For parents and students who wish a “hands-on” and comprehensive approach to the
college admissions process,
Marcy provides an invaluable service.
- Member, National and Western Associations of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC,
WACAC) and Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
- Associate Member Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
- Member of Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society Rho of New York
- Woodrow Wilson Fellow and Regents’ Fellow in English, UC Berkeley
- Former high school English Department teacher and Department Chair
- Former Director of the Ronkin Educational Group (a test preparation
and counseling company)
What does this mean to you as a parent?
Many parents realize that even if they know a lot about the college admissions process,
their children would probably not listen to them. Often a third person can be an
advocate for the needs and desires of both parent and child and create a win-win,
stress-free situation for all concerned.
What does this mean for your child?
Teenagers may not realize that time management is a most valuable skill. They are
very, very busy, and the distractions of adolescence are many. Now they can have
support and coaching from a personal college trainer who will get to know them well
and help them formulate a plan for college success. Marcy knows all the strategies,
but the student must and will own the process.
WHAT EXACTLY WILL MARCY DO?
- Marcy will take the stress out of the admissions process by:
- Conducting intake interviews with both parent and child to get important information
for researching the most appropriate schools.
- Developing a list of viable, safety, and reach schools and teaching the student how
to efficiently investigate these schools to narrow down choices.
- Using a special appointment/assignment system to remind the student to plan ahead
and complete the necessary paperwork.
- Encouraging students to create a custom calendar for test-taking that will show which
tests to take and when to take them. This will also give them a thorough explanation
of the role of “stats” for college admission.
- Helping plan campus visits to evaluate schools from the students’ personal observations
and debriefing them from those trips to fine-tune their list of school based on those
- Helping prepare for college interviews by explaining the differences between evaluative
and informational interviews and by conducting a mock interview, coaching the student
to deliver the best impression.
- Showing the student how to make summers count in the admissions process through internships,
jobs, and community service.
- Reviewing applications and guiding their editing to insure accuracy and grammatical
correctness so admissions officers will be impressed.... not confused.
- Teaching students:
- How to create an “activities list” to use in various formats.
- Whom to ask for recommendations and how to politely and effectively get a great recommendation
from that person.
- Whether and how to apply for early action or early decision, if appropriate.
- Helping to arrive at final decisions that reflect both parent and student concept
- Marcy can help students brainstorm and create college essays that make a dynamite
- Encouraging students to keep journals of summertime impressions and do some real
introspective/reflective short writings in preparation for writing the application
- Assisting students to create authentic and original essays from their own unique
- Helping students brainstorm and plan their many essays by developing a “core” of
ideas, thereby simplifying the essay-writing task.
- Proofreading essays for accuracy and reviewing for style and content.
- Reviewing scholarship essays and resumes to create powerful statements.
Because Marcy is a credential English teacher and a professional writer, the student
will be able to “Ace” a Freshman Composition Course as well as dazzle admissions
- Special things for Special People:
- Athletes are instructed how to call attention to themselves and their abilities,
and get matched with academically appropriate schools that need them and might even
extend a scholarship offer.
- Artists, musicians, dancers, and other talented young people will learn how to create
portfolios, videos, and other effective presentation materials to demonstrate their
talents and enhance their admissions to schools that will welcome and train them.
- Learning disabled and also highly gifted students will learn how to find schools
that will meet their special needs, and parents will be relieved to see that their
child can thrive in that new productive environment.
Not all students and their families will need or want all of the services listed
above. An initial consultation can determine what is most suitable for your child.
Wherever the program, know that Marcy will work diligently to provide your child
with the best advice available to select the perfect college for them.
The selection of a college or university that is a perfect “fit” for the student
has no simple answer. While some will be happier and perform well in a small personalized
institution, others will excel in a larger university environment. Depending on the
student’s choice of majors, there are vast differences in academic excellence among
the wide array of colleges. Many times, even renown universities or those with outstanding
academic reputations may not be best for the student’s field of study. Marcy’s extensive
experience gives her the knowledge and insight to know where the student will be
comfortable and achieve their academic goals at an exceptional university that is
a perfect fit for them.
College is more than learning … it’s a life defining experience.
It is important to note that I am a college admissions expert and mentor in this
process. I am here to demystify it and to give you and your child current and accurate
information. I am a behind-the-scenes guide, and my role is to motivate your child
to present him or herself in the best possible light to a varied list of schools
I see suitable. I strive to find a good college fit - a school where your child can
be comfortable academically and socially. I fully subscribe to the Principles and
Practices of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. (See NACAC
SPGP in Resources) I do not have any clout with the colleges, nor do I see myself
as a person who proactively promotes your child with admissions staff. With my guidance
my students will be able to let their applications speak for them.