Harvard Grad (Top 10%) College Admissions Pro
Harvard Grad (Top 10%) College Admissions Pro

Harvard Grad (Top 10%) College Admissions Pro

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Introduction: Note: early acceptances are in! Lots of acceptances, including Harvard, Yale, and Brown. Currently taking students in grades 9-11. Will also take seniors for any work due after January 1. I’m a professional admissions counselor with almost 20 years of experience plus a special emphasis on Ivy League and other top-tier colleges. I graduated in the top 10% from Harvard, where I was a debate champ, and have been doing admissions counseling since I was 17. It helped me pay my way through college, and I’ve done it ever since. The result is that I’m sort of a weird find: I'm young enough to relate to students (important) but I have close to two decades of practice. Over the years I've helped students get into every Ivy League school many times over, plus other top colleges like Stanford, Oxford, and Caltech. What is a college admissions counselor? Put simply, my job revolves around helping you get into college. And not just any college—the college you want to go to, including the best colleges in the world. Whereas a normal tutor teaches you how to do, say, calculus, an admissions counselor teaches you how to get into, say, Harvard. It’s easy to confuse professional admissions counselors with "guidance counselors," the people at high schools who answer your college questions, but the jobs are very different. Guidance counselors can only provide limited information, plus they're spread thin across many students and they can't really give you the special attention that's required to navigate the obscene maze that has become the college application process. On the contrary, I am solely devoted to you and your quest to get into an amazing university. This is my job, and I take it very seriously. My students routinely get into Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, Yale, UPenn, and the list goes on. Sure, they were smart and talented to begin with, but there's a humongous difference between being smart and talented and being equipped to conquer the college admissions process. That process has become increasingly complex, convoluted, and downright confusing in recent years, to the point where even top admissions officials swear that it's random. But it's not random, and it never has been. It's about presenting a compelling narrative, about telling a story. It's about separating yourself from the herd and proving that you're not just a statistic, not just a GPA and a series of test scores, but a vibrant, creative, wildly driven kid who wants to change the world. It's about painstakingly and consistently crafting that image in everything from your college essays to your resume to your in-person interviews. To do that effectively without any advice from someone who has been through the process before is pretty tough. That's where I come in. When you work with me, I handle everything: I help you craft a series of college essays that will wow admissions officers and put you on their radar. I help you carry that same narrative into your short-answer questions, into your resume blurbs, into your emails to admissions staff and into your in-person interviews. I coach you on interview technique, advise you on school selection, explain admissions mumbo-jumbo and help develop a comprehensive admissions strategy. And I'm good at what I do. The vast majority of my students have been admitted to one or more of their top 3 schools. Of course, part of having such a strong acceptance rate is being honest with myself and my students about what's realistic. If I don't think you have a chance of getting into one of your top 3 schools, I'll tell it to you straight. In those cases, I may advise you to change up your list a bit, or I may forward you on to an advisor who I think is a better fit. In any case, my priority is simple: helping students maximize what they've got and leverage their skills and background to get into the best colleges possible. I also help with grad school applications, so if that's something you're interested in, let me know. Without further ado, here's a summary of the services I offer: • Essays! Essays all day. These include the make-or-break personal statement as well as supplemental essays, short-answer essays, scholarship essays, and any other essays you may need to submit at any point during your college application process, even essays that have nothing to do with colleges (say essays you write in applying to an internship or prestigious summer program). • School selection, including a personal evaluation of which schools you stand the best chance of getting into based on your resume and background. • General application strategy and explanation. I help you customize your strategy for different schools and also help to explain the process in general, keeping track of deadlines, rules and technicalities, and the like. • Preparation and training for in-person interviews. I help coach you on how to do well in your interviews with college alumni. These interviews can be hugely important and should not be taken lightly. • Resume help. I help flesh out your resume so that it sounds impressive, is stylistically consistent with your essays, and is visually appealing (as opposed to many resumes which appear dull and/or disorganized). • Letters of recommendation. I can help you pick and choose the best recommenders, then reach out to your them in a way that will encourage them to write the best recommendations possible. • High school course load. I can help you choose the high school courses that are likely to suit your strengths and simultaneously fulfill colleges expectations. • Selecting extracurriculars. I can help you identify which extracurriculars will impress colleges the most while still playing to your strengths. • Planning summer experiences. Similar to extracurriculars, I can help you make the most of your summers. Many students waste their summers in ways that aren't productive or don't benefit their applications. • Managing communication with college interviewers, campus representatives, recommenders, your guidance counselor, college admissions committees, and more. • Connecting and networking. I can introduce you to alumni or current students/faculty from your target colleges who can tell you more about the colleges and potentially assist you during admissions. • Planning visits to colleges. I can help you plan useful and informative college visits that aren't touristy and are designed to increase your chances of getting in. • Follow-up or "supplemental" application components, including essays submitted after your application has been reviewed. I can assist with these. • Transfer students. I can assist students with transfer applications. Fortunately I've done them before and they’ve all been successful. • Student athletes. I can help student athletes leverage their athletic abilities during the admissions process. I can liaise with coaches and athletic heads and negotiate admissions help on the basis of athletic talent. Those are just some of the many services that go into college advising. If you need help with any of the above—or anything else—simply message me here and let's chat. Thanks, and good luck!
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Kelly S.
Jan 30, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

