Individual Advising

Now enrolling Class of 2022 juniors and Class of 2023 sophomores.

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 balanced and manageable 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 essays and supplements for college applications (target of 10)
• Email summaries to student and parents after each advising session.

Comprehensive Individual Consultation Package

• Good for students applying to public universities and selective private schools
• Up to 30 one-hour individual consultations with Beth to draft, revise, edit and finish all personal statements and supplemental essays required for up to 15 college applications (typically 15-25 meetings)
• Unlimited email editing consultations
• Summer college essay workshop included (a $750 value)
• Scheduled phone calls with parents to review student's progress
• College visit and interview preparations
• College acceptance decision conference with student and parents spring 2022
• Enrollment Dates: Spring 2021 – Winter 2022

Public Schools Individual Consultation Package

• Good for students applying to CA public universities and up to 2 out-of-state public universities
• Up to eight one-hour individual consultations with Beth to develop, revise, edit and four UC personal insight responses and supplemental essays for 2 out-of-state public universities.
• Eight email editing consultations included.
• Enrollment Dates: Spring 2021 – Summer 2022

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
• Fees: $200 per hour
• Bundled hours at a discount rate are available.

College Essay Workshops 2021

• Offered for seniors during the summer
• Good for students applying to public universities and/or private schools
• Choose among 3 different sessions offered
• 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 $650
Registration online
• Contact Beth for detailed workshop syllabus.
• Scholarships offered to students with financial need.