FAQ

What do you do as a college consultant?

I am a consultant for students and their families. I provide individualized support with the college admissions process.

 

I meet students one-on-one outside of school hours. I answer questions, give direction, create and adjust an admissions plan, and monitor progress toward goals. I get to know students to help them identify colleges and make choices that align with their preferences and values.

Beyond one-on-one support, I keep current on college expectations, requirements, and trends -- much like a tax professional keeps up with changing tax laws. I attend professional development events and conferences through the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). I regularly travel to visit and meet admissions officers at colleges and universities through the U.S.

What don't you do at College Torch?

I am not a motivational coach, psychotherapist, life coach, financial advisor, or expert in any specialized academic, technical, or research field. I don't write essays or complete applications for students.

Why should I work with a college counselor?

In my experience, students are most likely to succeed when they have someone to listen to them, help them define their goals, and guide them on concrete steps toward long-term success. Students love working with me because they tend to connect with me easily and are able to rely on me to be available to support them. 

Unlike school counselors, I am available on weekends and evenings until 10PM.

How often do you meet with students?

Before January of junior year, I meet students monthly. After January, I meet them twice monthly. In addition to counseling meetings, students will have essay workshop with me every week starting in the summer before senior year.

Between meetings, students send me regular updates, essays to review, and other assignments. I stay available by email and messaging app for questions as they arise.

When is the best time to begin college counseling?

Sophomore year is the best time to start, or early junior year. Students aiming at highly selective universities may want to start in freshman year.

When is too late to start?

Never too late! Although students who plan early tend to have stronger outcomes, I will help students catch up and finish strong as long as I have the space available in my caseload.

Do you assist with standardized test prep?

In college counseling, I help all students choose between the SAT/ACT and track their progress once they start. I discuss study strategies and long- and short-term study plans. 

College Torch does offer a test prep program run by our test prep specialist, Esther Lee.

What are the rates at College Torch in 2021?

Please schedule a consultation to learn about current rates. 

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