This college counseling package is designed to walk through key pieces of the college admissions process from developing a best-fit, well-balanced, college list through reviewing the college application. The package also includes providing advice on the right standardized testing to take, participating in activities that represent the student well, registering for high school courses that match college admissions requirements, selecting the right application deadlines, walk through the application timeline, and more. After reading thousands of college applications, Stacy enjoys serving as an application reader to students and will provide feedback on the student’s final draft of the Common Application, Common Application essay, and one college supplement. The goal of this package is to focus on the key pieces of college admissions in order to help the student be more prepared and feel less stressed in the process.
Stacy Hernandez began her career in education as an admissions counselor at Northeastern University and then at Johns Hopkins University. She spent almost twelve years on the college side reading thousands of college applications, making admissions decisions, traveling the United States to recruit students, and more. Additionally, she has worked on the high school side as the Director of College Counseling at a private K-12 school in the Boulder-area of Colorado.
Before signing up for this package, we recommend that parents contact Stacy through LifeLaunchr and do a 15-20 minute consultation to ensure this is the right package for their needs, and to help us gather the student’s background information. Please call us at 855-236-6363, or email us.
Pre-Application & Application Review College Counseling Package Details
- Up to eight hours of live video meetings through Zoom and email support, usually split between the two, but at the student and family’s discretion.
- At the end of every meeting, a session report is filed through LifeLaunchr and sent to the student and parents with important reminders and next steps, so the student can stay on task and manage his/her process independently.
- Up to two additional hours creating an initial college list for the student outside of a meeting, leveraging LifeLaunchr’s College Match to find and suggest schools.
- Evaluation of student’s information (i.e. grades, testing, high school courses, activities, and college fit factors) prior to meetings to be more prepared.
- Use of LifeLaunchr tools like the LifeLaunchr Interest test, College Match, Scholarship Match, and other tools to stay on-track with the process.
- Walk through how to fill out the personal information of the main portion of the Common Application and discuss the college application timeline and key steps of the process.
- Please note that this package does not include comprehensively reviewing and editing the student’s Common Application essay and other application essays. LifeLaunchr recommends you work with an essay coach in addition to this package and will match students with a suitable essay coach. Please contact us.
- Final review of the student’s Common Application and Common Application essay. One-time review to provide key points on how to stand out more in the application from a college admissions perspective.
- Parents and students can use the hours as desired, and below are some suggested meeting with topics to cover if the student is unsure of how to utilize the time…
- College List Building/Pre-1st Meeting: College list building happens outside of a meeting and will be based on the parent and student college fit surveys. It typically takes one to two hours of research to build the list. Stacy will build a well-balanced college list and list of suggested schools to visit. Typically, 20 to 30 schools on initial college list including likely, target and reach schools.
- 1st Meeting: College list review and discussion and confirmation of college fit; provide college list modifications; show student how to research colleges; encourage student to create a yes, maybe and no college list; summer plans; activities; 12th grade course selection; academic review- courses, grades, and more; and discussion on testing, activities, summer plans, college visits, and more.
- 2nd Meeting: Review student’s final college list and make updated suggestions, if needed, to provide a more well-balanced better fit college list; discuss application deadline strategies and appropriate application deadlines (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Decision, and so forth); and walk through the application timeline and important pieces of the application process.
- Prior to 2nd Meeting: Student will open up a Common Application account outside of a meeting and fill out the personal information prior to the meeting.
- 3rd Meeting: Walk through the main portion of the Common Application (all main sections except the essay), edit the completed personal information, and discuss how to list activities and how to fill out each section.
- 4th Meeting: Walk through the application timeline in more detail (i.e when to request letters of recommendation, where to find college admissions requirements, when and how to send test scores, and more), networking with colleges, talk about who to request for letters of recommendation, and discuss how to do the Common Application FERPA waiver.
- Review of Application: Student will invite Stacy to review his/her final draft of the Common Application, Common Application essay, and one college supplement and she will provide written feedback via email or Google Docs.
- Stacy will reach out to the student to arrange meeting times or student can request a meeting when desired.
- The student will send his/her final draft of the Common Application and one college supplement when completed.
- Tasks are assigned during meetings and the student is responsible for managing and accomplishing these tasks independently. Students will stay on top of all of their deadlines, to do lists/tasks, next steps, application and college requirements/details, and more.
- The student will receive reminders of application and scholarship deadlines through LifeLaunchr.
- Communication with the student will occur via email. This is significant because colleges will communicate with students via email, so it is very important for students to get in the habit of checking frequently.
- Application Review Deadline: December 15, 2018. The application review of the student’s Common Application, Common Application essay, and one college supplement will take place no later than December 15, 2018.
- Stacy highly encourages the student to be done with his/her final draft of the Common Application, the Common Application essay, and the first college supplement no later than October 15, 2018, so the student can have a great deal of time to make final edits, send applications in early, and have plenty of time to work on additional applications.
- Stacy can’t guarantee meetings/reviews during holiday breaks like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.
- Email Support Deadline: April 30, 2019. Email support after the application review to answer student questions is available until April 30, 2019. One application review is offered through this package. If the student would like additional application reviews, then Stacy may be able to provide support outside of this package through an hourly fee rate. The additional email support until April 30, 2019, is geared towards general application questions such as college choices, admissions decisions, next steps if deferred or waitlisted, and more.