Destination YOUniversity

Dr. Cynthia Colon

Destination YOUniversity is a podcast for parents of college bound teens and the mentors and educators who support them. If you are looking to learn quality tips, true tales of real applicants, and candid behind-the-scene truths about the college admission process, you've come to the right place. College dreams and EXPERT college advice is distributed here, no matter who you are, where you live, or where your teen attends high school. Join us! read less
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#237 - The Kobe Bryant Essay
May 16 2024
#237 - The Kobe Bryant Essay
I’m going to give you an actual peek inside College Essay Bootcamp.  On Day 1 students write what we call “Test Drives.” They write for 7 minutes on 6 different topics so they can just put words on the page. That evening, their coach offers feedback as to which ones are working and suggestions as to where to go from there. After day 1 of Rueben’s draft, I was moved. I could see where he was going, so I went for it and offered to challenge him to write the best essay possible.  This essay lives on in infamy! Many campers try to replicate this template, not many can do it. Is your teen up for the challenge? Best Selling Author. TEDx Speaker. College Admission Expert. Football Enthusiast. Dr. Cynthia Colón is the Amazon Best Selling author of Be Committed! Get Admitted., and the Spanish version, Con Determinación. ¡Logra la admisión! She is the national host of Destination YOUniversity podcast and founder of College Essay Bootcamp and Dream College Academy. “Cyndie” grew up with 14 Tíos and Tías with advice on everything except how to get admitted to college. Cynthia's immigrant mother had the courage to ask for help and changed the trajectory of her life. Because of Lydia (Mom), Cynthia is an alumna of USC, Columbia University, and UCLA. Dr. Colón is on a mission to help more public school students get private school service to access top 100 colleges. Dr. Colón delivered her first TEDx Talk, “College Admissions Is NOT Fair,” in Los Angeles in 2023. She  has been featured on KTLA, ABC, NBC, FOX 5, KCAL, WGN, WPIX. Be Committed. Get Admitted!: 7 Steps to College Admission Success: https://a.co/d/fq1xH3W Con Determinación. ¡Logra la admisión!: https://a.co/d/b91hMSD FREE Download: How Admission Officers Choose Who To Admit Or Reject: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/admit Book a Free Mini Strategy Call: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/schedule Download your FREE 10 Sample Essays: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/10-sample-college-essay Purchase 40+ Winning Essays To Top 100 Colleges: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/offers/2RyFN5AB/checkout Register for Dream College Academy (9th - 11th): https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/dca Register for College Essay Bootcamp (11th - 12th): https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/essaycamp Visit our website: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/ TEDx Talk, “College Admissions Is NOT Fair”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFTU-Qg9sPY Follow On:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drcynthiacolon  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drcynthiacolon/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-cynthia-colon/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/2j5mudfkrzw2jjbeocvc0k0pnhsee5/?invite_code=d92e88ca0f6041ebaed391a763d4c075&sender=990299542970899812 Essay Camp Dates 2024: JUNE: 17 and 24  JULY: 22, 29 AUGUST: 5, 12, 19 #drcynthiacolon #author #tedxspeaker #collegeadmissionexpert #dreamcollegeacademy #collegeessaybootcamp #essaycamp #becommittedgetadmitted #highschoolparents #highschoolstudents #collegecounselor #collegedreams #top100colleges #publicschoolstudentsprivateschoolservice #destinationYOUniversity #collegecounselor #collegeadmissions
#235 - The Spearfishing Essay Episode
May 9 2024
#235 - The Spearfishing Essay Episode
