It Takes A Village: A Podcast For College-Bound Families

Decisions, decisions, decisions

The enrollment deadline for many colleges is coming up on May 1, so we're answering YOUR questions about supporting your child in making a decision! With some help from Olivia Jo '23, Florian '23, and Director of Post-Graduate Planning Sally Phelps, we address listeners' questions about important factors like coming from out of state, campus size, and graduate outcomes.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu

The Real World: Olin

Everybody's got at least one roommate horror story, right? Learning to share space with people from different backgrounds and with different lifestyles and habits is one of the most relatable challenges of moving away from home. We sit down for some real talk with Yehya '23 and Walter '23, two former Olin roommates, as well as Associate Dean of Student Affairs Seth Hodge.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu

Great Expectations: Dating in college

We've got love on the brain! Students get to college with different past experiences and expectations for college life, including romantic relationships. Olin’s Dean of Student Affairs Rae-Anne Butera talks to us about the opportunities and pitfalls of being young and in love, including dating in small versus large schools, trying to make it work with a high school sweetheart, and more.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu

Home for the holidays with your college kid

It's that time of year: snow falling, finals ending, and college students coming home. Amidst the excitement of seeing them, there are potential pitfalls related to having your semi-independent young adult back under your roof. From curfew conflicts and significant others to communication and family time, we discuss it all with Professor of Psychology Jonathan Adler and our resident field experts.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu

Confessions of Olin parents

The college journey is about so much more than that shiny completed application that admission counselors get to see. How do students and families REALLY approach this process? What's important to them that we simply don't understand? Parents of two current Olin students take us on a walk down memory lane to show us how the proverbial sausage gets made.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu

Why is financial aid so confusing?

We invite a current Olin student and an experienced financial aid parent to play our game show, "The Price is Confusing," and help us answer the age-old question: Why is financial aid so confusing?

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu 

Straight to the source with admission leaders

What does holistic admission mean in the time of COVID-19? Admission deans from three selective colleges (Babson, Olin, and Wellesley) invite us into the process for an inside look and respond to the questions on everyone's minds about applying to college in a year like no other.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu 

Who convinced who? Family communication in the college process

We sit down with Shirin ’22 and her “family of very technically-oriented nerds” to discuss communication in the college process and ask the question "Who had to convince who?" to the Olin student body about their college decisions.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu 

“I hate it here. Come pick me up!”: Supporting your student’s mental health in college

We're joined by Beth Grampetro, Olin's Director of Wellness, to chat about mental health in college. Beth shares insights about the current landscape, how families can support their student's mental health, and how to handle the dreaded "come pick me up" phone call you might get in their first year.

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Alia Georges: alia.georges@olin.edu

Dan Johnston: Daniel.Johnston@olin.edu 

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Have you heard? Olin College of Engineering's Admission & Financial Aid team is launching a podcast for parents and families of college-bound students!

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