What If Feelings and Cognition Are More Interconnected Than We Realize?

There’s a theme that’s popping up in every corner of my coaching practice these days, and it is:

Emotion and cognition are inextricably linked!

We academics like to think that it’s possible to learn facts and skills in a totally rational way, divorced from emotion. But that’s just not true!

Also, in a separate but related fact of the contemporary world, more and more teens and young adults are being diagnosed with high level anxiety.

In this video, I reflect about these two facts, and tell two stories: one from the course I’m teaching for educators, and another from a coaching session with a high school senior.

Check it out!


P.S. Here is the article that I mention in the video. And the book I’m excited to read is The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion, by Sarah Rose Cavanagh (2016)


College Prep Podcast #196: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life

How do we motivate teens to take little actions that offer big results?

Megan reports in about a book she read recently that has lots of great advice for teens: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…and Maybe Even the World by Admiral William H. McCraven.

Even though it’s written for grown-ups, Megan sees the ways that this little book could be an inspiring gift for teens, or be a great conversation starter at dinner.

Here are the “little things” that the author covers in his book, which Megan adapts for teens in this episode:

  • Start the day with a task completed.
  • You can’t go it alone.
  • Only the size of your heart matters
  • Life’s not fair. Drive on.
  • Failure can make you stronger.
  • You must dare greatly.
  • Stand up to bullies.
  • Rise to the occasion.
  • Give people hope.
  • Never, ever quit.


Click here to listen in as Megan talks about little things you can do to change your life.

The 5 Essential Deadlines for College Admissions that Family Should Know

The 5 Essential Deadlines for College Admissions That Every Family Should KNowDo you know the 5 essential deadlines for college admissions?

Megan has noticed that most of her newest clients seem clueless about what college app dates to pay attention to, and what to ignore, as the school year progresses.

So, if you are the parent of a high school sophomore, junior or senior, this episode is for you! We want you to be ultra prepared for what’s coming down the pike in terms of the college admissions calendar. So get out your planner and get ready to look up a bunch of dates and plan your year.

Here are the 5 dates that Megan discusses in more detail in the podcast:

  1. For seniors: Applications for college become available August 1. Fill them out by Thanksgiving of your senior year.
  2. For seniors: Financial aid forms become available in October; fill them out before Thanksgiving of your senior year.
  3. For rising seniors: Finalize your college list by the end of the summer before your senior year, so that you can be on target with the above deadlines.
  4. For juniors: Spend your junior year researching the colleges that might go on your list.
  5. For rising juniors: Make sure you know when all the ACT and SAT dates for the year are, and plan to take one of the earlier ones.

BONUS: For rising sophomores – if you think you might be in the running for a national merit scholarship, plan to take PSAT.

Got any questions or concerns on this topic, or any other? Want them addressed on our podcast (free coaching! yes!)? Please email us at collegepreppodcast@gmail.com and tell us all about it.



This podcast was originally broadcast on www.collegepreppodcast.com

How to Make Your Social Media College and Job Ready

Colleges are increasingly checking out students’ online social media profiles to decide whether they are worthy of admission into their schools.

Colleges are increasingly checking out students’ online social media profiles to decide whether they are worthy of admission into their schools.

How college and job ready is your social media presence?

Megan shares some stories, tips and tricks about how students and families can ensure that social media won’t be a reason to miss out on getting into your favorite college, including:

  • stories of students who didn’t receive scholarships or key athletic positions because of their social media presence
  • 5 kinds of things NOT to post on social media or via email
  • several tips for hot to monitor social media usage so that you are college and job ready


Looking for more tips about how to get prepped for college? Click here.