Networking, Interviews, and Recommendations
Networking and interviewing skills are rarely taught in school, though they are arguably the most essential skills we need in almost every field of study. You will identify events to attend and practice how to engage in networking conversations all in an effort to demonstrate interest in the schools you’re applying to. You will learn how to reach out to students and alumni, develop questions and anticipate their questions in role play scenarios. Finally, you will develop a “brag sheet” to reflect your multidimensionality (grades, accolades, jobs, interests). Using this, you will secure commitments from counselors, teachers, and coaches for writing strong letters of recommendation on your behalf and learn the fine art of writing the “perfect thank you card.”
Personal Essay and Writing Support
Your personal essay and short answer responses can be the ‘make or break’ for admissions teams in their decisions about students who have similar high school transcripts, GPAs, and test scores. These pieces of writing offer you the opportunity to show who you are (and how effectively you express yourself) beyond the numbers. You will engage in exercises from The College Essay Guy (Ethan Sawyer), learn how to solicit valuable feedback from others, and edit some of your finest pieces of writing yet.
Time Management & Stress Reduction
You will assess your current time management and self care practices and learn new ones that focus on balancing classes, extracurriculars, the college application process, and self care. You will also explore and practice research-based techniques and tools that can help you reduce stress and anxiety during and after college.
I will be taking on only a few clients for the 2019-20 school year. Please contact me directly to schedule time to meet. 90-minute sessions are $200. I like to meet with students 1-2 times per month (in person or virtually).
Kimberly L. Mitchell, M.A.