What Our Clients Say
Many of the students and families we work with stay in touch with us over the years. It is so much fun for us when we continue to hear what the students we work with are accomplishing while in college and after they graduate. While Lisa has written us a review before, we received the following verbatim unsolicited update on her daughter Jamie in the mail along with her graduation announcement.
As with most of the students we work with, we couldn’t be more proud of each and all that they have achieved!
May 8, 2017
Another success story to add to your list! It seems like ‘forever ago’ when Jamie and I came to your office for college consulting. I am so thankful your guidance lead us to Emerson College. It has been the right school for Jamie and the teachers played a large part in Jamie’s ability to reach her graduation goal. She will graduate from “Writing, Literature, and Publishing” with a BFA (she even did an additional 50 pg written work to get the BFA!) – the graduation is this Sunday 5/14 – Mother’s Day, which gives me the most special mother’s day of all!
Best Regards and Take Care,
Lisa and Jamie, of course!!
Lisa, parent of Jamie, a 2017 graduate of Emerson College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Writing, Literature, and Publishing, and the GW Community School’s Class of 2013 and Adrienne, a Woodson High School 2010 graduate, Class of 2014 Undergraduate and 2016 Teaching Graduate from Hofstra University.
I wanted to thank you and Kim for all the guidance and input you provided as you worked with our son through the last 8 months. We truly appreciate it. It had been especially helpful as he worked through his college essays. We have had several friends approach us for recommendations about college counselors and we have provided your name to them.
Parent, Class of 2017 Graduate, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
We are very grateful for all of your assistance and will continue to recommend your services to friends. You have a real gift for working with teenagers, and we have so appreciated your kindness and your counsel to both of our boys and to us.
Parents, Oakton High School Graduates, Class of 2014 and 2017
Attending Drake University, Class of 2018
Will be attending College of William and Mary, Class of 2021
Thank you, Emily, for all you have done to help Kevin during this critical college search period. He (and we!) are very excited for him and feel that he has made an excellent decision with all of the right criteria in mind. We look forward to continuing to stay in touch in the coming months and again are grateful to you for all your assistance and thoughtful support.
Parent, Oakton High School Graduate, Class of 2017
Will be attending James Madison University, Class of 2021
It doesn’t give Emily and Kim enough credit to say that they worked with Hannah on her college applications. They did so much more – from helping Hannah feel like she took control of the daunting college entrance process to guiding her on which colleges she should apply to and then working with her on the applications–Emily and Kim made the process so much more productive and far less stressful than if we did it on our own. Hannah is now at Pitt (her first choice) and could not be happier. We were so impressed with Know Your Options that we hired Emily and Kim again to help Hannah find a summer overseas writing workshop this summer. Another great experience working with them and Hannah is off to Scotland in a few months for a five week writing course.
Paul and Michele Nathanson, Parents of Hannah, Robinson High School Class of 2015 Graduate
International Summer Writing Program, 2017
Thank you for helping our daughter with her applications. Having Kim’s guidance really took a lot of pressure off her and Iikewise, she enjoyed working with Kim.
On another note, she got a 10K merit scholarship per year to another state university but is happy with her decision to attend Penn State.
Parent, Oakton High School Graduate, Class of 2017
Emily Snyder worked with all three of our daughters during their college search and application process. She was amazing. Emily sat down with each daughter to discuss what they were looking for from a college. She honestly advised them, based on their grades, test scores and other activities, as to their best options and developed lists to help with our college visits. Emily was there for us through the entire stressful time. She provided an outside, non-partisan opinion, taking out the emotion of the college application process. My husband and I were grateful to have her advice and counsel. The great news was that all three of our girls got into their first choice universities – University of Virginia, Duke University and Elon University. Two of the girls got in early decision – Duke and Elon!
Glen and Carol Bolger
Parents, West Potomac High School Graduates
“In her senior year, my daughter Madison had narrowed down a list of about eight colleges that she thought might be good options for her but she was anxious about the application process and whether she was missing something. Talking with Emily gave her the reassurance that she had a good plan but Emily offered a few additional options Madison hadn’t considered. Emily walked her through which schools on her list offered early action and which didn’t and that helped Madison schedule and prioritize her applications. Emily gave her some realistic expectations on her chances of acceptance at each school and that prodded her to complete the early action application to the University of Michigan rather than wait for the general deadline and that is the school she ended up attending. Emily reviewed Madison’s essays but knew better than to smother her individual voice trying to make the words and phrases seem perfect.
We introduced Emily to our son earlier in his high school career to help guide him toward a plan for reaching his goals. Hearing from Emily the importance of participating in clubs and activities, of using his time well, made more of an impact than if we had told him ourselves. We plan to schedule more visits periodically so that Emily can help him see if he is on track.”
Janice, Parent of Washington and Lee High School Graduates, Class of 2015 and 2019
“Matt chose GMU and he is doing well so far. The school looks like a good fit for him and he is taking some challenging courses such as Chemistry and Calculus. Thank you for all of your help with Matt; it really made all the difference. I hope you can take on Elizabeth, our friend’s daughter; she too could greatly benefit from your support.”
Andrew, Parent of McLean High School Graduate (2016)
“It meant so much to us that you were not focused on her learning differences but on her as a complete high school student and athlete. She can be a bit of a hard sell but you didn’t push her, leaving her open minded throughout the process. I know I had my concerns about the size of VCU and again, you listened and waited until all of our thoughts were on the table and said the magic words – ‘Nobody comes back from VCU unhappy.’ In a nutshell, thank you for everything. It seems like two such small words but we were so fortunate to have you share this process with us and both of our children.”
Parents of a Woodson High School 2012 graduate who just completed his senior year (2016) at The College of William and Mary and a Fairfax 2015 High School Graduate, currently enrolled as a student athlete at Virginia Commonwealth University and on schedule to graduate in 2019.
“I wanted to update you on Adrienne. She finished her masters in Special Ed from Hofstra last week. She decided to explore “Higher Ed” as a job possibility after spending the last 2 years as a graduate assistant in the office for commuter students while in school. She is now the Assistant Director in the office of Parent and Family Programs at Hofstra, starting today! Hofstra continues to be a huge part in Adrienne’s life. So glad you suggested it as a school for her!! Both of my kids went to the “perfect” school for them because of you!”
Lisa, parent of Adrienne, a Woodson High School 2010 graduate and 2014 Undergraduate and 2016 Teaching Graduate from Hofstra University, and Jamie, a 2013 graduate of the GW Community School, currently enrolled at Emerson College, and expecting to graduate in 2017.
I was hesitant and rusty applying to law school after being out of undergrad & my Master’s for a couple years. Kim was wonderful at helping me determine if it was the right decision based on my interests and career goals. We first spoke about my motivations, what I could expect with the application process, and how best to prepare for the whole process. She was great at encouraging me to stick to a timeline that covered all aspects and not leave any one item until the end. All of my emails and questions were responded to thoughtfully and quickly. When it came time to review my personal statements, her input was invaluable. She really took the time to read through and explain to me how and why to change certain areas that not only improved my letters, but also my writing in general. The insight they provided into the whole process and how applications/applicants are viewed was incredibly helpful. I know that I wouldn’t have made it through as successfully as I did without their help.
Amanda, First Year School of Law Student, Case Western Reserve University
“I just wanted to say thank you for everything. Your advice you gave and the support I felt from you with every decision made this crazy mess so much simpler and efficient, and it’s been amazing knowing I’ve got you in my corner. Thank you so much for helping me through everything.”
Langley High School Graduate (2016)