Links to material in or related to this conversation:
Manufacturing Expo/Careers in Manufacturing (podcast episode)
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Today’s episode features a College Spotlight on West Chester (PA) University with Ethan Martin, which serves as a case study for how to choose the perfect college for you. The interesting part is that Ethan didn’t know he was following a blueprint for success… but that’s also the scary part because so few people do!
Ethan shares some of West Chester’s highlights, including great facilities (especially for recreation), an accessible and enjoyable town, and professors who have credibility in industry, all of which helped him have a great experience and land a job with a WCU alumnus upon graduation.
Unbeknownst to him, Ethan used all four components of our “Perfect College” assessment in making the decision to attend West Chester: Academics, Finances, Campus Life, and Opportunities. We help students prioritize and then implement each of these factors when choosing their “Best College.”
First, he focused on academics by selecting Gwynedd-Mercy University as his initial destination because of their strong reputation in his desired major, respiratory therapy. However, when he discovered that he didn’t enjoy the coursework in his freshman year at community college and opted for business, he shifted tack and looked at West Chester’s business school.
Finances played a role in Ethan’s decision in two ways: first, he started his schooling at Montgomery County Community College, where he could earn his general education credits at a much lower cost. Secondly, he considered the sticker price of WCU as compared to private schools and saw the advantages of graduating with less debt (lesson #1 of business, right?).
The third lens through which we teach students to choose a college is Campus Life; as I say in the interview, after 18 hours/week of classes you still have 150 hours to live life: where do you want to live for four years? Ethan astutely noted the convenience of the town and the setup of the campus as “good fit” factors, and it seems to have paid off for him.
Lastly, Ethan took advantage of opportunities by using career services on campus to land a job with a WCU alum. He gave himself a greater chance of success by attending a school with a larger alumni base than the others he considered, leveraging the importance of networking in and after college.
Links mentioned in or related to today’s conversation:
Sam’s college selection process (episode 001)
Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC in review (episode 022)
Tribes by Seth Godin
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Today’s College Spotlight is on the University of Delaware in Newark, DE, and our virtual tour guide is Kellsey Reed, who is just five weeks from graduation! Kellsey shares interesting insights into her journey to UD and how it has positioned her to launch a rewarding career when she leaves.
Kelsey didn’t initially want to go to UD, but she tells a humorous story of how she decided to visit campus and the interesting – and seemingly insignificant – experience that helped her choose the school, reminding us of the power of a college visit. Kellsey also shares her process of adapting to college and eventually finding her community in student government.
Kellsey highlights three of her favorite things about Delaware:
- Its proximity to Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C… and Newark, of course!
- The social life, especially Main Street
- The opportunity for activities on and off-campus
Kellsey closes the interview by noting that she’ll miss the community feel the campus, quite an accomplishment for a school its size!
Links mentioned in or related to the conversation:
“The Value of a College Visit” episode
Do you have a question for Kellsey about the University of Delaware or about majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics? Leave a comment below, and we’ll get the answer for you!
One of the coolest things about college is the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself, to contribute to the student body in a way that enhances everyone’s experience… even if no one knows you’re doing it! How better to do that than as a college mascot?
Paul Biedlingmaier shares his experience as “Jack the Bulldog” during his four years at Georgetown University, beginning as early as freshman orientation. His decision to audition for the mascot position and the many lessons he learned during his time in uniform are useful to anyone who is preparing to go to college and get the greatest amount of value from the experience.
Today’s College Spotlight shines brightly on THE Ohio State University! Our guest is Amber Pharazyn, a senior who is graduating in May with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Studies.
Amber shares her story of choosing OSU – including why she was initially hesitant to attend – and what she has done to create an amazing college experience. Whether you’re interested in attending OSU, another big school, or trying to completely avoid campuses over 5,000 students, there are some great lessons here about
- the importance of a school’s location
- access to resources
- diversity of the student body
- availability of a multitude of majors
- Scholars Program
- Learning Communities
- and more!
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