I was teaching College Essay Bootcamp at St. John Bosco back in 2018 or 2019 when a young man, Cole, introduced me to spearfishing. By day two, he was stuck and wasn’t sure how to improve the essay.  His first sentence read like a typical English paper topic sentence.  Wrong.  But, what it revealed were the three lessons he learned from spearfishing.  Aha. Now we're onto something.  In my quick scribbles I wrote out each word he used in the topic sentence, leaving space between each. Resourceful, Persistence, and Patience.  I gave him instructions on what to do next and he was coachable.  One of our expert essay coaches, Dina, helps walk you through the genius of this essay. I think you’ll love it!! Best Selling Author. TEDx Speaker. College Admission Expert. Football Enthusiast. Dr. Cynthia Colón is the Amazon Best Selling author of Be Committed! Get Admitted., and the Spanish version, Con Determinación. ¡Logra la admisión! She is the national host of Destination YOUniversity podcast and founder of College Essay Bootcamp and Dream College Academy. “Cyndie” grew up with 14 Tíos and Tías with advice on everything except how to get admitted to college. Cynthia's immigrant mother had the courage to ask for help and changed the trajectory of her life. Because of Lydia (Mom), Cynthia is an alumna of USC, Columbia University, and UCLA. Dr. Colón is on a mission to help more public school students get private school service to access top 100 colleges. Dr. Colón delivered her first TEDx Talk, “College Admissions Is NOT Fair,” in Los Angeles in 2023. She  has been featured on KTLA, ABC, NBC, FOX 5, KCAL, WGN, WPIX. Be Committed. Get Admitted!: 7 Steps to College Admission Success: https://a.co/d/fq1xH3W Con Determinación. ¡Logra la admisión!: https://a.co/d/b91hMSD FREE Download: How Admission Officers Choose Who To Admit Or Reject: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/admit Book a Free Mini Strategy Call: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/schedule Download your FREE 10 Sample Essays: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/10-sample-college-essay Purchase 40+ Winning Essays To Top 100 Colleges: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/offers/2RyFN5AB/checkout Register for Dream College Academy (9th - 11th): https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/dca Register for College Essay Bootcamp (11th - 12th): https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/essaycamp Visit our website: https://www.drcynthiacolon.com/ TEDx Talk, “College Admissions Is NOT Fair”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFTU-Qg9sPY Follow On:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drcynthiacolon  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drcynthiacolon/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-cynthia-colon/  Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/2j5mudfkrzw2jjbeocvc0k0pnhsee5/?invite_code=d92e88ca0f6041ebaed391a763d4c075&sender=990299542970899812 Essay Camp Dates 2024: JUNE: 17 and 24  JULY: 15, 22, 29 AUGUST: 5, 12, 19 #drcynthiacolon #author #tedxspeaker #collegeadmissionexpert #dreamcollegeacademy #collegeessaybootcamp #essaycamp #becommittedgetadmitted #highschoolparents #highschoolstudents #collegecounselor #collegedreams #top100colleges #publicschoolstudentsprivateschoolservice #destinationYOUniversity #collegecounselor #collegeadmissions
#231 - Dayton Flyers - The Birthplace of Flying
May 1 2024
#231 - Dayton Flyers - The Birthplace of Flying
If you’ve never been to Dayton, OH, promise me you will go there and visit. You could spend at least three days alone in the National Museum of the Air Force. I’ve been to that museum and I also went to Dayton University to watch the First Four (the official beginning of March Madness).   Dayton is one of my favorite cities in Ohio and today, I’ve got my great friend, Tom Rock, who is an alum of Dayton University who will give you a virtual tour!!  Tom Rock is the Associate Vice President & Chief Student Affairs Officer at Teachers College, Columbia University. BUT, what I love so much about Tom, is that he also comes from the college admission world, so he knows a thing or two about colleges.  Enjoy! Every parent wants the best college options for their child. The problem is school counselors are not easily accessible until late junior year.  At Destination YOUniversity, we know families need key information and actionable to-dos in order to access top 100 colleges. That is why I started the podcast, Destination YOUniversity. Every Wednesday, I interview former parents, school leaders and college admission folks that offer key tips and strategies on how to become a better parent, educator, mentor or student. Whether your college bound teen is in middle school or high school, you will leave with valuable information and golden nuggets to apply immediately!  Thanks for joining us today! Have a happy and sunny day!!  Dr. C #betterwewednesday #destinationYOUniversitypodcast  #becommittedgetadmitted #drcynthiacolon #highschoolparents #highschoolstudents #collegecounselor #collegedreams #top100colleges #publicschoolstudentsprivateschoolservice #happysuccessexpert #destinationYOUniversity #collegecounselor #collegeadmissions
#229 - The 4 Essays Every Student Needs When Applying To College.
Apr 26 2024
#229 - The 4 Essays Every Student Needs When Applying To College.
