Why work with a college consultant?

College may be the most important investment you’ll ever make. 

You need an expert on your team.

College admissions today are not what they used to be. With thousands of colleges to sort through, it’s tough for students to figure out where to apply. Decreasing admission rates leave them afraid they won’t be accepted anywhere, and complex application requirements lead to more stress and confusion. Furthermore, skyrocketing tuition costs make it harder to afford college. No wonder so many students and parents are left feeling overwhelmed. “Where should I apply? What if I don’t get in? How are we possibly going to pay for this?”

If this sounds like you, you are not alone! Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. At On My Way, our aim is to bring order and sanity to the process, making college applications manageable, and maybe even enjoyable, for students, parents and everyone else involved. In spite of everything you’ve heard to the contrary, there are hundreds of excellent colleges that meet your needs, will accept you, and that are not as expensive as you might think. Through the consulting process, we can help you find and gain admissions to the colleges where you be accepted, and more importantly, where you will fit in, learn best, and graduate on time.

How does college consulting work?

A college consultant is your personal, expert guide through every step of the college search and admissions process.

Your experience will differ depending on which program you select and when you start.

In the Comprehensive Program, we begin our journey together with an in-depth exploration of your academic goals, personality, learning style and expectations for college. In the 9th and 10th grades, our main focus is on selecting your ideal high school courses and finding meaningful extracurricular activities. If the student is ready, we can also begin preliminary college exploration.

In 11th grade, we’ll go deeper into the conversation about your college goals and preferences, which for most students will have evolved over the course of high school. We use our extensive knowledge of colleges to create a list of suggested “best-fit” schools, and provide you with the guidance to research them without getting overwhelmed. We then work together to help you refine the suggestions into the list of colleges you will apply to in the fall of your senior year.

When it comes time to apply, we clarify requirements and deadlines, help with organization and time management and provide the structure necessary for a low-stress application process. We also coach you through all phases of the essay writing process, from brainstorming topics to proofreading the final draft, so you have dynamic, authentic essays that showcase your strengths and help you stand out in the crowd. With our support and insight, you will craft applications that truly convey your strengths and accomplishments to admissions officers.

Worried about affordability? One of the most unique aspects of On My Way is that we can create your college list with an eye towards cost, and help to identify schools that are more likely to fit your budget. We have in-depth knowledge of college financial aid practices, and are well-versed in predicting how much a student might be offered in aid. We also assist with completion of financial aid applications, clarify award letters and educate parents and students about common pitfalls that could lead to paying more than necessary for college.

Since all students have different needs, we offer a variety of programs for students in all grades, as well as hourly services. Click here to learn more about our services.

What do you get when working with On My Way?

A student-centered, teaching-based approach
Applying to college is a new and sometimes daunting task, but it can be a tremendous learning experience for a young person if they are given the right tools and allowed to take the lead. We draw on our years working with hundreds of students to find an approach that best supports, but also empowers each student, making sure that YOU are always the center of our work together.

Expert help finding the best college
With over 4,000 colleges in the US, it’s hard to know which is right for you. We work closely with you to understand your goals, strengths and personality in order to identify the colleges where you will thrive.

A vigilant guide through the application process
Application requirements are complex and admissions are competitive, so this is not the place to make mistakes or miss deadlines. We live and breathe college application requirements and will provide the structure and organization you need to stay in control of the process.

Financially responsible college admissions support
College is expensive and affordability is increasingly a concern for many families. We will help you identify colleges most likely to fit your budget while also helping you understand the financial aid system, with the ultimate goal of keeping the college bill affordable for you.

Essay feedback from college admissions experts
Our consultants have extensive training in writing skills and crafting strong college essays. Between us, we have coached hundreds of students to become better writers. The college essay is a unique piece of writing and we will help you understand exactly what colleges like to see. You’ll receive intensive support for all required writing, including UC, Common App and Supplements.

Genuine understanding of teenagers
Our team includes a former high school teacher as well as a high school mentor and mother of four children who have recently gone through the college application process; we truly understands teens and what makes them tick. We strive to help students find their unique voice throughout the application process. And when things get bumpy, as they sometimes do, we can be a neutral third party to mediate between student and parents.

Personalized attention to suit your personal needs
We work with a limited number of students, so you can be sure that you’ll get the help you need.  All students are unique; therefore, we do not use a “one-plan-fits-all” model. Every student gets 1:1 meetings, a customized consulting plan and a “best-fit” college list created exclusively for them.

Meet the team at On My Way

Nicole Hosemann, Founder and Lead Consultant

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 11.21.21 PMNicole Hosemann’s professional experience makes her uniquely suited to provide students and parents with personalized guidance through the college admissions process.

Nicole holds a B.A. Degree from UC Berkeley, a Secondary Education Teaching Credential from the State of California, and an Independent Educational Consultant certificate from UC Irvine. She is an active member in the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).

Nicole has over 15 years of experience working with teens, including four years as a social studies teacher, two years as an English teacher and five years as a college advisor. She has traveled extensively and has lived and taught in Korea and Japan. Nicole spent several years as a college advisor in public schools, where she helped students of all abilities and backgrounds secure admissions and funding for college. She founded On My Way in order to provide students and their families with the highest level of individualized help through the complex process of college admissions and financial aid.  Nicole currently lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

Priscilla Vivio, College Consultant and Transfer Specialist

As the newest member of the On My Way team, Priscilla has a wealth of experience in college and career advising.

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She has served as a Mentor for first generation college applicants through the nonprofit 10,000 Degrees in both Sonoma and Marin Counties. In addition, Priscilla has helped navigate the college exploration and application process for a number of local students, including her four children and many of their classmates. She is a member of the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).

Priscilla is knowledgeable about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and the relatively new Advanced Placement International Diploma Program and the Advanced Placement Capstone Program. She stays abreast of changes in counseling and testing by attending events and conferences throughout the Bay area in addition to visiting colleges on a regular basis. Priscilla lives with her husband in San Francisco, and also meets with students in Sonoma and Marin counties.

About the photosElliott

The students in the photos were asked to select a word or phrase that best described their feelings about leaving high school and going on to college. These are the words they shared.