Dec 19, 2015
Thanks to Anna Takahashi, Director of College Counseling at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, California for participating in this recent NGPF podcast. Anna wears many different hats at Eastside as college counselor, personal finance teacher and financial aid expert to name just a few. She has devoted her career to serving first gen students, that is, students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Listen to this podcast to hear Anna's insights on: *The biggest financial aid myths that she has to dispel *How to engage parents in the college decision process *Recent changes in the financial aid process *How to write a strong personal statement Enjoy! ————- Show Notes Resources mentioned by Anna: Eastside College Preparatory School website BigFuture by College Board College Navigator College Scorecard Net Price Calculator (search on individual college websites) Details: 0:35~2:07 - Description of Eastside Prep. 2:07~3:15 - Anna Takahashi's background 3:15~5:00 - College counseling process 5:00~8:01 - Online resource recommendations 8:01~9:28: How to write good personal statements 9:28~11:54 - Biggest financial aid myths that you have to dispel 11:54~13:20 - What do you consider a good student loan? 13:20~16:00 - Describes how Eastside Alumni come back to her classroom and the impact it has on her current students 16:00~18:40 - How do you engage parents in this process? 18:40~22:06 - Educating students about financial aid 22:06~22:40 - Topics that you cover in your Transition to College course 22:40~25:33 - Recent changes in the financial aid 25:33~27:40 - What are the three topics that are incredibly important to teach students?