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AdmitHub Podcast #6: Don't Apply Like My Father

Posted by Daniel Peterson on Mar 10, 2016 4:37:59 PM

In the sixth episode of the About Admissions podcast, AdmitHub co-founders Kirk Daulerio and Andrew Magliozzi are joined by special guest co-host Ray Magliozzi, the longtime co-host of NPR's "Car Talk."

Listen to About Admissions - Episode 6

Oh, and yes, Ray is Drew's dad, too. But back before "Car Talk" (and Drew) came along, Ray followed his brother Tommy's footprints to MIT, where Ray, a self-described "lost soul" at the time, dabbled in several different majors before eventually earning a bachelor's degree in general science. Drew managed to get hold of Ray's old transcript, which revealed an upward trend after he returned from a brief hiatus following a rough patch during sophomore year.

Ray's biggest takeaway? He says the sink-or-swim mentality at MIT taught him how to solve problems (not necessarily the problems MIT wanted him to solve, but that's another story).

"You have a great education, but there's no reason that you have to do what you were trained to do in college," Ray says. "You can do something else. If there's something calling out to you, go ahead and do it."

He must have done something right, because he and Tommy came back to deliver the 1999 MIT commencement address.

Ray also says that students shouldn't "undershoot" when it comes to applying to college. Instead, aim high and try to go to a place that will challenge you and force you out of your comfort zone.

The guys then take a call from Zoey, a high school student from Bethel, Maine. Zoey is curious about the differences between the SAT and the ACT, and how important the interview and the essay are in the college application process.

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Topics: podcast, College Admissions