Camila – International Applicant

Camila from South America brought a very strong academic record to her search for American universities. But she needed help with the extra elements in the American process.

In our initial consultation, we recommended she build on her passions and start a literary club at her international school, join the debate club run by her History teacher to foster a relationship that would lead to a supportive teacher recommendation, and keep a journal to tap into later for her two dozen college essays – models of which she later referred to on our OWL Portal.

Like many of our international students, Camila came to us originally focused on just two types of colleges: 1) Well-known, large universities like UCLA, USC and NYU; 2) The Ivy trifecta of Harvard-Yale-Princeton. Camila’s love of class discussions, her tight-knit school community, and the outdoors led us to recommend two schools where she was ultimately accepted: 1) Middlebury, a top ‘Little Ivy’ school eager to recruit more international scholars; 2) Dartmouth, the smallest of the Ivies, and the one most excited to attract South Americans.

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Educational Counselor

Tony is the definition of a “school person,” the highest compliment you can pay someone in the world of student-focused education. Simply put, Tony combines his incredible skill and experience as an admission expert in the worlds of college and school planning with his genuine desire to know and support...

Educational Counselor

Susanna most enjoys the close relationships with students and families she builds in her work in school and college planning. She relishes the privilege of helping parents of younger students just starting out on their independent school education understand the educational landscape; she derives a deep sense of fulfillment from...

Educational Counselor

Samantha has always been driven by an authentic desire to help others. Her chosen educational, training and career path as an occupational therapist has allowed her to develop the expertise to serve a wide range of children, adolescents and young adults in need of specialized guidance in finding the education...