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About the Counselor

Sarah W. Brown, M.Ed, NCC
EDUCATION

B.A. in Psychology, Swarthmore College

M.Ed. in School Counseling, UNC - Chapel Hill

Graduate certificate in College Counseling, UCLA

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LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Licensed School Counselor

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Independent Educational Consultants Association

National Association for College Admissions Counseling

Western Association for College Admissions Counseling

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I am passionate about sharing knowledge that can help others. I have learned this information through mistakes I made as a college applicant, extensive education, and experiences guiding students all over the country.

 

As a parent of two college students, I know that the college admissions journey can be stressful.  Having someone else walk your child through the necessary steps can take a load off your plate and preserve your relationship with your child during critical years. 

 

I wish I had had someone walk these steps with me when I applied to college as an international student in need of significant financial aid. I wasted time applying to the wrong colleges, and my mistakes led to mostly rejection letters. At the last minute, a college counselor (and family friend) advised me to apply to Swarthmore College - the only college that accepted me with the financial aid I required.

 

I am incredibly grateful for this counselor's help.  She made me realize how a person who is both caring and knowledgeable can change the course of someone's life. I strive to be that person for others.  

My experience has lead me to focus on helping students find colleges that are an excellent academic, social, and financial fit for them. I believe this is the most critical part of the application process. I help students understand how to present themselves in their best light on their applications so they can have their best chance of getting accepted by those colleges.

 

I work with all kinds of students and specialize in guiding those who are homeschooled, military dependents, first-generation, and/or twice-exceptional.

I am a lifelong learner and devote a large portion of my time to researching colleges, keeping up with the constantly changing college admissions landscape, improving my essay coaching skills, and networking with college admissions professionals. I take training, professionalism, and ethics very seriously.

 

I wish every student could have personalized college counseling. I keep my rates as low as I can, provide the option for small-group services at a lower cost, and provide 100 hours a year of pro bono services to low-income/first-generation students through my volunteer work with ScholarMatch/CollegePoint.

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Schedule a free consultation here

to meet me and find out whether I might be the right person to guide your family through the college admissions journey.

HOMESCHOOLING EXPERIENCE

  • 5th-12th grades in Virginia, South Carolina, & Massachusetts

  • Planned the classes and assessments strategically, with selective college admissions requirements in mind

  • Successfully guided eldest child through the college admissions process and created his homeschool transcript, school profile, course descriptions, and counselor recommendation letter