"Kelly kept me engaging and thinking about the process and what I actually wanted in a college and what I wanted to do. She kept me grounded, helping to keep from overthinking it or stressing too much about the process while at the same time, making sure I got it done on time.
I feel I had really narrowed down on the colleges that truly best suited me and my interests of the time. Also, I had more confidence about making the decision near the end.
I think the college I ended up going to was the perfect fit. It’s a liberal arts school, it has allowed me to explore my interests and really figure out what I actually wanted to do in my life, between sciences or arts. I feel like I’m on more solid footing now in my senior year because I have a good idea of what I want to do and my college has helped shape that.
Kelly continually contacted and really tried to get to know me. By doing so, she was able to help direct me to my best options.
I remember compiling my different options, taking quizzes that helped narrow down my interests and Kelly helped at every step of the process: the research, the applications, and the essays. She made the process much less stressful and allowed me to make my decision confidently. I don’t think I would have found and ended up at the college I did."
- Lauren, College of Charleston
The college application and planning process can often be very overwhelming; Kelly helped me to anchor the process in what I wanted and needed for my future. The process, thanks to Kelly, was more focused and organized. I was able to work through the applications in the most efficient way.
I didn't know exactly what I wanted at the beginning of the process, with Kelly's help I had 8 affordable choices at the end of the process all in many different places and with a variety of programs so that even with my evolving interests and wants I had options available to me.
I ended up attending a college that was an amazing fit for me academically. The professors adapt to students' different learning styles and the advisors are constantly working with students to find internships and research opportunities preparing them for entering the job market.
Kelly exceeded my expectations with her ability to help me figure out what I needed even though I wasn't sure precisely what I wanted. She was an amazing guide for me as a young student making a very large life decision.
I would recommend Southern College Consulting to anyone and everyone. The college decision and application process can be a long and confusing process for students. Having someone there that cares only about your wants and needs can bring a level of focus to the process that makes everything so much easier. - Isa, Syracuse University
Wish we could just say "Kelly is FABULOUS!" and that be our testimony because that's how we truly feel! 🙂
Kelly anchored the college planning and application process for us as parents by keeping us abreast of upcoming events, activities, application deadlines, testing windows/scores that were specific to colleges that our student was considering. We felt Kelly kept us on track as other parts of the process became overwhelming. We were able to sift through information together that we gathered while visiting campuses and talk through that information with Kelly. Most of the campuses our daughter was interested in, Kelly had visited and was well versed in all aspects. Kelly helped us understand and maneuver all of it.
As parents, we felt Kelly greatly helped our daughter with her college search and ultimate decision. Finding that good fit was a critical piece for us as parents and wanting our child to be successful. She was able to talk with our student and help narrow down the choices based on interests, availability of programs, campus size, specific qualifications for acceptance, and overall student life. At the end of the process we felt our daughter's college options were fantastic.
Our daughter chose to attend North Carolina State University. She was interested in Engineering but was uncertain about what type of engineering while still in high school. She was able to work directly with Kelly to determine her interests within the different engineering programs and what specific schools offered those programs that aligned with her interests. She was also able to work with Kelly to find a great balance of student-life, academics, sports, and other campus related activities. NCSU is a fantastic fit as our daughter immediately became involved in the scholars program, attended sporting events, found campus life to always offer a diverse amount of activities, as well as offered an academic program that allowed her to experience different types of engineering before making a final decision. She decided on pursuing a degree at NCSU in chemical engineering.
Kelly was always willing to talk with our student when questions arose during the entire process. Our daughter reached out many times by email or phone and Kelly was more than willing to spend the time to help her work through questions. Having another perspective that isn’t a parent in some of the decisions during the process was critical for us. We wanted our student to arrive at her decision on her own and be happy with that decision and not feel that parents pushed in one direction or another. This indeed happened with Kelly’s help.
We have already recommended Southern College Consulting to several family members and friends and will continue to share our wonderful experience with others as they start their college planning process.
Kelly made the college planning process as smooth as it could possibly be. We were able to sit down and discuss my college options, my test scores, my resume, and she even helped me edit my personal essays for my applications. The research and consulting she had done for me went above and beyond expectations. For each school I was considering she had nailed down average test scores, demographics, university culture, and more. Her guidance took a weight off my shoulders for what could have been a very stressful process.
By the end of my journey with Kelly, I had applied to and been accepted to 5 incredible universities-- it was so hard to pick just one! But Kelly's consulting didn't stop there; she helped guide me to a college decision that was perfect for me. Without Kelly, I don't think I would have even had those 5 universities on my radar.
The college I chose (NC State) is a perfect fit for me. This went far beyond just having my degree program of choice; the culture, the size, the student/faculty ratio, the athletic and sports atmosphere, the dining options (yes, that's important when choosing a college!), the surrounding area (I love being near a city), enrichment opportunities, and more were exactly what I was looking for in a university. Many of these I would never have even thought of unless Kelly had brought them to my attention.
Before Kelly's guidance, I was overwhelmed with the college application process, and believed all that went into a college decision was them having the degree program I wanted to pursue. Kelly showed me that there is so much more to the college decision process that should be considered, but helped me immensely in that process. Without Kelly, I never would have thought about how the student/faculty ratio, the surrounding area (city versus rural), and even dining options could have an affect on my college experience. She took her time with me and made it her sole priority to help me find my dream school-- and she did!
I would absolutely recommend Southern College Consulting to any student going through the college planning process. The college planning and application process can be stressful, overwhelming, and often confusing-- but it doesn't have to be! Kelly at Southern College Consulting was by my side throughout the entire process and turned it into a positive, rewarding experience. I would not be where I am today, at my dream school, without Southern College Consulting!