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  • How often should a student meet with you?
    It depends on the student and the grade level. We craft a plan that works specifically for them. The range is anywhere from twice a year to once every two weeks during the application process.
  • Can a parent be a part of the process?
    Of course. My philosophy is that the college admission process can be a powerful tool to promote independence and responsibility. So, it is ideal to start with everyone attending meetings but to slowly move towards a model where the student is in charge of making appointments, handling follow-ups, and attending meetings independently. Each student is different so we can all mutually decide the pace and expectations of the process. Regardless, parents will always be kept up to date and should I have any student concerns, parents will be notified promptly.
  • Do you provide resources for gap years and alternate paths after college?
    Yes, increasingly students and families are looking at additional options for after high school. I am happy to assist.
  • Do you meet in person or virtual?
    At this time, meetings are virtual. I set up Zoom links for each meeting. In the future, I anticipate 20% of meetings will be in person for local students but 80% will remain online. This is based on what I learned in 2020 and 2021 that works or doesn’t work for different types of meetings and students’ learning styles/needs. Outside of the Greensboro, NC area meetings will remain virtual as they have always been.
  • Will you help develop a college list?
    Absolutely. It is one of my favorite things to do and crucial to great admission outcomes for students
  • Why do I need an advisor outside of my child’s school counselor?
    You might not actually. It depends on your student’s needs and the resources available at their school. If your student plans to apply to colleges that are difficult to get into with more complicated admission processes or specialty admissions like athletic recruiting and the arts or have learning differences to navigate you may want to engage some additional assistance. Also if your student’s high school has a high student to counselor ratio and you want more one-on-one time for your student, an advisor or coach outside of school may be helpful. In many cases, the school counselors are highly trained and work hard to provide help to students. I recommend having your student check in with the counseling office early in high school to see if they and you feel the office is resourced to meet your expectation of your student’s needs.
  • If I am placed on the waiting list, when will I hear from you about openings?
    It depends on the class year and the time of the year. I will communicate a timeline when you are placed on a waitlist. Also, note I only place students on a waitlist if I think there is a chance I will be able to help. If not, I will refer you to other qualified professionals.
  • Do you assist with Ivy League & like-Ivy Admissions?
    Yes, I do. But I recommend a realistic outlook, a well-balanced college list, and a bias for choosing colleges for fit over ranking or admission rate. While this does not exclude ivies from a student’s list they should not be the only focus.
  • Do you have contracts? What is the cost of services?
    No contracts- once we meet, we decide on a plan for your student without written obligation. I do ask if something changes and you no longer need my services that you let me know as soon as possible so I can take someone off the waitlist. The cost is an hourly rate rather than a package rate. One exception is for the college admission process that occurs from late junior year to halfway through senior year- there is a minimum number of meetings required to provide complete information and oversight.
  • What do your essay services provide?
    To start, resources to understand the process of essay writing, how to think of ideas, and how to organize their writing. We help develop a list of required essays based on their school list and understand the pace of writing needed along with deadlines. Then feedback and proofreading by trained advisors of rough drafts are provided. But we do not write essays for students or venture across the line from proofreading into copywriting/rewriting of essays. It is important for the student to develop their ideas and learn to express them independently.
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