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When Should You Start Thinking About College Counseling?

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?” 


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Because I have a background in early childhood education, I know it’s never too early to start thinking about college! I’m not saying do test prep in kindergarten, but it’s never too early to introduce the idea of college and talk about goals and aspirations at a young age. When your child starts saying things like “this is what I want to do when I grow up”, that is a great time to discuss college and what that is with your child.


When it comes to college admission counseling, I’ve started the process with students as early as the end of their eighth-grade year. With counseling, a student can make wise decisions about what courses to take, how to approach extracurricular activities, and how to navigate the ins and outs of starting their high school journey. 



Some of the things we work on are study skills, time management, exploring interests and possible majors and careers, when to take tests and how to start test preparation – and much more!



Starting Freshman year really helps with confidence in how to approach each year and activity.  It also helps the counselor and student to start building the relationship and rapport that will help during the application process! Having known a student throughout their high school journey means that a counselor can help a student brainstorm successfully for their essays. Often times, a counselor can remind a student of a specific event or defining moment they may have had during high school that they spoke to their counselor about but had forgotten come college essay writing time.



If you start later, that is great too! I have worked with students who came to me after a rough semester Sophomore year, and have done really well and are now at a college they really enjoy.  Other times, I’ve even worked with Seniors who just need that extra support in applications and brainstorming essays.   



College counseling is really helpful for students no matter when they start, and I hope to be able to join you on that journey!


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  • Thank you so much for helping me formulate my thoughts into words and help me write my essays. I got into Ut Austin for biology – still waiting for the Honors decision. I also got into Drexel undergrad – still waiting for the BSMD decision. I will be sure to update you when I hear […]

  • I just wanted to thank you again for your help during the college admission process. My family and I have been scrambling to figure out the process for years, and especially coming from an immigrant family and being the first in my family to go to college in the US, there was a lot of […]

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  • I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time out of your day to organize a meeting with me and help me in writing my summer program essays. Your feedback really helped my writing and me as a writer. 

  • I just got my SAT scores on Friday, and I am happy to let you know that I scored an 800 on both the Biology-M and Math II tests. Thank you so much for your help and constantly encouraging me. Also, please thank the rest of the Insight team for me for providing complimentary practice […]

  • Our ACT instructor methods were so helpful and wonderful to have.

  • 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.

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