Approach to Counseling

Ensuring students have appropriate college options is our top priority. In order to make this happen, we aim to help families set realistic expectations and attainable goals. Once realistic expectations are established and viable goals set, we provide students with the guidance, resources, and support they need to navigate the admissions process successfully. In doing so, we aim to help students create the time and space necessary to work smarter, not harder.

We strive to empower students and believe that a student-driven approach to finding best-fit colleges and universities is the only appropriate approach. Although we are happy to talk extensively with parents to fill in the gaps left by high school college counseling departments, we expect all essay and application work to be completed primarily one-on-one with the student. We will not, for example, work with a student “through” a parent, with the parent serving as the driver in the process. We are unable to make exceptions.

Finally, we believe that transparency—around all aspects of the college admissions process—matters. We hope our honesty and expertise can demystify the college admissions process so that students can tackle their applications and make final decisions with confidence.

We also strongly believe that the process of drafting and revising application essays is the first step toward becoming a college-level writer. With that in mind, we view our role in the essay process as closer to that of a tutor than an editor; all edits and comments are not simply corrective, but also instructive. Through reviewing and actively engaging with our feedback, each student can improve as a writer and as a thinker throughout the essay-writing process—arriving at college more than ready to tackle writing requirements.

Determining Fit

We work with students applying to a wide range of institutions, from the Ivy League and the Patriot League to specialized art schools and conservatories, and everything else in between. Despite the broad diversity in our client base, all of the students we work with have one thing in common: they are motivated applicants who are eager to work with us, and who see us as a trusted partner and collaborator in their application process.

Students must not only have a desire to work with us, but they must also be able to communicate with us directly regarding all aspects of their college process. Not all students want support from an outside counselor, and we respect that. And not all students can manage this process primarily by themselves, and we get that, too. However, experience has taught us that it is impossible for us to have a productive application process when working with students who do not have a genuine desire to work with us (i.e., whose parents have decided it would be a good idea), and who can’t be in the driver’s seat throughout our work together.

Accordingly, we understand that our coaching style—which focuses almost solely on working with the student 1:1—isn’t for everyone. In fact, working with a coach and or essay expert, period, is not for everyone. We recognize that the application process can often be a parent/student team effort, and we do work with parents when appropriate, but we expect that the student will be in the driver’s seat throughout the process. We have high expectations for students in this and every regard because we know that when held to appropriately high expectations, student do rise to them. 

Interested in Working With Us?

The first step is to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation call. This call is with a parent. A separate “fit call” is scheduled directly with the student if we decide to move forward after the initial consultation. Please fill out the contact form or email us to schedule a consult call.