Many families feel stressed and overwhelmed by an admissions process that is quite different then it was 20 years ago. I am able to focus solely on the needs of the families I work with and help them navigate the process with success while also serving as an objective third party in the parent/ child relationship. School counselors often do an excellent job, but sometimes students and parents need more time and individualized attention than the counselors can provide.
I do not replace the school counselor; in fact, I encourage my students to work closely with their school counselors and I teach them how to fully utilize their school's guidance resources.
I visit colleges regularly so I can know what schools best fit a student. I explore the campus environment by talking to students and admissions representatives, taking tours, and learning about programs and academic offerings unique to that school. I also attend regional and national professional conferences focused on college admissions and college counseling.
Many families come to me when the student is in the 11th or 12th grade, however it is helpful to begin the relationship with the student as early as the 10th grade. I am happy to meet with 9th grade families and provide course selection advice.
I work with students located throughout the US. While many will meet with me in person at some point in the process, technology enables me to have "virtual" face-to-face conversations with students and parents regardless of where they live. I have worked with clients in various parts of Virginia as well as in Maryland, New England, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The Common Application is a standardized application used by over 500 colleges. Instead of filling out six different applications for six colleges, you can simply fill out one and submit it to each college. Please note that application fees are incurred per school and many schools may require additional essays. There are also several colleges and universities that are not a part of the Common Application and require their own school specific application.
No, however I do refer students to excellent test prep options.