2016 Summary: Parry College Counseling

It’s been an exciting year for Parry College Counseling and my awesome group of seniors! This year I worked with a total of 23 long-term seniors as part of my package programs. This group of students mostly attend Seattle Public Schools (Garfield, Ballard, Roosevelt in particular), with a few Bellevue and other suburban students in the mix as well. And I’ve expanded beyond just the Seattle area, working with students remotely from Alaska to eastern Washington.

This year I’ve had the pleasure of working with students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds and family situations, including pro-bono students needing full financial support to attend college, first-generation students, underrepresented minority students, seniors from single parent households, and everything in between.

I also worked with 40 additional students on an hourly basis, assisting them with tasks such as essay brainstorming and editing, interview coaching, college list development, and transfer admission preparation.

Below are the acceptances my seniors have received so far through either early action, early decision, or rolling admission. The majority of admission decisions will come back in March. I’m also excited to share that my seniors have received a total of over $2.2 million dollars in scholarships so far!

Harvey Mudd College, Muhlenberg College, Tulane University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Santa Clara University, University of Portland, Boise State University, Beloit College, Trinity University (Texas), Sierra Nevada College, Marquette University, Loyola Marymount University, University of San Francisco, University of Denver, Regis University, Carroll College, Montana State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Willamette University, University of Arizona, Colorado State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Butler University, Kent State University, Whitworth University, Washington State University, Goucher College, Arizona State University, Alaska Southeast University, Western Washington University, College of Wooster, Linfield College, Oregon State University, College of Idaho, Coe College, Gonzaga University, Misericordia University, Seattle University, University of Redlands, Lewis & Clark College, Fordham University, Chapman University

Thanks for following along on this journey. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2017!


Upcoming *free* Presentations & Workshops

I’m really excited to be presenting and leading workshops for anxious students and families over the next few weeks. I recognize not everyone can afford a private college counselor, and not everyone has the luxury of starting the college admissions process months in advance, so this is a way of hopefully reaching a larger range of students at various points in the process.

Wednesday, October 19th @ 7 PM – Mercer Island Library

College Admissions in the Digital Age: How to Use Social Media in your College Search and Application Process.

You’ve heard the social media horror stories, but there are actually many positive ways of using social media in the college research and application process. A former admissions counselor shares tips on how to research colleges effectively, show demonstrated interest, and increase your likelihood of receiving an offer of admission and scholarship money! Both students and parents welcome.

Saturday, October 22nd @ 1 PM – Sammamish Library 

College Admissions in the Digital Age: How to Use Social Media in your College Search and Application Process.

Same description and presentation as above.

Saturday, November 5th from 11 – 4 PM – Chief Sealth High School Library

The Bureau of Fearless Ideas, formerly 826 Seattle, is an amazing writing and tutoring center based in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. They offer various workshops and field trips throughout the year for students in elementary through high school. Workshops and enrichment opportunities mostly focus on writing and communication skills, including creative writing, songwriting, and public speaking, and they also offer after school tutoring. Seriously, this place is awesome!

I’ll be helping out at their annual college essay marathon weekends along with other writers and tutors. Seniors are encouraged to bring their college lists, essay prompts, outlines, drafts and/or anything in between. Students will receive one-to-one or small group tutoring to help get those life stories, passions, and ideas on paper for the Common Application, UW, Coalition application, or other college application essays.

Saturday, November 19th from 11 – 4 PM –  Bureau of Fearless Ideas (Greenwood)

This event is the same as above, and will also be led by some wonderful BFI volunteers, just at a different location.