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About True Fit College Counseling
I am an independent college counselor and I call my business True Fit College Counseling because I think that finding the right college for a student is more important than using rankings to find a school. I also think it is important for students to take control of the college application process and know what they need in a college in order to have a better chance of success. Students need to own the process – I am here to guide them, encourage them, and sometimes nag them. I want my students to have plenty of college choices so I believe strongly in a balanced college list. I am most likely not the right counselor for families who only want their children to apply to the most selective colleges.
True Fit College Counseling is based in Redmond, Washington, and serves high school students in the Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Seattle areas. While I prefer to work with students face-to-face, I am able to work remotely. In addition to working with high school students applying for undergraduate programs, I also work with transfer students, students applying to specific majors within a college, and graduate students (MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT).
I meet with families Monday through Thursday, noon until 8 pm. Saturdays, noon until 5 pm.
Staying on Top of Applications
These days the college application process can get complicated. Each school has different requirements and expectations of the students that apply. I have a structured plan for helping you understand and stay on top of applying to schools. From creating a list of schools the student is interested in, to deciding when to submit the application (early admission, early decision, or regular admission), I tailor the experience to each individual student to know that the college admission process is a straight-forward experience for them
The Importance of Fit
I don't believe in using rankings to create a college list. We don't pick our friends or our spouses based on rankings - colleges shouldn't be chosen that way either. I spend time talking with the student and listening to the student to help them determine the right colleges for them. Unlike many college counselors, I don't charge a flat package rate - I bill by the hour. This allows families to use my services in the way that best fits the family's needs.
Why Hire a College Counselor?
Any teen who is planning to attend college can benefit from using an independent education consultant (college counselor). Most high school counselors have several hundred students on their caseload - they simply don't have the ability to spend one on one time with students. Also, college counselors can act as a buffer between teens and parents. Many teens do not want to talk in depth with their parents - it is part of the natural process of leaving the nest. I keep parents up to date on our progress.
The Steps Involved in Applying to College
There are many components to the college application process: grade point average, rigor of high school classes, standardized test scores, extra curricular activities, letters of recommendation, essays. And the financial aspect cannot be overlooked - it is important for students to be aware of their families' college budget. I help take the mystery out of these areas and have the student take control.
In The News
"Challenge Success, Ignore College Rankings and Engage"
As parents and students worry about getting into the "best" school (whatever that means), this is a wonderful article detailing the importance of thinking about your own future successes at a college, rather than choosing a school based on a flawed scoring system.
"That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket"
Students constantly hear about how graduates with technical degrees get the best paying jobs. But not everyone wants to be an engineer or a software developer. Here is some good news about the benefits of a liberal arts degree.