About the Counselor
Sarah W. Brown, M.Ed, NCC
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, 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.
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