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2018 – What A Year!

The holiday season is a great time to pause and reflect on the year that has been. 2018 has been a wonderful, busy year for Team Insight and our students!

Below are some of the highlights and success of our students in the college admissions process: 


“Zach, I can’t thank you enough for your guidance throughout the college application process. I knew nothing about half of the schools I applied to when we started. This includes the college that became my top choice. Now 3 months into freshman year, I can’t imagine being anywhere else.  Thank you for everything!”

“I GOT INTO MIDDLEBURY!!!!! So far you’re the only person I’ve told since no one else in my house is awake :)” 

“Thank you Purvi!  We are so proud of him, he has overcome a lot in the last few years and we can’t thank you enough for all your guidance and encouragement”

“Thank you so much for helping me become a confident and successful writer. My essays today look nothing like the first drafts I was sending you over the summer. Thanks again, Zach”

“I matched to Amherst College! Thank you sooooo much for all your help with my application. I got a full Questbridge scholarship!” 

Many of our students have been enjoying acceptances to their ED and EA schools in December 2018! We have had the privilege of seeing the students as they open their portals to see their results – lots of happy dancing in our office when that happens! 

“Just wanted to say a quick thank you for your help on the SAT essay — I got a 22/24 on my SAT Essay! :))”

“Thanks so much Amy, the congratulations really means a lot! I’m really excited to start at UCSD in the fall and all the help I got from you and Insight, in general, played a huge role. I’ll be sure to keep in touch. Once, again thanks for all of your help!”

“Thank you to the amazing and patient front desk team for answering panicked parents calls this college admissions season!”  

Thank you SO MUCH PURVI! I can’t even begin to thank you for what you’ve done for me. I really couldn’t have gotten here without you. In shock. Thank you x10000000000000! I have the best college counselor in the world

Thank you again for coming through for him in a big way and for our family. We didn’t have to worry about a thing and slept through this year not worrying about college apps at all when we know our peers were losing sleep -and it is all because of you. Thank you!!! 


Our tutoring and class students had a great year as well! A snapshot of some of the highlights include: 

One of our amazing and hardworking tutoring students scored a 35 on his ACT!

After taking an SAT Boot Camp, this student increased her SAT score from 1200 to 1580! 

This student worked with Insight over many years in both counseling and classes, and combined with her hard work and determination she scored a 36 on the ACT!


Team Insight also celebrated some milestones for our staff! 

Our rockstar Newton counselor Zach Pava celebrated his 5 year anniversary with Insight in May! We asked Zach what his highlight of 2018 is, and his answer “Some of my nicest moments were seeing the completed cycle of graduating seniors who I started with as freshman back in 2014-15. It’s amazing to see how . far they came and how much they grew from 9th – 12th and I’m excited that so many students continue to stay in touch in college”. 

Counselor Sarah de Sousa was published (again!) this year! Sarah is the first author of the chapter “The Dance of Presence: Mindfulness and Movement” in the book Psychotherapy, Literature and the Visual and Performing Arts. 

We hosted our first Summer Internship and Programs fair at Insight in Cupertino this November and had 8 wonderful organizations attend and present to our students. This was a great event and we look forward to continuing to connect students and the community with educational programs each year. 

Another exciting moment this year has been moving into our new Boston office, located at 288 Walnut Street in Newton, MA. Counselor Zach Pava heads up our Newton office. We’re excited to continue working with students in the greater Boston area through their college admissions journeys! 


All of us at Team Insight feel blessed to work with all the many amazing students and families that we do. Next year, in 2019, we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary! 


Here’s to another amazing year. 

Happy Holidays!
Team Insight 


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What Are Insight Students & Parents saying?
  • Zach, thank you so much for helping me become a confident and successful writer

  • We were extremely happy throughout the process – got much more than what we invested in Insight counseling.

  • From their knowledge of all the colleges and resources, professionalism and the hands-on coaching, Insight has raised the bar!  

  • Insight counselors truly care about students not only during their time at Insight but further along the road.

  • I am currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University and I can honestly say that without Insight Education, I would not have gotten in.

  • Sarah was a great mentor & worked with our kid in keeping him motivated & focused along the way. She is extremely knowledgeable 

  • I wanted to thank Purvi from the bottom of my heart for guiding both of my kids through the maze of high school education.

  • Our counselor really helped in educating us – the parents – on the process.

  • I took an Insight SAT Boot Camp, and afterward I got 1570 on the SAT! 800 in MATH!

  • It was the best experience ever! Purvi is so friendly and she really knows her stuff. She helped me to edit my personal statements for UCs.

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