1. What are your services?
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, complete all applications, and complete 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.
2. Are your services a la carte?
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 a la carte or hourly basis doesn't work as well.
3. What about student-athletes?
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!
4. What about the essay?
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 led a project."
5. When should we get started?
To give your student the time and space they need; it works well to begin the process at the beginning of their Junior year. It allows your student and me time to get to know each other and develop their college list. I can then provide suggestions on visiting during the second semester or the summer after their Junior year
The summer before Senior year is then spent on the essay, their resume, additional visits, interviewing, and deciding on who should their 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.
6. What about scholarships?
II conduct research on available scholarships for which your child may qualify. I then assist with the necessary applications and essays, as needed.