Success - Testimonials

"We are somewhat speechless….in fact totally speechless…..and we know we have you to thank in large part for it. Not only for guiding xx so well but also for allowing us to stay sane and to keep a healthy relationship with our son. This is obviously beyond what we were hoping for, and we are so grateful. Many, many thanks."

Parent, Mamaroneck, NY

"Cathy!!!!  Thank you, thank you.  You were incredibly helpful during this process and your editing of xx's essays was focused, detailed and patient. We just loved both the large and small essays and feel that they are a true reflection of who xx is. Thank you for helping her edit her pieces without losing her writer's voice--no easy feat for sure. I firmly believe that this college is a perfect match for her. I look forward to working with you again with my other daughter."

Parent, New Canaan, CT

"I thought you might like to know that you were the first person [our daughter] called after we opened the USC package. It makes me really happy that she has developed such a great relationship with you. It definitely shows through in her applications -- and now in her acceptances. So thank you."

Parent, Stamford, CT

"I just wanted to let you know how incredibly grateful I am for everything you've done for me over the past four years. Most importantly, I appreciate you encouraging me to be the best I can be. Your guidance, support and genuine caring have been amazing.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything!"

Student, Elon

"Cathy’s work with our daughter was instrumental to her early decision acceptance at the Ivy League college of her choice. What stands out about Cathy’s approach is the positive, partner-like tone that she strikes with her students. She guided our daughter in a straight-forward way that was concrete, directed, specific, and actionable. She was always there to help and support but never took over our daughter’s ultimate responsibility for her application, which is not only the right thing to do but actually takes stress out of the admissions process. Cathy’s work on the essay in particular was simply brilliant.  Not only did she take extraordinary time and care, but her insightful guidance helped our daughter communicate her key messages while avoiding the all too common pitfalls that can undermine the essay in a well-intentioned effort to be distinctive. We cannot recommend Cathy more highly!"

Parent, New Canaan, CT

"You are a goddess of a coach! Your immense patience throughout this process, but especially when xx was dragging his feet on his applications, made a huge difference, and your expertise at every stage was invaluable. We are all so thrilled that he got into his first choice school! Thank you, Cathy!"

Parent, Brookline, MA

"Thank you so much for all your work with xx. Undoubtedly you made him an even stronger candidate. We are grateful for your care and professionalism."

Parent, Stamford, CT

"Our heartfelt thanks for all the good work (and results!) that you did with xx these past two years. He is really thrilled to have gotten into his top choice college. Once again you were able to handle the subtleties of our child’s character much more calmly and effectively than we would ever have been able to. And I should add that xx really, really enjoyed working with you. We know how much work and dedication accompanying a child on this journey takes…… thank you!"

Parent, Mamaroneck, NY

"Thank you again for spending so much time on my application process. Your work with me on my essays was especially helpful. I couldn't have done it without you! I have learned a lot and I am so excited to attend Syracuse!" 

Student, Syracuse

"We want to thank you for all you did over the last two years to guide xx through his college search. You helped him – and us – through the process with your expertise, kept everything on track so he met deadlines on time and calmed our anxieties as a voice of reason when we needed it. [Our son] is thrilled, as are we, that he’s been accepted to his top choice school, and we’re grateful for all the time you put in, knowledge you brought to the application process and for being a supportive, encouraging partner in the process."

Parent, New Canaan, CT

"I'm going exactly where I want to be next year! I really couldn't be more thrilled. Thank you SO much for your help with the application! With your help, my essay turned from a simple story about xx into a coherent essay that included so much more. Your advice really made all the difference. You helped make the college application process less stressful and I really appreciate that."

Student, Skidmore

"Thank you, Cathy, for your amazing insight and assistance!"

Parent, New Canaan, CT

"I owe so much to you. Northwestern is where I've wanted to go forever. Now that I got in, I feel like my dream is coming true, and it's because of you. Thank you so much for everything!"

Student, Northwestern

"Working with Cathy made our daughter’s application process much smoother, less stressful and more productive. From helping create “the list,” to visit counseling, through essay-writing and application completion, we were completely reassured knowing that Cathy was in xx's corner.  She was easy for xx to talk to, asked all the right questions, and her essay feedback was phenomenal. Cathy inspired our daughter to take to it the next level, and thanks to her we know that xx gave it her very best shot. In fact, xx is absolutely thrilled that she will be attending her first-choice school in the fall.  Any family would be very lucky to work with Cathy!"

Parent, Pleasantville, NY

"I loved the way you asked me questions that helped me sort out the kinds of schools I would be interested in as well as possible majors for me to consider. I also really appreciated your knowledge about so many different schools – and how you brought schools to my attention that I might not have discovered on my own. All that reflection made me much more confident in the list of schools I was applying to. In the end, what an exciting result!"

Student, Villanova

"Thank you so much for all of your help along the way. You really helped take my application to the next level."

Student, University of Pennsylvania

"[Our son] is doing GREAT!!! He absolutely LOVES IT!!!!! I feel like he is in the perfect place!" 

Parent, New Canaan, CT

"I seriously don't know what I would have done without you and your help along the way. I'm so happy about where I ended up and would like to thank you for all the help you have given me to get there. It has been a pleasure working with you!" 

Student, Wake Forest 

"Cathy provided superior insight and expertise in helping us manage the college application process. She worked extensively with our son, helping him think about who he is and what he wanted to reflect in his essays. We greatly appreciated her guidance regarding the deadlines he needed to meet and the schools he might wish to consider. Cathy is fully up to date regarding today's standards as well as changes in academic institutions and their programs. Our son was admitted early decision to McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern, a dream come true!"

Parent, Brookline, MA

"Thanks so much for bringing out the best in my baby boy! We are so thrilled that he got into his first choice and it is due in great part to your guidance. None of us can wipe off the gigantic smiles from our faces at his acceptance. You are amazing and I am recommending you to others currently beginning the whole college process!"

Parent, New Canaan, CT