Video – How Top College Consultants Can Help You
Selecting High School Course and Activities
One of the most important factors colleges consider in admission is the “rigor” of the high school curriculum – that is, the difficulty level of the student’s courses. We will help you pick classes that will be a good fit for your abilities and interests. (Of course, your high school guidance counselor and teachers are also good sources of information about the courses available at your school.)
In addition, we will review your extracurricular activities (e.g., clubs, sports, hobbies, jobs). Do they make the most of your skills and interests? We encourage you to pursue activities you care about, and to do so in a focused way that highlights what you have to offer.
Creating Effective College Essays
TCC will help students select a compelling topic and craft an essay that will stand out to a college admissions committee. This component of the application is often weighted heavily; it’s important that the essay clearly, powerfully portray who you are.
TCC founder Eric Endlich sold his first article for publication at age 13, and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in English. He has been writing professionally for Personal Best publications since 2007; he also edited TopHealth newsletter for the same company, reaching over one million subscribers. He has co-written a forthcoming book on autistic adults to be published by AAPC.
Choosing Majors and Careers
Many high school students have not yet decided on what major they will choose in college – much less their future career. By exploring this topic together, we can ensure that the colleges you choose offer majors that appeal to you. We have many years of experience helping people identify their life goals and interests.
Finding the Right School for You
TCC will take the time to get to know each student’s strengths, interests, personality and preferences. We will work together to compile a list of great schools, including ones that are very likely to offer an acceptance (“safety” schools), “perfect fit” colleges and more challenging opportunities (“reach” schools). There are many factors to consider, including academic rigor, size, and location.
Dr. Endlich, an experienced psychologist, can be particularly helpful for students with learning, emotional or developmental challenges. Certain colleges offer great services for students with these issues, but it’s important to take into account a student’s individual needs.
Preparing for College Tours and Interviews
Visiting a school is one of the best ways to figure out if it’s a good match for you. We can help you plan and get the most out of these tours – for example, helping you think about what to look for and what to ask. While you’re there, you may have a chance to interview with the admissions staff; we will conduct practice interviews to make sure you’re as ready as can be when the time comes.
TCC will help students manage this stressful process, keep track of to-do tasks and stay on schedule. We can also help you figure out how best to afford college, including finding sources of financial assistance and comparing financial aid award letters.
Let’s Get Started!
Learn about fees here. View our service agreement here. Once we start working together, the student should complete the New Student Form and parents should complete the Parent Questionnaire. If you’d like us to communicate with another professional (e.g., school counselor or psychologist), please sign the Release of Information form. You can see a step-by-step timeline of how we’ll work together here.
If you have files to send us (test scores, evaluations, transcripts, etc.) you may upload them with the button on the Forms & Fees page.