Parents that have attended college in the U.S. often say, the process to get into college has changed so much, while those that attended college outside the country, say they don’t understand all the complexities. The fact is that admittance to selective institutions in the 21st century, IS more involved, complex and increasingly competitive than ever before. So how can parents navigate the maze?
Students and families find my approach personal and engaging, honest and informative, as well as balanced and grounded. They appreciate my ability to see students for who they are, yet inspire them to press into their challenges moving forward in ways that disarm fear and anxiety, while helping them develop character and meaningful achievements.
Through experience, insight, and expertise, I empower students to explore and prepare for college from a personally meaningful and engaged perspective. My approach inspires inititiative which illuminates the path toward major interests. While I perform the duties of a college consultant, I view myself more as a life coach for high schools students and young adults because my focus extends beyond helping them secure the best college results. I teach them how to discern and evaluate what they need to engage, thrive and succeed in college and beyond.
Topher was an excellent mentor and guide to walk our family through the complex university selection and admissions process. His approach educated and inspired Zachary in understanding his passions, priorities and opportunities when it came to exploring his life work interests, option for a majors, and best fit universities. In the end Zach has been accepted to several universities and is making a decision based on a well thought out process! We couldn’t have done it without Topher!
Topher is an exceptional counselor who provides a holistic college application experience. His years of experience truly assisted me in navigating the process and finding schools that were a fit for me. Most importantly, he gave me candid feedback on my application to ensure that I could genuinely portray myself to colleges. I couldn’t have asked for better mentor and supporter during my senior year.
I would not have successfully endured the college application process without Topher’s guidance and support. Along with his complete knowledge of everything from financial aid to interviews as well as a knack for revising and cutting down essays, Topher’s unique and best quality as a college counselor is his ability to inspire introspection and to truly get me to think about who I am as a person and what drives me. Topher is much more than just a college counselor – he provided me with priceless guidance and emotional support through what is a challenging time for all high school students.
I can’t thank Topher enough for helping me choose such a great college. Topher taught me that at the end of the day, the right fit is what truly matters, not the name and prestige. With that mentality in mind, I was able to determine that applying Early Decision was the best option for applying to the Program in Liberal Medical Education. Now after my first year, I know I made the best choice. Without Topher, attending a top institution would not have become a reality. Through engaged and timely support, Topher helped me reach my #1 choice, Brown University. Thank you Topher!”
Topher has been a wonderful conselor to guide my daughter. We sought his services late during the fall application season, so we were concerned that we were too late to gain good college results. While English is not our native language, we had many questions about the process. Our daughter began middle school with limited English speaking ability in an American middle school, but we were overjoyed when she was admitted to her dream school, UC Berkeley. Topher knows help students of different cultural backgrounds understand how to present themselves for competitive college applications. We were very pleased with his level of engagement and support to our daughter and us.
I was very lucky to have Topher assist me throughout the college application process, especially with strengthening my profile strategically and choosing the right colleges. I was impressed with how he could identify my personality and match it with the right colleges right away just by looking at my profile. Because of his rich knowledge and experiences in this field, he managed to help me make my essays and application appealing before submitting. To me, Topher is not just a counselor, but also a very reliable mentor who always provided me with inspirational advice and allowed me to explore myself. All in all, I wouldn’t have had such amazing results without his support. Thank you, Topher!