Here’s a sample of a safe, boring, predictable college essay: “Throughout my high school years, there have been many factors which have influenced my interests and personality. Being a well-rounded student, I have had many experiences working with people. I have learned a great deal Continue Reading...
• “Brainstorming ideas about colleges to consider and helping clarify the student’s thinking. The best of all was steering her to summer programs that actually ended up changing her life. The whole process is daunting for parents and students who have not gone through this before. In the complicated world of deadlines, you are the lifeline. That you are professional, very well versed in the topic and make students feel empowered to do these things. You are also so good with helping them write the essays. One of the main things is that you are a caring adult who is focusing on helping them problem solve…not a parent or grandparent who always seems to be “on them” about something. I think that you do a good job of making the time meaningful yet not stressful for the student.”
— mom of a 2012 graduate