College CounselingWhere is the fun? This is fun!
“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Identifying colleges of interest should be an exciting, fun, educational experience where students learn about themselves and imagine their futures.
Ask students where they want to go to school and you will see a stressed out response:
- a shrug and a disheartened, “I don’t know… (sigh)”
- a nervous, “Oh my God, I can’t even talk about that!”
Ask high school students about their most recent college visit and you may hear disjointed remarks:
- “My tour guide was a total weirdo! Here, I took a picture of her – look! I can’t go here!”
- “The cafeteria is dope!”
- “I just didn’t like the vibe.”
- “I just love it! I will apply ED and I am done looking.”
- “Yeah, the whole place smelled like bleach.”
- “Anybody can be in the band as long as you wear a hat!”
- “They have puppies!”
Students have strong reactions to sometimes random aspects of a college, gleaned from just a three-hour visit. Students need a professional guide to develop a vision beforehand. College choice is one of the most important decisions they will make in their lives. After helping literally hundreds of families go through this process, I have developed a system as well as a deep intuition.
By developing a personal relationship with students and their families I am able to tailor my very structured program to meet the individual needs of each student. I prepare students academically and mentally for the rigors of these tests. By the time they hear my “Game Day” speech, they are ready to go!
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Thank you very much for all you are doing to help Sarah. I hope you know how much you mean to us. You have been amazing and we are very very fortunate to have you throughout this past year guiding us so Sarah can find the right school as part of her next steps in life.
– Parent, Lower Merion High School
Just a quick to note to send a heartfelt thank you for meeting with Laura and me today. Laura left your office on “cloud 9” – very energized and excited about the college application process. Claudia had told us so many good things about you and now I know they are all true. You allowed us both to heave a great sigh of relief after many months of nerves and frustration. Looking forward to a great season ahead.
– Parent, Villa Walsh Academy
I don’t know if Emma has been keeping you in the loop, so I thought I would write myself to give you an update and to say THANK YOU for all your work with her.
Amazingly, Emma has received acceptances at every school to which she applied: University of Miami, Northeastern (NU-In Program), Indiana, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Pitt. She has decided to go to her first choice, where she received a merit scholarship for four years. Needless to say, we are THRILLED and she is beyond excited.
I can’t thank you enough for making our first college testing and application process so smooth. No fights and no need for us to nag — you handled the tough love and we got to enjoy the results and excitement. Also, your work on essays over the Summer made the application process so smooth that she was done by October and able to focus on enjoying her Senior year.
We will continue to sing your praises to friends who ask about our tutoring/coaching experience.
– Parent, Harriton High School
Just wanted to let you know her college status. We heard today from American U and [she was] accepted!
Clark U – accepted EA with scholarship
Ithaca U – accepted with scholarship
Quinnipiac – accepted with scholarship
Pitt – given scholarship
Johnson and Wales – accepted with scholarship
– Parent, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
I wanted to thank you for making what is a hugely stressful and, to many students and families, a truly unpleasant experience, enjoyable. Shannon really looks forward to her meetings with you and your email/texts! This has been true for both the SAT test prep last year and the actual college application essay writing process this Fall. You hit just the right blend of being motivational and fun while still focused and serious. Please don’t hesitate to use us as a reference anytime.
– Parent, Lower Merion High School
Thank you so much for all you did to and for Peter last night. You are truly a modern day Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!! I am not sure what magic dust you sprinkled on him but he came back not only having made a decision but he was enthusiastic and self assured about it! We will forever be in your debt!!
– Parent, Friends Central School/ Bucknell
I can’t thank you enough for all the help you have given to Kate in her college application / preparation process. Thanks to you, I really feel like we have the inside scoop on how this whole crazy process works! […] Many, many thanks again.
– Parent, Haverford High School/ Villanova
I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you did for me. I got into every school I applied to and I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much for working with me on my SATs, I got a great score the last time I took it and it got me into the more difficult schools I applied to. Also, thank you for reading though all my essays. I am so excited about all of the choices I have and I think I have made my decision. […] I got into their 6 year DPT program with a fantastic merit scholarship and the Leadership scholarship and it is perfect. […] I couldn’t have gotten into this school and its amazing program without your help. Thank you so much for everything!!
– Senior, Radnor
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