Families frequently ask why they should consider an independent admissions counselor. Some of my clients feel that they require more time than the admissions counselors in their high schools can devote. Other families feel that an objective perspective from someone who is not employed by the school can be beneficial. Many of my families agree that an independent counselor can be of use by helping the parents and students agree on the best strategy for choosing and applying to college. Evoking consensus within the family so that the process of applying is smooth is also the job of an independent counselor.
In the Selection phase, David meets with the student and the parents. He’ll ask questions that help to identify which colleges are appropriate academic and social-emotional matches. David then presents the family with a list of schools and explains why they would be good choices. Families learn about the admissions process and begin to clarify and understand the student’s epectations and priorities
In the Application phase, David guides students through recommendations, test scores, transcripts, and the applications themselves with particular emphasis on essays. It is his intention to guide and empower students to take control of the process so that they understand how the applications work and are able to successfully complete the applications by themselves.
After the schools make their decisions, in the Acceptance phase, David continues to meet with families to discuss the best school to attend, first-year course selection, and the best use of the college years.