The college admissions process is a long road fraught with pitfalls and costly mistakes. 

Applying to a school at the last minute usually leads to an incomplete application and, thus, rejection. Forgetting to submit a transcript by the indicated deadline will land your application in the rejection pile without a second look. Applying only to the “safe” school may mean you never reach your potential nor feel satisfied. 

A college admissions consultant helps students and families avoid all of these scenarios and more! It is the consultant’s job to help families navigate all aspects of the college admissions process and reduce the overall stress created by this journey. The consultant helps students choose which schools to apply to, ensures that deadlines are met, and applications show an accurate, detailed picture of the student.

But, isn’t this what high school counselors do for free during school hours? Not really. 

According to the U.S. Department of Education, high school students receive an average of only 38 minutes of college counseling per year. High school counselors are forced to wear many hats on a school day, from providing individual, social, emotional counseling, group counseling, academic advising, crisis management, and now, in a virtual world, online content related to psychological health as well as educational guidance. Simply put, high school counselors do not have time to give students individual direction when applying to college. Continue reading “How Can an Education Consultant Help with College Admissions?”

Unraveled Futures came about because my life felt like it was starting to unravel.

My husband and I were both working 40 hours or more a week. I was working in a school as the only counselor and we had no assistant principal. Our son was a high school senior taking several AP classes and with numerous extra-curricular commitments. Extra time was in short supply at our house. 

Being a school counselor myself, I knew the college application process could be daunting and was fraught with deadlines. We had a long road ahead of us. But, I also knew that we were at a bit of an advantage because of my background. After all, I had formal training in career guidance and college admissions.

September through February became a full-on sprint for our family. We completed five college applications for Early Action deadlines, wrote and edited about twenty essays, and located and applied for about fifteen scholarships at the local, state, and national levels.

It was a monumental task that required work and commitment from each family member. There was no way our son, who, as a high school senior, had no experience applying to college, could have done this without help. Thankfully, my educational background helped us clear a few hurdles that might have tripped us early in the process. Continue reading “The Story of Unraveled Futures”