For our final podcast in our Insider Guide to the College Application Process, I thought we’d do things a little differently.  This week, we gathered questions that teens themselves gave us about college admissions and applications — and I’m joined by two special guests to help give them answers.

First, Alyse Levine,, top college counseling expert and founder/CEO of Premium Prep.

Next… Sage! My own 17-year-old rising senior daughter joined me to ask questions (and some great follow-ups!) on behalf of other high school students, including some of her friends. (Please note she wants me to reassure everyone, including her teachers, that this was not her question.)

A top counselor answers teens' own questions about college admissions -- they are very different from parent questions! | Spawned Podcast from Cool Mom Picks

Take a listen right here or on your favorite podcasting app — and stick around for LOTS of cool picks of the week and some fantastic deals from our sponsors.

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