College Application Assistance

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now” ~ Alan Lakein

I tell clients and those that attend my presentations that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to the college admissions process. Planning will be the key to their success. This quote is what I stand for and the strength I bring to the table with each and every one of my clients. Managing the application process to ensure that all the materials that are required by each school are submitted in a timely manor, as early as possible, and completed and presented in the best light possible, will set up the student for the best opportunity for success.

Should I pull together a student resume? How do I list my activities on the Common Application? Do I have to answer all of the questions that they ask? Should I answer “yes” when they ask if I’m applying for financial aid? How do I know what supplemental questions each college has and how should I answer them? When should I start completing my applications and what does it involve? A process that appears simple and straightforward on the surface is far from simplistic when you get under the hood. These are all questions and more that need to be carefully looked at and understood prior to submitting any materials to a college for a student’s application.

As I’ve said many times before, colleges don’t accept students, they accept applications. When all of the college admissions counselors are sitting in a room and presenting and then voting on whether to accept a student, they have the students application package, not the student, in front of them. How you present yourself in that application is paramount.

Having someone help a student and their family navigate the application process and manage each piece with knowledge and understanding can be integral to a student being accepted or not to a college. Parents and students are working through this process for, at most, a few times, over a period of years. This is what I do as a full time career, understanding the ever-changing college admissions process to help my families in managing and ensuring that they are presented for the best opportunity for success.