Testimonials for the College Strategist

‘Thoughtful, organized and calm’

Mona is a marvel! It was a great pleasure to work with Mona during the college admissions process. Thoughtful, organized and calm, Mona engaged our entire family through the intricate timeline of college visits, testing and application. She demystified the experience with her intelligent approach which was a great comfort for all of us. Her exceptional editing skills were especially helpful to our son when he wrote the common application essay. We recommend Mona highly and are grateful for her counsel. Our son is a sophomore at Columbia University Class of 2022.

– New York City parent of Columbia student, Class of 2022

‘Vast knowledge of the college admissions process’

Navigating through the college process is a quest that cannot be conquered alone. It is a complex and stressful process that confuses many high school students and their parents. However Mona’s excellent college counseling put my fears to rest. Since the beginning of my sophomore year in high school, Mona provided me with excellent advice, which included everything from college visits to one-on-one sessions editing my personal essay and my supplements. The many drafts and revisions of essays that Mona encouraged me to make seemed daunting at first. But the hard work truly did pay off.

What I believe sets Mona apart from other college counselors is her vast knowledge of the college admissions process. I needed to push myself and her encouraging support helped me to do that. Her invaluable guidance helped me to get admitted to my dream school: Barnard College. I highly recommend any high school student to work with Mona. In the end, you will never regret this decision

 – Alondra Lucero (Barnard College, class of 2019)

‘Responsive, thorough, and insightful’

 As parents with advanced degrees from top tier schools, when our oldest daughter started working on her college selection and admissions process we were both interested in and wary of professional help on planning and admissions.  Our daughter is a smart, intrepid young lady, and we felt we should have enough of our own expertise to help her—yet, things have changed a lot since we were in school, and everything seems much more selective and competitive these days.  Ultimately, we came down on the side of ‘giving it a try.’  Well, we could not be more satisfied.

 Mona was responsive, thorough, and insightful.  She did not promise miracles; there is no ‘assured’ way to gain admittance to very selective schools.  Their process is not one of rewarding merit and scores with admission, instead they seek to choose from among their bounty of qualified applicants those that would create a unique, cohesive, and successful whole as an admitted class. Mona’s advice aligned exactly with that, and she tirelessly helped our daughter prepare an application that frankly, effectively yet modestly, and compellingly ‘told her story’.  Thank you, Mona!

– Gregory (NU PhD, ’86) and Lea S. (MIT PhD, ’90)

‘Responsive and very knowledgeable tutor’

My son has been working with Mona to improve his writing skills. She is always willing to help him and suggests good references that might help him in studying. She is responsive and very knowledgeable. We are happy to work with her. Many thanks to Mona!

– Susan K. (mother of student at Horace Mann School)

‘Incredibly helpful and well informed’

Mona was incredibly helpful in advising me on my personal statement. Her knowledge about the college admissions process was both well informed and extensive. She helped me produce an essay that successfully showcased my strengths. Thanks to her, I am attending my favorite school, Vassar College!

– Lena J. (attending Vassar College)

‘Professional skills and guidance’

Applying for college can be quite stressful for both the student and the parents. Mona took the edge out of this process for us. My husband and I were impressed early on with Mona’s professional skills and her guidance. Our son appreciated her commitment to the process, her pointed questions, enthusiasm, and easy manner. Mona’s edits were great and timely. She inspired him to write a personal statement that he is proud of. We are so grateful to see the level of insight and maturity reflected in his essay.

– Roxlyn Moret (son attending Haverford College)

‘A lovely personality and a keen knowledge of the college landscape and the admissions process’

We contacted Mona Molarsky to help Lauren clarify her college choices and to help with her main essay. Through several visits at our home and one or two Skype sessions, Mona gave Lauren a tremendous amount of support and encouragement. Mona has a lovely personality and a keen knowledge of the college landscape and the admissions process. She made Lauren feel confident and in charge of the situation, which was invaluable as she entered the intense fall semester of her senior year.

Mona brainstormed with Lauren to come up with ideas for her essay, and then through several drafts and edits, she helped Lauren hone in on what she was trying to communicate. Even after Lauren’s counselor at school said the essay was excellent, Mona continued to push Lauren to edit, be more precise with language and to tweak the essay so it would be as polished as possible. I would recommend Mona to anyone who wants to make the college process a positive one. Lauren was accepted early decision her first choice college, and for this we are extremely grateful to Mona.

– Susie E. (daughter accepted to Skidmore College)

‘Keen understanding of the current college admissions environment’

Knowledgeable and thoughtful, with a keen understanding of the current college admissions environment. Mona helped my child craft a focused package, showcasing her greatest assets that landed her a spot in her top choice school. Her sharp editing skills were extremely helpful in drafting a cohesive essay to support my child’s ambitions.

– Miriam F. (daughter accepted to Vassar College)

‘Extensive knowledge’

Mona is a wonderful lady who has helped me so much through my application process. She has worked with me through all hours of the day editing and reviewing each version of my personal essay. She has never failed to email back right away and has made me confident in my writing. Mona took the time to get to know me as a person and was genuinely interested before she even reviewed my essay. Her creativity and extensive knowledge in writing has helped me make my personal statement the best it could be. I am now more confident than ever that I will be able to get into the college of my dreams. Thank you to Mona for her tremendous help and I would highly recommend her.

 – Farrah M. (accepted to Sarah Lawrence College)

‘Guided me through the process and provided me with a sense of awareness and security’

Mona is an amazing tutor and college strategist. She worked with me constantly and helped me choose the most suitable college for me. She encouraged me to be more open minded when picking a school, rather than limiting myself to a few universities. She thoroughly explained to me what different colleges look for in an applicant and helped me choose the colleges that best corresponded to my preferred major.

More importantly, she guided me throughout my essay-writing process. She read over a couple of essays that I worked on before meeting with her. She candidly informed me of what she thought I had to improve on. She even suggested to me a plethora of new essay topics that I could write about instead—topics that would stand out amongst other applicants. She kept in contact with me via email as I continued working on my essays. Mona isn’t simply my college strategist; she is someone that guided me throughout my college application process and provided me with a sense of awareness and security.

– Freda I. (Attending Macaulay Honors College)

‘Helped my daughter find her personal voice’

Mona has an extensive knowledge about school application and admission processes. She has done extensive research on how schools operate and what they are looking for and she is quite savvy. Mona’s advice is topnotch not only about the application process, but also in her advice and guidance in essay writing. Her evaluations and help through the editorial process not only help the child achieve entrance to their school of choice, but enable the child to learn more about herself in the process and that is a lifelong lesson. Mona helped my daughter conceptualize her personal essay for boarding school and helped my daughter find her personal voice resulting in a very mature and highly personal essay.

– Judith Finkelstein (mother of boarding school applicant)

‘Very credible advice’

Mona edited my college essay during our first appointment and gave me very credible advice on my college application.  I enjoy working with her.

– Yuwei L. (Attending Hampshire College)