FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an educational consultant?
An educational consultant is a high school student’s coach, cheerleader, and advocate during the college selection process. With extensive knowledge of schools and colleges and expertise in helping students uncover their emotional, academic, and social needs, an educational consultant will be there to guide you through the college selection process, showing you options you might not have considered and eventually finding the right college fit for you. Because they are not tied to any specific school or college, independent consultants are there to help you at any time--to answer your questions and guide you through every aspect of your college selection journey--and not just during school hours during the school year.
Why hire an educational consultant?
Many students choose to work with an educational consultant because they find their consultant can provide them individualized, personalized attention within the context of extensive experience. An educational consultant is a resource to help guide you through the maze of college admissions: helping you plan ahead so you won’t miss deadlines, providing you with goals, and motivating you to keep going when you get frustrated or discouraged. A strong personal connection between student and consultant makes a tremendous difference during the college selection process. While professional expertise is critical, so is energy, humor and a solid rapport--especially when it comes to the high-anxiety college admission process. We therefore understand that hiring an educational consultant is NOT the right decision for every family. We consult with you before you choose to hire us to ensure that we’ll be a good fit and make a successful team.
What kinds of students work with educational consultants?
All kinds! Many students think that only their Ivy-bound peers are hiring educational consultants, but we work with students from all walks of life--from student athletes, to students with learning differences, to “C” students who are worried they might not have any college options. Our goal isn’t just to help you get into college. It’s to take a journey of self-discovery with you and help match you with the right college for you.
When should I begin working with an independent counselor?
Students can begin working with us whenever they become interested and engaged in the process. We frequently begin working with students during the freshman or sophomore year of high school to address pre-college planning issues before students might have access to their high school’s college counselor.
How many students do you work with each year?
We never take on more than 20 students from each graduating class. We prioritize developing a relationship with each of our clients, and by limiting the amount of students we work with, we are able to provide each individual with the personal attention and accessibility he or she deserves.
On behalf of both our kids, my husband and myself, I want to thank you for your invaluable knowledge, support and guidance over the last few years. College admissions is a tremendous undertaking for the child and parents, and emotions run very high. You have always made yourself accessible, been there to listen, advise and comfort. You kept us all sane throughout this process (both times)! Aside from your vast experience and professionalism, it is remarkable how much you care! It is a abundantly clear how much you invest in these kids and their success, and ride their highs and lows with them. We highly recommend your services to anyone needing help with the overwhelming task of college admissions…they would be lucky to have you!
Thank you so much for everything! you have been SO helpful and encouraging over these past few years and now I am going to my dream school, Fordham, with a lot of scholarship money! You have been such a big part of my journey!
Oh my goodness, thank you doesn't even cover it. You are way too sweet for chatting with me on the phone about my mini-crisis and have such a genuine kindness. I so so appreciate all of your help. You are the best!!!
Thank you so much for holding my daughter's hand (and mine) throughout the very stressful process of applying to college. You are truly gifted at what you do! We wouldn't have made it through without your expertise and emotional support. I look forward to working with you again with my son!
Hey Mrs. Gruenig!
I just wanted to let you know that I've been at MICHIGAN for about a week now and absolutely love it. My classes are really interesting and I've met so many incredibly cool people! I also am pretty sure I know where I'm going most of the time (it might not be the fastest route but I will get there eventually haha) which makes everything a lot easier. Could not be more happy with my choice so far and I wanted to thank you for your help throughout the year as well as some last minute freak-out guidance. You were such an amazing resource and made the whole process unbelievably less stressful so THANK YOU so so much!
We can't thank you enough for helping our daughter find and get accepted to Ursinus. Yesterday she graduated from both High School and the Therapeutic Program at Monarch! It was a difficult road but she made up her own mind to stick it out and she did it. You were a key part in her accomplishment and our family is very grateful to you for your expert help and encouragement. You are terrific and we are blessed to have had your help. Thank you.