We have an observation to share. We’ve been offering pro bono services at Ivy Coach for many years — to underprivileged students, to minorities, to veterans of our military, and more. But only in recent years did we decide to offer our pro bono services exclusively to veterans and to members of our American military family. We must say — it was a great decision on our part. There is little more satisfying for us than helping the men and women who have served our country in uniform gain admission to the highly selective colleges of their dreams. But that is not our observation. Our observation is that these are some of the kindest, most appreciative people we have the pleasure of working with.
From a sea of folks who are entitled, who think that it’s our task to sell our services to them (little do they know that we only choose to work with folks we like), our American military members stand out. That’s not to say that all folks who contact us are entitled. Of course not. Quite the opposite in fact. The vast majority are extremely nice and a pleasure to speak to. But the kindness and appreciation that members of our military show us, even ones we can’t be of help to beyond a twenty-minute consultation (in which we offer them advice — which we do not do during free consults with non-military folks…we only answer questions about our service offerings), is really incredible.
We are proud at Ivy Coach to be in the service of America’s veterans, helping a few each year gain admission to the colleges of their dreams.
In the months to come, we are going to seek to expand our pro bono service offerings to members of our American military, so that we can help beyond a few veterans each year. Maybe we can help a dozen. We’re going to be seeking out a partnership with a veteran’s organization to continue on with this important work. We are mighty proud at Ivy Coach to be in the service of America’s brave men and women who serve and have served our nation. It’s not Veteran’s Day nor is it Memorial Day, it’s just any old day. But on this day, we salute them for their service!