Planning for college can be complex and intimidating. With a multitude of options, soaring costs, increased competition and the rapidly evolving demands of our 21st century economy, families must educate themselves to find the right match, earn acceptance, and minimize costs.
I’m here to help you better understand and navigate every step of the process, providing the individualized guidance, preparation, and support necessary to make thoughtfully considered, forward-looking and financially sound decisions.
I encourage students to dig deeper into what matters most and then help them find and explore best-fit schools based on those criteria. A cornerstone of my approach involves using a variety of personal inventories- including “What’s My Spark” and College Match Up- to help them assess their strengths, values, talents, and interests, and then matching those elements to a potential set of schools, majors and career possibilities.
Getting young adults to think critically about what they want out of the college experience and beyond allows us to develop a customized list of the most suitable learning environments and options for their future. Not only are they more likely to find themselves at a fantastic school that’s going to support their academic, social and career path, they’ll also have learned essential decision-making skills that they’ll rely on and use when making other life decisions, both big and small.
When exploring schools and potential majors, I emphasize the consideration of why a particular field of study has value, and what skill sets will be in demand as automation and machine learning continue to radically transform the 21st century workplace. Some jobs will be eliminated entirely; others will expand in size, scope and importance, and entirely new occupations will be created. This ‘future-of- work’ conversation is an essential one and it should absolutely complement the college selection process.
Evaluation of student's record, including high school transcript, standardized testing, extracurricular activities, special talents and meaningful commitments
In depth interview to assess educational, personal and career goals and develop an overall strategy for the application process
Administration of personal interest inventories and discussion of potential majors and careers
Creation of a standardized testing timeline, individualized preparation plan; score submission advice; strategies for targeting and optimizing merit-based aid opportunities
Exploring options for sophomore and junior summer activities
Development and on-going revision of a ‘smart ’college list to match student’s interests, abilities, and goals
Establishing a ‘Demonstrated Interest’ plan
College visit and admissions interview advice and preparation
Supporting students and families in understanding the fundamentals of financial aid
Assistance with application strategies, filling out the FAFSA and CSS Profile
Discussion of early application versus regular application options
Assistance with preparation of activities list, resume and selection of recommendation letter writers
Assistance with the Common Application, topic development, critique, editing and review of the Common Application essay and all supplemental essays
Guidance on how to appeal financial aid and merit-based awards.
Support with final enrollment decision; strategies for deferral, wait-list processes, if necessary.