College Admissions Counseling

High school students, from freshmen to seniors, meet with Mrs. Behrens to cover all aspects of the path to college from the initial selection of appropriate colleges and universities, to discussion of the college essays, to the final application submission, including interviewing techniques and simulations.

Joan’s considerable background and experience in this field are augmented by the graduate-level college counseling courses she enrolls in at UCLA.  Mrs. Behrens is an alumni interviewer for her alma mater, Northwestern University, and thus has experience from the college side of the interview process. In addition, Joan volunteers in the college and career center at a local public high school.

High school freshmen meeting with Mrs. Behrens have the opportunity to discuss and strategize high school course selection, the careful choice of extra-curricular activities, meaningful summer experiences, and much more. Sophomores focus on personal interests as they relate to course selection and possible college majors, class choices for the junior year, paths to leadership positions in extra-curriculars, the PSAT, and strategies to enhance writing and vocabulary acquisition among other important topics. Juniors in high school begin to gather information about colleges, calendar their testing schedule including the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests, identify ideal teachers for writing recommendations, begin exploring financial aid opportunities, brainstorm possible personal statement topics, and look forward to visiting some college campuses.

Beginning with the summer prior to the senior year, Mrs. Behrens guides students through each and every detailed step of the college admissions process in a methodical manner designed to maximize results and minimize stress.

Former students of Mrs. Behrens are now at Harvard University, Yale Law School, New York University, Purdue University, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, Cornell University, the University of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins University, and many other institutions of higher learning.

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