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TPP 304: Special Episode on Updated College Vetting & Admissions Process for Differently Wired Students

TPP 304: Special Episode on Updated College Vetting & Admissions Process for Differently Wired Students

Update: 2022-08-30
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To close out this Summer season I’m bringing you a special double episode all about college, specifically, how families can navigate the application process and what’s changed since Covid, as well as understanding the ways in which colleges may, or may not, support their neurodivergent students and what families should be looking for when exploring potential schools.

In the first half of this episode, you’ll hear me talking with Eric Karlan, the co-founder of Ivy Experience, a company providing academic tutoring, standardized test preparation, and essay consulting services. Since 2010, Eric has consulted thousands of high school and graduate school students on their college and graduate school application essays and resumes across the country and around the world. He gave a TEDx Talk in 2018 called “What do I need to know about you?” inspired by his work brainstorming with students on their college application essays. 

Eric and I talked about what’s different in the college admissions process today as a result of the Covid pandemic, and whether or not those changes are here to stay. Eric explains what “test-optional” and “test-blind” policies are and how they affect some students more than others, what schools are doing to bring in more diversity to their student body, and how students might choose to disclose their neurodivergence, disability, or other parts of their identities in their college application. 

Then in the second half of the episode, I’m joined by Elizabeth Hamblet, an expert in college disability services and helping neurodivergent high school students successfully transition to college. Elizabeth began her career as a high school special education teacher and then began working at the college level in the late 1990s. She is now at her third university, where she helps students with time management, organization, reading, and study skills. She offers programs on preparing students for successful college transition. Elizabeth’s newest book, Seven Steps to College Success: A Pathway for Students with Disabilities, will be out in early 2023.

In our conversation, Elizabeth and I talk about what kinds of services colleges may offer students, how to vett schools to find out what kinds of supports and accommodations may be available and how to access them, and what parents should consider when helping their differently wired young adult explore potential colleges. 

Things you'll learn from this episode

  • How the college admission process has changed as a result of the COVID pandemic
  • What it actually means when colleges declare they are “test-optional” or “test blind,” and how applicants should navigate decisions around submitting tests
  • How the young adult mental health is impacting students’ performance in high school, and how prospective colleges are considering those dips
  • What schools are doing to foster more diversity within their student body (race, gender, neurodiversity, etc.)
  • Considerations surrounding whether or not a student should disclose their neurodivergence, disability, or other parts of their identities in their college application
  • How some universities have added expanded their disability and mental health services on campus in response to student’s needs since the pandemic
  • What fee-base
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TPP 304: Special Episode on Updated College Vetting & Admissions Process for Differently Wired Students

TPP 304: Special Episode on Updated College Vetting & Admissions Process for Differently Wired Students

Debbie Reber