Testimonials

I worked with Alice in the 2018-2019 school year, and I wholeheartedly and unequivocally recommend Polaris College Counseling to any student who finds themselves in the muddy waters of the college application process. I believe that even the most accomplished students can greatly benefit from the mentorship of an experienced, kind, intelligent, and extremely knowledgeable college counselor like Alice. 


Without Alice’s help, I sincerely do not think I would have been accepted to Stanford. Essays are such an important part of the application process because they are the only chance for a student to show who they are, but I was never a great narrative writer. Alice helped me transform the ideas in my head into just the right sequences of words on paper to highlight the aspects of my personality and life I most wanted to portray. From brainstorming about essay topics to navigating the revision process, Alice was somehow both extremely quick to respond and highly detailed and insightful in her suggestions and feedback. Alice also helped me put together a more cohesive application and compelling profile, find scholarship opportunities, and determine which colleges were the best fit. And beyond her concrete ability, Alice’s deeply caring personality also truly made me feel like we had developed a very close one-on-one relationship; I have complete trust in her judgement, character, and ability.


I believe what has been more important than the tangibles of the college application process is the personal development I have gone through this application season. By working with Alice on writing deeply personal essays about all parts of my life (some of which I had forgotten until this year), I’ve not only developed a greater sense of conviction about the abstract-yet-very-real idea of “my life purpose” but also feel infinitely better prepared to tackle the academic, extracurricular, and social challenges of college—and life!

Student R. L.

Alice and her team walked by my side throughout high school; they made the entire journey a lot less overwhelming and a lot more enjoyable! Whenever I had questions about what I should do or should not do, Alice was the single most helpful source of advice. She was always caring, responsive, dependable, and, above all, creative. My proudest personal projects outside of school were accomplished with her assistance and encouragement. During college essay writing, Alice, being a remarkable listener, skillfully elicited stories from me and helped me present them wonderfully well in applications. Looking back, I don’t think I’d have got into Penn without her guidance. I’m extremely grateful to have her as my invaluable mentor! 

Student P. C.

I visited Wellesley in Grade 9 and knew immediately that this was my place. I want to thank you for helping me get into my dream school! Having never been a good writer myself, I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed the writing process. The discussions we had challenged me to look deep into my soul and create a purpose for my life. With a stronger sense of who I am and what I can do, I find I'm more prepared to become a woman leader, which I wrote in my essays for Wellesley. Thank you again for your guidance along the way.  

Student C. C.

I’ve been working with Alice since Grade 9. She is an amazingly inspiring woman! She directs me to all sorts of opportunities to discovery my true colors and embrace my uniqueness. She teaches me the growth mindset and encourages me to learn in every circumstance. Looking back at the past three years, I find I have gone a long way. I just cannot say enough about her!

Student J. L.

I knew college application was a lot of work, but it was a lot more than I had thought. Alice knows inside out about college applications, and she knows how to bring out student’s strengths and tailor each application to them.

In addition, the process itself is an important experience for teenagers. By bringing out her strengths, my daughter gained confidence. She learned a lot from this experience and it prepared her well for her future when she needs to apply for something.  

Last but not the least, Alice's work released enormous pressure on me as a parent. Without her help, I would have worked really hard with my daughter to prepare her applications.

Parent Z. Z.

We are very happy to update you that our daughter was accepted into Brown! She wouldn’t have got there without your help. We are very impressed by your professionalism and dedication. Thank you so much!"

Parent W. Z.

I must say that we are incredibly satisfied with Alice in her handling of our daughter and her applications. She is highly efficient and organized. A superb communicator, she kept us informed about every stage of the progress while we had our daughter work independently with her. We have recommended her to all our friends who need help in college admissions. 

Parent Y. C.

