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Initial Consultation

Susana works tirelessly for her clients and is always willing to help someone who needs advice. I am so impressed by her energy, her thoughtfulness, and her knowledge.

Karen G., Arlington, MA

At this meeting I get to know the student and we review their progress in high school. We then develop a unique, tailored plan that allows a student to explore their academic and extra-curricular interests, and prepares them to demonstrate who they are and what they have to offer to colleges.

  • Review the key factors in college admissions.
  • Understand the student’s priorities and interests.
  • Review student’s academic record and testing to-date.
  • Identify strengths and opportunities.
  • Recommend course selections for remainder of high school, taking into account academic interests and outside commitments.
  • Outline preliminary standardized testing plan.
  • Explore ideas for extracurricular activities including school clubs, community service, independent initiatives, paid work, and internships.
  • Suggest summer activities to deepen student’s interests and close potential gaps.
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Comprehensive Services

Initial Consultation (described above)

College List

  • An individualized list of colleges tailored to the student’s academic profile and priorities including areas of study, location, size, social environment, sports, and activities.
  • The list is tiered, identifying colleges where the student’s chances of admission are likely, possible, or reach.
  • List takes into account financial aid or merit aid priorities.
  • As the student selects colleges, I recommend an application strategy including early action or early decision as appropriate.

Financial Aid or Merit Aid Considerations

  • Identify college merit scholarship opportunities.
  • Recommend colleges that offer good financial aid or merit aid.
  • Provide names of businesses that assist with financial aid planning and completion of FAFSA and CSS forms.

College Visits

  • Advise on questions to ask and areas of campus to see during visits.
  • Suggest appointments with faculty, admissions, or financial aid staff.

Mock Interview
Conduct mock interview and provide coaching before student’s first admissions or alumni interview.

Letters of Recommendation
Advise regarding selection of, and ways to approach, teachers, coaches, clergy, or others for letters of recommendation.

Application Guidance and Organization

  • Work with student to develop timeline for completing all applications.
  • Review every application and provide guidance and feedback.
  • Help student stay on track to complete applications on schedule.
  • Advise regarding strategy and next steps if wait-listed.

Activity Resume and Supplemental Materials

  • Work with student to draft detailed list of activities, community service, summer programs, hobbies, work, internships, and awards.
  • For athletes and fine and performing artists, advise regarding athletic resume, art portfolio, recordings, artistic supplemental essays, and auditions.

Essay Coaching

  • Brainstorm topics with student, review, and help refine personal essay.
  • Review supplemental essays for up to eight applications.
  • Up to two essays for summer programs or scholarship applications.
  • Additional essays for an hourly charge.

Final College Selection
Help student decide which college to attend.

Continuous availability by phone, text, and e-mail.

Consulting Juniors and Seniors

Susana was amazing: she helped us understand all the complexities of the college application process. There are many steps, from figuring out which classes to take, to which colleges to consider, to the applications themselves. She spent a lot of time really getting to know my son so she could give him good advice. She set realistic expectations while encouraging him to reach for his dreams. And, with her guidance, he did attain them: he’s happily enrolled at Yale! Susana is very ethical and deeply committed to the students she works with. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.

Anastasia F., Rockport, ME

Susana has been an invaluable resource and has been there every step of the way to guide us. She started by getting to know my daughter, then helping us select the appropriate classes for her junior year. She helped us identify what is important to my daughter in a college and used that information to create a customized, target list of colleges to visit. She helped us narrow down the list, and was extremely helpful when discussing application and financial strategies. When my daughter began to write her essays, Susana helped her find her voice and communicate in a clear and concise manner who she is and what is important to her. It would not be possible to more highly recommend Susana. She has worked to remove a lot of the stress for both my daughter and me, and she has organized and simplified the college search and application process.

Ryan O., Westfield, NJ
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College List Development

College List Development

Susana listened to our daughter’s goals, then refined our college list and recommended an application strategy. She championed our daughter to “go for gold,” while broadening her list to include colleges that offered merit scholarships, fit her academic strengths and professional ambition, and were socially like-minded. Thanks to her, our daughter was accepted to her #1 choice school.

Sarah A., Edina, MN

Every student brings their own talents, strengths, interests, and learning style to the college search process. I meet with the student and parents to identify the type of college community and learning environment where a student is most likely to be happy and succeed.

  • I do extensive research and deliver a college list tailored to the student’s academic profile and to their priorities including areas of study, location, size, social environment, sports, and activities.
  • The list is tiered, identifying colleges where the student’s chances of admission are likely, possible, or reach.
  • List includes key data, relevant to the student, about each college.
  • Recommendations take into account financial aid or merit aid priorities.
  • As the student selects colleges, I recommend an application strategy including early action or early decision as appropriate.
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Essay Coaching

For some students, the greatest challenge of writing a college application essay is determining the topic. I work with a student to brainstorm and explore ideas until we identify a subject that allows the student to reveal an interesting aspect of their personal experiences, their intellectual interests, or their character. The student writes a draft essay and I make suggestions about how to structure and refine it so that the student’s voice comes through clearly and effectively. We review and revise the essay until it communicates a positive, truthful story that demonstrates how they will be an asset to the college community.

The Personal Essay is required for almost all college applications. The essay is generally 550-650 words.

Supplemental Essays are required by individual colleges and are often unique to each college. They generally run 100-650 words.

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Susana coached my son on how to clarify and better organize the points he wanted to make, and helped him tighten his writing. He followed her advice and the result was a clearer, more compelling essay that was still in his own words.

Anette B., Ballston Spa, NY

Application Package

A La Carte Services

Susana has a high level of knowledge mixed with great interpersonal skills and professionalism.

Rena M., Englewood, NJ

Application Guidance and Organization

  • Work with student to develop timeline for completing all applications and components.
  • Review every section of every application and provide guidance and feedback.
  • Help student stay on track to complete applications on schedule.
  • Advise regarding strategy and next steps if wait-listed.

Activity Resume and Supplemental Materials

  • Work with student to draft a detailed list of activities, community service, summer programs, hobbies, work, internships, and awards.
  • For fine and performing artists, advise regarding colleges’ requirements for art portfolio, recordings, auditions, and artistic supplemental essays.

Essay writing assistance
Brainstorm topics for, review, and edit essays:

  • Personal essay for the Common Application or equivalent.
  • Supplemental essays for up to eight applications.
  • Up to two essays for scholarship applications.
  • Additional essays for an hourly charge.
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A La Carte Services

  • Essay coaching
  • Mock interview
  • Brag sheet writing assistance
  • Activity resume writing assistance
  • Pre-high school consultation
  • Additional application
  • Application review

Susana is thorough, committed and engaging. She has taken the time to get to know our son personally and he trusts her to give him honest feedback and advice, helping him understand the importance and impact of his course load and academic choices, his grades and test scores, and his commitment to extra-curricular activities. She cheers his successes and encourages him to stretch further when necessary. We could not recommend her highly enough!

Adrienne R., Princeton, NJ
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