For students not looking to participate in Varsity Athletics in college, second semester Junior year of high school works well. It allows your student and me time to get to know each other, develop the college list, and I can provide suggestions on visiting.
The summer before Senior year can then be spent on the essay, resume, visiting plans, interviewing, and deciding on who should write letters of recommendation.
However, we can begin when you and your child are ready. There is no difference in my fees if we begin earlier or later. Each student receives the same one on one, personal services.
5. When should we get started?
My services begin with a discussion with your child to develop a personality profile and a general idea of the type of school he or she would like to attend. We develop a list of colleges that best fit your child's strengths and interests, assist with essay writing, completing all applications, and completing scholarship applications, as applicable. My services end with a congratulatory note on their success and assisting them with assessing their choices before they send in their deposit by May 1 of their Senior year.
1. What are your services?
I want you and your child to be comfortable meeting with me as much or as little as we deem necessary. You want your child to be comfortable sending me an essay that needs a lot of work. Your child needs to be comfortable changing his/her mind several times regarding the college list, and asking for more help. Thus, charging on an ala carte or hourly basis doesn't work as well.
2. Are your services a la carte?
6. What about scholarships?
I will provide your child with a list of scholarships for which he or she is qualified and assist with the necessary applications and essays, as needed.
Many colleges accept the Common Application, which requires an essay of up to 650 words. College Admissions officers can smell a parent's writing a mile away. I have extensive experience in helping your child write a story that SHOWS the admissions office who he/she is in a way that makes them shine.
I use this same process for all supplements, from "Why our college?" to "Tell us about a time in your life when you lead a project."
4. What about the essay?
This is a more complicated process as your child will be required to handle part of this effort on his or her own - filling out recruit questionnaires, emailing and/or calling coaches, and keeping them up to date on their progress in their sport. College coaches don't want to hear from me, the parents, or "recruiting agencies." They want to hear from the student. Thus your child will need to take a very active role, along with my help, in getting college coaches to recruit your student. Email and even letters to coaches will come into play.
But don't worry, you can help by videotaping your child in action!