Parents sometimes ask us if we can meet with them (and their children) in person. The short answer is that we generally just don’t do this and the reason for that is that it’s not a great use of time for any of us. Do we do it on occasion? Yes. We occasionally meet with students in New York, Los Angeles, or Miami. But would it surprise you to know that we have not met the vast majority of our students over this past decade face-to-face? Occasionally, a student admitted to Columbia will stop by our New York office during their freshman year to meet us and say thank you or they’ll drive down from Caltech to meet us in LA.
But we work almost exclusively via Skype, phone, and email. How does a face-to-face meeting aid in essay revisions? It won’t! If you want to know what we look like, Skype with us! Many of our clients ask to Skype with us first but then for every subsequent conversation, they prefer phone calls because they no longer need to go to the trouble of signing on to Skype to see us when an easy phone call will do just fine! It kind of says it all. And of course, we exchange many, many emails with students and parents once they’re our clients.
We are a 21st century business. Working via Skype, phone, and email is our model. If you’d prefer to work with a local college counselor in your area, that’s fine. Do it. Meet face-to-face with this counselor. Maybe they’ll pour you tea and give you biscuits. But those biscuits aren’t going to help your child get into a highly selective college. Why choose a regional, self-proclaimed expert when you can work with the world’s leading college consultancy, Ivy Coach? It’s certainly your call but are biscuits really worth the price of admission to your dream school(s)? Likely not. But we imagine the biscuits are tasty!
If you’re a student in India, we can work with you. If you’re a student in China, we can work with you. If you’re a student in Texas, we can work with you. If you’re a student in Ethiopia, we can work with you. If you’re a student in the United Arab Emirates, we can work with you. If you’re a student in Arkansas, we can work with you. Are you beginning to get the idea? We imagine so!
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