Kristina Dooley, Founder of Estrela Consulting, was recently featured in The Hudson Hub Times for her work with College Now Greater Cleveland, which assists more than 27,000 students each year, delivering college access advising, financial aid counseling, and scholarship and retention services in Greater Cleveland schools, in the College Now Resource Center and through community-based programs.
Amber Gilsdorf, Independent Educational Consultant, was recently featured in The Newark Advocate. Amber joins the Estrela college planning team with a nine-year background as a school counselor at Granville High School, one of the top performing public schools in Ohio.
Over the past 17 years I have witnessed a significant shift in the contents of the "anxiety buckets" my students bring to the table when they begin their college search processes. It used to be that students would worry if a school offered very specific, and very general, majors: business, education, psychology, etc. Today I find that rather than looking for a standard "order-by-number-with-the-option-of-supersizing" educational experience, they now want Chipotle-style offerings. Actually, no. They EXPECT that they'll be able to add the guac...and get double chicken if they're feeling up to it.
We're excited to have Estrela's own Kristina Dooley quoted in an article from The New York Times today (and on the FRONT PAGE of the print edition!) on the the importance of student inclusion in the college affordability discussion.
The Common App Essay demonstrates a student's ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps them distinguish themselves in their own voice. What do students want the readers of their application to know about them apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Students can choose the option that best helps them answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure their response. Remember: 650 words is the limit, not the goal. Students should use the full range if they need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)