Harvard Grad (Top 10%) College Admissions Pro
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16 years in business
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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:
Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Wear masks during the job
Wear gloves during the job
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
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- Rachel P.
Ben is a smart, inspiring, and dedicated professional, with a savvy understanding of the college admissions process. As a Harvard graduate, he knows what top universities look for, and provides behind-the-scenes advice on how to craft applications and how to select universities. In a time when so much about the future is unknown, Ben’s motivation and insights build confidence and help students achieve their full potential. If you have an opportunity to work with Ben, don’t miss it.Nov 29, 2020
- Kacy M.
I had to drop my previous counselor because she was difficult to reach and evidently couldn’t devote the time that our situation required. Ben helped me through the home stretch and was nothing short of a godsend. Applying to college is such an extremely stressful process and having Ben on my side was great for my essays and my applications but also my nerves. Highly recommendNov 4, 2020
- Greg H.
Ben really gets down to business and doesn't waste time, which is good because I didn't have a lot of it. Feeling very happy with my essays (all 12 of them)Oct 30, 2020
- Anna R.
Ben came highly recommended by a friend, and let me just say he did NOT disappoint. He’s an insanely good editor and helped me write one of the best essays of my life. He was always available to talk and helped me finish everything in a short span of time. Otherwise I might not have met the deadline. Only good things to say about this guy.Oct 26, 2020
- Tarah F.
I worked with a few different counselors before Ben and the difference was night and day. He is amazing, full stop. Thank you so much!Oct 25, 2020
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My current rate for college admissions counseling is $250/hour, steeply discounted from my typical rate of $500/hour. Why the discount? Two reasons: First, I’m new to Thumbtack and want to drum up business on the platform. Second, because the pandemic has hit us all way too hard and I want to be mindful of that. (Do note that this rate is only temporary.)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The first step is a simple meet-and-greet call where I chat with the parent about expectations. After that I like to schedule a similar call with the student so the two of us can get acquainted with each other. Assuming there’s a fit, what we do next depends on the services you’re after. For specific short-term services I tend to work by the hour, but I also do flat rates for essay assistance and larger, soup-to-nuts packages spanning an entire year (or years, if you come to me early).
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Believe it or not, I started admissions counseling during high school. I applied early to Harvard and got in, at which point scads of friends and acquaintances started asking for help with their applications. Soon I realized this could be an actual job, the kind that paid real money as opposed to Monopoly money, and since college was expensive I spent the next four years doing college admissions counseling as a way to pay my Harvard tuition. I’ve continued to do it ever since, primarily because I love working with bright, ambitious students who want to conquer the world. I know that feeling, I speak the same language, and I can help.