Directing Your College Future

Testimonials

"Jan Hale was extremely knowledgeable about the process of applying and auditioning for music programs. Her passion for helping students find the right match helped us make the right choices with confidence. Applying for performance-based music programs can be a daunting task, but with Jan's help, it becomes manageable. We live in Southern California, and Jan offered us the advice that no one in our area could. Jan is a pleasure to work with and a great person to have in your corner."

Barbara / Parent

"Throughout my college preparation experience with Jan, I was able to get a head start on essays, organization of extracurriculars, and was able to figure out what each college wanted to see most in applications. I got them done quickly and easily with her help, and I really think having her help me made a big difference in me being able to get into the college of my choice."

Jack / Student

"Working with Ms Hale was very easy and beneficial to my college essay writing experience. She was prompt with her responses to my emails and helped me work on numerous drafts of each piece until we were both satisfied. The essays I wrote with her helped me get into the colleges I had hoped to gain admission to, and she told me exactly what I needed to do and when. I am so grateful for all of her help! "

Lexi R. / Student

"Jan is an excellent college counselor. Both of my kids benefited from Jan's counsel and ended up at their first choice colleges. Importantly, both kids said they felt very comfortable and encouraged by Jan. With the tremendous stress that is a part of junior year, the last thing they wanted to deal with was the college application process. But Jan made them feel good about their accomplishments and their prospects. She did an excellent job guiding them through their choices of colleges and their essays. As a parent, I highly recommend Jan, and my two children do as well."

Pam /parent

"Jan is terrific! She is very approachable and eager to use her skills as a college admission advisor.

"When our daughter was having a difficult time deciding where to apply, a friend didn't hesitate recommending Jan. That was the best tip ever!

"From the moment we met Jan, she put us all at ease. She assured us, that by working together, we could chart a successful course of action. First, we met as a family, to acquaint her with our needs. She asked our daughter questions about her preferences, i.e., size of campus, location, majors? etc. Then, they spoke one to one, giving them both a chance to get better acquainted and putting our daughter more at ease with the process. It also gave our daughter the clear message that Jan was listening to her and intent on being her advocate.

"After her assessment , Jan produced a list of potential colleges and our daughter was off and running! We all stayed in contact every step of the way. She highly encouraged our daughter to write several drafts of her admission letters and to keep a calendar of deadline dates. Throughout the entire process, Jan was most accommodating and answered all our questions. Gradually, the list was honed down and applications where sent. When the acceptances arrived, Jan helped us to discern and our daughter made her final decision.

"After two years in college, I am pleased to report that our daughter is thriving. Having Jan as our advocate, made the process smoother and more enjoyable then we could have ever imagined ! Applying to colleges , is as daunting an experience, as you have heard. Don't hesitate. Get Jan on your team before you apply!"

Barbara, San Francisco

 

Barbara / San Francisco

Thank you so much for your help. I would be lost without you, and I truly value your opinions and time.  I wanted to say how much I appreciated your efforts.

Most of my friends dread meetings with their college counselors, but I never have. You have a strong grasp on my character; I felt you were listening to me, a quality, you know, I don't take for granted. And I enjoy listening to you. You are intelligent, insightful, funny, and empathetic. We may both be reserved, but I always thought we make a dynamic duo. I hope you get enough credit for your work. I am sure all of my essays would be stunted and grammatically incorrect without you. Even now, I am sure you spot the errors. But it's the sentiment that I wish to convey- you are awesome, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you ever need a pep talk, as I sometimes do, I hope you can look back at this.

Stay amazing, 

Alaina

 Thank you so much for your endless hours of time you spent with me, helping me perfect my application.  Your care and compassion was essential to my success.  I don’t think I would have survived the college application process without you.  Your energy and enthusiasm definitely inspired me to keep going, even as the deadline was hours away.  Thank you again!

 

Elise

 

Because of you, I’m going to college.  So thank you so much for everything – the application help, and just being really great through this stressful time.

 Hannah