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.
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。