The Ivy Coach
The Ivy Coach

The Ivy Coach

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Introduction: Hi there, I'm The Ivy Coach! Over the past 8 years, I have worked with over a hundred students on their admissions strategy and applications. My clients have gotten into the top schools in the country including Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, Cornell, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, UChicago, NYU, UC Berkeley, and University of Southern California. Specializing in admissions to highly selective schools, I am well-versed in what elite universities hope to see in an applicant—leadership, passion, curiosity, work ethic, and grit, amongst other things. These qualities (and more) can be demonstrated using the various pieces of the admissions puzzle. I assist you in navigating each of these pieces, including course selection, extracurriculars, personal brand, college selection, testing strategy, essay topics/writing and interviews. So no matter what stage of high school you're in, I can take help you plan the next steps. Once, I was exactly where you are right now, frazzled by the increasingly complex college admissions maze and the blinking cursor on a blank word document. After I figured this process out for myself, I went on to major in Political Science and History at UPenn, where I was also a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, made Dean's List and graduated with Honors. I, then, went on to study investigative journalism at Columbia Journalism School and write stories for major national outlets. Writing has been my passion since I was a child, and it's something I'll be doing for the rest of my life. I love words and totally nerd out on how to put them together. And I am super stoked to partner with you on your goals, whatever they may be. Let's make a game plan!

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Serves Bethesda, MD

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Exceptional 5.0

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Jonathan P.

Working with Fatima was an absolute pleasure! I wrote my essays and talked to Fatima about my extracurriculars. She was able to take all of this information and help me put it in a way that showed how passionate I am about my interests. I knew I had a strong application with my extracurriculars, academics and letter of recommendations. However, the essays really pushed me over the top. Instead of writing what the admissions officers wanted to hear, she encouraged me to write using my authentic voice. This allowed my personality to shine through, which was important since most in-person interviews were cancelled and it’s just hard to show personality over Zoom. When I was done, I was extremely pleased with the results and process. Fatima also made me a better storyteller. I honed skills working with her that I will use for the rest of my life. For example, I learned how to efficiently research the colleges to determine how I could contribute to the university and figure out if their culture was a good fit for me. Using this method, I was able to narrow my college search down to 6 colleges that were a good fit. Of these 6 schools, I was accepted into 5 of them, eventually deciding to attend an Ivy League school that was perfect for me. These are just a few of the reasons why I highly recommend Fatima. It would be impossible to list all of them in one review!
Aug 28, 2021
Kerry B.

The Ivy Coach is now supporting my second child. She got the first in to UCLA! She does NOT do it all for them, she guides them, pushes and encourages them to be all that they can - and yes sometimes mine moaned but she's like that teacher that you knew you more in you. I'm not native to the US so this experience was very foreign and I didn't understand hardly any of the application process but she guided us through it all. I cannot stress how much she guided us but the onus was back on the kids to do the work and research, write the answers and essays and be prepared to listen to the critique and learn how to improve that. My son has so much more confidence than he had a year ago. She was even there when we had a non college app issue and I just needed some advice on how to handle a teen issue - she was there to advise me and just help out. I can't recommend her highly enough and consider her a friend now as she celebrates in the successes of my first child that she helped achieve. It's a lot to navigate out there, you need someone who knows what they are doing and what colleges are looking for and who truly has the best interests in your childs success.
Aug 13, 2021
Tracey D.

Fatima is an excellent college coach. She is extremely personable, professional, knowledgeable and flexible. With her guidance, my son was able to narrow down topics and focus on areas that made him stand out on his college and scholarship applications. As a result, he got into his 1st & 2nd choice schools and several top 25 schools with generous scholarships. Fatima is genuinely interested in the success of her students and makes herself available on short notice to meet application deadlines. My son enjoyed working with her and had nothing but positive things to say about their sessions. This was an application cycle like no other, so I really appreciated Fatima’s ability to simplify a stressful and complicated process!!!
Aug 8, 2021
Anonymous R.

Fatima guided me through the entire college essay-writing process. She helped me brainstorm topics for my personal statement and supplemental essays by pushing me to self-reflect. Fatima taught me to articulate the real me in creative and powerful ways to stand out to admissions officers and reveal positive qualities. She provided grammatical feedback, helped rephrase sentences, and cut down unnecessary words, so I could include more details. Fatima even helped me pick the best verbs for the CommonApp activities section. Her raw and unfiltered viewpoint offered a much-needed, fresh perspective on my essays. If I were to go through the college application process again, I would 100% continue to work with Fatima!
Jul 22, 2021
Shyam N.

My experience could not have been better. Prior to meeting with Fatima, I felt unsure of how to craft effective writing for supplements and my common app essay for them to stand out. I felt stuck. I heard of Fatima through a mutual connection and I am very happy that I contacted her when I did. Fatima helped to guide me in the right direction and helped me transform my essays from monotone dialogues to enticing, concise snippets of my identity which definitely would’ve stood out to admissions officers. When the work was complete, I was astonished that I had written what I had. In addition to being an excellent coach, Fatima truly cared about me as a person and throughout the waiting process for decisions, Fatima made sure to encourage me and make sure I was in good spirits. I strongly urge anyone who wants to craft intriguing supplements and essays for competitive colleges to reach out to Fatima. You will regret it if you do not!
Jul 13, 2021
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