昨天,女儿成功完成了毕业演讲。她把老师帮她录制的演讲的完整视频带回来,我看着,多次留下眼泪……孩子流利的像歌声一样悦耳动听的语音,这哪里像是仅仅来美国四年的孩子所能达到的水平?先不说她那悦耳的声音、婷婷玉立的站姿、收放有度的手势,更重要的是她演讲的内容,章节条理思路清晰,似乎让我在她演讲的短短十几分钟内,重新陪着她走过了高中四年这一段漫长而又匆匆的时光。她用图片结合数据加上文字记录,把自己四年的高中生活写成了一首歌!她对这次演讲很重视,她一直说她要好好总结自己来美国这几年的经历和努力,更要好好总结自己的所获与所得。看完女儿毕业演讲的整段视频,也激发了我的激情,我也要写一下女儿除了学校之外的努力。尤其三年前我们经人介绍结识的辅导老师:Alice。


估计如果让女儿来说,当她讲到她的老师Alice时,一定会禁不住流露出感动和激动的表情……刚来美国时,我们全家都带着很大的压力寻找辅导老师,因为我们毕竟是从中国这个充满温暖和方便的故土来到完全陌生的美国,加上一切都寄希望于孩子的前途,我和她爸爸尽管在中国都是首屈一指的名牌大学毕业,但是美国教育体制到底什么样?高考到底咋回事?学习的整个过程到底应该怎样合理规划?都说这边社会实践很重要,但是到底应该如何去合理配置孩子的精力和时间,又怎样才能真正有助于孩子的成长,而不是仅仅为了填鸭式教育而迎合录取官的想法……这一系列的问题让我们很焦虑,孩子加上刚来,语言又很大障碍,她也一样的非常迷茫。(这里,我插一句话,女儿对我的评价:我妈妈对我的用心可以用几个字来总结:渴求、急迫、不惜一切代价。)一开始,曾经花好几万美元定制了网上授课的东海岸的藤校辅导班,但是我家可是加州啊,上课两周,就发现各种不方便,比如那里设计的社会实践就和我的现实生活不相符。后来又换了旧金山湾区的一个辅导机构,每周末全家像打仗的一样,我和她爸爸往返开车五六个小时带她去上课,最后搞得全家精疲力尽。主要是发现大部分时间都浪费在路上了,用在上课的时间仅仅一个半小时。


这时候,我的一个校友介绍Alice给我们。从此,一切归于平静和规律。进而回复了我家原有的祥和。加上也许和Alice之间有缘,每次上课孩子都觉得时间过得好快,Alice也不是那么斤斤计较,如果遇到问题没有讲完,会比约定的时间延长一些,孩子收获还特别多而且明显。尽管也是网上视频授课,但是她交给孩子的是方向、做法和技巧,尤其应该谈到的是对我们全家当时处境的理解。总之,Alice的辅导是走心的辅导,是疏导与引导相结合的辅导。Alice在辅导孩子写作时,孩子经常会有茅塞顿开的感觉,学校老师也经常发现她写作能力的提高。Alice不但是耐心,还有发散型为学生考虑,当孩子临近综合考试时,Alice就会根据孩子具体情况帮她介绍相关科目的老师,比如我女儿的化学和数学考试,经Alice介绍的老师,短时间内帮助就让我女儿成绩达到满分💯。


尤其到了最后申请学校的紧要关头,Alice还刚刚做了母亲,但是一直是细致入微地认真研究,仔细分析,做到有的放矢的投放申请,还帮孩子做到知彼知己的深度考虑。Alice不仅仅是孩子的课程辅导老师,更是孩子的心理理疗师,每当我因为着急给孩子发火,孩子委屈了,Alice就会及时安慰孩子,劝慰家长,给我们以希望的曙光。千万个感恩无法表达Alice的三年陪伴。我们一路走过,把我女儿成功送进加州大学伯克利分校生物专业。说到生物,更应该提到的是Alice这几年,一直围绕孩子将来想做牙医的理想,帮孩子选定杂志,推荐与生物医学有关的社会实践,不厌其烦地帮着查找有关医学专业的相关学校和往年录取情况……总之,孩子努力有了回报,但是吃水不忘挖井人,Alice才是我们全家打这一个大胜仗的最好指挥官!但恩不言谢,祝福Alice好人好报!全家幸福!孩子健康成长!

Parent T. S.

