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The college application process is one of the most stressful times in your child's lifetime. The competition is daunting, the choices are overwhelming, and the VERY long and winding path to submitting a successful application tends to lead many toward continued procrastination. Yet, with every day that passes, the tension heightens. After all, you and your child have been preparing for this day for many, many years.
High school guidance counselors are simply unable to devote the time and direction each student needs and deserves as they embark on this life-changing journey.
I am a professional college admissions tutor and a volunteer admissions counselor for the University of Delaware. More important, my son and I have just finished living the entire college application process --- two weeks ago (8/24/2014), I dropped my son off for his freshman year as a Blue Hen! Attending the University of Delaware was his first choice, and we made it happen --- even though his guidance counselor told us it was a long shot and not to get our hopes up. It took a tremendous amount of time, work and research. We drove from Maine to Florida over the last couple of summers visiting over 40 universities and colleges.
There are secrets to obtaining admission that most don't know. Number one is that colleges and universities now measure the desire factor. A student can obtain a pre-admissions interview, or email a professor and ask to attend a class, or participate in multiple pre-admission events. All of these count towards the desire factor and are tracked by the school's portal.
Number two is that the college essay can make or break a student's acceptance. Number three is that financial aid is available to everyone and no decision should be made based on costs.
Rather than trying to force your teen to engage and/or work alone or with you on this process, my clients have found that having an outside tutor/friend/counselor that works with both the student and the parents - greatly eliminates the stress, and provides the student with an outlet to express their desires, dreams, fears, and ambitions.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to get started early!!! Your student should have an idea about what their essay is going to be about.
Today, most students apply to 10 schools! Perhaps that is because the common app allows one to send to 10 schools. But to be absolutely clear, your student MUST have safety schools and reach schools. The earlier one sends in an application, the earlier one receives an answer (except for the ivies when all students are informed on the same date).
I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and your pre-college student. Your child CAN attend his/her first choice school, but it takes precise and deliberate actions for the desired result.
Please reach out to me. I'd love to help your family along this very important journey.
I have been a VP of Marketing, Communications and Business Development for nearly 30 years. I have worked as a VP for Fortune 500 companies (Lucent Technologies, VP Worldwide Marketing) and have also worked for multiple start-ups as THE marketing department. I have helped to take several companies public (IPO), have helped facilitate the acquisition of several companies and have started two companies on my own. Thanks for your consideration.
I've been a VP of Marketing for two Fortune 500 companies and provided leadership for over 200 employees. Over the course of my career, I've probably hired more than 300 professionals. Today, I am a guest lecturer at the University of Delaware on behalf of their Career Services organization (as an alumnae). I lecture monthly on topics related to career development: resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, personal brand, and networking. I also have a twitter account focused on career development.
I speak regularly to juniors and seniors at high schools and to juniors and seniors at the University of Delaware on preparing for their next stage in their college career - this typically includes grad school, law school and med school. As a volunteer admissions counselor for the University of Delaware, I speak to high schools students throughout NJ about preparing their college app, writing their college essay, and selecting the college that is "right" for the student.
I am a career-long marketing and communications professional. My career includes the position of VP of Marketing for Lucent Technologies, Stratus Computer and other 500 companies. I am an expert in marketing strategy, analytics, and creative positioning, demand generation, and public relations.
Because I am a professional with over 25 years of experience in the technology sector, I have been working with Microsoft Outlook, Powerpoint, and Windows since they first launched in the market in the late 80's. Today, I use both the MAC, a PC, an IPAD, the entire Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft's newest version of Windows, Windows 8. As VP of Marketing for companies, you can be sure that utilizing the latest technologies to improve performance and communicate have always been core to day to day business.
As a VP of Marketing and Corporate Communications for over 25 years for Fortune 500 companies, I am both a natural and a trained professional speaker.
I speak at industry events, conferences, trade shows and keynote sessions.
I have had multiple professional speaking classes provided by my corporation.
I love helping others master the art of public speaking.
For the last 20 years, I have volunteered my time to helping those with special needs learn to use the computer, read, write, and speak. The drive came from having a sister who was/is intellectually challenged and from helping my own mother, who was diagnosed with dementia in her early 50's. I have the patience, the love and the devotion for those who need it most; these students are, above all, the most rewarding for me.
Great For College Prep Help/ Writing — I had Nancy L come to my house to help my daughter with her college essay and planning. My daughter really liked her. She was very helpful and asked her all the right questions help to get her focused. We will definitely use her again. As a teacher myself, I thought she was very good and a highly recommend her. ...
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