You are a consumer and your student’s college education is likely to be one of the major investments you make, comparable to purchasing a house, regardless of how it is ultimately financed. So you want a good return on your investment. I respect that, and will do my best to guide your student to a college choice that will be both educationally fulfilling and a good financial fit.
I will creatively design individualized college admissions counseling services and packages that can start as early as sophomore year to get the juices flowing or as late as senior year. Many students feel ready to get started in the beginning of junior year and work with me until the end of senior year. But you decide. I will tailor my counseling to meet the needs of your student whenever she or he is ready to start the college search process.
Whenever we start, I’ll give you and your student a battery of questionnaires, personality assessments, and student-parent profiles to complete and consider before we begin our work together. We will also talk about financial resources and eligibility for financial aid. Lest that sound daunting, I promise you there will be an element of lightheartedness in our work together. I am here to demystify the college application process and take the stress out of it, not add to it!
Review and evaluation of high school transcript and standardized tests
Monitoring and guidance of the entire college application process, materials, and submission deadlines
Guidance about high school course selection
Review of extra-curricular activities and community service involvement
Mentoring and advocacy on making the most of college visits and interviews
Creating a list of recommended colleges that are in sync with student profile (It’s all about fit!!!)
Discussion and collaboration in preparing the college personal essay
Finding supportive educational environments for those with specific learning challenges
Path to college for home-schooled students
Guidance for student athletes and those with special talents
Gap year counseling
E-mail and telephone support for students and parents
Decision-making support with college acceptance offers
Discussion on strategies for standardized testing and test optional schools