We hired Ben late in the college admissions process, in the fall of our daughter’s senior year. We had been relying on the high school’s college counselors, which was a mistake. We assumed that an elite private school would appropriately counsel our daughter throughout the admissions process, but that was not the case. Ben came in and met our daughter where she was in the process, he quickly got to work and helped her get on the right track with writing essays, demonstrating interest and general counseling. Our daughter enjoyed working with Ben and felt that he was extremely helpful with all aspects of the process. Everything worked out fantastically and our daughter was accepted to her first choice school. We cannot thank Ben enough and will be soliciting his help for our son in a few years.

Details: Writing essays • Completing applications • High school Senior • Cadence recommended by professional • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

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L G.
4 weeks ago
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Hired on Thumbtack

We are very glad to have found Ben before senior year started. Simply put, he got the job done, helping my kid get into Yale early with his wealth of knowledge, expertise, and experience with all parts of the process. He helped with essays, activities, mock interview prep, college selection, and more. I trust he can be extraordinarily helpful for you too, as he was for us.

Details: Writing essays • Selecting colleges • Completing applications • High school Senior • Cadence recommended by professional • Remotely (phone or internet)

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Maggie C.
Jun 3, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Ben didn't disappoint. Got admitted to an Ivy and multiple top 10 colleges. Trust his expertise and be ready to put in the effort and you will definitely benefit from his services!

Details: Writing essays • Selecting colleges • Completing applications • High school Senior • Cadence recommended by professional • Remotely (phone or internet) • At the pro’s location

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Michael I.
Apr 23, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Under the advisement of Ben, my son received acceptance from Columbia, Cornell, Rice, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Tufts, etc. Undoubtedly, Ben is excellent in his craft. Ben is dependable, adaptable, and committed to the students he takes under his wing. He truly lives in the trenches alongside the students, which sets him apart from other advisors we looked at. The process of college admissions is time-consuming and stressful, but Ben's presence creates an excellent atmosphere for high-quality work with dependable guidance. In addition, Ben is flexible with his style, schedule, and personality. The first thing my son did with Ben was a survey that provided Ben with insights into his personality, work style, schedule, interests, and goals - a great roadmap for successful guidance. I recommend Ben to any parents and students who want to have elite guidance, elite applications, and elite results.

Details: Writing essays • Selecting colleges • Completing applications • High school Junior • Cadence recommended by professional • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

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Carson C.
Apr 15, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

If you're looking for the best college admissions counselor, look no further. I consider myself extremely lucky to have found Ben on Thumbtack. I first contacted Ben in the summer prior to my senior year and have utilized his help since then. I sincerely don't how I could have conquered the process without his expertise. He helped me with essays, interview technique, and gave incredible advice on all aspects of the admissions process. His editing and writing skills are unlike anything I've ever seen, and he helped me craft some of the best essays of my life in my applications. Because of his help, I was able to get into a couple of my top-choice colleges! I will most definitely be using his services when I apply to medical school in the future!

Details: Writing essays • Selecting colleges • Completing applications • High school Junior • Cadence recommended by professional • Remotely (phone or internet)

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