As is the case with any important decision we make in life, we want to have as many facts as possible and educate ourselves as best we can. The college selection and admissions process is important and it is worth receiving as much information as possible about how it works. Some of this can be obtained from college counselors in the high school. In most cases, counselors do not have the time to hand-hold students through the process. The personalized attention and individual assistance received from our services is beyond what the vast majority of students can receive from the college counselors at their high schools. We serve as “tutors”/“study buddies” and are there to assist every step of the way.
We pride ourselves in helping you find your "fit"and fitting it all together.
You probably have much apprehension of what the process entails. It is true that there is a great deal to know about college admissions, academics, and career orientation. There are many questions you most likely need to have answered. We don’t believe in luring you into paying excessive fees by playing on your fears and lack of understanding of the how the process works. The process begins with an initial two-hour consultation with parent(s) and student as early as sophomore year. Following the session, families can review the contract outlining the full range of services provided for a retained fee.
"Thank you so much for all you have done! You were a HUGE help!"
(Student from Alpharetta High School)
"You have been fabulous. Thanks for all your help!"
(Parent of student, Woodward Academy)
"For me, my high school career revolved around one task: getting into Johns Hopkins University. Early in my senior year, I realized how complicated and time-consuming the college application process really was. My parents were not familiar with applying to colleges in the United Staes and could not help alleviate my frustration. For me, the stakes couldn't have been higher; as a result, my mom and I decided to seek Mrs. Cohen's help. Most students attend high schools where college counselors often manage several juniors and seniors at a time. With Mrs. Cohen's assistance, I received one-on-one, personalized attention and individual counseling that I feel helped set me apart in the unpredictable college admissions "game." Mrs. Cohen helps hone and present your application, essays, and resume in a way that highlights your best aspects and represents you in a unique manner. Her services include, but are not limited to, creating college data sheets, constructing your resume, brainstorming essay topics, marathon essay editing, and conducting mock interviews.
I will forever be grateful to Mrs. Cohen for her help and dedication. Without her I would not have received the 'big, fat envelope' in the mail from the college of my dreams."
(Admitted to Johns Hopkins University)
"I GOT IN!!!! Thank you so much for all your help! I couldn't have done it without you!. Thanks for believing in me."
(Student from Northview High School)
It is also very common for the parent-child relationship to be somewhat strained during what could be a stressful process. The parent and student may have different aspirations and often different perspectives on the timetables to begin the process and the timelines to comfortably complete it. We can assume the role that your student needs, relieving the parent of the tension that often results from the college admissions process.
Bio (Diane Cohen - Owner/Principal)
Professionally, Diane has successfully assisted high school students in navigating the college application process with demonstrated success in getting them admitted to their school of choice. She has drawn on her strong background in recruiting over twenty years, both on and off college campuses. In addition, Diane has relevant career experience from her corporate staffing and development and and executive search background. As a Senior Human Resources Director in the corporate world and as a consultant, she has led key leadership training initiatives and provided coaching and career counseling to recent graduates and professionals in multiple functional areas. This has allowed Diane to look well beyond admissions and to project career options when assisting her students in considering colleges. Her expertise includes career advice, as well as resume preparation, essay development, and interview skills training. Diane has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Fordham University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Masters degree in Human Resource Management from Cornell University.
Personally, as a parent whose daughter graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and son from the University of Southern California, Diane is all too familiar with not only the technical aspects of the college admissions process, but the emotional ones as well. Ensuring the odds of finding the optimal "fit" is her personal goal for each of her clients.
Diane is based in the Atlanta suburb, Alpharetta, Georgia.