Comprehensive Packages

I provide clarity and reduce stress as teens and their families negotiate the complicated and seemingly opaque process of planning for college.

I will help you:

  • Identify and develop your interests and aptitudes to build a compelling narrative – strengths-based profile
  • Approach the college application process strategically and with intention
  • Develop a timeline and personalized school list
  • Guide the process of essays, recommenders in writing letters of recommendation, build resumes, create extracurricular lists, and prepare for admissions interviews
  • Review financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Support decision making
  • Discover and convey your own authentic voice
  • Differentiate yourself
9th Grade: Laying the Groundwork

This comprehensive "Laying the Groundwork" program guides freshman students through how to make the most of high school and pre-college planning with an intentional focus on self-awareness, course planning, meaningful extra-curricular activities, and career interests.

Package Details: This package contains at least (10) - 60-minute focus-driven meetings. Access to CustomCollegePlan secure website. It also includes regular email, texting, and phone conversations (frequency based on need). And, the family kept abreast of relevant research, policy, etc.

Bonus Feature: This package also includes one "Tools for College Success" workshop. Value: $200.00.

Time Spent in Consultation May Include:

  • A survey of current trends and issues in college admissions and how they may impact college planning
  • PSAT and PreACT preparation
  • Heavy focus on self-discovery
  • An examination of pertinent summer programs, internships, employment, etc.
  • Consultation on appropriate high school courses selections
  • Advise on how to obtain a working relationship with high school guidance counselors effectively
  • Support setting priorities (for example, which is most important: grades, test scores, or activities) a determination on how to make the most out of extra-curricular activities
  • Identify specific and unique factors that are critical to the final college list
  • Career coaching based on an interest inventory
  • Establish strong study habits and time management techniques
  • Learn where to find reliable information about colleges
  • Discussion/action plan on paying for college
10th Grade: Creating Your Future

This comprehensive "Creating Your Future" program guides sophomore students through the college planning process with an intentional focus on self-awareness, interest inventory, academic preparation, course planning, career exploration, and positioning for junior-level testing.

Package Details: This package contains at least (10) - 60-minute focus driven meetings. Access to CustomCollegePlan secure website. Also included are regular email, texting, and phone conversations (frequency based on need). And, the family kept abreast of relevant research, policy, etc.

Bonus Features: This package also includes my signature "Guided Imagery Career Exploration" workshop. Value: $200.00.

Time Spent in Consultation May Include:

  • Exploration and discussion of AP, College Credit Plus, honors, and IB curriculum
  • Heavy focus on time management, coping skills, and stress management
  • Preliminary exams: PSAT and PreACT or early SAT Subject Test (in the spring)
  • Prepare and attend college and career fairs
  • Continue attending college information - websites, books, magazines, etc.
  • Assess academic preparation: create an action plan to work on weaknesses
  • Build a strengths-based-profile
  • A review of finances and financial aid considerations
  • Careful consideration of junior year's schedule
  • Address specific issues posed by the students and families
  • Career exploration
  • Skills, strengths, interests inventory/assessment
  • Teacher letter of recommendation discussions (building relationships)
  • Begin thinking about qualities of best-fit college: size, location, 'college culture,' etc.
11th Grade: Setting the Plan in Motion

This comprehensive "Setting the Plan in Motion" program guides junior students through the college planning process with an intentional focus on finding the best-fit college, test planning, major career exploration, skill-set, strengths and interests inventory, and curating summer college connections.

Package Details: This package contains (10) - 60-minute focus driven meetings. Access to CustomCollegePlan secure website. Also included are regular email, texting, and phone conversations (frequency based on need). And, the family kept abreast of relevant research, policy, etc.

Bonus Features: This package also includes my JumpStart Essay Bootcamp. Value: $220.00.

Time Spent in Consultation May Include:

  • An assessment of the pros and cons of early decision/early action
  • Examine cost/benefit of AP credit, College Credit Plus, and honors coursework
  • Take SAT or ACT (colleges accept both; take the one whose practice test you score best on)
  • Continue pondering significant factors that will be used to determine college choice
  • An exploration of the unity between college choice, major, and career path
  • Create and maintain a resume
  • Plan your senior year schedule carefully
  • Continue writing skills practice and assessment
  • A review of finances and financial aid considerations
  • Outline how college essays should be written and how admissions officers read them
  • Address specific issues posed by the students and families
  • Identify several career options, actively investigate a few

College Search and Application Process

  • Outline planning, timing, and purpose for your college visit list
  • Create a college planning folder
  • Get informed on how your school operates in the college applications process
  • Narrow your college list using your preference inventory
  • Continue college visits
  • Develop a college list
  • Identify and informally ask teachers about writing recommendations for you
  • Create a list of summer plans (college planning goals and execution action plan)
12th Grade: Strategic Senior

This comprehensive "Strategic Senior" program was created with an intentional focus and caring urgency. This is a particularly stressful year for both students and parents. This guided process will maintain focus, clarity, and action. College application essays, financial aid, scholarship, students' admission profile, and best-fit college match are at the forefront.

Package Details: This package contains (10) - 60-minute action-driven meetings. Access to CustomCollegePlan secure website. Also included are regular email, texting, and phone conversations (frequency based on need). And, the family kept abreast of relevant research, policy, etc. And, the family will be kept abreast of relevant research, policy, etc.

Bonus Features: This package also includes my College Essays—From A to Z Bootcamp. Value: $320.00

Time spent in consultation may include:

  • Survey college matches based on the students' abilities, interests, goals, and talents—or in other words, where students can not only 'get in' and 'fit in.'
  • Find out precisely what application, test scores, supplements, etc., are required for all college choices
  • Oversee the college application process - review for accuracy
  • Complete financial aid review
  • Explanation of reach schools, match schools, and safety schools, and why certain colleges are categorized according to a level of selectivity
  • Assess other potential 'good fit' colleges to add to existing lists
  • A complete review of the colleges under consideration; what each colleges' likelihood of admission
  • Create and oversee the timetable for moving forward (financial aid, resumes, applications, tests, etc.)
  • Advise on at-campus-interviews
  • Discuss the significance of grades, coursework, and testing on admission decisions
  • Provide recommendations on resumes, lists of extra-curricular activities, and other materials to be used
  • Guide on "how-to" in responding to admission acceptance letters
  • Discuss the pros/cons of ACT/SAT retakes
  • Advise decision for 'early decision' or 'early action.'
  • Coach on the high school to college transition
  • Specific school scholarships applications
Transfer Students: Shifting Gears

Time Spent in Consultation May Include:

  • An assessment of what worked and what didn't at the college you are transferring from
  • A determination of the missing 'pieces' necessary to ensure a successful 'new' college experience
  • Identify colleges and universities that are 'transfer-friendly.'
  • Career advising and academic coaching