• Why Hire A College Consultant Anyway?

    If you’re trying to decide if you need a college consultant or if you’re just trying to figure out what a college consultant does, you’re in the right place. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I encounter in my travels:

    Q. What do you do as a college consultant?

    As a college consultant, I serve as a guide, coach and advocate for students throughout their college admissions process. I teach my students how to identify their VIPS, make informed decisions about colleges and career possibilities so that they can make the most of their college experience. For those of you new to Dobler College Consulting, VIPS are your values, interests, personality-style and skills.

    Q. Why would we hire you?

    With over 2,000 colleges and universities in the United States, the college admissions process can become rather stressful and overwhelming. The tasks are endless: researching colleges, planning and preparing for tests, writing essays, completing applications, filling out financial aid forms – there is always something to be done. My role is to remove the stress from the process and help you and your student enjoy what should be one of the most memorable experiences you will share. I empower my students and challenge them to own their college search focusing on fit – academic, social and financial, rather than on brand names or meaningless rankings.

    Q. What kinds of students do you work with?

    The students I work with sometimes have ten AP courses, sometimes none.  They are athletes, budding artists and musicians. Sometimes they have flawless GPA’s and other times they think they are just “average” and may not have many college options. Ultimately, I work with students and families who want and need my help. Many families also assume that a college consultant is only for the rich – I pride myself on providing accessible and affordable college counseling services that can accommodate any budget.

    Q. When do you start working with students?

    While I prefer to start working with students late in their sophomore year or early in their junior year, what is most important is that we start working together when the student is ready to fully invest themselves in the process. Sometimes this is as early as freshman year while other times it’s as late as November of senior year.

    Q. How many students do you work with each year?

    My philosophy is built on two things: a personal approach and affordable access. For this reason, I work with no more than 30 students in each graduating class and I keep my counseling model simple and direct. By doing so, I ensure that each  student receives the time and attention they deserve and that they stay on track meeting all deadlines.

    Q. I don’t live in Connecticut. Does this mean you can’t work with me?

    Absolutely not! We’re in a technological age and, between email, Skype and screen sharing programs, there are so many easy and convenient ways to get our work done. In fact, I even use these methods at times with local students simply because of the convenience for them.

    Q. My student’s high school counselor will work with us for free. Why do we need a college consultant?

    I’m always happy to hear that your son or daughter’s school counselor is available to help them through all the time-consuming steps of the college admissions process. I wish this was the case more often, to be honest.

    But, what if the counselor doesn’t have the time to help them figure out what they’re good at, and how this will translate into a major and future career opportunities? Will they be able to help them prepare for an interview? Will they be able to efficiently guide them through the multiple steps of rewriting that a truly awesome essay requires? Are they available to talk with you or your student after the school day is over or on the weekend when there is finally time to work on applications? Can they help you understand how to reduce college costs so that your student can graduate and start their life without the burden of excessive student loan debt?

    If you can confidently answer “yes” to all of these questions, your student will be fine.

    If not, if you have any concerns at all about the level of support and guidance your son or daughter will receive, you should contact me today for a FREE consultation. Other families have, and they’ll tell you just how much of a difference Dobler College Consulting has made for them.

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