Helpful FAQs

    • Will you write my essay for me?

      Absolutely not, because that would practically guarantee that you wouldn’t be accepted to college. Admissions officers (and counselors) can tell immediately if an essay wasn’t written by a teen. They’re looking for that fresh voice and perspective, not mature technique. Having parents or other adults write or heavily edit your essay tells the college that you are not able to handle your time well or are otherwise not ready for college. Don’t do this.

      I am more than happy to help you brainstorm a personal statement or set of essays that bring out the real you in your real voice!


    • Doesn’t my high school counselor do the same thing you do?

      Unfortunately, the average school counselor is responsible for as many as 300 students—some have many more--so their available time to help with college planning is limited. Because I work with a small number of clients each school year, I can give you my undivided attention throughout the application process, whenever you need it.


    • When do you start working with students?

      As soon as high school decisions need to be made, so in the middle of 8th grade. While many parents believe creating a college-going culture at home beginning in 8th or 9th grade puts too much stress on their young teens, I find that the students who start early are able to ease into the process and not spend the second half of high school in a college panic.


    • What skills does my student need to succeed in college?

      The three most important skills for college success are self-advocacy, formal writing, and study skills. Of these, self-advocacy is most important. A student who is not comfortable advocating for him or herself, will not make effective use of office hours and tutoring centers. I work with students to build their problem-solving capabilities throughout high school, so they are ready to be successful on their own.


    • How can I find the colleges my family can afford?

      College costs are out of control, there’s no question. However, even students from affluent families can get financial aid. With careful selection of colleges, great grades and test scores, and a willingness to work, we can maximize your student’s scholarship opportunities long before senior year.


    • Isn’t all this information on the internet?

      There is so much college information on the web that you could spend hours each week researching and reading. Much of it is contradictory, outdated or based on guesses and innuendo. I use my specialized training, frequent college visits and meetings with admissions officers to cut through the fake news and ensure the information I share with my clients is accurate and up-to-date.