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Scoir presents conversations with intellectuals and thought leaders in the field of education and college admissions. Hear from people who are passionate about higher education and the opportunities it provides, and who are working to create a more transparent and effective college admissions process.
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Join Ashley Smith from Scoir for a conversation with Brennan Barnard, the director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, and Rick Clark, the director of undergraduate admission at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where they discuss their new book, who it's for, and how it can help students and families better navigate the college search experience.Get your copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1421442639/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_DJ16ZRYS11GGNZKD1THT
Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Varo Duffins, Director of FA at Swarthmore and Lynell Engelmyer of The Hamilton Scholars to discuss student financial aid options. Lynell Engelmyer has worked in college admissions and financial aid for 25 years. She served as a Director of Financial Aid at a small liberal arts college before joining the staff of Alexander Hamilton Scholars, a non-profit that serves talented, low-income college-bound students.  Varo Duffins has been in admissions and financial aid since 1995. Currently, he is director of financial aid at Swarthmore College, a private liberal arts college near Philadelphia. Prior to that Varo worked in admissions and then financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, and he began his career in admissions at Elizabethtown College. Varo has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Delaware and a masters degree in higher education administration from Drexel University. Visit us at www.scoir.com !
Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Director of College Counseling at the Hill School, Ellen Deitrich, to discuss early application strategies and tips. Our conversation covers topics such as: when and why to apply early, different types of early applications, and much more. This interview was conducted on September 2, 2021.
Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Scoir Counselor in Residence, Julie Kampschroeder, to discuss the senior year timeline.Our conversation covers topics such as: when to apply for financial aid, getting those letters of recommendation, general timeline advice, and much more. This interview was conducted on August 19, 2021.
Scoir Content Marketing Manager, Erin Barnes, is joined by Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, to discuss the challenges of starting another academic cycle clouded by the uncertainty of COVID. This episode was recorded on August 12, 2021.www.scoir.comFollow us on Instagram! @scoirinc
Scoir Content Marketing Manager, Erin Barnes, is joined by Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, to discuss college rankings and their effect on college culture.  Our conversation covers topics such as: when and why college rankings got their start, how college rankings come to arrive at a measure of quality, how that measure of quality affects the culture of higher education, and more. This episode was recorded on August 5, 2021.www.scoir.com
Scoir strategic advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Moira McKinnon of Berwick Academy, to provide some insight into test-optional opportunities for students and families.Our conversation covers topics such as: the reality of the student experience with testing, alternative requirements to testing, the nationwide increase of test-optional schools, and much more. This episode was recorded on June 24, 2021.www.scoir.com
Scoir Content Marketing Manager, Erin Barnes, is joined by Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, to discuss building a balanced college list. Our conversation covers topics such as: when and how to start building a college list. More specifically, we talk about how to explore colleges, what to know before visiting a campus, the ideal list number, early applications, and more. This episode was recorded on July 8, 2021.
Scoir Content Marketing Manager, Erin Barnes, is joined by Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, to discuss the college interview.Our conversation covers topics such as: how interviews factor into the admission process, virtual vs in-person interviews, actual interview tips, and more. This interview was conducted on June 10, 2021.
Scoir Content Marketing Manager, Erin Barnes, is joined by Mobile Product Manager, Jamie Brenner and Mobile Product Designer, Anna Cushing, to discuss the new Scoir mobile app for iOS!
Scoir Content Marketing Manager, Erin Barnes, is joined by Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, to discuss all things waitlist. Our conversation covers topics such as: what to know before visiting a campus, the type of information to gather, and examples of questions to ask tour guides and other individuals while on campus.
Ashley Smith is joined by Former Dean of Admission and Strategic Advisor to Scoir, Peter Van Buskirk, to recap conversations and key takeaways from a third and final session of the No Name Conference. This episode was recorded on May 26, 2021. 
Scoir strategic advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Heath Einstein, Dean of Admission at Texas Christian University, to discuss telling your personal story in your college application.Our conversation covers topics such as: holistic admissions, presenting your strengths outside of academics, and much more. This episode was recorded on May 6, 2021.
Scoir strategic advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Ann Fleming Brown, Director of Admissions at Union College, to discuss all things related to letters of recommendation.Our conversation covers topics such as: the importance of letters of recommendation, how to acquire good letters, and much more. This episode was recorded on May 4, 2021.
Scoir strategic advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Elena Hicks, Dean of Admission at SMU, to discuss how to use your summers wisely if you're a college-bound student. Our conversation covers topics such as: taking time to relax and reflect, what kinds of activities make sense from the perspective of an admissions leader, and much more. This episode was recorded on April 22, 2021.
Ashley Smith, Director of Marketing for Scoir, is joined by Ethan Sawyer, The College Essay Guy! Ethan is a nationally recognized college essay expert, and the author of Amazon Best Sellers: College Essay Essentials, and College Admission Essentials. He offers his expertise through his blog, online courses, workshops, books, and one-on-one work. Our conversation covers all-things college essays, but here are the highlights:Where and how to write about the impact that the pandemic had on you personallyWhat are some things you love or know a lot about? (An exercise)Not getting locked into your challenged-based storiesThe Feelings and Needs ExerciseWhat are the “islands of your personality”? 7 montage paths and identifying the different sides of yourselfIdentifying values and finding examples of those valuesHaving these things reflected back to you so that you can identify patterns and write a beautiful college essay
Scoir strategic advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Rick Clark of Georgia Tech, to discuss standardized testing as it relates to college admission. Our conversation covers topics such as: the original differences between the tests, score-choice and test-optional, the timing around test, and much more. This episode was recorded on April 13, 2021.
Scoir strategic advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Postsecondary Counselor, Amy Belstra of Libertyville High School, to have an important discussion about exploring the options when beginning to think of college. Our conversation covers topics such as: distinguishing between a college and a university, public versus private colleges, lifestyle and campus considerations, and much more. This episode was recorded on April 14, 2021.
Peter Van Buskirk joins us for a conversation about financial aid packages. Seniors: don't miss this one! We discuss when to appeal, reading the "fine print." comparing apples-to-apples, and other strategies to help you evaluate your options. 
Scoir strategic advisor, Peter Van Buskirk, is joined by Rob Springall and Bert McBrayer of Penn State University, to discuss the importance of high school course selections.Our conversation covers topics such as: how your transcript is evaluated, choosing a course load that challenges you, and ultimately, finding fulfillment in your courses. This episode was recorded on April 6, 2021.
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