Events

When I joined Collegewise several years ago, it was part of my personal mission to give back to families and clients in the community. To do this, I’ve hosted a multitude of admissions talks (in-person and virtual) for groups ranging from local YMSL and NCL chapters, to school admissions seminars for high schools (LASA and St. Andrew's of Austin), to corporate educational events for JP Morgan and BB&T Bank.

If you or your group is interested in an admissions talk:

College Admissions Myths:

This seminar will help families separate college admissions fact from fiction and enjoy the college process a little more. We’ll discuss grades, test scores, activities, and everything else colleges evaluate. Attendees will get straight answers about what college admissions committees really look for and how they ultimately decide who gets in. And we think kids and parents will be pleasantly surprised to learn that kids don’t have to be trilingual, opera-singing rocket scientists to get into college today.

How to Write the College Essay:

 A lot of really good kids write really bad college essays; essays about how soccer taught them the importance of teamwork, or how they struggled to adapt to strange cultures during a trip to Paris. It’s not their fault; most kids have just never been taught what college admissions officers actually want to read about, or that great college essays need to be written very differently from the essays assigned in high school English classes. That’s why we created this seminar—to teach kids how to find and write their best stories for college essays. We’ll explain what admissions officers actually want (and don’t want) to read, reveal the five most overused essay topics on which far too many kids rely, and teach writing techniques that will help any student write more engaging and effective college essays.

Admissions in the time of COVID: 

Campus closings. SAT cancellations. Online instruction. Each day, even every hour, brings news of an educational landscape that is rapidly shifting. Or is it? In this webinar, Collegewise experts will separate fact from fiction and give parents the information they need to make critical upcoming decisions. We’ll discuss everything from adjusting SAT/ACT timelines to learning more about colleges when you can’t visit in-person. Join us for this conversation on college admissions and the power of perspective and keeping the focus on what you can control in these challenging times.

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Highly Selective College Admissions: 

Grades, test scores, and impressive activities alone won't get a student admitted to schools that reject almost all of their applicants.  So how do students who get accepted to the Ivy Leagues, Stanford, Northwestern and the rest of the nation's most selective colleges set themselves apart from the rest of the applicant pool?  We'll show you at this seminar.  We'll also reveal some Collegewise strategies to improve a student's chances of admission at the most selective schools.  While we don't believe that prestigious colleges are necessarily better colleges, we're out to make college admissions less stressful.  And we want students who are interested in these schools to have straight answers about what it will really take to have a shot at getting in.

 

Ask the College Admissions Expert: 

Feeling stressed or lost about the college search and application process? This interactive session will cover all the basics—from how schools make their selections to how to choose a great college list. We’ll discuss grades, test scores, activities, and everything else colleges evaluate. Attendees will get straight answers about what college admissions committees really look for and how they ultimately decide who gets in. Don’t forget to bring your questions! 

 

Topic of your choice

Have a particular topic you'd like to learn more about? I'm happy to accommodate other subjects ranging from the college search​ process to testing policies. 

Putter Academic & College Experts (PACE), LLC