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One-on-one college admissions coaching and mentoring to help students compete
College Admissions Coaching to Achieve More
The college admissions process—especially at the most selective colleges and universities—requires that students achieve a level of excellence that doesn’t come easily.
What Do the Most Selective Colleges Want?
Back in the day, colleges were looking for “well-rounded” individuals. They sought students with excellent academic records who also had a wide variety of interests and abilities.
Today admissions offices focus on building a well-rounded class. Therefore, they now seek students who are more specialized, and who have achieved high levels of excellence in whatever area that interests them most.
Excellence is not something students generally just walk into. It takes equal measures of diligence, creativity, and resilience. It takes the ability to become a leader of one’s peers. It takes a focus on the things that are genuinely interesting to the student.
And it takes time. It takes vision. And for many, it requires a level of accountability to ensure that the goals the student sets for him or herself come to fruition.
We provide one-on-one college admissions coaching and mentoring to help students compete in a global game.
Note that these college admissions coaching sessions are available only in combination with the Elite Great College Advice package.
What is the
Simply stated, the passion project is an endeavor in which the student achieves a level of accomplishment and excellence.
In our college admissions coaching, we help students focus on something that interests them. It could be a field that will captivate their interest for the rest of their lives or it could be something on which they focus on for a while and then move on.
Together, we identify this area of interest and set out to deepen it so that students will achieve a level of excellence and stand out in the admissions process.
Examples of Effective College Admissions Coaching
Here are some examples of interests that students have explored with counselors at Great College Advice and developed a high level of accomplishment through college admissions coaching.
The student engaged in a research project on Middle East politics with a professor he met at a university seminar. He visited Israel for 6 weeks and was an intern for nearly two years with a member of the state House of Representatives. He also decided to focus more on Public Forum debate, and surprised himself when he became a state qualifier.
The student now attends the University of Pennsylvania.
Initially, this young man thought he had no distinguishing interests. Since childhood, however, he had been fascinated with planes. The student read widely on the history of flight as it pertains to waging war. He flew flight simulators, visited aircraft carriers, went to air shows, and built dozens of models that filled his bedroom.
The student is now president of the student body at Grinnell College.
The student pursued strong interests in her own art, including attending two highly selective summer programs in studio art. She complemented her own creations by a year-long internship at an art gallery and becoming a volunteer tour guide for a massive international art show.
The student now attends Stanford University.
The student spent two summers studying French intensively while living with a host family in France. She complemented her interest in the language by volunteering at the Alliance Française, working at international exhibitions promoting French products, and becoming an intern for a summer at the largest French publicity firm in the world. She also took occasional classes on how to bake French pastries–which left her mother frustrated by the constant mess in the family kitchen.
The student graduated from Princeton University.
The student regularly took trips to the airport to take photos of aircraft from all over the world, which he uploaded to a website for hobbyists who share an interest in plane spotting. Some of his photographs became very popular on this website. This, in turn, prompted the student to learn more about photography through classes and online tutorials. He began to specialize in drone photography and entered several photo contests.
The student now attends Brown University.
These are but a few examples of the sorts of projects that the counselors at Great College Advice help cultivate through intensive college prep coaching. There is no formula for these. Rather, our guidance allows students to make good decisions, develop plans, and execute their plans with confidence. The process is a mixture of encouragement, brainstorming, problem-solving, and accountability coaching.