Testimonials

You are the essay whisperer… You brought out (our son’s) voice.   You should feel so proud of your skills in getting a stressed out, blocked kid who had lost his confidence to write. Your assistance has been priceless. I whole-heartedly endorse you. I’m ready to shout your praises from a mountaintop.~Amazing Mom of  two Smokey Hill IB students who are now respectively studying at the University of Chicago and at Emory

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YOU ARE MY FAVORITE PERSON EVER, KAREN!!~email from future famous person

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Tears in my eyes, gratitude in my bones, happiness in my heart…. blessed you are in my family’s life. ~Facebook post from one of those moms who is rock solid and steadfast and strong and who gives way more than she asks in return

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Thanks for being my Yoda during my college search! And thanks for believing that I could get into Vandy because without you I don’t know where I’d be! Merry Christmas, Second Mom~from just the cutest student ever on her way to Nashville

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Karen,

I just want to thank you!  You can’t imagine how much you are doing for (our daughter) by just being you!

She comes home from meetings with you feeling so good about herself and the college process.  She called me and her dad (who is traveling) last night so excited to talk about your meeting.

(She) always says how much it means to her how you really get to know these kids as individuals and where they are likely to flourish in college and how much you just care about the kids themselves!

You have a special gift and we are very grateful that you are working with (our daughter) during this important time in her life!!! Thank you!  ~from awesome mom of a high school senior with oodles of colleges from which to choose

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Karen Dear!!!!!  We did it!  (2nd choice school) is giving her 20K!!!  Thank you so much for guiding me in what to say! You are wise beyond your age! You are my guru!!! We were humble and we were nice (and we begged!)  Just need to hear from (1st choice school) now, but she will go to (2nd choice school) if (1st choice school) doesn’t come through.  Love you! ~Mother of lovely student who could have my job if she wanted it

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Karen, we wanted to give you an update on (our daughter.) She has just begun her freshman year at Stanford, and she’s loving it! Working with you was the best decision, a tremendous blessing!!  We just want to Thank You again for playing such a critical role in the whole process– for your outstanding professionalism, promptly answering our emails, answering phone calls, and for all your support in every aspect of (our daughter’s) high school life.  We know your insightful comments on the essays and essay topics through all of the numerous brainstorming sessions brought out (daughter’s) authenticity. Your intuitive intelligence allowed you to know right away how  (our daughter) should present herself in the best possible light. Thank you for being there every step of the way, mentoring our daughter. But most of all, thank you for caring! You are our lifelong friend.~Very special parents who could teach us all some lessons on being good people and good parents

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Thank you so much. I am so grateful to you. I have never met a more responsive professional. I only hope I am not over-tapping you. ~Mom and Dad, social worker and Rabbi, who never once over-tapped me and whose daughter is going to change the world

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Thank you for loving my daughter, thank you for having so much expertise that I don’t have, thank you for sending my baby home with a huge smile on her face (that was NOT quite there before she came to meet with you this morning!!!), thank you for your ability to cut to the chase and evaluate things incisively, thanks for even looking like you are having FUN!!!  -Mother of a creative and unique Whitman student!!!

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I cannot believe you helped me through finishing 11 applications in such a short period of time. I cannot thank you enough, without you there is no way I could have finished everything and been so proud of it….Thanks again, I loved working with you.~promising student waiting for admission results

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My husband is very careful where he spends money.  BUT…he said your fee may be the best money we have ever spent  and the value for the investment is huge.  He says you need to raise your fees! ~Mom of a dedicated student who received tons of merit awards and scholarship offers and accepted a full-ride prestigious Stamps Scholarship at Tulane University.

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“Mom, one sec.  I swear I’ll do it in one sec.  I HEARD you.  Pulll—leezzeee just shut my door!!!”~ringing endorsement from my own high school senior

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Thank you so very much, Karen, for your reply to me last night regarding my worries and your supportive email to (son.)  Your commitment to each of us, and to this process, is nothing short of amazing. You are *the* college fairy extraordinaire!! You continue to help us SO MUCH and I am SO grateful. ~Mom of son who is in the thick of college essays and managing tons of AP classes and activities.

 

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Without you, I would have been lost in a sea of irritatingly identical college pamphlets, extraordinarily stressful testing, and indecision. I appreciate your mind-blowing patience and how you were so sincerely invested in my success. I would have been lost without you! ~Wonderful student enjoying Davidson College

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Karen has been an indispensable part of our daughter’s college search.   It was a pleasure to work with her as she helped us identify our priorities and find colleges that would be a good match for our daughter.  Karen was instrumental in helping our daughter focus on the task ahead of her and helped our daughter take ownership of the process.  She guided us through the maze of deadlines and decisions associated with college application process, and she was always available to assist our daughter and us with any and all questions when it came to applications, essays, scholarships and interviews. The value that we have received from working with Karen has far exceeded the investment we made in enlisting her services.  She was instrumental in finding scholarships and aid opportunities that we otherwise would not have been aware.  We can’t thank her enough for her valuable insight and assistance in the college search process. – Parents of honored scholar at Boston University

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Karen, Thank you again (and again and again) for everything!  You have been not only a great college counselor, but an amazing role model and such a positive influence in (our daughter’s) life!  We can’t thank you enough! ~Mother of Boettcher Scholarship winner

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We came to see Karen with a difficult situation.  Almost hopeless.  Poor grades, so so motivation, but outsized talent and off the scale intelligence.  What Karen had to say was a tiny bit deflating: bring up the grades, or else no one will accept you this late in the game.  Yet, something about Karen grabbed us.  On her own, she made calls, she did research.  On a quiet Sunday, she called me to report. Her call was quiet, calming, and in no way soliciting.  She was impressed with my son and she wanted me to know there were options – many options.  Her call was an enthusiastic affirmation!  In todays world, everyone wants money; no one understands service and even fewer care.  I can say this with 100% certainty: Karen cares!  That should be her motto.  Moreover, she is intuitive and precise.  She gets it.  Within minutes she had identified every issue there was to know not only about my son, but pretty much every issue in our family that might affect his performance.  I recommend her fully, with two hands, a full heart, and loud clapping! ~Mother of bright student who was still figuring out his path

 

 

 

 

 


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