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“I first met John during my junior year of high school.  At that time I was feeling overwhelmed by the college admission process, not knowing what I wanted to major in or where I wanted to attend college.  However, John’s personality, level of knowledge and expertise helped put me at ease.  I worked closely with John for months, during which time his passion for college advising became evident.  He skillfully walked me through the steps of determining which colleges would be a good “fit” for me, and the process of applying for admission.

I was impressed with the knowledge that John exhibited during the time he worked with me but, more than that, I was appreciative of how he took the time to get to know me and helped guide me in a direction that best suited my personality and academic interests.  I always felt comfortable going to him with any and all of my questions and concerns (and there were many!); no matter what, he always listened intently and provided the answers to my questions.

I have kept in touch with John throughout my years as an undergraduate and graduate student, and attribute much of my success to his vast knowledge and the support that he has provided to me over the years.  I was both happy and honored that he attended my college graduation ceremony.”

Communications Major
(Bachelor’s and Master’s)
State University of New York at Albany



“It was my junior year of high school and I thought I had my college plans figured out.  After meeting with John, however, I soon realized that there was a lot more to choosing the right college than I had anticipated. 

After getting to know each other, I was comfortable openly expressing my expectations, fears and opinions of certain colleges while John gave me honest and knowledgeable feedback of which colleges he thought would be a good fit for me.

During one of our meetings, I told John that I was planning a college visit to a large state university.  John then suggested that I look at the nearby campus of Quinnipiac University.  I had never heard of this school and it was smaller than the type of college I anticipated attending, but, despite my lack of enthusiasm to visit their campus, I could tell that John felt strongly that I should take a look at it.

After setting one foot onto the campus, I knew that this is where I would spend the next four years.  Quinnipiac was not in my plans and I would not have found it, let alone attended it, without the help, expertise and passion that John has for ensuring that his students get the most out of their college experience.”

Physical Therapy Major
Quinnipiac University (CT)


“I knew that I wanted to attend college, but never had a set plan of what I was going to do until I met with John.  John’s positive attitude and willingness to help made for a very relaxing environment.  I am now in my second year of community college, and will soon be transferring to a four-year college.  I still return to him for help.  John is definitely the most knowledgeable person to talk to about the college process.  He will never steer you wrong.”

Engineering Science Major
(Transfer Program)
Community College (NY)


“Being that I was the first member of my family to attend college, I had no knowledge of how the admissions process worked.  Fortunately, I had John to assist me, and was accepted to every pharmacy program that I applied to.

John is incredibly knowledgeable of his craft and is an extraordinary man, and I cannot express the amount of gratitude that he deserves for helping me with the admissions and financial aid processes.   

Though these words cannot justify the magnitude of John’s sincere generosity and dedication to his work, I am forever grateful to have had him as my college advisor.”

Pharmacy Major
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (NY)


“I entered my first meeting with John unsure about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and what college would best fit me.  All in all, I was scattered and unsure of how to organize my thoughts. 
From the beginning John used his calm, positive attitude to help me research and discover my passions, goals, strengths, weaknesses and find the best college I could have asked for. 
Without John, I would not have made the college and career decisions that I did.  His knowledge, experience in advising, and his ability to listen reflect his passion for helping others discover their correct paths in life.”

Physical Education Pedagogy Major (Bachelor’s and Master’s)
University of New Hampshire


“John helped our son formulate a list of colleges that met his needs.  After visiting several campuses, making a final decision was difficult and he was not sure about what direction to go.  John helped him weigh the pros and cons of each institution, taking as much time as he needed to help him feel comfortable with his decision.  Everything worked out very well and we, as parents, are most appreciative of his assistance.”

Parents


“John worked with all three of my children.  He truly got to know each child, was instrumental in their college searches, and helped our entire family navigate the process.

I remember accompanying my daughter on her college tours, and watched her “light up” at the prospect of attending one particular university.  Upon conferring with John, however, she ultimately chose to attend a different university which seemed lack-luster in comparison.  As a parent, I hoped that John knew what he was doing.  He did.  John guided her to a program that not only matched, but exceeded, expectations.

A man of outstanding integrity, John traveled six hours to attend my daughter’s graduation.  He sat with our grateful family, talking with her two older brothers, to whom he had also provided college guidance services and are now successful college graduates.

John is an outstanding professional within his field.  He is caring, knowledgeable and highly recommended to any prospective client.”

Parent


“As an international student from Brazil, I knew nothing about the college admissions process in the United States.  But, after working with John, I can say that I conquered the system.  Throughout the process, he continually stressed the importance of choosing a college that was the right “fit.”  He also guided me through the application process, advised me on SAT and ACT tests, and made suggestions on how to approach the application essay.  John is truly a master of admissions.

But honestly, to me, it wasn’t so much John’s knowledge that set him apart; it was his passion for his profession.  I was never ashamed of not knowing something and having to ask for help, because John is one of the kindest people I know.  He will make sure you keep your feet on the ground, but will always encourage you to follow your dreams.

Now, is John a “miracle man” who can magically get you into any university?  Well, no.  But he will go out of his way to provide all the tools necessary for you to make that miracle happen.”

Undeclared Major
Brown University (RI)


“John helped me to formulate an idea of what I pictured my ideal college experience to be like.  Once I had done that and shared my thoughts with John, he was able to recommend a number of academic institutions that met my criteria.  One of his recommendations was Dartmouth College, an institution that I was unfamiliar with and would not have considered on my own.  After researching and visiting Dartmouth, I knew that I had found the perfect match.  Thanks, John!”

Economics Major
Dartmouth College (NH)


“John helped me immensely through the daunting task of finding a college that met all of my daughter’s needs.  There were so many things that I didn’t understand, and he was able to answer all of my questions ranging from application timelines to applying for financial aid.  I honestly don’t know how I would have done it without him.”

