PrepWell Podcast


Ep. 20 | How To Help Your Child Develop a Theme

In this episode, we dig into what it means for a college application to have a “theme”? A “theme” is an organizing principle that holds your child’s college application together when it’s eventually time to hit that submit button.

Show Notes:

In this episode, we dig into what it means for a college application to have a “theme”?  A theme is an overarching framework that highlights what your child is interested in, what they’re good at, what they may want to major in, may want to pursue a career in, or maybe just a field they want to work in. 

How do their classes, grades, extracurriculars, clubs, letters of recommendation, summer experiences - all come together to create a compelling and memorable theme? Can you describe the theme with a word, phrase, or sentence?  

I cover the following themes in this episode: (1) Medicine, (2) Math, (3) Business, (4) Engineering, (5) Environmental Science. 

Here is what I discuss in this episode:

0:01:25 What is a college application theme?
0:03:40 What is the application reader thinking?
0:04:43 What’s the catch?
0:07:08 Case Study Theme: Medicine
0:12:16 Case Study Theme: Math
0:16:35 Case Study Theme: Business
0:22:26 Case Study Theme: Engineering
0:26:06 Case Study Theme: Environmental Science

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Podcast Host: PrepWell Academy's Founder, Phil Black, has spent a lifetime cracking the code on the world's most competitive programs: Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEALs, Goldman Sachs, Entrepreneurship, Shark Tank, etc.

Inside PrepWell Academy, Black teaches students everything they need to know about the college admissions process in a series of expertly-timed, 3-5-minute, weekly training videos starting in 9th grade and continuing through 12th grade [Note: this program can only be joined in 9th or 10th grade]. My specialties include military service academies, ROTC scholarships, Ivy League, and student-athletes.

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