Most students use our online program as their primary source of college admissions information from 9th - 12th grade.
By sophomore year, however, some highly-motivated students and their parents will decide to hire a private college admissions counselor to augment the lessons learned in their online videos.
I fully support this strategy for students whose ambitions require a higher level of personal attention and expertise. I would do the same for my children.
I do offer this service to a select group of PrepWellers every year. The program is called PrepWell Mentor.
PrepWell Mentor is for families who believe there is more to the college admissions process than where their child goes to college. The program provides a unique opportunity for their child to learn valuable life skills from someone who has "cracked the code" of the world’s most competitive programs.
During our 18-24-month engagement, I teach their child the skills, strategies, and mindset to help them succeed no matter what path they choose to take. I promise that our relationship will have a positive impact on their life for decades to come.
What is the Mentor program?
At its core, I help highly-motivated students (and families) manage the college admissions process during crunch time. Students have been enrolled in one of PrepWell Academy’s custom programs (Ivy, Military, Athlete) since 9th or 10th grade.
Before they enter 11th grade, they could use more help. I step in to provide additional support, oversight, and inspiration. Together, we build a target list of colleges, create a custom standardized test-taking strategy, assess strength and alignment of extracurricular activities, evaluate college affordability, discuss career aspirations, consider application strategies (early or regular), prepare for college interviews, brainstorm essay ideas, review college essays, complete applications, and more. However, the value of the mentorship extends beyond these tasks.
How will your mentorship help my child in the long run?
I connect the tasks required to complete college applications (above) with the universal skills that will serve your child long into the future. These skills include: how to manage long-term projects, how to handle deadlines, how to prepare for standardized tests, how to build self-awareness, how to research, how to interview well, how to write clearly and succinctly, how to think about job/career aspirations, how to brand yourself, how to communicate with adults, how to pay attention to detail, how to think unconventionally, and how to compete in the real world.
When does the mentorship program start?
Typically, 10th - 11th grade. The ideal student has been enrolled in the PrepWell Academy online program since freshman year.
How are you different from other college counselors?
(1) High-level of commitment to small group of students (max of 10 per year), (2) track record of success and experience in multiple world-class arenas (e.g. Yale University, Harvard Business School, Navy SEAL, Goldman Sachs, Shark Tank, entrepreneurship, firefighting), (3) I do the mentoring (some companies assign students to less-experienced advisors) (4) I specialize in students aspiring to Ivy League, Service Academies, ROTC scholarships, college athletics, (5) availability of online pre-training in 9th and 10th grade, (6) personal experience with four children, (7) passion for teaching.
What kind of student are you looking for?
I work best with motivated students who care about this process. The best students are responsive, engaged, curious and open to challenge. I have high standards and expect students to engage every step of the way. Students who need to be pushed by their parents are not great candidates for this program.
What kind of parents are you looking for?
If you’ve read this far, chances are you are a good fit for this program. The Mentor program attracts parents who are serious about helping their child succeed – without doing the work for them. They like the idea of having an outside expert help their child during these challenging times. They believe that my work with their child may actually be more valuable than the college their child ultimately gets into. They understand that mentorship is more than providing checklists or to-do lists. It’s about connecting with their child on multiple levels (e.g. career interests, life choices, personal challenges, self-doubt, and finding their identity). These are the discussions that have lasting impact for years to come.
How many students do you mentor?
To maintain the highest level of service, I mentor no more than 10 students per year.
How much does the Mentor program cost?
Varies based on needs of student/family
What does the fee cover?
The fee covers every aspect of the college admissions process from junior year through senior year. Basically, your child becomes part of my extended family. I am available 24/7/365 by phone, email, or text. Services not included are 1-on-1 tutoring for specific standardized tests (e.g. ACT, SAT, AP exams, etc.) and in-depth college financial planning advice.
Why don’t you take on more students?
More than 10 students would dilute the high level of service and attention required to do this job at a world-class level. I need to make sure that I give your child 100% of my best attention. My students become my extended family. Yes, I could stretch my caseload to 15, 20, or 30 students like most other advisors, but that would force me to hire other advisors with different skill sets and passion for the business. My business consists of one person – me. I don’t have assistants or contract outside help. I believe in relationships – not transactions. My goal is to impact students and families for a lifetime.
Inquire about the PrepWell Mentor program.