Private Educational Consulting
College planning can start as early as eighth grade. Planning reduces stress and allows for smooth progress toward your goals. Together, we problem-
- Finding creative ways to use your strengths and interests to expand opportunities;
- Mapping out a plan of learning that combines school courses with non-traditional sources for learning;
- Finding and successfully applying for internships;
- Helping you develop your unique voice and perspective to make you stand out;
- Helping you not only get into college, but also get out faster by clarifying your educational goals.I, and my associate Paul Rivas, will help you focus your message to colleges so the admissions committee clearly understands your strengths through your fresh, original, and personal essays.
Are you interested in working on your private, individual educational plan? Click here to fill out my new students interest form, and I will be in touch!
Individual College Application Coaching
After writing the main part of their college applications at the Crafting Your College Application summer camp, students applying to elite universities often find private counseling to be the most efficient way to write the many required supplemental essays.
Some students, even after the Crafting Your College Education Camp, would like more individual help on specific applications and supplements for their college applications. I offer three sessions, an Early Admissions session to prepare before October 15th, a mid-fall session for those applying to end-of-November deadlines, and a Regular Decision session that ends before winter vacation. I don’t work during the holidays, and I want to make sure the students I work with don’t have to, either. In each of these 4-week sessions we will take your rough drafts and polish and customize your message to each college. We will have weekly 1-hr individual counseling sessions along with feedback and editing via email during the week on your writing. Expect to work hard during this time on your essays — we are aiming for beautiful and interesting applications!
Please note: I generally do not accept new students for individual counseling the fall of senior year if they have not previously attended my summer camp.
Schools try hard to satisfy their students’ educational needs. However, schools have many students and, by necessity, cannot offer a tailored education. Private educational counseling is useful anytime you feel the educational garment chafing. Many students I work with are driven learners who find themselves outgrowing the classes and clubs offered at their schools, sometimes as early as elementary school. I can help you map out a plan to enhance your personal education while contributing positively to your school community.
There are numerous other special situations, from high school and college course selection, help with study skills (which can always be improved!), scholarship applications, graduate school planning, to finding mentorships and more. Please click here to contact me if you are wondering how I can be of assistance in your special situation.
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If you are interested in individual counseling, please click here to contact me.
Comments From Students
Nancy made a huge difference in my application to MIT. She asked me a lot of questions and helped guide me so that the application really reflected my experience and my aspirations. She has a way of figuring out what is unique about you and making sure you are communicating that. I also learned a lot from her about what to expect at MIT and she was right about all of it. It is an amazing place and she really helped me get here
You helped me so much with my college application struggles, especially the essays, and gave me the confidence to go for Claremont McKenna College when I didn’t think I’d ever get in. Without your advice and encouragement I doubt that I would have applied to CMC, let alone get accepted. I may have had a rough start in college but now it couldn’t be better. I have opportunities and newfound strengths that I may not have had if not for CMC, such as spending the next year in Japan! Anyway, I am where I am because of you, so thanks again for your help.
You were an invaluable resource when applying to PhD programs. You were able to leverage your expertise in the graduate admissions process as well as your experiences as a scientist to help shape my essay and refine my C.V. Additionally (and most importantly), your positive attitude helped build my confidence and pushed me to apply. I could not give a higher recommendation
Applying to a PhD program is a daunting task, especially since so little information on acceptance criteria is provided to the applicants. You have such a great knowledge of what universities are looking for, how to present yourself, and how to convince the top schools that you’re the best candidate. I wrote a few drafts of a personal statement before you started helping me and when I compared them to the final copy the difference was obvious. Not only did you help me with my writing style, but you knew how to maximize all of my strengths and how to present my weaknesses in a positive way. I had so many questions for you not only about my personal statement, but about grad school in general and you were always very receptive and insightful, thank you!
You help people make the most of what they have inside of themselves, and for that I’ll be forever grateful.
I just wanted to give you an update on my plans for next year and to thank you again for all your wonderful help and advice. I ended up getting accepted straight out to University of Washington and getting interviews at Caltech and UCSF. Fortunately it looks like UCSF is the best fit for me (great synthetic biology research, close ties to emerging biotech industry and a vibe that I really liked). Thanks again for your help! Your input was invaluable in helping me get into a great program that I really like.