by MARISA OSTROFF, ED.D., M.ED., B.A., L.P.C.
Commonly asked questions by students:
How do I prepare for college? How do I know which college is right for me? What do I need to do to prepare myself for acceptance? How many colleges should I apply to? How do I approach financial aid? Where do I find scholarships?
Despite the excellent service that school counselors provide, they are often assigned enormous caseloads and diverse responsibilities which leave insufficient time for individualized college planning. When your student has questions, such as in the above, and is in need of intensive individualized attention in sifting through the overwhelming amount of information available, a consultant with extensive experience and knowledge can help with the complexities of the college admission process.
My expertise in college admissions has been gained through graduate training, approximately 30 years of college counseling experience, multiple college visits and connections, active participation in professional organizations, and continuing professional development. I am eager to assist your student individually in tailoring recommendations, suggestions, and procedures to match his/her needs and interests. I offer professional educational support and coaching services in working with families during intensive times of educational decision-making and growth. As a specialist in college planning, equipped with the necessary knowledge and experience, I can help your student find the "best college fit."
A four-year college education can cost more than $200,000.00. Although, this figure can realistically climb because of the fact that less than 50% of students graduate in under 5 years. It makes sense to seek professional college consulting as a way to save money because of better choices, better college and major course of study selection, therefore, a higher possibility to graduate in four years. Moreover, college consulting is highly beneficial as a preventive measure to college rejection typically due to mistakes, missed deadlines, and weak and poorly written essays. My services aim to make your student feel strongly valued and highly encouraged to develop and refine all the skills he/she needs to succeed in the college search process.