BEFORE SENIOR YEAR, I provide:
1) A detailed discussion about the college prep, application, and financial aid process.
2) An assessment of academic records: overview of strengths and weaknesses, suggestions for tutoring if appropriate, selection of appropriately challenging high school courses in high schools to help make you competitive at the colleges you’re interested in, various assessment tools to determine academic strengths, preferences, and learning style.
3) Review of courses taken with recommendations for future course selections to make sure you’re on track for on-time graduation, meeting pre-requisites for higher level classes such as AP or IB, meeting admission requirements for schools of interest, and recommending summer or dual-enrollment enrichment classes to meet academic goals and interests.
4) Customized suggestions of ways to get involved in academic and extra-curricular activities that are meaningful to you, including developing leadership skills that showcase skills and talents.
5) Information about Standardized Exams: review of PSAT and/or ASPIRE scores, plans to best prep for exams, recommendations for which best fits your learning style, and help registering (including for Sunday test days if applicable).
6) Guidance in developing a resume for summer employment, scholarships, or as an organization tool to use during the Activities section of applications.
7) Exploration of potential college majors.
8) A customized, balanced list of suggested institutions that meet your academic, social, financial, and other needs based on detailed your academic record and discussions with you and your family about preferences, goals, and other topics.
9) Help in registering for college visits and planning visit itineraries.
10) Preparation for college interviews.
11) Training on Naviance if your school uses that.
DURING SENIOR YEAR, I provide:
12) Modification of the customized college list based on end-of-year Junior year transcripts, preliminary SAT or ACT scores, feedback from visits, changes in interests or goals, and more.
13) Strategies for the last round of standardized testing, including Subject Tests as needed.
14) Help deciding if Early Decision or Early Action is appropriate for your situation.
15) Guidance in accessing, completing, and proofreading the Common, Coalition, and/or Universal Applications, and/or individual college applications by your deadlines.
16) Customized timelines and strategies to organize and manage the application process to reduce anxiety and stress. Review and proof-reading of the college applications before submission.
17) Assistance with the essay: brainstorming topics that showcase your voice and tell your story, guidance in drafting the essay, and editing and proofreading final drafts.
18) Education about the financial aid process and opportunities for scholarships, assistance completing the FAFSA, and help interpreting Financial Aid packages.
SERVICES I DO NOT PROVIDE:
Admission to colleges and universities is based on the student’s qualifications as determined by college admissions officers at each individual institution. The student’s academic record (including grades and strength of curriculum), extra-curricular activities, essays, test scores, and other factors play into the decisions made at each college. I can help students put themselves into the best possible position to be considered favorably by colleges, but in accordance to the standards set for by NACAC, IECA, and HECA, there are certain things that I cannot and will not do or promise:
• I do not guarantee admission to any institution.
• I do not write essays or complete applications for the students.
• I will not knowingly misrepresent a student’s credentials.
• I cannot promise financial aid or scholarships.