Preparing for college can be a daunting process, not only for students, but for parents as well. I guide students through the process step by step through to completion, minimizing stress and maximizing chances of admission. With eight years of experience directing a college preparation program in Boston, along with 13 years of experience in admissions in California, I know what California colleges and universities—as well as those all over the country—are looking for in your child's application.
Each student creates an individualized timeline with me in our first formal meeting. From creating the college list all the way through to essay and college application completion, we are the one stop shop for college admissions. Potential clients are also welcome to choose targeted assistance with one or more steps in that process. Total Student Support demystifies college admissions and helps lessen anxiety for students and parents alike. The best feedback we receive after helping students get into their dream colleges often goes beyond admission, recognizing our company for helping students stay on track with minimal stress that comes from caring support. This allows parents to breathe easy, knowing they are in good hands throughout the process. It is not just the success of our admissions program that sets us apart, but also the quality relationships built with families that make us a highly sought after company in San Diego and across the nation.
Personal statements are required by many higher education institutions and are one of the most important parts of your child's application, particularly for private colleges. A standout essay can mean the difference between acceptance and denial. We guide students through the entire writing process, from brainstorming to finalization of all required, supplemental, and optional essays. As experts in college admissions, we will be sure that key elements that admissions committees are looking for are incorporated. And with a one-time English teacher and freelance editor as the Founder of Total Student Support, you can be assured that final essays are truly outstanding.
"When it comes to kids, Virginia has what parents need: commitment and follow through. She helps students access their inner motivation to reach both short and long term goals. Virginia helps parents get their kids through school and into college. The format changes with each student depending on their individual needs. It could be homework, a test, a college application, or securing a scholarship. What's really happening is Virginia is mentoring, teaching, and helping students work through obstacles to be as successful as possible. She has a huge background in education and real life experiences that make her unique and effective."
- Stephanie West, Go West Design
"I met Virginia when my son was a sophomore in high school. He had struggled through school since kindergarten, and was very, very discouraged about school. I was very concerned he might not graduate from high school. Virginia's skills, education, and experiences make her uniquely qualified to work with students and bring the best out of them. His senior year, my son scored in the top 2% on the ACT. He is about to graduate from high school as a Golden State Scholar with an impressive transcript. Even better, he has secured admission to the University of CA, Santa Cruz, a top 100 University. I can't say enough about what
Virginia has done for my son."
Julie Edwards, Portrait Photographer
"I recommended Virginia to my adult son, who was looking to go back to college and finish his degree. Virginia was able to not only guide him through the admissions process but use her contacts to "tell his story" to gain a favorable response to his application. She is extremely knowledgable of all aspects of the education process, from tutoring through test taking and financial aid. It was wonderful to have a such a great resource."
Carolyn Konecki, Retired