My college process was a very chaotic adventure, and it would not have been navigable without the help of Nan. After having done my early applications (and being rejected and deferred from Stanford and the University of Michigan respectively), I found Nan through one of my classmates. Starting on December 20, just 11 days before the regular decision deadlines, Nan helped me completely change my approach to both my essays and college choices. Under her supervision, I was able to create 15 very strong regular decision apps in a little over a week.
I had gone into the college process thinking that an admissions counselor is a “bonus” or “optional,” something that can help but only marginally. I was very wrong. Nan helps in every aspect of the process, not just the essays. In fact, she added several last minute colleges to my list, and I ended up being accepted to one (Johns Hopkins). She has an understanding of the subtle differences between the unique admissions criteria of the top 20 colleges, and therefore knows exactly where to apply to maximize one’s chances.
I was aware of other counseling services near my town, but thankfully I ended up choosing Nan because she has a very unique style in that she is available 24/7 and has an unbelievable work ethic.
Even though I was travelling over the last 7 days of applications, we were able to make the schedule work and organize facetimes. I don’t think I could have gone without her psychological help as well; knowing that there is someone who has a grasp on this process supporting you at every moment is invaluable.
I would not be exaggerating if I said that seeking Nan’s help in the last 11 days of December was one of the decisions I am most proud of and thankful for.