“Hey There! It’s your essay coach. I wanted to say hello and wish you luck as you embark on your freshman year! Which school did you end up choosing?”
I hit sent and wait. As my phone starts to ping—all smiley faces and exclamation points—I sit back with a big smile on my own face. Another application season has come and gone. Another crop of wonderful students is off to make their college dreams come true.
This season, I worked with transfer students from OCC and the University of Vermont, as well as high school seniors from Edison, Los Alamitos, Marina, Millikan, Palos Verdes, Poly, Whitney, and Wilson. It was an especially difficult season for students applying to the UCs, which reported a record number of applicants from in state, out of state, and beyond. Qualified students (who clearly fit the academic profile and who were easily admitted to other schools with similar academic profiles) weren’t getting into the UCs. Not just my students, everyone’s students. This left a lot of seniors in our area disappointed, a lot of their parents frustrated, and a lot of their counselors confused. After some failed appeals and some serious soul searching, all of my students ended up choosing a school they believe is a perfect fit for them. I am pleased to report: everyone is happy.
Since prospective clients sometimes want to know, here’s a recap of where this year’s group is going. But, as I always explain to new clients, the credit goes to my students, not to me. They did the hard work to earn the acceptances. They made the most of their high school years. They had remarkable stories to tell. All I did was listen.
Schools in California: San Diego State (two), SLO (two), UC Davis (two), UCLA (two), UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, USF, USC (three!)
Schools Outside California: Cornell, Emerson, Harvard, Loyola University Chicago, TCU, U Minnesota, U Oregon, U Washington (three!)