What our College Connections students say…thank you!

Posted on January 4, 2010. Filed under: admissions advice, college admissions, college choice, college counseling, college essays, college financial planning, college loans, college news, college resume, college search | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Student 1:

My parents found College Connections for me when I was about to start my senior year. I was attending a public high school and was trying to get into an ivy, so they figured the incredible competition at the schools I was looking at justified hiring a college aid. They looked at multiple services (some of which cost upwards of 7 times what College Connections aid cost) and they determined College Connections seemed to have a lot to offer at an amazingly reasonable price. Hands down the most important service offered was reviewing essays; I like to think of myself as being a pretty good writer, but I had no idea what sort of material colleges were looking for/what they are used to seeing. Jeannie not only was able to help me figure out what made sense to write about, but she also helped me improve my writing to be some of the best I have ever done. I’m not sure to the cent how much it cost to get Jeannie Borin and College Connections to help, but I’m sure it was worth whatever it cost. My dream school had always been the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, but I never really thought I had much of a chance. With Jeannie’s help I wound up getting accepted (I had a stack of about 15 more applications ready to go but I thanks to Jeannie I never needed to send them). I fully recommend Jeannie as a consultant because she helps relieve some of the college stress. I had done a good deal of independent research about how to get into colleges, but I had no idea how to actually go about applying. Jeannie was able to help me best compile my application and essays and was also able to answer some of my highly specific questions I could never find answers to elsewhere.

Student 2:

I applied to 10 schools. I have gotten into 9 so far. For some of those schools, I did not have the GPA or SAT scores that they required. College Connections helped me overcome my deficits and made my applications shine in terms of everything else. I can say without a doubt, and I would say this to any student or parent that College Connections made the difference in me getting accepted into my #1 college. Without Jeannie and her team, I believe I would have gotten a rejection letter, instead of the wonderful acceptance letter I received

Student 3:

Jeannie was amazing. She really took the time to help me get exactly what I wanted. I had no idea what I was getting into, where I wanted to go, or how to go about applying. Jeannie helped me to figure out the types of things that I was looking for, and find a great set of colleges to apply to. She helped me with every part of the application-she was always patient, helpful, and careful, going over absolutely everything to make sure that it was absolutely the best that it could be. As a result, I got into more schools then I ever thought I would, and am so excited to go to college.

Student 4:

Jeannie was fantastic. She discussed all of the colleges that I was thinking about, asked me questions, and helped me to figure out ways to narrow it down, and figure out what was right for me. But the best thing about Jeannie is that she truly cares-I never got the feeling that she was annoyed or that I was just another client-she truly cared where I was going, that I did the best that I could, and that I was happy.

Student 5:

I have never been a student that has been set on a certain college, so College Connections helped me compile a list of schools that I felt passionate about. My consultant made a time line for all essays, applications, and recommendations. Jeannie Borin truly went above and beyond the role I ever expected her to fill. She gave me confidence in my own writing and did everything in her power to make sure that I was accepted to every school that I longed to go to. She helped me brainstorm, edit, and perfect my essays, but made sure that I always did the work and that it was always coming from me. As an insecure individual concerning school, she made me feel brilliant. She responded quickly, and always kept me updated on due dates and with reminders. Jeannie was truly a perfect college counselor because she doesn’t coddle  (she expects great work out of her students and returns that with great work herself) but helps students with every concern. Both my parents and I feel it was one of the best investments they have ever made. She took all my stress away, while helping me to achieve the best work I have ever done. I was admitted to all the schools that I applied to except one. Without counseling from College Connections, I truly believe the schools would never know how truly well rounded I am. I don’t think I would be accepted to a large majority of them without the help. Friends with much better grades and test scores were rejected from school I was accepted to

Student 6:

Jeannie made sure I stayed on track with everything and advised and offered me help every step of the way. She came up with what I daresay was the perfect college list (list of colleges to apply to), and helped me with applying to each of them. Jeannie helped and advised me about everything from choosing schools and setting up a schedule to correcting, editing, and brainstorming for essays. Everything Jeannie did helped so much; she responded surprisingly fast to emails, she made a perfect college list for me, and provided amazing counseling and advising every step of the way. I was admitted to almost all of the schools on my college lists, which are too many to name, but I was admitted to my First Choice (NYU) and Second Choice (UC Berkeley). I have been talking with Jeannie about where to attend, and with Jeannie great advice, I have decided to attend UC Berkeley. Jeannie’s counseling played a large role in my admittance to these schools. It is possible that without Jeannie’s advising I would not have gotten into these schools, as well as others on my list.

Student 7:

The most important part of the help I received from College Connections was for my interview at UCSD for their Medical Scholars Program. I had no idea what to expect beyond the usual “Why do you want to be a doctor?” question, and she made an appointment with me at her office in LA so we could speak face-to-face about the questions they would ask. After all that practice, I felt totally at ease during my interview and eventually got accepted into the program! She is considerate and sweet enough to care about what happens to her students even after they hit “submit” on their applications (she also helped me write a letter to the colleges I was waitlisted at, so her advice and help definitely doesn’t stop until after you’re sure you know where you’re going). She was the one who offered to meet with me to help me with this interview, and it ended up making all the difference for me. I honestly believe that though I am qualified to be in this program, the application committee would not have seen my strengths without Jeannie’s help with my essays and interviews. It has meant so much to me.


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