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Episode 63- A parent perspective of freshman year during COVID

Apr 13, 2021

This week I’m talking with a parent that had a freshman in fall 2020. She’s sharing her experience, her lessons learned, what she’d do differently with us. 




Kathleen shares what surprised her about the first year and how she responded.
She also shares what surprised her daughter about the first year. I love how she is a student of her student in order to be a great parent to her.

Give our talk a listen and then send me a message to let me know a piece of your story. I love connecting with you.

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Episode 62- A Major Discussion

Apr 08, 2021

Let’s talk about a major issue.

  1. Your student tells you they don’t think they are in the right major.
  2. They need to apply but don’t know which major to apply to.
  3. They are failing classes.

So what is a parent to do when your student wants to change majors? What does that do to timeline? Is there a way to save the current and add a minor/concentration/certificate in the other discipline that will allow them to complete on time.

Not just “many” but a majority–a whopping 80% of college students will change their majors at least once. So is it worth switching majors? Well, it entirely depends on your individual situation. Switching majors might be the right move into a new field of study, or it might set you back a few semesters. Talk through the idea with your academic advisor before making any permanent decisions, and make sure you weigh all the pros and cons.

  1. Do some homework.
  • Trust your gut. If you hate to write, being a novelist, reporter,...
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Episode 61- Student Loan Debt.

Mar 29, 2021

Joy is back talking about the student loan servicers, forgiveness programs and which options may be best for you.

  • Teacher student loan forgiveness
  • Public service student loan forgiveness
  • Income based repayment student loan forgiveness




Joy’s blog on student loan forgiveness.
Joy’s free and paid webinars.
Joy’s books.

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Episode 60- AP, Dual and Dept Credit. What's the deal?

Mar 22, 2021

This is for those with juniors or seniors in high school considering dual credit or AP credit and for those with college students thinking about departmental credit.




What is AP credit?


Advance Placement test administered by College Board.
It can:

  • earn you credit in college based on your score
  • Allow you to skip some prereqs and jump right into a higher level course
  • Save some money as it’s cheaper than most college classes
  • Demonstrate your higher level ability to colleges when applying
  • Earn you a higher classification (sophomore or higher) allowing you earlier access to some things than other freshmen
  • AP fees

Helpful AP FAQ page.

What is Dual credit?

Dual credit programs allow secondary students to earn college credit for courses taken while they are in high school. These courses are used to meet their...

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Episode 59- Co-ops and Internships. What the heck is the difference?

Mar 15, 2021

I’m sharing what they are, the difference between the two, why your students would consider one and then how they would go about getting one.

Give the episode a listen and then go share what surprised you on Instagram or Facebook.

Don’t forget to check out my pinterest board with all the links I used to inform this episode.





What is the difference between an internship and a co-op?

One difference between a co-op and an internship is their duration. Students who participate in co-op internships typically alternate semesters of academic study with longer periods of paid, full-time work. Co-ops span multiple semesters and give students a more in-depth work experience.  Co-ops allow students to take a deep dive. Co-ops also allow for income while you...

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Episode 58- How to find and understand the plan of study

Mar 10, 2021


Episode 58- How to find and understand a plan of study

POS….curriculum…..degree requirements

They mean the same thing and there are many ways to get to the goal. I’ll share where to find degree requirements, the best way for your student to track their progress and when/how to ask for exceptions to the predefined path.





What are degree requirements?

College level degree Requirements are for completion of a program of study. Requirements may include a minimum number of hours, required GPA, prerequisite and elective courses within the specified major and/or minor areas of study.

University level requirements: Resident study, upper level courses, credit hours, GPA.

They may change each academic year so it’s important for your student to find their ‘catalog term’.

What is a catalog term? This is the term...

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Episode 57- No spring break, now what?

Mar 03, 2021

Spring break 2020 was a major turning point in the academic year for many colleges. For my university we extended it an additional week to allow faculty time to shift their courses to remove learning and then we told students to stay home or in their dorm and that the rest of the semester would be delivered remotely or all online. Holy cow! How much has happened since then.

Spring break 2021 is currently still on the books for a few colleges and are probably at risk of being canceled. Students look forward to and need the break. Many aren’t getting one this year. What can you do for your student to help them refresh? Here are a few ideas.





Universities have traded spring break 2021 for reading or wellness days sprinkled throughout the spring semester. So what’s a college student to do that will not take them away from campus for more...

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Episode 56- Stimulus, student loan & financial literacy with Joy Alford-Brand

Feb 23, 2021

I’ve brought Joy back for more teaching. Her knowledge is amazing and it’s so great to have someone with so much knowledgeable information to share. We dig into the revisions anticipated in the FAFSA this fall and how that might impact students and families in need. Next we move into  the stimulus and tax documents and wrap up with financial literacy and loan servicer discussion where Joy gets FIRED UP!



Joy’s blog on student loan forgiveness.
Joy’s free and paid webinars.
Joy’s books.


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Episode 55- Deadlines, how to not fall victim to a missed deadline

Feb 16, 2021

In this week’s episode I’m sharing the collection of deadlines I’ve identified for the newly admitted, continuing, and graduating college student. Mom, this is not your list to own. For the newly admitted student you will be pretty involved but as your student progresses through college and matures, it becomes less you through your coaching. By the time you get to graduation you will be at a point to simply relish in your student’s success.




Highschool senior-



Accept offer






Proxy, pay in full, payment plan

Accept/decline aid 

Send transcript for dual credit

Send AP scores


Move in


Athletic tickets

Parking pass?

Meal plans

Voter registration/absentee 

Academic and Add/Drop calendars

Assignments, tests, quizzes, finals

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Episode 54- Let's talk FAFSA with Joy Alford-Brand

Feb 08, 2021





A little bit about Joy….how she came to become a student loan expert. She has books, webinars, website, and no less than 35 FREE You Tube videos on student loans for parents and students.

  • New president means new administration which means things are about to change for federal loans.
    • Updates are coming to FAFSA 
    • When will those updates be effective
    • Will be ‘easier to fill out’
    • Shortened
    • Changes to EFC (estimated family contribution) will become SAI (student aid index)
  • If I already completed my FAFSA, do I need to do anything?
    • Prior prior year financial information is used
    • If significant changes, then contact your school’s financial aid office
  • Each university has the autonomy to apply their grants/scholarships as they see fit
  • EFC vs SAI
    • Why the change
    • Mostly this is just a name change 


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