to figure out what to include in those pesky supplemental essays? I get it; they are a thorn in your side. Just when you think you are done with the application, you then notice the additional 1-4 supplemental questions. WHAT? You stare at the computer screen and you are back to square one. Yep. I know. Right? Those supplemental essay questions will take hours off of your life. In this episode I am breaking down the Common App, giving you my practical tips for the entire application. I also give you the 5 types of supplemental questions: Why Us, Why This Major, Personality Questions, Diversity/Inclusivity, and Special Circumstances. Hear the tips I offer for how to either repurpose an essay you have already written and/or how to tackle answering these supplemental questions. You do not want to miss this episode! Episode #36

60 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Common App And Those Pesky Supplemental Essay Questions

ESSAY Type #4: YOUR Academic or Future Connection Essay

How do you convey your interest in a major? What can you share that shows a passion in an academic subject or a career path? Here is an example that I will break down in today’s episode: “Would you like nuts on your sundae, sir?” I waited for the customer’s reply. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see the owner motioning for me to join him in the booth when I was done. … He wanted to go over the profit and loss statements with me. I had no idea what that was and could only see a giant binder full of rows and columns, listing every single expense of the restaurant. “You see this line here,” I nodded, “...this is how much the nuts on a sundae cost every month.” Many teens have had a part time job at some point and many adult admission officers will have shared a similar life experience. As a bonus for you, I am featuring 3 college essays and I’ll explain why this is important for you to have in your portfolio of essays to use in this process. Episode #34

60 MIN3 w ago
Comments
ESSAY Type #4: YOUR Academic or Future Connection Essay

What's YOUR 'COOLNESS' FACTOR Essay

What’s YOUR “COOLNESS” FACTOR Essay Episode Description Today’s episode is part 3 of a 5-part mini series on the College Admission Essays. I am reviewing the “What Is My “Coolness” Factor?” essay. Here is a glimpse into the famous “Taco Bell College Admission Essay.” Today I will be facing my biggest challenge: the Taco Bell menu. A place that can be compared only to Frankenstein’s laboratory for its reputation for the strangest menu in all of the fast food kingdom. “You want to get that,” my dad responded with a smile and a familiar rustle of my hair as I made my demand: “Two Doritos locos tacos and an enchirito.” THIS ESSAY MIGHT BE ONE OF MY FAVORITE OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS. This essay is not just about fast food. It’s about so much more than that. I will break this down and share why it works. For this series, please download the 10 FREE sample essays I offer on my website: www.drcynthiacolon.com. LABELED: STOP PROCRASTINATING Episode #34

38 MINOCT 16
Comments
What's YOUR 'COOLNESS' FACTOR Essay

Dissecting The 'What Am I Good At' Admission Essay

Today’s episode is part 2 of a 5-part mini series on the College Admission Essays.I am reviewing the FOUR buckets of Essays that every student needs in their arsenal of college essays. Who AM I? What Am I Good At? What Is My “Coolness” Factor? Connect Accomplishments With Your Future Major. And in part 5 of this mini series, I will review supplemental essays and how they differ from the personal statements. WHAT AM I GOOD AT? This essay is about something you do in school, a leadership role, sports, or performing arts. This is your “thang,” “your jam.” Examples of topics you include: leadership, club activities, academic accomplishment, community service, Girl Scout Gold Award, Eagle Scout, State title, or some great passion. For this series, please download the 10 FREE sample essays I offer on my website: www.drcynthiacolon.com. LABELED: STOP PROCRASTINATING I will dissect each essay in that packet with you and explain why they work. Episode #33

60 MINOCT 9
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Dissecting The 'What Am I Good At' Admission Essay

How To Write The 'Who Am I' College Admission Essay

Today’s episode kicks off a 5 part mini series on the College Admission Essays. I am reviewing the FOUR buckets of Essays that every student needs in their arsenal of college essays. Who AM I? What Am I Good At? What Is My “Coolness” Factor? Connect Accomplishments With Your Future Major. And in part 5 of this mini series, I will review supplemental essays and how they differ from the personal statements. WHO AM I? This essay sheds light on your family, culture, background, and offers context of who you are. Examples of topics include: Family: traditions, celebrations, family members who influence you. Your background: cultural background, where/how you grew up. Life Challenges: death, divorce, learning challenges. For this series, please download the 10 FREE sample essays I offer on my website: www.drcynthiacolon.com. LABELED: STOP PROCRASTINATING I will dissect each essay in that packet with you and explain why they work. Episode #32

60 MINOCT 2
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How To Write The 'Who Am I' College Admission Essay

Those Who Finish First, First Fail. So Get Started!

When I was admitted to Columbia University for graduate school I paused and just stared at the letter. My finger slowly traced the school emblem at the top of the page, a scene I imagine every student must do when admitted to one of the most elite colleges in the country. I remember asking myself, “Geez, I wonder if I could have been admitted when I was a senior in high school.” The answer is “No.” The irony is that if I could do it over again, I now know exactly what I would need to do. What I’m unveiling today is the culmination of what I’ve learned over the last 20 years - what it takes to get admitted to highly selective colleges. This episode is for those who dream big. You dream of places like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, & Stanford. I believe with all my heart that anyone can get there with the right guidance, support system, belief, and willingness to put in the work. If you want the blueprint on how to increase your chances at H-Y-P-S, this episode is for you! Episode 31

60 MINSEP 25
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Those Who Finish First, First Fail. So Get Started!

Build Your Team: Teachers, Counselors, Coaches, Family, Friends

My parents did not attend college. I went through high school without a clear plan on what to do, and by senior year, I had no clue where to find a college application, let alone how to apply. In spite of this, I was admitted to my first choice school. How, you ask? I was lucky enough to have a TEAM of Supporters, Cheerleaders, and Believers. The truth is, teens spend more hours at school than anywhere else. Who we encounter determines how we are influenced. While many teens can and do forge through this college admission process on their own, it is 1000 times better when they can draft a TEAM of Supporters and unshakable group of friends early on. Today our guest, Eva Scalzo, knows a thing or two about building your team. Eva captained the Mater Dei HS CIF Championship swim team, went on to Yale where she swam with the NCAA Division 1 swim team, winning Ivy League titles while concurrently qualifying for the U.S. National Long Distance Team and being voted captain. Episode 30

60 MINSEP 18
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Build Your Team: Teachers, Counselors, Coaches, Family, Friends

Make A Plan, Work The Plan and The Plan Will Work

The 1979 Harvard MBA study set out to analyze goal setting among graduates. The study asked only one question, “Have you set written goals and created a plan for their attainment?” · 84% of the entire class had not set any goals. · 13% had written down goals, but had no plan. · 3% of the entire class had both written down goals AND created a plan. Find out what happens when you MAKE A PLAN! The findings are asounding. HINT: 10x MORE is the result. My own anecdotal research tells me that complete belief IN Yourself and your dreams PLUS the written plan is the secret sauce. It is as simple as that. Candice Lapin, Founder and CEO of The Ladder Method is our special guest today. While at Cornell University Candice was practically inventing a specific method she used in her own life and gained academic success. Years later she has helped hundreds of students find success by making a plan. Stick with us today, you are in for a treat Episode 29

60 MINSEP 11
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Make A Plan, Work The Plan and The Plan Will Work
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