Katherine O'Brien, MA
Certified College Planning Specialist
Serving College Bound Students Everywhere
All families welcome!
We specialize in Serving Catholic families, homeschoolers, Scouts, students interested in engineering, the sciences, and the liberal arts.
100% College Acceptances
by our College Success Program clients at their Reach and/or Target schools
Top Tier Acceptances
including Northwestern, Cornell, NYU, USC, Case Western, Reed, UT Austin, Notre Dame, Ave Maria, U Dallas, & more!
$237,000+ Avg. Scholarship Offers
Average for our 2015-2021 College Success Program Graduates
One to One Advising:
The BEST Way to Achieve Your Teen's College & Life Goals
Professional guidance through your teen's personalized college prep roadmap using our proven College Success Program. Your UNIQUE college expectations and life goals guide the process as we develop your personalized path to college success based on the three pillars of our program: Premier Student Preparation, Savvy College Selection, & Abundant Funding.
Our College Success Program is Based on
WE HELP TEENS GET ACCEPTED BY THE COLLEGE OF THEIR DREAMS
Private One on One Coaching is the BEST way to ensure your teen has everything s/he needs for success. Follow our proven process which helps remove fear, hesitation, blind spots, and maximizes confidence, leadership development, and personal success.
This is a major life decision. Partner with a proven expert who will help your teen achieve his or her dreams. As a devout Catholic, Katherine values the gifts and talents of each person and works diligently to support growth in virtue and as a human being created in the image and likeness of God.
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One to Four Year
Customized College Success Program
The College Success Program will be customized to your family's particular college prep needs. Katherine works with students as early as 8th grade (essential for those hoping to attend highly selective or non-American universities). If there is room in her cohort, she accepts students as late as 11th grade.
Take the First Step:
Schedule A Consultation For Your Family
Meet privately with Katherine to discuss your family's situation and your teen's preparations so far. Get your questions answered and create an action plan for your teen's college success.Schedule Yours Today!
THE COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM
Our Comprehensive College Success Program, with its three pillars, Premier Student Preparation, Savvy College Selection, & Abundant Funding has served students all over the country for years and years.
Our Class of 2015 - 2021 College Success Program students were offered over $237,000 each, on average, in merit scholarships!
The Comprehensive COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM Includes:
Teen, Learn to Know Thyself
Identify, build, become confident in, and articulate your strengths
Clarify and prioritize your interests
Grow in confidence
Career Exploration Program
Identify the possibilities
Explore and evaluate potential careers
Ensure realistic goals for the unique individual you are
Major & Program Selection
Discover the possibilities
Identify desired and preferred opportunities
Gain clarity around your major(s) and concentration(s)
Develop various leadership skills
Coordinate with career search
Personalized for each teen; there are many different kinds of leaders
Initial visits help clarify what sort of campus environment is ideal for your teen
Focused visits enable teens and parents to evaluate offerings related to their career and major/program goals, learning style, etc.
College List Creation
Use personalized criteria to identify possible schools
Create a balanced list
Find the right fit for your teen
College Funding Strategies
What does college really cost?
Funding strategies integrated into college list creation
Scholarship Search Coaching
Strategic Planning: Private v. Institutional Scholarships: keeping an eye on your bottom line
Application organization, essay creation, and completion coaching
Financial Aid Maximization
Maximize need based aid eligibility, whenever possible
Incorporate all resources into funding planning
FAFSA & PROFILE form preparation
Organize the Application Process
Track deadlines and all parts of the applications
Coordinate essay writing
Coordinate between Katherine, parents, and student
Perfect the College List
Savvy college selection is critical in many regards
Use criteria specific to your teen and your family
Maximize the ideal opportunities for your teen
Craft Incredible & Effective Essays
Mentoring from pre-writing to final versions
Craft powerful, memorable main and supplemental essays
Enable your teen to convey his/her traits and personality effectively
Application Bits & Pieces
Teacher, Counselor, and Other Recommenders
Strong, Effective, Impactful
The Final College Decision
There's more to it than net price
Guiding students to give vital input
Guidance for the final choice
Prepare for Success On Campus
Land on your feet!
Be ready to succeed from day one!
Make the most of your opportunities!