IF YOUR CHILD IS CLASS OF 2025, s/he is SEVEN months away from applying to college. KEEP reading for my invitation. Did you know that the University of California system once required only two essays, with a 1000 word limit? In College Essay Bootcamp 1.0 (Senior Fast Track) students completed TWO essays. In 2016, the UC application offered 8 choices and students had to choose 4 essays (aka PIQs: Personal Insight Questions) at a 350 word limit each, a total of 1400 words.  College Essay Bootcamp 2.0 re-booted in 2017, the year my first book came out. I still remember offering our first essay workshop in the living room of my cousin’s home (Thank you, Luisa). The photo here is from that very workshop.  Since 2017 there are FOUR Signature Essays EVERY applicant needs, whether you are applying to the UC system or not.  Who Am I?  episode What Am I Good At?   What is Cool About Me?   Why This Major?  In fact, today we have a signature 90-Minute Essay Workshop that gets students from brainstorm to 10 ideas and 2 drafted essays. Boom! My team and I are headed to LILA School in Burbank on Saturday for a 4-Hour workshop. Chris and I can’t wait! MY INVITATION TO YOU:  YOU AND YOUR CHILD (Yes, parents can join as well) are invited to take this  90-MINUTE CHALLENGE.  Join us for our MINI ESSAY WORKSHOP  Sunday, April 28 at 4pm PDT  Wednesday, May 1 at 5pm PDT After just 90 Minutes, your child will walk away 👉 Feeling confident and five steps ahead of the game! 👉 With clarity on what to write, knowing s/he has something interesting to write about. 👉With a teen-proofed, battle tested, 3-Step writing formula that can repeated over and over again! ✅Remember: Students Aren’t Rejected, Applications Are. Learn HOW to submit the BEST college application possible and you are sure to maximize college acceptance letters!! Register: MINI ESSAY WORKSHOP  See you soon! Have a Happy and Sunny Day! Dr. C
#228 - How to read your financial aid award letter
Apr 24 2024
#228 - How to read your financial aid award letter
Today you are going to hear from my #1 Go-To for all things Financial Aid and helping parents get the MOST $$ for college. Our guest today, Stephanie Hancock, President and Founder of CollegeAid Works.  If you are a parent of a college bound teenager currently in high school, this episode is for you.  If you want a huge head start in making sure YOUR family gets ALL the $$ you deserve, this episode is definitely for you!! Every parent wants the best college options for their child. The problem is school counselors are not easily accessible until late junior year.  At Destination YOUniversity, we know families need key information and actionable to-dos in order to access top 100 colleges. That is why I started the podcast, Destination YOUniversity. Every Wednesday, I interview former parents, school leaders and college admission folks that offer key tips and strategies on how to become a better parent, educator, mentor or student. Whether your college bound teen is in middle school or high school, you will leave with valuable information and golden nuggets to apply immediately!  Thanks for joining us today! Have a happy and sunny day!!  Dr. C #betterwewednesday #destinationYOUniversitypodcast  #becommittedgetadmitted #drcynthiacolon #highschoolparents #highschoolstudents #collegecounselor #collegedreams #top100colleges #publicschoolstudentsprivateschoolservice #happysuccessexpert #destinationYOUniversity #collegecounselor #collegeadmissions
#226 - 4 Steps To Increase Acceptance Letters
Apr 18 2024
#226 - 4 Steps To Increase Acceptance Letters
Ok, so this is me attempting to record in my new “studio” space. Don’t tell Courtney that I took over her living room with all equipment, ring light and all. This was my attempt to record with higher quality (i.e. NOT zoom) and see if I felt comfortable enough to NOT have a loose script in front of me. This was tricky for sure.  Anyway, cheers to Daryl for editing this video in a quick turnaround time. I was behind this week, so, my bad.  I’d love your feedback!! WATCH the video for a better experience than just an audio podcast. So even if you usually listen, take time to watch this one. I think it’s under 20 minutes.  Anywho, who is this episode for? HELLO – anyone with a college bound teenager who wants to increase their chances of more acceptance letters.  And, this episode is especially for families of students who attend public or Catholic schools. Trust me, you need EVERY advantage you can get. Why, because your private school counterparts already know the game that you are likely 5 steps behind in.  No worries, I got you!  Watch and learn! And - wherever you are, have a happy and sunny day!  Dr. C  Download your FREE 10 Sample Essays Purchase 40+ Winning Essays To Top 100 Colleges Essay Camp Dates 2024: JUNE: 17 and 24  JULY:  22, 29 AUGUST: 5, 12, 19 #truthtalkthursday #collegeessays #collegeessaybootcamp #essaycamp #becommittedgetadmitted #drcynthiacolon #highschoolparents #highschoolstudents #collegecounselor #collegedreams #top100colleges #publicschoolstudentsprivateschoolservice #happysuccessexpert #destinationYOUniversity #collegecounselor #collegeadmissions