My name is Pallas. I’m a college counselor, writer, and author of The International Student’s Guide to American Colleges and Graduate with Zero Debt.
I work with students from around the world – from the US to China to India and everywhere in between.
I specialize in college search and selection, admissions to elite colleges, and applying to American universities from abroad.
I am a 2010 graduate of Harvard College and while a student worked in Harvard’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions (and later served as an interviewer). I am a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC).
I blog about financial aid, college search and admissions, and essay writing. What I like most, however, is working with students on-one-one via Skype. If you want to work with me, here is what you can expect.
Skype College Counseling
I will work with you every step of the way…
I am not just a counselor to the students I work with, I’m an advocate, coach, and many times, a friend. Unlike many people in this industry, I don’t believe the best way to get through this process is by instilling fear in parents and students every step of the way. I truly believe the process of applying to college can be one of the most fulfilling experiences one can have. I help my students figure out who they are so we can then develop a list of colleges that fit them and their unique personalities. Some of my students choose large public universities, others like the private research universities, and many students end up leaning towards smaller liberal arts colleges. I get to know my students, and together, we develop a college list so that they can be excited about every school where they apply. Once we have a list, I work with my students every step of the way so they can develop a world-class application. We create a master plan for teacher recommendation, standardized test scores, and personal interview techniques. And then, we talk about how to craft a personal narrative in an application that will stand out, and we develop essay concepts that will make them shine.
Where My Students Come From
The students I’ve worked with have come from all over the United States and from many countries around the world. I’ve worked with students from private schools, public schools, international schools, charter schools, and students currently enrolled in universities looking to transfer. We work together via Skype, email, and chat, but we usually get to know each other so well that we’re often surprised that we haven’t met in-person.
Working on Your Schedule
Every student has a unique schedule and preferences for how to organize their college search. Some students like to set up a weekly time to do a several hour session and cover everything. Other students like to exchange regular emails and have brief conversations throughout the week as questions arise. I organize my schedule around the students I work with not the other way around. Once I take you on, I will work with you according to the plan we create together.
Building Meaningful Relationships with Each Student
Given the personal attention I give to every student I work with, I only take on a select group of students each year. I take on one group of students in May/June of their and another group in August/September. It is very important to me that there is good chemistry between the students I work with and me. I will arrange a consultation prior to taking on a student so we can get to know each other and make sure there is a good fit.