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Mark Moody, Co-Director of College Counseling at Colorado Academy

Today’s guest is the co-director of College Counseling at the Colorado Academy, which is an independent prep school for grades pre-K through 12th grade. It’s located in Denver. Mark Moody has been helping students at the school prepare for the college admission process since 2008. Before that he was the director of college counseling at the Bush School in Seattle. He is an active member of the Association for College Counselors in independent schools and other college counseling networks. He’s also contributed to the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the True Admissions blog.

We talk about the biggest mistakes students make that could hurt their chances of getting in to a desired institution. Personally, I’ve been rejected from a few schools and it doesn’t feel good. I wish I had known prior to that experience how to improve my chances of getting in. We discuss how to invest in college properly to get the experiences, the tools and the knowledge that you need for your next phase in life.

Mark speaks with admissions directors at major schools frequently – lots of them at Ivy Leagues. He shares his best insider tips based on these conversations that might help applicants. We also discussed this controversy around the Coalition for Access Affordability and Success. It’s a new coalition of public and private schools. The goal is to encourage more students from low income families to apply to these schools, including some ivy leagues but it stirs up a lot of controversy.

If you’d like to learn more about Mark follow him on Twitter @mmcounselorCO or visit his blog msquaredcollegecounselor.wordpress.com.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “4 year college experience is valuable. It helps you grow up, learn to live in a community & learn how to learn.” – Click to Tweet

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