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Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

Getting In: A College Coach Conversation

Thursday at 1 PM Pacific

June 23rd 2022: LGBTQ+ College Search; Listener Q&A

The college search process can be daunting for all students, but LGTBQ+ students may find it particularly challenging as they search for spaces where they will feel comfortable and safe. In honor of Pride month, we’re talking through how these students can best approach this part of applying to college. In Office Hours, we’re answering listeners’ college finance and admissions questions.

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Ben Baum

Ben Baum is Vice President of Enrollment at St. John’s College, the third oldest college in America known for its great books curriculum and campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He oversees admissions and financial aid at St. John’s, and he has published on LGBTQ and legal issues in college admissions. Prior to St. John’s, Ben worked in admissions at Tufts University and the law firm Goodwin Procter LLP. He has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
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Ian Brook Fisher

Ian Brook Fisher comes to College Coach with a unique history as an educational advisor. A graduate of Reed College with a Masters from Stanford University, Ian discovered his passion for admissions work while still a student. Reading applications and interviewing students during his senior year at Reed, he was immediately recruited to join the admissions department as a fullfledged officer, working with students from the southwestern United States and Asia. His diverse educational experience has helped him successfully guide students of all interests, from those looking at large state schools, to others interested in small liberal arts colleges and the Ivy League. Ian holds a Bachelors in P
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Shannon Vasconcelos

Shannon Vasconcelos has worked in student financial assistance at Boston University and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she served as the assistant director of financial aid. At Tufts, she was responsible for reviewing financial aid applications, determining financial aid awards, and helping families through the college financing process. In addition, Shannon has served as an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Early Awareness and Outreach Committee, as a trainer for the Department of Educations National Training for Counselors and Mentors, and as a volunteer for FAFSA Day Massachusetts. She has a BA in economics from the U
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