USC President Believes Nothing Is Impossible

November 14, 2018
Hosted by Dr. Cynthia Colón

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“We didn’t have much…” Dr. Wanda Austin found a way to achieve the impossible. At 7th grade, her teacher told her she was good at math. Fueled with confidence, she was admitted to one of the most prestigious high schools in the country, The Bronx High School of Science. Once there, she finally believed college was in her future. Dr. Austin’s story is about perseverance and leadership. It’s about finding an array of mentors when there are no role models who look like you. It is about trailblazing, paving a way, and becoming a “shero” for others. In 2008 Dr. Wanda Austin became the first female and the first African American to lead The Aerospace Corporation. She led 3600 employees and managed annual revenues of $950 million. Today, Dr. Austin is the first female and the first African American to lead the University of Southern California. Hear her full story and why she is excited to lead USC. This episode will leave you feeling that nothing is impossible!

Destination: YOUniversity

Destination: YOUniversity

Wednesday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel


Success doesn’t come by chance. Success is a decision to take a chance on YOU. Being admitted to the YOUniversity of your choice is a goal, but not a guarantee. Who you surround yourself with is just as important as what you do. Hear from extraordinary people who led ordinary childhoods. Each story tells the tale of finding passion, purpose, and praise from adults.

The secret to a “YES” is becoming your best YOU. Walk away with practical tips and action steps on how to go from good, better, to best and increase your chances of receiving that “YES!” If you are a student, parent of a student, teach students, or are a student of life, this show is for you!

So, what do you say? Let’s do this! Join Dr. Cynthia Colón, LIVE every Wednesday at Noon Pacific Time, 3 PM Eastern Time for Destination: YOUniversity, on the VoiceAmerica Variety Channel.

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Dr. Cynthia Colón

Dr. Cynthia Colón

Using over 20 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Cynthia Colón’s book, “Tips, Tales and Truths for Teens,” offers a practical road map for the college admission process. Dr. Colón has been featured on KTLA, ABC, NBC, KCAL, WGN, FOX, and in Latina Style Magazine.

Dr. Colón has worked as both an admission officer at Vassar College in New York and as the director of college counseling at the elite private Marymount High School in Los Angeles. She has read thousands of applications and worked directly with over 600 students who have been admitted to top colleges in the country, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Duke, Georgetown, USC, UCLA, Berkeley, Notre Dame and many more.

Dr. Cynthia Colón holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Doctorate of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Colón is on a mission to help every student, no matter her or his background, pave their way to the college of their choice. Further, she offers parents and educators the tools to support teens along the road to college.

Cynthia’s passion is obvious and her infectious energy can captivate any audience. She loves all things baseball, Trojan football, and enjoys running, reading and red bell peppers.

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November 2018

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