First and foremost, I want every parent and student to understand that getting to college is not about pursuing entrance into a specific short list of schools with single digit acceptance rates. Helping a student get to a best fit college is less about the application per se and more about helping the student know themselves. Starting as early as spring of the 8th grade year I like to guide my students through a 4 step building process.
The goal is to launch each student as independent and self-aware developing adults to a college that is a good fit academically, social and financial for them and their family. During your consultation we will dig deeper into how each step builds on the last and how my unique approach serves students.
I knew I wanted a school which would provide both a rigorous liberal arts education and opportunities to specialize in economics and math. April helped me identify track as the extracurricular that would distinguish my application. She guided me through the ins and outs of the recruiting process at the schools I wanted to attend: connecting with coaches, marketing myself to be an attractive recruit, and identifying which coaches were interested in me and what all their emails, texts, and calls really meant. Thus, I was able to narrow my focus down to those schools which reciprocated my interest; UChicago was one of them and also one of my top choices. Ultimately, I applied early decision and the coach's pull, combined with my strong academics, helped me gain acceptance! It's been the perfect place for me to develop both academically and athletically - I am currently participating in a super interesting research program run by the UChicago math department, and this past season I posted the top times on the team in the 400 meters. Thanks to April, I was able to get into and thrive at a school which is a great fit for me.
I had first utilized PES for advice on my USC scholarship interview. I was able to easily book an appointment within the next 24 hours with ease. Even though I'd never met April personally, she was more than happy to overview my interview preparation and offer personal advice to me. While meeting, she calmed my nerves, read through my CommonApp, and provided guidance to me. Afterwards, she personally encouraged me to book a follow-up meeting with her to review my financial aid offers and college decisions results. I went on to win a full-tuition Trustee scholarship at the University of Southern California.