The Paw’dcast: Starting the College Application Process (Part 1)

Listen to seniors Emma Chiu, Chloe Postlewaite, Milena Raeber, and Taila Lee give advice about the college admissions process.


Taila Lee

Welcome back to another episode of The Paw’dcast!

This is the first podcast in a series focusing on college admissions advice/experiences.

New to the college admissions process? Hear from four Woodside seniors about their experiences with applying for college in the fall.

0:00 – Introduction, how/when we started preparing for the college admissions process

2:30 – Brainstorming, essay writing process/timeline

6:56 – What UCs look for in essays versus Common App colleges

7:53 – How to make the best use of limited characters in the activities and honors sections

9:47 – Researching colleges

12:00 – How we compiled our college list (safety, match, reach)

17:14 – Miscellaneous advice (procrastination, setting up interviews, finalizing college list)

19:20 – Applying early, merit deadlines

22:33 – FAFSA, CSS

Note: PIQ stands for Personal Insight Question, an essay question required for the UC application. Applicants reply to 4 of 8 PIQ prompts.

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