How It Works

How the College Strategist works

I offer various packages that are tailored to meet the needs of high school students and their families, depending on the grade level. Normally, I schedule in-person meetings with students and their families who live in the New York City area.

For clients who live further away, I am happy to schedule meetings on Skype or telephone. Depending on the situation, I will sometimes work with a student via email, but only after establishing rapport through in-person or Skype meetings.

Although the actual college application process only happens in the fall of senior year, for a successful outcome, the real work of preparing for college, and researching and targeting particular schools needs to start long before.

The earlier a student begins working with me, the more prepared he or she will be for the actual application process in senior year. An organized student will have completed the bulk of this work–as well as their personal essay–before September of 12th grade.

Here’s what I recommend:

Freshmen – An initial two-hour consultation in the winter or spring of freshmen year

Sophomores – A consultation in the fall, followed by appropriate meetings in the winter or spring

Juniors – A package of regular meetings to work on a well-targeted college list, plan for college visits, and begin work on the student’s college admissions strategy and personal essay.

Seniors – A package of regular meetings beginning in September to refine the college list, prepare for interviews, discuss all aspects of the college application and finalize all essays.

I also offer special packages that simply focus on writing the personal essay:

Summer Essay Writing Package for Juniors & Rising Seniors
– A series of eight one-on-one consultations, including brainstorming essay ideas, structuring the essay and the final editing.

Essay Writing Intensive for Desperate Seniors – A series of between six and ten one-on-one consultations, including brainstorming essay ideas, structuring the essay and the final editing.

For more information please contact me directly.