In addition the brag sheet, the essay brainstorming and editing were very valuable. The best part of working with you was the feeling of confidence that I got from you that you did in fact know your stuff! You also were supportive of my daughter and made the whole process less intimidating.”
mom of a 2011 graduate

“ACCEPTED TO UNC CHAPEL HILL!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for making my dreams come true :)”
2012 graduate

• “Yes…I felt you had great insight into the application process itself and the essays… I think they have to go into the relationship knowing they will still be doing their work…this is a support and guidance position and it kept me on the railroad tracks but it was up to me to read, ask questions and figure things out. I think you are very knowledgeable about the overall process and very professional.”
dad of a 2012 graduate

“My time spent with you was very very helpful. I liked pro and con check lists I did for each college I was interested in. Also, it was very helpful to have someone there each step of the way to check in with and proof read what I had written.”
2008 graduate

“It was just what we needed and expected. We wanted you to keep our son on task, which you did. In addition, your essay editing was good. The essays truly reflected him. You pulled his own thoughts out of him, I could tell they were his thoughts, not yours. Your report after you and he met was great. It let me know what you accomplished in your meeting and what tasks and by whom were required for the coming week. We were not making any headway in keeping him on task and it was very frustrating to us that he seemed so disorganized, so your help alleviated the frustration and possible (probable!) arguments. I am very likely to recommend you because you filled our immediate need. When I called you, I was in a near-panic mode and you were able to work with our son right away and I felt totally comfortable with you and knew you to be competent.”
Mom of a 2008 graduate

“Hi Mrs. B! We just culminated the signing celebration at our house – complete with cork popping and hunting. I wanted to again thank you for introducing me the fine institution that is Rhodes College in the final stretch of my time working with you. I have already highly recommended your services and will be looking forward to your visit to campus next year! Forever grateful,”
2008 Graduate

“I started working with Lee in September of my senior year. Before meeting with Lee, I had no idea where I wanted to go to, which colleges offered my major, the selectivity to be accepted at each college and I certainly was overwhelmed with the whole application process. Lee made the college process so much less stressful. i realized that there was more to getting into college than just filling out the application. Lee really helped me market my strengths. She helped me put together an application that showed that there was more to me than just my SAT scores and my GPA. Lee helped me with all aspects of getting into college, from editing my essays to researching the colleges that suited me the best. Lee understood that we were in a time crunch and really helped me utilize my time. With Lee’s good time management skills and expansive knowledge on the application process , I got into my dream college!! I cannot thank Lee enough for her dedication, commitment and time! I could not have done it without her!”
2007 graduate

“I would say to someone else that, they would more likely than not do more work than they would if they just took advice from someone in the college guidance office at their school, but if they worked with you they would have a much better sense of what they really wanted from college, and would make a more informed decision. In addition I would tell them that they would get help on a very personal level with their essays.”
2011 graduate

“You are a great listener, you are open to exploring many possibilities for the students you work with, you are flexible and take the stress out of the experience. I really liked that you were very productive with regard to our meetings; you kept us on task! I appreciate the knowledge you have of various colleges and universities, and I think that really helped us to broaden our search. The best part of working with you was your overall expertise with the process. Your services were invaluable to us with regard to the college admissions process. I felt “your product” was well worth the investment.”
mom of a 2012 graduate

“I would recommend your services because your knowledge and ability to get students to focus and build a good resume is invaluable. It was worth the money.”
dad of a 2012 graduate

“I particularly liked your grasp of “facts” about the sometimes intimidating application process. Also, I believe that your fees are reasonable. I don’t really have any negatives. You have been helpful and flexible. And, also very importantly, you spent the time necessary with our son to achieve objectives.”
Dad of a 2008 graduate

“I really didn’t have a clue how to go about checking out schools other than a campus visit until I started meeting with you.”
2011 graduate

“I would tell others that you are very easy to converse with and that our brainstorming sessions were always successful because you helped me find interesting topics to write about. I would also mention the wealth of resources in the templates and worksheets you have, especially the CFWs, brag sheet, and LOR procedure. I would have been lost without them.”
2011 graduate

• “The most helpful advice that you provided was how to write a good college essay. Previously, I had no idea how to write an essay and didn’t really know what colleges were looking for. My experience was that I found working with you to be extremely helpful and it made more confident that my essays were the best they could be for colleges.”
2012 graduate

“I would highly recommend you. You keep everyone moving forward with the process even when it’s easy to slow down.You did great using the time we paid for to be most productive.”
mom of a 2012 graduate

“Thank you for all your help along this journey. You made such an impact on my decision and helped me very much along the way.” 2014 grad

“Thank you so much for all your help throughout the college search and application process. I truly believe that Ithaca is the perfect fit, and I could not have gotten there without you.” 2014 grad

“Hi Lee, thank you so much for everything you did to help me find where I belong. You made the process so much easier.” 2014 grad

“Hi Lee, thank you so much for your help this year. You truly eased my college application process and bettered my writing. Go Blue Devils!” 2014 grad

“It might seem expensive at first but it is worth every penny. Thanks Lee!”
mom of a 2011 graduate

Comments about “Countdown to College” column

“This is a great column!  You are such a good writer and you bring the topics of your columns to life.” – High School Guidance Counselor

Comments from Lee Bierer’s
College Admissions Workshops

“Incredibly useful and provocative information. You even motivated my son!”

“The time flew by. You made it very entertaining and informative.”

“This seminar should be required of all parents, students, and educators.”