Parent


“It seems as though John has a “sixth sense” when it comes to helping students choose a college major and finding a school that is a perfect fit for them.  In addition to guiding my daughter through the processes of choosing a career path and a college, John worked closely with me, helping me to understand the financial aid process, thus making it possible for my daughter to go to the college of her choice.”

Parent


“The search for colleges snuck up on me, and I felt completely unprepared for the process that I was facing.  After meeting with John, however, I had a career path, a list of schools, and a clearer vision of my future.  He made the task that so many students dread, seem simple.  John knows so much about many different colleges, and he seems to find the perfect college for
almost everyone.”

Dietetics Major
Mansfield University (PA)


“I was so lost when I started looking at colleges.  Unlike many of my friends, my parents had never gone to college and I had no family members to assist me.  I was so lucky to have had John to guide me.  He helped me with every aspect of the process from identifying colleges, narrowing down my choices, filling out the applications, and making the final choice of the college I would attend.

I am in love with my college, and I have John to thank for that.  When my younger friends are faced with the college process, the first thing I tell them is to go right to John for help.  John’s knowledge, insight and kindness make him a wonderful resource for those looking for the right path to higher education.”

Environmental Studies Major
Green Mountain College (Vermont)


“John is a wonderful person.  He was a tremendous help to my daughter as she went through the admission process.  The financial aid process could have been very stressful for me, but John made it all possible with great ease. 

If anyone is looking for advice regarding college, John is the right person to talk to.  I recommend his advice and knowledge to everyone.  I could not have asked for a better person.”

Parent
“I was terrified of starting the college process:  I had no plans, no knowledge of colleges and absolutely no desire to think about, let alone talk about, the future.  Luckily, John has a talent for quelling the fears of anxious and clueless students
like me.

I remember him being a constant source of guidance and support throughout the entire strenuous process that is applying to college.  John helped me stay organized and monitored me every step of the way, from registering for SAT and ACT tests to visiting college campuses, preparing for campus interviews and meeting application deadlines.  I consulted him when I didn’t know to which schools I should apply and, months later, when I had to make the final decision of which college to attend.

As my college advisor, I found John to be a great resource: extremely knowledgeable and sensible, helping me to compile a perfect list of colleges to apply to.  At the same time, his calming personality and complete faith in my future kept me sane during my senior year.

I know of many others who have benefited from John’s terrific sense of humor and soothing reassurances.  John’s dedication and concern, combined with his abundance of knowledge, is what makes him the ideal college advisor.”

Biology (Pre-Med) Major
University of Rochester


“John was able to take the potential stress of the college search and application processes and make it exciting.  While I already had a good sense of the type of college I wanted to apply to, John helped me to more concretely identify specific schools that would best fit my needs.  Later in the process, he helped me to simplify the paperwork requirements and application components so that I could focus on making the most out of my senior year.

John was always extremely organized, thoughtful and patient, and truly interested in helping me.  I remember leaving my meetings with him feeling more calm, confident, and optimistic about my future than I had when I walked into his office.”

Bachelor’s in Planning;
Master’s in City Planning
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT)


“John helped me in so many ways during my search to find the right college, and without his guidance may have never found Lafayette College.  I could go on and on telling stories of the (seemingly) hundreds of times I sat in his office asking questions which he always seemed to have the answers to, but I will keep it short and say that John is a truly dedicated professional who is very passionate about helping students with college decisions.

Your college choice is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.  I could not be happier with my decision to attend Lafayette College, and John is the main person I can thank for helping me discover Lafayette and ultimately decide to enroll there.”

Civil Engineering Major
Lafayette College (PA)


“While my accomplishments could easily be seen as a testament to my work ethic and commitment, in reality, they are more of a testament to those who mentored me and lit the path toward my success.  John is one such mentor.  His dedication to helping me find direction during high school allowed me to pursue a degree at one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education, New York University, which in turn led to
my acceptance at multiple American
medical schools.

I remember spending many hours meeting with John, during which time he helped me determine which colleges would best fit my needs.  Also, John helped me to navigate the complex process of applying to highly-selective institutions.  Despite the seriousness of the process that I was involved in, John made sure that there was always time for a bit of humor to reduce some of the stress.  I must say that John is an extremely professional and knowledgeable college advisor with a heartfelt enthusiasm to help his students maximize their opportunities and achieve their dreams.  Thank you so much for all of your insightful guidance and advice.”

Major in Psychology, with Minors in Chemistry and Physics
New York University (NYU)
(Currently enrolled in Medical School)


During my senior year of high school, choosing a suitable college was a task that seemed nearly impossible to me.  I recall meeting with John on numerous occasions in an effort to decide which profession and college would fit me perfectly.  With John’s help, I realized that nursing was the right career for me. 
Once I made that decision, John proceeded to help me find a college that possessed all of the qualities I was seeking.  I chose to attend D’Youville College and, without John’s assistance, I don’t think that I would be at a college that suits me so well.  I couldn’t imagine going through the processes of choosing a career and a college without him.”

Nursing Major (RN)
D'Youville College (NY)


“It is my pleasure to write an endorsement on behalf of John.  As college approached for my two daughters, I felt fortunate to have had his expertise and guidance throughout the college search.  With John’s professional assistance, my children each discovered the college that best fit their abilities and personalities.  Their accomplishments and successes during college indicated to me that the colleges he recommended were indeed very suitable choices.  LeMoyne College and Bucknell University were exactly where my daughters should have attended, and each flourished in their chosen environment.

I wholeheartedly recommend John’s collegiate advising services to anyone seeking an appropriate and gratifying experience for their family.”

Parent
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