[S1:Ep1] Managing Stress Through The College Process

March 26, 2018

In this inaugural episode, Mike Dunn interviews Stacey Cunitz from The Crefeld School and Blue Moon Educational Consulting and discusses helping parents and students to think positively about managing stress. Topics include planning tips, viewing the exploration of colleges as a process, and dealing with social pressures.

To learn more about Mike and his work in helping students (and parents) find the right school you can find him at www.mdunn.co or via email at mike@mdunn.co.

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[S1:Ep2] The Truth Behind College Rankings

April 2, 2018
Mike tackles the issue of rankings and how they can impact a student's perceptions of the value of a college. Interviewing Mark Kulik of the Tempe Union School District, the conversation focuses on how rankings can get in the way of college discovery while presenting some tools for students and families to think about when looking at colleges.
 
To learn more about Mike and his work in helping students (and parents) find the right school you can find him at www.mdunn.co or via email at mike@mdunn.co.
 
 
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[S1:Ep3] Financial Aid 101- Accessing

May 14, 2018
Speaking with Mastery Charter School College Counselor, author, and speaker Dana Martin, Mike looks at considerations that families must make in their Junior and Senior years of high school. Part 1 of 2 episodes that focus on financial aid, this conversation explores the necessities of what families should be considering with college on the immediate horizon.
 
To learn more about Mike and his work in helping students (and parents) find the right school you can find him at www.mdunn.co or via email at mike@mdunn.co.
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[S1:Ep4] Financial Aid 201- Saving

May 14, 2018
This episode looks at some potential options for parents of young kids who are looking at the horizon of paying for college. Speaking with Keegan Ash, owner of Kash Financial and College Counselor at the Perkiomen School, Mike delves into ways that families might save for their kid's futures.
 
To learn more about Mike and his work in helping students (and parents) find the right school you can find him at www.mdunn.co or via email at mike@mdunn.co.
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[S1:Ep5] Accessing the College Pipeline

May 14, 2018
Students from a variety of backgrounds face substantial barriers to postsecondary learning. In this conversation, Mike chats with recently minted UPenn doctoral graduate Ed Gallagher. Looking at Dr. Gallagher's research, Mike and Ed explore some of these barriers through anecdotal evidence and study.
 
To learn more about Mike and his work in helping students (and parents) find the right school you can find him at www.mdunn.co or via email at mike@mdunn.co.
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[S2:Ep6] Historically Black Colleges & Universities

August 16, 2018

Mike sits down with Kevan Turman, a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Kevan is the Director of Institutional Advancement at AIM Academy- a small independent school outside of Philadelphia- and the founder of the Brothers Brunch- a unique experience that focuses on culture and conversations.

This episode sheds some light on HBCUs, why a person might think about attending one of these historic institutions, and a few unique ways to look at the college exploration process.

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[S2:Ep7] Highly Selective College Admissions

August 16, 2018

Mike chats with Laura Rup, the Admissions Director at AIM Academy- a small indpendent school outside of Philadelphia. Laura is the former Admissions Director and Director of College Counseling at the Phelps School. She also worked in admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.

Laura sheds some light on admissions practices of Highly Selective institutions- those with below 25% acceptance rates. The conversation focuses on understanding that admissions offices are run by human beings with thoughts and feelings, and that they are indeed competitive. The episode ends with some tips for students considering applying to these types of institutions.

Connect with Laura on Linkedin here

Check out Mike's website here, or send him an email at mike@mdunn.co.

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[S2:Ep8] Finding Success in College

August 16, 2018

Join the conversation with Michael Matt, a current Senior at Temple University. Michael is majoring in Communication, and plans to graduate in the spring of 2019.

As a majority of students who attend college in America are attending either Community College, or large Public institutions, Michael and Mike chat about what it's like to find success at Temple- one of Pennsylvania's large publicly-affiliated universities.

Michael sheds some light on intrinsic motivation, developing strategies for class engagement, and accessing relationships with professors, particularly in larger courses.

Learn more about Temple University here.

Check out Mike's website here, or send him an email at mike@mdunn.co.

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[S2:Ep9] Working With Independent Educational Consultants (IECs)

August 16, 2018

Mike sits down with Independent Educational Consultant (IEC) Mary Harkins. Mary is the owner and principal consultant with Prescott College Consulting. She works with student from around the country to access the college admissions process and find their best-fit postsecondary institution, or design and fruitful postsecondary plan.

Mary is part of a growing number of IECs in the world that are trying to disrupt the college access pipeline. Because of large student:counselor ratios in schools, IECs are an integral part of the college process for some families that are overwhelmed by the college process.

Learn more about Prescott College Consulting by visiting their website.

Check out Mike's IEC website here, or send him an email at mike@mdunn.co.

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[S2:Ep10] Become A College & Career Counselor

August 16, 2018

Thinking about a career shift in education? Consider College & Career Counseling!

Mike chats with Amanda Tingle-Oline, the College & Career Counselor at AIM Academy- a small private school outside of Philadelphia- and a school counseling graduate student at Gwynedd Mercy University. Amanda made the shift from English teacher to College Counseling a few years back and has loved every minute of her new role in education.

This episode gives some context as to why College Counselors are so important and shares some tips for teachers looking to make a change.

Connect with Amanda on Linkedin here.

Check out Mike's website here, or send him an email at mike@mdunn.co.

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