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You Matter

You matter. Did you know that? Too many students and parents think they are just anonymous members of a herd trying to get into college. But you are not like everyone else. Nobody is. We are all distinctly different with a wide variety of gifts to offer the world. College is one of the special places we can choose to allow ourselves to grow into our gifts and later contribute them to the world. 

Just like you, colleges are also distinctly different. There is a college for everyone. I am not just saying that. I know, it sounds cliche'. But...like people, each college has a different personality, offers different opportunities and serves different types of people. The mission, if you want to choose college as a place to grow into your gifts, is to match your gifts, needs, desires and budget to colleges that are the perfect growth medium for you.

My mission is to help families make the best match possible. My advice to parents and students in the process is not to assume things about colleges. For example, did you know that an in-state, public college might not be the most economical option for you? It makes sense that these colleges should be the least expensive but I have found that is not always the case. Do you think community college will be easier than a four year college? Think again. Community colleges are getting students ready for four year colleges and work hard to make sure students are ready for the junior year of a university. They are not easier. They may offer smaller classes and lower tuition, but easy classes are not part of the deal. Do you worry that a condition such as dyslexia, ADD, processing delays or Autism are a barrier to going to college? Relax. Not only do colleges offer support services to students with learning differences, some colleges are dedicated to students who learn differently.

See, I told you there is a college for everyone :)

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