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Facebook Live Recap: Ask America's College Counselor (1.15.20)

I got a ton of great questions from parents and students for my first rapid-fire Facebook Live Q&A of the new year! Questions on topics like standardized tests, financial aid, academics, and more came in fast and furious.

In case you missed it, keep reading for a list of some of the questions I answered during my Facebook Live Q&A and to watch the full video!

  • If my son got 1110 PSAT with no prep, what does that tell you about reasonable school levels he should target?
  • My daughter just got deferred. What are her chances of getting in, and she should reach out to admissions?
  • Do you have any advice about negotiating financial and merit aid?
  • We are going to visit schools this spring. What do you recommend looking for on campus to see if it could be a good fit?
  • Is it more difficult to get into a college if my son doesn’t have a particular major in mind?
  • Is the IB diploma program worth it? Or are Honors and AP courses “enough?”
  • Is the final transcript you send at the end of senior year just to make sure you graduated or do colleges potentially scrutinize the grades? Could a college take back their offer?
  • How important is the reputation of your high school? 
  • What are your thoughts on the AP Capstone Diploma Program?
  • My daughter's school allows parents to send a brag letter to the school so when the teachers are writing recommendations they have more information on the student. What would you include on a brag sheet?
  • Do admissions officers value leadership?