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At Insight, your counselor will leverage our extensive experience with international students applying to American as well as other International Universities.  Our first step is to fully understand your secondary school and your individual situation. Once we have done this, we can make appropriate recommendations to maximize your opportunities in your local area and abroad. Our ultimate goal is to help you find colleges that are best suited for your academic and professional goals.

High School Counseling: Pre-Admissions Services

  1. Academic performance support
  2. TOEFL & IELTS planning
  3. Admissions Testing planning (SAT/PSAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams)
  4. Educate on the value and purpose of extracurricular involvement in the American context and explore appropriate opportunities
  5. Summer Internship planning strategy, admissions
  6. College Visit trip planning
  7. College Exploration: American and non-American Universities

12th Grade: Admissions Services

  1. Navigate the teacher recommendation & secondary school report processes
  2. College selection research
  3. Should I apply only to American Universities?
  4. College Admissions Essays
  5. College Admissions Applications
  6. Alumni Interview practice & support
  7. Financial considerations & requirements for International applicants
  8. Application submission and follow-up

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

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    May 24, 2019

    To the Class of 2019. This is it! You are finally graduating high school and getting ready for that next step of your life, whatever that may be.   You have made it through high school, hopefully unscathed and excited for the future. For those o..
  • An Insight to Saint Mary’s College

    May 20, 2019

    I was lucky enough to be able to recently tour Saint Mary’s College, a welcoming gem of a school tucked away just an hour and a half from the South Bay area.    Saint Mary’s College has been in Moraga for over 100 years, yet few have h..
  • Help! I Got A D – Can I Still Go To A UC?

    May 11, 2019

    We have been asked the question “If I get a D grade in Freshman year, does that mean I can’t go to a UC?”    Here’s the good news: YOU CAN STILL GO TO A UC!! So exhale, take your hand off the panic button and let that sink i..
  • Studying In A Group Is Scientifically Awesome

    May 6, 2019

      Fact: Studying in a group can be much more effective than studying alone!        I’m not just saying this because of what I’ve observed as a teacher and counselor, but this is actually what years of scientific research are showing. Stu..
  • Happy College Signing Day, Insight Class of 2019!

    May 1, 2019

    Today, May 1st, 2019, we celebrate our amazing Class of 2019!    It has been our privilege as a team to work with the students and families that entrusted us during this process. We are so proud of all the hard work and dedication shown by our ..
  • World Book Day: Team Insight’s Favorite Reads!

    April 22, 2019

    Team Insight is excited to be celebrating World Book Day this April 23, 2019!  Below is a selection of our favorite books to read and recommend.    Sarah’s Pick: “Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists” I don..
  • When Should You Start Thinking About College Counseling?

    April 16, 2019

    One question I’m asked all the time when I tell people what I do is “when should my child start thinking about college and college admissions counseling?”    (Ps – prefer to watch rather than read? View our video on this top..
  • Do You Want To Take A Gap Year? Here’s Why That’s A-OK!

    April 10, 2019

    “A gap year?” – Puzzled Parents   No, a gap year does not mean you spend the majority of your time hanging out shopping at The Gap in the mall closest to your home. Rather, a gap year most commonly refers to taking a year off from school i..
  • Explaining “SIR” – Statement of Intent to Register

    April 5, 2019

    Now that many of you have heard back from most of your schools, you will start hearing people talk about completing their SIR, asking if you’ve completed yours, and asking where your “SIR-ing” too?    And you may be asking you..
  • How To Build Your College List

    March 26, 2019

    A question that we hear a lot from students and families during their first meeting with us is how to think about building a college list, and what they should consider in this process.   There is a combination of factors that result in not only..


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