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Today’s college admissions landscape is more competitive than ever. Work with us to have an expert help you every step of the way.

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juniors. finish stronger.
.Junior year is the best time to improve yourself as an applicant. Critical choices still remain and there is opportunity to magnify your strengths and improve your weaknesses. We will help you make the choices that will elevate your profile in the time you have left.  Here's how we do it:
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craft your Personal Narrative
Every student needs to present a story to colleges. One that uses their academic desires, extracurricular achievements and personal qualities to make the case for admission. As a junior you have the benefit of time to further shape this narrative. You may already know how you want your story to read.
If that is the case, we will help you solidify and provide direction on how to further enhance that story. If you don’t yet know what you want to tell colleges, we will help you figure that out.
Either way, this step requires thinking reflectively.
It involves asking and answering questions like:
What do I want to study and why? What experiences in my life led me to want this? What have I done or what will I do to prove this is what I want? What else can I bring to a college campus that they will want?
It’s tempting to gloss over these questions and get to dreaming about top schools. But if you think of yourself as a product that a selective college is going to buy, you want to be clear about your value proposition. The answers to these simple questions will inform your admissions strategy and every application element and should be driving your activities between now and when you apply next year.
Remember that you need to know what you want before you can go get it. And then you need to prove that you’re worthy of receiving it. Don’t worry if you can’t come up with your entire life’s plan right now. That is not necessary and many kids switch direction once they are in college.
Our goal is to prepare for the upcoming application process, which requires clear direction. When you start working with us as a junior, we can help you develop enough solid proof points to back up your application story. These are the academic and extracurricular pursuits that can be called upon later during the application process to show, rather than tell, that you have been thoughtful in how you’ve spent your time. Our guidance will stem from an initial “Blueprint” session where we look at each element of your admissions profile and recommend how to enhance and improve them with the time you have remaining. This will include everything from course recommendations and testing strategies, to extracurricular choices, to how to further relationships with the right teachers.
Solidifying your personal narrative is the first part of our admissions advising process for juniors and it happens through structured dialogue between you and our advisors. It will be a conversation that evolves over time but that always keeps the primary goal in mind - admission to a highly selective college.
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create your College List
Once you know what you want, and are building proof to support it, you can start strategizing where to go to college. Most students we work with at this stage have some idea of a dream school - and that’s great. If that dream school fits your narrative then it can go to the top of the list. But we also need to look at the college list through multiple lenses.
What is the school’s selectivity? Is the school affordable for you and what is the likelihood of receiving financial aid (either need-based or merit-based)? Is this school a fit, personally? We’ll help you answer these questions and build a list that artfully balances the trade-offs between these sometimes competing elements.
More importantly, we’ll recommend ways for you to start developing relationships with these colleges now - well before you need to apply. Showing colleges that you are serious about them is now one of the most important factors in the admissions decision. As a junior, there is still time to spend time with colleges, both virtually and hopefully soon on campus. These interactions will help you to specify the exact reasons why you want to attend each school on your list and also decide what majors or programs you’ll be indicating on the application. These reasons will be critical for the “why us” essay that most colleges ask you to write. Eventually we’ll also help you strategize your early decision or early action choices.
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write your story
With your narrative strategy and prioritized college list, it will be much easier to complete your applications. When it’s time, we’ll help with the most important part of this process, which is the written Personal Statement.
This essay needs to do a lot of things well and so the topic you choose is critical. We’ll work with you to uncover a topic that serves all of the needs of the essay: highlighting your narrative in an authentic way, making you seem likable and presenting you as a good writer and observer. We’ll go through as many drafts as necessary for you to have crafted a piece that you are proud of and really stands out. And we’ll absolutely make sure that you don’t deliver a trite or cliche essay.
We’ll also tackle the Supplemental essays for every school on your list with the same care and rigor that you give your Personal Statement. The average student must write about 30 different essays which have become increasingly important for standing out at one particular school. We help students answer the “Why Us?” essays for each college with authenticity and specificity. These essays have become some of the most critical in the process because colleges need to believe that you are a good fit and will come if they accept you.
junior-year admissions consulting
execute the applications
Everything else needed for each school application will be optimized to support the narrative. Together we’ll strategize your recommenders and write them “ask letters” so that they are working from the same narrative playbook you are.
We’ll order and prioritize the awards and activities sections, which will be made to read like an executive resume, pulling out the most important elements of each activity and giving a flavor to your work beyond the name alone. And we’ll keep you on track throughout the entire process, working to deadlines, reading every application, line-by-line before it ever goes out the door and preparing you for interviews as they happen once the applications are submitted.
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field the offers
When acceptance offers start coming in during early spring of senior year, we’ll help you understand your options and any new opportunities that emerge like mid-year start-dates or invitations to join an honors college.
We’ll do a side-by-side comparison of financial aid offers and help you understand the details and true cost of each offer. Whenever it’s possible, we’ll also help prepare you to negotiate with colleges for even better financial aid offers, or appeal an existing offer based on new information. Finally, if you’re on a waitlist that you want to move off, we’ll help you position yourself for strong consideration.
Every year we help students get off of waitlists by going above and beyond to show commitment and merit
This is the way to smartly, calmly and efficiently navigate the college admissions process.  And it’s a way that we’ve proven is successful in getting good students into great colleges.
For more details about everything included in our advising service, please visit our packages page or schedule a consultation.
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