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A Message From Dr. Tucker

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Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here, taking important steps on your college planning journey. Whether you’re here to read my college planning blog or to search for a college planning consultant, let me start by introducing myself.

I’m Dr. Leslie Tucker, and I’m passionate about all things related to college planning and higher education.

Here’s my story.

Why did I become a college planning consultant?

I’ve been involved in higher education for most of my life. I spent many years as a student, and even longer as a professional in higher ed.

I started my college journey by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I continued on to earn both a Master’s in Higher Education Administration and a Ph.D. in Post Secondary Education. So you can believe me when I say I empathize with the possibilities and joys of student life!

I was happy working at a university as an academic advisor, program advisor, and student success and retention coordinator. But I began feeling worried about the new students coming into orientation. I saw more and more students arriving without a plan. They didn't know why they were in college, what they wanted to study, or even how they would pay for it.

Without a plan or sense of direction, these same college students quickly became anxious and stressed. Many dropped out, transferred out, or failed out—all because no one had helped them properly plan for college.

I became a college planning consultant because I knew I could help students prepare to graduate in 4 (not 6) years, earn a major they love, have a fantastic college experience, and leave with as little debt as possible.

What do I love most about being a college planning consultant?

I love helping students discover their strengths and passions. Together, we journey through a process of self-discovery, empowerment, and personal growth. The goal is to discover exactly what types of colleges, majors, and careers will be the most fulfilling for each student.

Once we achieve that, we know what to search for. My friends like to call me the “research queen,” and for good reason. I can stay up all night researching colleges, academic programs, campus life, you name it.

Every student I work with is my top priority, and I promise to be fully dedicated to finding the right college options for you.

My greatest satisfaction is watching my students start college filled with confidence. They’ve gone through the college planning process, they know their strengths and interests, and they’re excited about their future.

That’s why I love being a college planning consultant.

Let’s get a bit more personal...

Believe it or not, I don’t wear my college planning consultant shoes 100% of the time. I’m a happy mom and grandma, too! While I love my work, I also love being a grandma to baby Austin Rivers and doting on my fur babies, Leo and Gus.

My daughter has her master’s degree and is doing what she loves. As  her former college planning consultant and number one fan, I couldn’t be more proud.

And of course, I can’t fail to mention my biggest fan and supporter—my wonderful Jay.  We live in sunny Venice, Florida, where we can enjoy the sun and waves all year round.

 

 

Here’s my unique college planning approach.

Now that you know me a bit better, let me share what you can expect if you choose me as your college planning consultant.

While I call Florida my beloved home, I work with students from all over the country via Zoom—so location won’t be an obstacle.

As your college planning consultant, we’ll spend a lot of time focusing on your self-discovery. We won’t just ask, “Where do you want to go to college?” We’ll also answer the questions, “What do you want to do with your life? Who do you want to be?”

Knowing your unique skill sets, strengths, and passions will help you make better major and college choices. That’s why it’s such a crucial part of my approach.

Considering the pursuit of an associate degree while in high school with the plan to move into a bachelor's degree at another university? My specialty. Before going in with both feet, consider transfer equivalencies, pre-requisite coursework and the transfer process in its totality.

And let’s not forget the importance of evaluating financial fit! What’s the point of falling in love with a college if you can’t afford it? I work with every family to find colleges that fit within a realistic budget for you.

Students, if we work together, be ready to take an active role in your college planning! Expect to participate and take ownership of your educational future. You’ll end up feeling more enthusiastic about your college direction and more determined to reach your chosen goals.

Why should you choose me to be your college planning consultant?

Before you hire anyone to partner with you in the college planning process, you want to know they’re someone you can trust. After all, if you’ll be listening to their input, you should be sure they know what they’re talking about!

I take my professional development very seriously. I’m an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). I’m also trained as a Life and Career Coach through the Institute for Life Coach Training, and I maintain my business liability insurance through Allied World.

I use a number of tools to guide my students through the college planning process. The TRACK IT curriculum takes us together through each step of college preparation. I also use CollegePlannerPro as a communication system to keep students up to date on their college planning tasks.

I’ve toured hundreds of colleges, networked with admissions reps from across the country, and edited every type of college essay you can imagine.

Due to my love of research, I also speak at national conferences about student success and college retention—which in turn empowers my college planning work.

I absolutely love being a college planning consultant! And I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to guide you through your college planning process.

If you’re ready to meet and see if we’re the right fit, go ahead and book your initial consultation today!

Dr. Leslie Tucker. Coach, LLC does not accept fees, commission, or compensation from any educational institution. Fees paid in exchange for services rendered are specific to the clients' individual needs. Further, the client/consultant relationship is held in high esteem; respect, integrity, and confidentiality.

Testimonials

Thank you for your time. You have been most helpful in this web of confusion thus far.

Student, Class of 2019

Thank you for helping us reduce the anxiety of the college planning process by encouraging us to plan ahead.

Parent, Class of 2021

Leslie is patient, thoughtful and sincere.

Parent, Class of 2020

I am so glad we contacted you! My son being an athlete is secondary, I want him graduating with a degree that is useful. The athletics department are just telling us what we want to hear just so he will sign.

Parent, Class of 2017

I think you are a wonderful advisor that knows what she is talking about. You give off a good bond to us students, you know exactly where to lead us when times get tough. Thank you for supporting me.

Student, Class of 2018

As a high school student considered 'at-risk', Dr. Tucker encouraged me saying, 'you can do this.' I didn't believe that I was smart enough for college. She helped me find a major that fit. Now, in my 3rd year of graduate school earning a masters degree. I can honestly say, I couldn't imagine doing anything else. Thank you Leslie for believing in me.

Student, Class of 2013

I will take all the skills, all the memories, and all the advice you game me and use it to help me move on with my life and become a better 'me'. Thank you for all that you have done to help me. I appreciate the time and effort you put into me. Without you, I would be lost.

Student, Class of 2017

Thank you for helping us decide between the Medina County Career Center and College Credit Plus for [Jim's] college preparation.

Student, Class of 2021

Thank you for helping us reduce the anxiety of the college planning process by encouraging us to plan ahead" —Parent, Class of 2021"Thank you very much! I will definitely be paying visits to you. You were so helpful, I appreciate it more than you know.

Student, Class of 2018

I had an overall great experience! I was able to get the help I needed to go about picking a major and figuring out what would be a good fit for me since at the start I was very stressed and didn't have the answers to anything. After multiple meetings, I have learned how to de-stress and get in a good state of mind to release the anxiety I have. I also learned a lot about myself, my passions and what I am best at which is important in deciding a major. I would have not been able to do that without the help of Dr. Tucker. By our last meeting, I was confident that I could say this is what I want to do which relieved a big weight off of my shoulders.

College Freshman, Class of 2022

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