#063 – Each year, thousands of students find themselves in the unfortunate position of not being ready for college, even as they get close to graduating high school. On this episode, I talk about the different reasons why students fall behind on their college preparation, even as some of them do all that they think they should be doing in addition to their academic work. There are two pieces of advice I introduce, based on my personal experience, research on this topic, and years of participating in workshops and seminars devoted to helping high school students succeed in the college admission process, even when they have low resources, very little college-admissions related support, and low college preparation. This information is very valuable, especially for students who may feel lost in the college admission process, as they will learn where to secure the information, guidance, and accountability they need to successfully prepare for and succeed in college. During my talk, I introduce the importance of intentionally choosing a peer group of like-minded individuals, protecting the optimal hours of productivity, and the value of the Federal TRIO Programs. I conclude the episode by going over two examples of TRIO Programs in California and Maryland. Ones is offered by the University of California, Riverside, and the other is carried out John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Springs, MD. These TRIO programs have been a catalyst for success for a great many thousands of students since they were instituted several decades ago. My hope is that these can help you as well. You can find the show notes to this episode at https://collegemetropolis.com/63. Please help us reach a wider audience by letting your favorite podcast platform know that you like our show. You can do this by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive. We will greatly appreciate it! Thank you!