Ideally, students that work with Direct to College are motivated and responsible students who crave more information about the college process than they are able to obtain in their school settings. Students need to be conscientious about college-oriented work, and open to developing a comprehensive list of appropriate schools that match their talents and skills.
What matters to you most? What do you value the most in your business?
I value the ability to dispel the myths and misunderstandings that students and families possess about what is important in the college application and financial aid process. I really enjoy helping students and families navigate what has become a cumbersome, time consuming, and confusing process. This is a lot for kids to manage.
Should I do Group Coaching or One on One Comprehensive Counseling?
Group coaching is ideal for responsible, motivated students who would regularly attend class or watch the recorded class afterward, and complete assignments independently. Students may enjoy the discussion with their peers, and find it motivating to work through the process together.
The group coaching program is a great value. Students can have optimal outcomes through this process without feeling as if they are missing out on anything. Students in this program can still obtain more individualized guidance on the college list and essays with add-on programs, if they so choose.
One on One Counseling is for families seeking individualized guidance throughout the process. This is ideal for students who do not thrive in an online group course setting, or who would like to meet in person or locally.
When is the best time to start?
A college counselor can coach a student to make the most of his or her high school course offerings and extracurricular opportunities, as well as establish a standardized testing schedule. Therefore, it is good to begin the process as early as possible to achieve the most positive outcomes. I begin with students as early as the eighth grade, but students can begin formal meetings as late as the junior year.
Do you work with students who want to apply to the most selective, Ivy League schools?
Absolutely. My students attend Ivy League colleges as well as many other fine institutions. Every student is special, and I always fit my services to each individual’s interests and background, both academic and extra-curricular.
How do you know about the colleges?
I visit schools each year, mostly throughout the United States but in other countries as well. I’ve toured hundreds of campuses, many more than once. I have also worked with hundreds of students throughout the process and have tracked their admission and financial aid outcomes, which helps me in counseling current students. Due to my limited caseload, I have the time to do good research for each client, whether through websites, my national counselor list serves, or through campus visits.