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Can you believe it is already almost the end of July?! This summer is flying by. We’re in the midst of our third week of College Application Crash Courses and have worked with some amazing students thus far. We are so proud of all of the hard work they are putting in and they are putting together some incredible essays. As students finish their course and share some of their experience and work with their parents, we check in with them to see what they thought of the course. Here are excerpts from two recent emails, both from parents with students who have been in our Crash Courses this summer.
I would like to commend you on your program. It is absolutely amazing that an 18 year old teenage male can attend a 5 day class from 9 to 4 and only come home with positive comments about the course. WOW! He is so relieved to have his college essays behind him. The process of writing and critiquing his essays was an empowering process which he will be able to utilize for a lifetime. He enjoyed the class and feels he has control of the application process. As a mother of two going to college at the same time, your course allows me to be a mom and not nag them about getting essays written and applications completed. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist with my own private practice, but I also have the burden of fighting Lyme Disease and Malaria so I do not have much extra energy for all of the college stress. Thank you so much for simplifying the process for me as a parent and for empowering my kids to be self sufficient!
– 2014 Summer Crash Course Parent
I am very pleased with the outcome of the class. Going in I was nervous that she would be jet lagged upon her return from Spain and wouldn’t make the investment in the class I hoped for. I was much relieved after speaking to her and seeing the results. Not only did she put in the time and effort she actually enjoyed it! She loved working with you. She actually said that signing her up for the class was the best decision we ever made. Bottom line I am very pleased with the class outcome and think this was some of the best money I ever spent. A great outcome and stress reliever for the entire family!
– 2014 Summer Crash Course Parent
It is so rewarding to work with so many amazing students and to hear from their happy families after their course – it is such a wonderful feeling!
We’ve had a great response so far to Jessica’s new book, Texas College Guide: The University of Texas at Austin. Now, in addition to it being available on Amazon, it is also available at a selection of bookstores and gift shops in the Houston area. Below is the current list and we will update it every few weeks as it changes. Additionally, if you’re interested in carrying the book, send us an email at email@example.com
Bella Madame Salon
2628 Chestnut Ridge Road, Kingwood, TX 77339
14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
The Book Nook
5022 Highway 90A Suite J, Sugar Land, TX 77498
Katy Budget Books
2450 Fry Road, Katy, TX 77084
Out of the Box
5709 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057
The Villager Gift Shop
9311 Katy Freeway Suite B, Houston, TX 770024
We filled all of our Platinum College Application Crash Courses this year in record time – which was fantastic! But we were still getting a lot of inquiries from students and parents once the classes were full. We came up with a whole new program to offer this summer: the Silver Summer Application Package! The goal of these courses is to set aside a number of hours in the summer to really focus and work on the college applications. Here’s what’s included:
12 hours of one-on-one application consulting
8 hours of resume and essay editing
Students will finish with one polished, targeted college essay plus three creative, original 500-word essays
The 12 hours are designed to be run for 3 hours per day over 4 consecutive days. Although some modifications may be made, these prolonged sessions are critical to fostering communication and trust between the admissions consultant and the student. For more information, or to sign up, please click here.
The cost for this program is $1,875.
This is a great way to get a head start on senior year!
Everyone looks forward to relaxing in the summer – but there are some things that shouldn’t be left to flutter around in the summer breezes. What are we talking about? Test prep! Join us on Saturday, May 31st and hear from our senior test prep instructor, Errolynn Zetar, on why summer is a great time for test prep. She’ll share some tips, answer questions, and tell you about different summer options that are available.
We are really excited about this new book – Texas College Guide: The University of Texas at Austin. Jessica decided last summer to sit down and write a book about everything she has learned about applying to UT from her years of experience. She was also able to collect information directly from the University and its various schools to pull together all of the information Texans need to understand the system and plan for success. Here is more about why she wrote the book:
We hope that students (and their parents) enjoy this book and feel informed about the admission process at UT. And if you are a prospective Aggie: don’t worry, this book is the first in what will be a series!
We’re gearing up for another busy summer of College Application Crash Courses. A few weeks ago, we took some time to chat with some of last year’s Crash Course parents to hear what they had to say about their experience. Here’s a video of what they had to say:
Thanks to all of the parents who shared their experiences! And if you’re interested in learning more about the courses or enrolling for this summer, click here. But hurry! There are only a handful of spots left.
We hope everyone is enjoying this fantastic Spring weather – but we all know the truth: summer will be here soon. Before you get swallowed up in end of the school year activities and summer vacation planning – join us for a free college admissions information session! On Saturday, May 3rd, our president, Jessica Givens, will be delivering her engaging and informative presentation “Five Secrets to College Admissions Gold” at our office on West Gray.
Too many parents, students and counselors are operating with out-dated assumptions about what works and are blind-sided by often-avoidable rejection letters. Join us to learn about how to navigate the ever-changing college admissions process. This session is geared toward parents of students between eighth and eleventh grade but anyone is welcome.
Juniors! Summer will be here before you know and you know what that means… it’s time to start your college applications! And also… finish them? Yes! Our College Application Crash Courses bring together a small group of motivated students for 5 days during the summer and together the group knocks out the major written components of their college applications including three essays and a resume. Additionally, for those taking the course in August, they’ll be able to fill out the actual application as well (we added classes in July due to demand but the application doesn’t come out until August 1!). Here are some additional details:
Interested? Then get a move on! Spots are filling up quickly. Click here to read more about what happens in class or to enroll. This is a fantastic way to get a huge head start on your applications leading to a significantly less stressful senior year for you and your entire family! Plus, it’s fun!
Our president, Jessica Givens, was recently featured as a College Coach on KHOU’s morning program, Great Day Houston. She was there on Monday, February 17th to help them kick off their college week. See the clip in full here:
Thanks so much for having Jessica on the show again – it is always a good time!