The college admissions process can cause stress or growth depending on how it is approached. It is lengthy for a reason, designed to force a self-examination of interests, skills and values so that the applicant develops enough self-awareness to choose colleges best suited for their needs.
My goal is to help students identify the key elements of their authentic self so this process can be most effective. I focus on the family itself, teaching ways to lower stress and maintain a peaceful home during the process, coaching parents in the best ways to support their child. I find that families make the best decisions when they have accurate information about how the admissions process works, so I often provide information such as:
effective steps parents can take to help their child though the process
things parents should NOT do because it can negatively affect their child’s case
how to determine the ‘match’ between the applicant and a college
the most effective use of summertime in preparation for college
the importance of GPA and standardized tests
what you need to know about extra-curricular activities and athletics
understanding how colleges think about legacies and giving
how to approach the college tour, including the most important question that no one ever asks admissions officers
hat a great college essay looks like through the eyes of the admissions reader
he simplest, most effective way to prepare for a college interview
how and when to most effectively communicate with admissions officers
what to do when an applicant has been deferred from an early program or has been placed on the wait list
Every client comes with different needs and timelines. I work with families around the world, and am available in person, on the phone, by email, and by Skype. Please contact my office for more information and to set up a complimentary phone call.