Individual Advising

College Advising and Personal Statement Consultations Services

Peninsula College Advising Core Values:

• Listening actively and respectfully
• Empowering students to set and achieve their own goals
• Fostering self-awareness through discussion and reflective writing
• Assisting students in evaluating their strengths and values
• Helping students to develop critical life skills--resilience, responsibility, self-advocacy, and confidence.

All consultation packages are with Beth Harrison, and feature these services:

• Begin in sophomore or junior year: assess interests, strengths, and preferences.
• Orientation session: application process, expectations, timelines
• Enrollment in Custom College Plan, a college search and application management software program.
• Evaluation of academic interests, potential majors and careers.
• Standardized testing recommendations.
• Development of a college list based on aptitudes, preferences, performance, and extra-curricular activities.
• Individualized research to find best-fit colleges.
• Plan for standardized tests and teacher recommendations.
• Guidance with drafting, revise and completing all essays and supplements for applications.
• Email summaries to student and parents after each advising session.
• Discount on any additional appointments needed.

Comprehensive Individual Consultation Package

• Good for students applying to public universities and selective private schools.
• Unlimited one-hour individual consultations with Beth to draft, revise, edit and finish all personal statements and supplemental essays required (typically 15-20 meetings).
• Unlimited email editing consultations included.
• Scheduled phone calls with parents to review student's progress.
• College visit and interview preparations.
• College acceptance decision conference with student and parents spring 2018.
• Enrollment Dates: December 2016 – July 2017

Standard Individual Consultation Package

• Good for students applying to public universities and private schools.
• Up to ten one-hour individual consultations with Beth to develop, revise, edit and one personal statement 500-650 words, four UC personal insight responses and/or short essays or supplements for other schools.
• Ten email editing consultations included.
• Enrollment Dates: December 2016 through October 2017

A la Carte Individual Consultation

• Scheduled at student's convenience pending availability of appointments.
• Good for college list consultation, as a supplement to a personal statement workshop, or for assistance with personal statements in progress.
• Bundled hours for one student at a discount rate are available.

College Essay Workshops 2017

• Offered for seniors in summer or early fall.
• Good for students applying to public universities and/or private schools.
• Choose a Monday-Thursday afternoon or evening session or weekend session.
• Two one-hour individual consultations with Beth to develop, revise, edit and finish two 500-650 word personal statements.
• Two follow-up email consultations included.
• Topics covered: developing or finalizing your college list, evaluating personal statement prompts and sample essays, peer evaluation of essay openers and essay rough drafts, strategies for preparing and developing supplemental essays, tips for time management of the application process.
• Fee is $575 (paid by check) or $592 using PayPal (surcharge applies).
• 2017 dates will be announced January 2017
• Registration online available January 2017
• Contact Beth for detailed workshop syllabus and/or scholarship information for financial need.