APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED IN 8 MINUTES, HOW CAN YOU STAND OUT?
IT IS CRUCIAL THAT STUDENT APPLICATIONS IMMEDIATELY STAND OUT...
WHY HIRE A CONSULTANT?
The work of a college admissions consultant, often called independent education consultant, is to coach and empower students to complete applications that are competitive. More importantly, students can proudly and confidently represent themselves during interviews.
Together, we will develop a personalized plan and I will work with the student to simplify the complex and elusive process of college admissions.
Trust, patience and synergy in this process are critical for success.
BENEFITS OF APPLICATION CONSULTANT
A coach provides additional support and reassurance for the application journey.
IMPROVES SUBMISSION QUALITY
With additional knowledge and support of college landscape, a coach takes applications to the next level.
As counselors and parents continue to be overwhelmed during virtual learning, there is limited capacity to manage process of application.
Coaches work to review, find resources and develop leads when not in session thus bringing additional content and insight to meetings.
ACTIVITY LIST + RESUME BUILDING
Ideally starting freshmen and sophomore years
The activity list is a crucial component of showing a student's non-academic achievements and leadership inside and outside of school. Colleges want a well-rounded student on their campuses, and this is critical component of showing how well a student balances and takes initiative. Together we will develop ways to present student's strengths and highlight leadership in their extra-curricular activities, club involvement and employment.
Explore interests and leadership development opportunities
Strategically approach activity involvement
COURSE SELECTION + ADVISING
Ideally starting freshmen and sophomore years
Colleges review all four years of a student's high school academic career. They want to see how a student has challenged, evolved and executed within the classroom. The courses taken freshman year are as important as those taken senior spring since they all tell a story of a student's growth and achievement. Together we will examine the current and future course selections to develop and strengthen student application.
Explore passions + align strengths and interests into challenging coursework
APPLICATION GUIDANCE + COACHING
Ideally beginning of junior year
Like shoes, colleges must be a great fit! Building and reviewing a college list is an essential part of the college application experience. While they research, students have so much to explore and learn about themselves and their schools of interest in this time. By creating a balanced list, students can become excited about the admission process and start to seek joy in the milestones.
Explore safety, match + reach schools to develop list
Exploration of interests and majors
Personalized step by step coaching through process
BRAINSTORM + ESSAY DEVELOPMENT
End of junior year
For many students, who are not strong at writing or intimidated by it, there is a roadblock for how to begin the essay writing process. College applications rely heavily on essays to understand student perspective and interest. In order to solidify a strong application, a student must be confident and clear about what a topic is asking as well as how they will highlight their achievements in their responses. We review the essay questions across applications and strategize approach to drafting and developing a response.
Student empowered through elevated voice
Review exemplar essay ideas
Develop topic and lay out presentation of ideas
ESSAY WRITING AND REVISION
Ideally summer after junior year
Student voice must ring loudly and clearly in an essay. The essay should be both well-written grammatically and well-written to give insight into a student's personality and goals. An essay should very clearly give a snippet of a student's interest but also outline their potential within their future collegiate experience. We will edit and develop personal statements to convey experience and elevate personality and promise.
Develop student voice
Ensure language is reflective of student experience
Provide guidance on how to connect with admissions counselor/application reader
COMMUNICATION + INTERVIEW SKILLS
Ongoing throughout all four years
The interview is a powerful, yet often overlooked, component of the college application and scholarship process. For many readers, there was something of intrigue within the application they want to probe into further, or they want to match the personality on paper to that in-person. Both virtually and in-person, students need to be able to present themselves as confident and prepared to highlight their strengths, weaknesses, aspirations and fears during the interview. Together we will bolster student presence with non-verbal and verbal communication that best portray and student's aptitude and potential.
Mock interview - practice, preparation and follow-up
Sample question prep
Interview technique for in-person, phone and virtually
FINANCIAL AID + COLLEGE SELECTION
Once acceptances roll in, there is so much to consider! Affordability, culture, majors and support are just a few components that I review with students. Selecting a school is an exciting process and laying the groundwork in the fall will ensure students and their families are ready for college selection day!
Financial Aid Offer review
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