After an amazing 8 years of college counseling, I spent some time evaluating how I worked with my past students and families, what information they needed to move through the college selection process, and so today, am excited to announce a significant change in how I will be working with students and families. Starting with the class of 2025, I am introducing a different college counseling method that will be more student driven. There will be a series of carefully organized and designed group meetings to help students manage the challenges of applying to college. My goal is to give students the information and support they need to make good decisions throughout the admissions process and not micromanage them. Parents will see more excitement and ownership from their students. And based on some great feedback from previous students, I feel strongly they will love it. Peer support is so important. The college process can feel insurmountable, and this will give them a safe space to ask questions and get feedback both from me and each other.
These groups will be limited in size, because I know that students need time for discussion and questions. At the end of our time together they will be confident and excited about the college they will have chosen.
Parents will be invited to attend informational sessions with me approximately 4 -6 times a year. These will start this coming fall and I’m working on ways to include your friends. Plus, for those on Facebook, I am forming a private parent group to comment and discuss educational topics.
All families will have access to my online library of resources and websites that will allow them to explore specific colleges and majors.
I don’t expect this model to be perfect for every student, but I think it will be a great format for many students. If you are interested in finding out more details please contact me!
I will have much more information up shortly here on the website.
Thank you from my heart to those families who I have previously served! And thank you for all the kind referrals. I am so very grateful. If you are a former family – please help me spread the word about this new option for high school students!
Why would you pay an independent college counselor? Why would you not just gather information from different internet experts or your best friend whose son/daughter already went through the process? My professional society - IECA - came up with the following statements so that parents will know that when they work with qualified counselors their family will receive the best guidance possible. Ethically, I adhere to these statements.
1) We believe all students should have access to individualized educational guidance that will help them achieve their goals.
2) We believe independent educational consultants should act respectfully, honestly, compassionately, ethically, and professionally with every student.
3) We believe in the potential of all students regardless of cultural, religious, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, unique needs, or learning differences.
4) We believe that education should be available and affordable to all families.
5) We believe independent educational consultants are uniquely equipped to guide and support students toward their personal, academic, social, and professional goals.
6) We believe in the power of education to widen opportunities for everyone which will ultimately improve society for all.
I can't say enough about the benefits of having a college counselor and the ease of working with Kendall in particular. This is the best decision we could have made for our daughter and the best money I have ever spent!
We appreciated your flexiblity and helping us at the level at which we wanted to be helped.