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Custom college plans from The crescendo of voices imploring that “junior year is the most important ten months of your young life” has likely reached deafening levels by the first time you actually set foot in an 11th grade classroom (or Zoom window, as the case may be). If past is prologue, junior year is indeed the time when many of your k-10 efforts rapidly bloom like a flower growing in a time-lapse video. Your extracurricular planning back in 9th grade now blossoms into an upperclassmen leadership role, your commitment to math culminates in a opportunity to prove yourself on the SAT, and the study habits you have cultivated through your early teenage years will serve you well as AP-level rigor shifts into high gear. If, on the other hand, your past is not indicative of where you wish to go forward into the future, junior year can a watershed moment in one’s academic career—a chance to show newfound maturity and begin to put together a strong case for admission at a competitive university.

Check out our 10 ways to jumpstart college planning below to help you feel a little less stressed about what you need to do before applying – and getting into – college, and browse through our site for helpful information and tips on every step of the college and financial aid application process. Getting ready for college isn’t all work. Find something you really like doing, then dive into it. Maybe you’re drawn to sports, student council, music, art … you get the picture. You’ll develop skills and be more appealing to colleges (they like students who’ll add something to campus life).

There are over 4,000 college options to choose from! It can be extremely difficult to make the right decision on your own. And, the truth is, most school advisors and counselors simply don’t have enough time to give individual guidance for the large number of students they have. The United States has an average student-to-counselor ratio of 482:1, nearly double the American School Counselor Association’s recommendation of 250-to-1. Find more details on college planning services.

Includes everything in the Essentials Package PLUS: High School Course & Extra-Curricular Planning- Student’s transcripts are reviewed before receiving advice on courses and any necessary tutoring. SAT/ACT- Review and recommend a standardized testing strategy and timeline. Major Selection- Various assessments and counseling will help guide students towards potential interests, majors, and/or careers. Personalized Best Fit College List- With over 4,000 options, it is necessary to research, evaluate, and create a list of best fit schools for your student. There is a lot to consider: academic fit, financial fit, and social/cultural fit.

I hold a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. As a professional Educational Consultant, I believe in maintaining a positive mindset, creating partnerships with a purpose, and always striving for significant outcomes. Contact me today for an initial consultation, and find out more about how I can create a custom college plan to fit your needs. Read more information at