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What sets College Goldmind apart from its competitors?
CGM is a "personalized" approach. Each student is individually evaluated, counseled and advised. I personally discuss goals, help students make sense out of activities and brainstorm activities that match student interests and help them create those activities. At other academies it is a cookie cutter approach where one size fits all. I have worked with students who have used college academies and the students say they meet with counselor and the counselor checks their grades and says see you next month. Then at the end of the process they are handed a list of top colleges printed directly from the internet and told to apply.
What is an email session?
An email session serves as a way to meet without having to go to the CGM office. Often times I ask students to email me their essays, brag sheets or other info so I can look it over before our next scheduled meeting to be able to maximize that meeting time. The email also allows students to ask questions and get a timely response.
What is a student session?
The student sessions are the heart and soul of the program. Each 30 minute session is planned in succession to get the student started on the path to creating the strongest possible application. The student and I discuss activities to make meaning and get maximum impact from activities, we discuss personal essays and strategies, we discuss college choices and possible majors and best fit schools.
What is a parent session?
Parent sessions are meant for the beginning and end of the process. The first parent session involves the parent so that parent, student and myself can get on the same page and make sure the goals are all the same to support the student. It is like a triangle with the parent and myself on the bottom of each side supporting the student at the top. In this session parents can also ask questions, discuss concerns and go over expectations of the program. The final parent meeting is similar to an exit interview where we go over what has been accomplished and where the student is in the process and what the anticipated outcomes are.
What are all the ways that College Goldmind can help high schoolers?
CGM helps students maximize their potential either in creating a compelling activities or by creating a compelling application. Many students tend to sell themselves short when it comes to "bragging" about activities and accomplishments. Students learn the secrets of how to properly brag about themselves - hint: It is not having a fancy title or being part of a prestigious organization. I also help students pair their interests, with talents and goals for majors or careers. Often times students are unsure of what they want to do and through our sessions we brainstorm ideas and areas of interest. Writing essays is another area where many students drop the ball. I again provide secrets of killer college essays and here is another hint: the flowing flowery essay isn't the essay colleges are looking for, but I know what is. I show students how to create meaningful activities that highlight them and I show them how to properly highlight those activities on an application using the right words and events.
Has College Goldmind had previous success with its customers?
In terms of success one of our fist clients is attending NYU this coming fall. He didn't think he had a shot but after working with him we not only got him accepted but he also won local scholarship using one of the essays we worked on. In terms of creating meaningful activities one of my Junior clients wanted to do promotions so we started his own promotion company. He has been contracted to do online marketing for a local chain of restaurants as well as contracting with a local coffee shop to host weekly events from open mic nites to poetry events. One of my Freshman clients and I discussed her desire to help individuals through clothing donations. As we discussed it further we came up with the idea to have people donate clothing, create an online store and resell the donated items and ultimately use the money to fund a small micro lending endeavor that allows her to turn disposable items into usable items.
What results can College Goldmind deliver with low performing students?
Even with low performing students CGM works to create a plan. There is more than one route to college and reaching your goals. Low performing students and parents come to realize that they have fewer options but they still have options. Brainstorming goals helps set the agenda. A community college may be the route but students still have to have a plan and position themselves for the next step after community college. At CGM we help them do just that.
College Goldmind offers consulting packages for which grades?
CGM offers packages for all high school age students. After graduating from 8th grade you can start building up your college application. If you are a Senior I can help make your application a nice shiny package that stands out and 9th, 10th and 11th graders can all benefit from the CGM services.
Why is using College Goldmind better than trying to gain admission to a college by yourself?
Anyone can fill out a college application just as anyone can fill out a job application but those who get accepted and hired generally have some sort of inside knowledge. As a reader for the UC system I know what your application should look like. I know what activities, awards and qualities are valued. I know how your application should sound using the correct terminology that will grab the admission readers attention. Why take your chances when you can have an honest evaluation of your chances and work with someone who knows what colleges are looking for in an applicant.
How frequently can meetings be arranged for consulting?
Meetings generally work best about a month apart although Senior packages usually happen a little quicker because of the application deadlines. Sessions are scheduled at the students convenience.
Does College Goldmind help in ways other than college admission consulting?
CGM helps you to discover your passion for a career and lets you work through the process. Most students come to me saying one thing but their activities, body language and enthusiams either support that or tell another story. In some ways I am able to make it "OK" for a student to follow another dream that their parents may not share. In doing so it is also assuring the parents that within a particular field of study there are many options. So really it is not only college counseling but family counseling too.