Applying to college doesn’t have to be stressful.
We use a student-centered approach focusing on the strengths of each student and finding college options where they will be both happy and successful.
Our Clients Say
SSP Participant Parent
The SSP exceeded my expectations. The amount of time my student spent was more than I expected and the pride he felt in the end result was great.
Burlingame High School Student (St. Johns)
My essays, I feel, turned out with the right balance of my own style and concision that needs to be demonstrated within the college-essay genre. The advice that was given by Roxana did not, in any way, hinder my creativity, but rather fashioned it into a precise voice of honesty and clarity. I am very pleased with what was created during my sessions.
Woodside Priory Student (Bryn Mawr)
The most helpful aspects were the exercises we did in order to start writing all the supplements and the long essay, like the worksheet about words that describe you. It’s also really great to be able to talk openly about topics, which helps in the brainstorming process. College Calm definitely reduced my stress, as it gave me a structured schedule to work with so I didn’t leave everything until the last minute. I feel great about my essays. They are definitely in my own voice, I just needed some help getting all my ideas down and organized! Having everything spaced out made the workload lighter and easier to handle
Sequoia Parent (University of Notre Dame and Tulane)
The most important reason that College Calm’s services are helpful is that it mostly takes us (parents) out of the equation; we can be available to help without having to nag, prod or push. It helps save the parent/teen relationship.
Carlmont High School Student (University of Puget Sound)
CollegeCalm literally makes the process calming.
Sequoia Student (University of Oregon)
College Calm helped me most by getting me to go after what I really wanted. Before college calm, I thought I wanted to go the colleges that everybody else wanted to go to. College Calm helped me realized what college would be right for me.
Sequoia High School Parent (University of Oregon)
CollegeCalm made it seem effortless w/ schedules & knowledge passed on. All the questions that we came up were always answered and there no stress between parent & student. She knew what she needed to do and when.
We felt that [CC] wasn’t a gift for our student, but a gift for all of us. Given what other parents have shared, I had anticipated yelling and arguments . . . we had none. It was great having someone else set the deadlines for him that he had to stick to. Having him bring a 98% completed written supplement to us allowed everyone to celebrate what was written. This helps them feel confident and comfortable with what is ultimately submitted.
Sacred Heart Parent (Stanford, SCU, CalPoly, University of WA)
The right fit is more important than how prestigious a school is or how hard the school is to get in. Having gone through this process four times, with four very different children, I can honestly say that Roxana’s goal is help each child find the right school for them and mine have all loved the schools they’ve chosen.
SSP Participant Parent
The Synergy project was an amazing experience for our student. He stretched himself, learned something completely new, and contributed significantly to something greater than himself; all things he would not have done had he not been fortunate enough to be in contact with you. Thank you for all of your patience, encouragement, and guidance.”
What Colleges Want and Advice for High School Students and their Families When people come into my office to learn about the college process they