Political Economy, College Advising
Ms. Kim Glenchur, the Educational Consultant from CollegesGPS, is by far the most influential and helpful advisor I have met. Having come from a competitive high school environment, I was led to believe that College life would be much the same. However, college is an entirely new atmosphere with so many new opportunities to both thrive and decline.+ more
The most defining and influential change during my meetings with Ms. Glenchur was my confidence boost in my own abilities and traits. Much like a huge “you are here” tag, Ms. Glenchur enabled me to get an understanding of my role in college and envision the future. CollegesGPS isn’t simply a recommendation, it is a must for students preparing to transition into the adult world.
Justice Studies and Psychology, College Advising
Kim Glenchur is the most efficient, organized, and creative college advisor I’ve ever met. To me, she’s an education guru. She has effective methods of identifying one’s interests and motivations and probing what occupation would be the right one for an individual student. She probes until she can identify a viable educational path for a student.+ more
After her first day working with me, I was able to pin point a major that truly interested me. Because of her know-how, I didn’t apply to a college as a freshman with an “undeclared” major. Had I taken only
GE courses for (general educational) requirements, I would have been a few semesters behind when I finally declared my major. Deciding that my major was science first made it apparent that I had to take harder science classes than the science classes required for students completing GE requirements. Kim makes sure that a student doesn’t waste time taking courses that aren’t required coursework leading to a graduation goal.
Kim Glenchur is an apt education strategist that will help you with any question you have regarding what your college objectives should be, namely what’s the right major for you, what classes you should take, and when you should take them, quarter by quarter or semester by semester. She can define your objectives, and map out, unit by unit, what you have to do to achieve your goal to graduate and become a well-educated professional. She’s smart, nice, flexible, encouraging, but never patronizing
Aerospace Engineering, College Applications
I was admitted to many aerospace engineering schools located on campuses with music conservatories. Though having several AP and community college credits, I was almost universally advised that concurrent classes in music composition and engineering would be “difficult”.+ more
The winning combination was found near the nation’s capital, at the University of Maryland at College Park, an institution suggested by CollegesGPS. I could not only take courses usually reserved for music majors but also received major engineering scholarships and invitations to three different honors programs.
Operations Research: Engineering Management Systems,
I have always been a strong student. But I had no idea where my life was headed. I hadn’t thought too much about college. I hadn’t explored what campuses I would fit into, and I was pulling complete blanks on possible majors and careers.+ more
In my first meetings with Ms. Glenchur, we pooled together a list of my academic strengths and chose a major that appealed to all of them. After that, we compiled a list of hobbies and extracurriculars that I was interested in. She compiled for me a fantastic list of about 15 colleges, and based on location and campus life, we cut that list in half. She helped me through the application process as well. She explained to me how to approach each essay, the early admissions process, and how to best present myself as a good fit to all the schools I was applying to. I was admitted to my first choice, Columbia University, as an early admissions candidate. After my first year, I’m still very satisfied with my decision.
Accounting, Graduate School Applications
Ms. Glenchur offers huge assistance in polishing my application essays for graduate programs. She was patient in developing my essays and generously provided a lot of tips for my interviews which were of great help. I am convinced that she has a talent knowing how to effectively deliver the essential personal information to the admission committee and to impress the admission committee.+ more
The effectiveness is the most significant factor I am considering because poor-organized essays will destroy all the efforts you have worked on, including outstanding GPA and high test scores. She also taught me writing and communication skills which I believe will positively affect my coming graduate studies and network development. From these points, I am appreciating all the things she has done to forward my future career.
Computer Science, College Applications
Thanks to Ms. Glenchur, through her detailed guidance every step of the way, my son was accepted to several great schools, all of which were a perfect fit for him. I approached the application process with a lot of trepidation. Two of my closest friends with sons the same age as mine always engaged in comparing their sons competitively — they both did Kumon and were reading very early.+ more
If I told one that my son Nick was taking piano lessons, her son was already playing jazz! I refused to participate. They always thought something was wrong with Nick when he could not read in Kindergarten. Now they are commiserating that their 2 boys are going out and drinking — they seemed to come unglued from all the pressure! Ms. Glenchur was very helpful in sorting out the priorities in making the final selection — One of my aforementioned friends just wanted her son to select the cheapest school (her husband makes tons of money), and the other was just relieved that her son has agreed to go to college at all — he wasn’t much interested in going — just wanted to travel with his water polo team. I feel good that Nick got to choose between some great schools, and is happy with his decision. He wears his new school logo everywhere with pride! I’m so thankful for her help!
Electrical Engineering, College Applications
Ms. Kim Glenchur has not only helped me make the best college application strategies, but she also has helped me prepare myself for a smooth transition to college life. Pursuing college education in the US was a totally unfamiliar experience to me as a student from China. I didn’t know which college is the best fit for me, neither did I know which engineering major I wanted to study.+ more
Through emails, Ms. Glenchur explained to me precisely what the engineering majors are about, directed me to various resources on the internet, and finally narrowed down my search to electrical engineering and computer engineering. After considering my materials and interest, she prepared a list of colleges that would best fit me, with exhaustive statistics and ratings in many aspects such as ABET-accreditation, coop opportunities, and standardized testing requirements to assist me in making my best choice. Thanks to her evaluation on me, I was able to have a rational understanding of the range of schools that I would probably get into. The essays were a headache for me, but she accurately identified my strengths, guided me to reflect on past experiences, and together we found the best topic and style for my essays. They went through countless times of revision until we both felt they were in the best possible shape. She has been giving me advice on just about anything I can think of about college life and college application, such as on academics, travelling, and school life. Her advice on self-advocacy and communication with college officials has helped me gain confidence and has let the colleges know me better; Her advice on the preparation before interviews has helped me present the best of myself through the Initialview interview and other college alumni interviews. I also received advice from her on time management in college and methods of maintaining a positive attitude towards difficulties at school. After working with Ms. Glenchur, I have grown a lot in the ability to write, communicate, search for resources, and understand myself. A Chinese proverb goes as, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Throughout the time we’ve worked together, Ms. Glenchur has always been “teaching me to fish”; This fall I will be studying at Carnegie Mellon University, my dream school from the very start, and her influence on me will continue to help me in my college life and beyond.
Materials Science and Engineering, College Applications
Why pay money for something you can do yourself? Because you need to have it done correctly. Rarely can you make a mistake that not only can be expensive, but can alter your child’s future. The college process is that situation. Kim Glenchur of CollegesGPS is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and most importantly, persistent.+ more
She will be the objective voice you need to keep pushing your child forward in what needs to be accomplished for testing, essays, and applications. My daughter chose to go to the college I attended, Penn State. Who in their right mind needs to hire someone to help make that decision? I did. My alma mater was the last place my daughter would have thought to attend when we started this process. After months of talks, research, and planning, it was only then that my daughter could make a reasoned choice and is thrilled with the result. Don’t think that by retaining Kim you can put all the responsibility on her. She is there to help you fulfill your responsibility, not avoid it. Working together, you will all see each other through.
Marine Biology, College Applications
Although he was a high school honor student, my son’s standardized test scores were below the applicant pool of a University of California’s campus.+ more
Nonetheless, he was accepted to UC based, I think, on Kim Glenchur advising him to write a personal statement about his intellectual interests, his learning disability, and his efforts to overcome obstacles that might have kept him from going to and completing college. Now a college graduate, my son plans to enter a Masters degree program this fall.