Serving students from
Lake Oswego High School
Lakeridge High School
Jesuit High School
West Linn High School
My mission is to identify a path for each of my students.
Simultaneously, I do a lot of calming down and encouraging. While getting into college is what people talk about, my ultimate goal is to help students matriculate to schools where they will be successful and graduate. Getting in is only the start of the journey.
Assist student in identifying school priorities
Discuss schools through the lens of academic, personal and financial fit
Evaluate and discuss potential fields of study
Help families plan visits and communicate with colleges
Create an initial portfolio of schools for student to consider applying to
Assist student in narrowing portfolio to balanced, reasonable list — students take responsibility for researching colleges and must be able to articulate why they wish to apply to each school on their final list
SAT? ACT? AP Test?
Should I test? Or not?
Testing is perhaps the number one stress point for students currently. Many colleges are test optional. Yet several have indicated scores will be required for future applicants. This is an individual decision and one I can assist with. Should we decide together that test taking will strengthen your application, I assist students in connecting with a qualified professional test tutor.
I like to sit down with students at least once during the beginning of sophomore year. After that, visits become more frequent but remain in keeping with your personal needs. Each family and student differs in the amount of support needed.
Review transcript to date
Discuss course selections — balance of high school career
Evaluate activities + suggest additions or changes as needed
Brainstorm careers of interest and discuss personality test results
Suggest ways student can further self-knowledge before college
Identify personal traits that will impact college list choices
Encouraging skills such as time management, seeking assistance from teachers, self advocacy, etc. – practicing these in high school will enhance college readiness
The school list is finished, the tests have been taken, junior year is completed, now what? At some point students will need to actually dive in and get those applications filled out. I am here to help you by:
Discussing and deciding optimal application timing — Early Action? Early Decision? Regular Decision?
Brainstorming topics for your personal statement also known as the infamous “College Essay”
Setting deadlines to get tasks done on time, or even early
Navigating nuances of the Common Application and Naviance/Family Connection
Giving input (but not rewriting) on essays — long, short and in between
Ensuring activities are communicated to your schools in a clear and concise manner