我们的记忆很长一段时间都停留在1月6日晚上的激动和兴奋,在老师和我还有孩子组成的转学群,孩子突然发来消息,Barnard College 录取她了,总觉得offer离我们还好远,没想到幸福突然之间就来了。


高中毕业时我们面对的是美本申请的失利,没有一个申请到的大学是想去的,在带上行李乘上飞机的那一刻孩子就下定决心要转学。在朋友的介绍下,我们认识了Alice。第一次视频会议,看到老师温和可亲,是那种很容易让人打开心扉和她交流的人。在我们讨论学校的选择时,老师又显得非常的专业,我发现老师有特别强的数据处理分析能力,不知道她从哪里抓取了一整套的录取的数据(在之前的机构从没有看到过),为我们申报学校时提供了非常棒的参考依据。从选课,GPA的努力方向,到活动的选择,文书的撰写,每一个环节老师都给我们提出了很多有益的建议。虽然我们从来也没有和老师面对面见过,但是视频讨论一直通过微信在连线,老师也让女儿制作了一份简历,把高中到大学的所有简历汇总在一起,以便于我们选择和大学契合的经历来撰写文书。


印象中非常深刻的是文书题目出来后老师和女儿多次的头脑风暴, Barnard College 是女儿的美本申请时的梦校,在GPA等硬件成绩达标的前提下,如何提高文书的质量,使申请者的材料看上去更加生动、真实而有特色,显得尤为重要,可能因为从大一开始一直持续不断地保持交流,到申请时老师显然对女儿已经非常熟悉,在文书的方向确定上老师一眼看出了女儿身上和Barnard学校精神契合的地方,她给女儿的建议是所有的文书可以围绕着她在非洲拍摄的关于女性割礼的录像展开,那段时间女儿确实对女性的权益非常感兴趣,从而做了大量的研究,而老师也帮助孩子找到了和学校最契合的那个点,等我看到女儿文书最后的成稿,自己被这些内容有点感动到的时候,我想也许这一次她终于可以实现自己的梦想。


Alice对女儿的帮助还体现在她的耐心,她天生有一种对孩子的爱心,总是想尽力帮助孩子。女儿在大二开始时着手准备申请,或许是在现在的学校适应的很好,也或许周围同学们的安逸潜移默化中影响到了她,我明显感觉到她缺少了大一刚刚进来时努力向上的热情,甚至文书也是拖拖拉拉,这种情况让我非常着急,好在老师的安排还是有条不紊地在进行,她拖拉,老师会耐心催她,一遍遍提醒她,等到女儿把像样一点的文书赶出来时,其实离deadline已经非常近,Alice熬夜给她提出修改意见,出现的问题一个个在旁边标注出来,女儿总算赶在截止时间前写出满意的文书递交。


今天,是女儿在新学校的Orientation Day,  她终于实现了自己的梦想,开始新的生活。 非常感恩于Alice陪伴孩子一路前行,如果没有老师的专业,认真、耐心和负责,也许孩子还会再走一些弯路,也许孩子也没法如她所愿进入一直以来想要进的梦校。Alice就像一个专业的引路人,带领着孩子一步步走向她期望中的目标,把孩子托举到一个更高的平台。

Parent D.

在和第一个升学顾问合作失败、并交了一笔不菲的学费之后,峰回路转,我们幸运地遇到Alice。

 

第一次见面,Alice就给我和女儿留下了很深刻的印象。她气质温婉、耐心细致,更重要的是,她擅长和teenager交流,仿佛是一位知心姐姐。在Alice的精心指导和帮助下,从最初的头脑风暴、挖掘写作素材,到最后的essay多次的调整结构、深挖细节、润色成型,在为期6个月的时间里,女儿高效率的完成了13所院校的申请工作,并斩获其中11所院校的offer,从中选择了自己最满意的学校。

 

因为有了Alice在申请中的专业指导和负责的跟进,不但使女儿的大学申请更加顺利,而且有效地减少了她的申请压力,同时降低了父母的焦虑情绪。在申请中,Alice不仅仅是孩子的导师,更是我们的朋友和伙伴。出于对Alice的感谢,我曾在申请结束后,多次向朋友推荐过Alice,并都得到了良好的回馈。总而言之,选择Alice做孩子的申请顾问,可以让孩子开心,父母安心,是我们在大学申请中所做的最明智的选择。

Parent E. H.

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