The whole college application process has been a great learning experience. Initially when I started applying, I wasn't really confident about being accepted by the universities but because of Renu Aunty's and Rajika Aunty's guidance and support, the whole application process went smoothly and I ended up being accepted by 11 colleges out of the 12 colleges I applied to. It gave me a sense of accomplishment.
Thanks to College Solutions, I did not really find any part of the process difficult as whenever I faced any problem, we would discuss the problem and come up with a solution; but, I will not deny the fact that applying abroad definitely requires a lot of efforts, time management and responsibility.
If I had to it again, I would definitely begin with the process earlier and not leave anything till the last date.
I could not imagine the whole application process without College Solutions. Through out the process, they have been a call or an email away. They made the whole college application process so easy and comfortable that I did not even hesitate to call them for the most petty things.They provided me with all the help, guidance and advise that I required but did not spoon feed me with essays and other research work; instead they made me work - which definitely helped me in my personal growth. It is because of their guidance, advice and support that things have worked out the way I wanted them to be. Thank you so much both of you for everything. I got to learn a lot and I truly have immense respect for the both of you.
Priya Adhikari (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Fall 2015)
"The most difficult part of applying to colleges abroad is probably the essay, though for me, selection of materials for my portfolio sure stressed me out more. That said, college application isn't a wholly difficult process, especially when you have expert guidance like what College Solutions provided to me. However, selection of colleges is a whole 'nother ball game. There's so many to pick from, there's so much they offer, and finding the right fit becomes rather difficult.
There were plenty of ways in which College Solutions helped. First off, you helped me make an informed decision regarding the colleges I was applying to, keeping in mind what I wanted and what they offered. You also fine-tuned my application so it was just right, be it editing my essays or correcting my forms. You also were graciously courteous and always willing to answer whatever questions I had, which I really do appreciate.
Once again, I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help in making my future."
Rudradaman Singh (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Fall, 2015)
College Solutions made sure that I was the one who did the actual research about colleges and application procedures, which increased my knowledge and involvement in the whole process. They provided me with a diverse list of good colleges to apply to, so that I could choose from my preferred colleges once the acceptances started coming in. College Solutions also helped by making sure that I had completed all the required tests so that at the time of application completion, I was not caught off guard by any admission requirement, not mentioned earlier by the colleges.
If I had to do this differently, I would have approached you guys when the idea of transferring had entered my mind so that I would have had more time to decide my list of colleges with you.
Thank you both for all the help and support. It means a lot. :)
Palak Sharma (Rutgers University,Fall 2014)
Working with College Solutions took away a major load and brought some direction to college searching. The essays that are one of the most dreadful parts of an application were made much simpler with your advice.
When I started on the applications I was very lost and College Solutions helped me greatly even with the little things such as filling out information on the applications. It felt better to have some support and guidance through the process.The one thing I would do differently if I could do this again, is : start earlier!
Ragini Ahuja ( American University, Fall 2014)
The guidance I received and the constant mentoring and support I received was amazing, and it was guidance mind you, they didn't do the work for me, but taught me the way to do it myself.
Aaditya Ailawadhi ( Rhode Island School of Design, Fall 2014)
What I enjoyed about the college application process - apart from the amazing food that Renu Aunty fed me (!!), - was being able to understand the topics and discuss them before actually sitting down to write my essays. I was given the freedom to think of ideas that appealed to me, but also given guidance if I was moving off track.
Sometimes, the topics seemed too boring or I just did not have enough to say about a particular topic. But then, both Rajika and Renu Aunty really helped me by discussing my interpretation of the topic and I ended up making changes in the essays till I was satisfied with the end result.
College Solutions allowed me to be comfortable with the entire admissions process because both Rajika Aunty and Renu Aunty knew exactly what needed to be done at all times. If I got lazy, they always reminded me about my deadlines!
One thing I would change, if I could go through the whole process again, would be to have signed on with College Solutions earlier in the year so I could be guided on the extra curriculars I should pursue. I would also like to have been better organised with the SAT and SAT Subject Tests. I was not aware of the subjects that my colleges required for a long time, and I wish I had been better organised on that front.
Sakshee Chawla (Smith College, Fall 2013)
College Solutions gave me the confidence to actually apply to the universities that I was only dreaming about for the longest time. The lists we prepared included Dream Schools, Reach Schools and Safety Schools. Choosing a college can be a difficult task, and is probably one of the most important decisions in a person's life. College Solutions made it easy for us to take that decision, and gave a realistic view of what one's future might look like if they choose a particular career path or a college. I was given lots of colleges to research and choose from so that I could see which one suited me best. It was hectic and tiring to manage school work, applications as well as extracurricular activities. It was difficult and stressful to keep up with the three of them, but it kept me on my toes and taught me to manage my time better. I would definitely try and start working sooner for applying to the colleges, so that everything could be sent off earlier. Some of my essays were written hurriedly, but despite that, College Solutions looked into every matter crucially and 'saved' me every time. If a particular essay wasn't upto the mark, Renu and Rajika Aunty told me very honestly.
Having the personal, one-on-one attention from Renu and Rajika Aunty (very much needed for the crucial application process) is the aspect that I enjoyed the most. We all could really look into the essays, application forms etc deeply and understand what was really required from them. The constant inputs and brainstorming sessions with the three of us was something which was exciting and provided a place where we could all exchange ideas. I was advised and guided through the entire process in a very holistic and positive manner. We all had a lot of fun during the gruelling process, making it more enjoyable and motivating to apply to the colleges. I'm glad I made the conscious decision of choosing College Solutions to help me in my application process. I wouldn't have been in the college I am right now, had it not been for them.
Tulsi Sharma (UCLA, Fall 2013)
Preparing for one’s child’s higher education away from home is the most daunting task a parent can ever take on. To top it up, going through tons of colleges and universities with all the forms and requirements makes it even more scary. I took to Renu from the moment I interacted with her on the phone. Of course when I met her it re-ascertained (should read "affirmed") my feelings. I felt so comfortable and confident being around her. The more we talked, the more encouraged I got by realizing how much knowledge she had and would be so right in guiding my daughter to ultimately choose her place of study.
Renu’s sense of commitment and interaction with my daughter was wonderful. They shared an easy bond and through my daughters personality Renu could gauge what were the choices she should make.
I am very grateful to Renu, who was a guiding hand for my daughter who ultimately was selected into Chapman University for Business Studies, a college which was her first choice and the course which she was determined to take.
Shalini Rajan, Siya's Mom
"Working with Renu Aunty during my application process was very helpful and it made me gain confidence in submitting my application. My doubts and questions were always answered and I had a very polished essay before submission. I got a good insight on what I had to be prepared for and I was always guided whenever I needed help."
Siya Rajan (Chapman University, Fall 2011)
"CS helped me in a great way to help me write all the college essays and make sure they were perfect and also with analyzing which college suits my interests."
Vallabhi (Northeastern University, Fall, 2012)
"College Solutions helped me identify the universities which suit me, filling out the application forms and also with writing the essays. If I had to do this again then I would have thought of this much earlier, I would have prepared better for the various tests that I had to take and I would have read up more about the Universities."
Yuv (Pennsylvania State University, Fall, 2012)
"It's pretty evident that my applications would not have been worthy of being accepted had Renu Aunty not run after me and Rajika Aunty not reviewed each and every one of my essays. Also, I must thank College Solutions for taking care of my nourishment every time I was putting my head to the applications!"
Aman (Union College, Fall, 2012)
"Thank you, Renu Aunty, for advising me to apply to the University of Chicago!"
Adhiraaj (University of Chicago, Fall, 2012)