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Susan Taub, Ed. M. Independent College Counselor

Testimonials

Susan TaubI got admitted to my top school, Bowdoin. I am super excited for my future 4 years there and cannot express enough gratitude I have towards you. From the very first email, first Skype call, to you helping me getting my math class at school, to helping me find my summer program, to our first and hopefully not last, meeting in Boston, to the beginning of the application until the moment I received my acceptance letter. Both me and my parents cannot thank you enough. I would not be able to get into any of the schools without your constant support in the writing, and school research. I think I have grown a lot from this application process and I hope you can also take a break before a new wave of application season begin. Knowing the fact that you have to work until 1 or 2 am in the morning really broke my heart and I truly hope you can give yourself a nice break to relax from it. I also hope all of the other students that you have been working with also had some amazing results.

Thank you so much!

Student attending Bowdoin College, Major in Biochemistry, 10th/11th/12th grade Package, Beijing, China (attended boarding school in US)

I wanted to thank you for the absolutely wonderful expertise and guidance that you gave our daughter through her entire senior year.  I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you!!! You made this very stressful process virtually pain free and provided her with excellent advice along the way.  She is ecstatic to be attending Northeastern!  It really is a wonderful fit for her. My son is now a rising senior and I would love to have him work with you if you feel it’s a good fit.  We have plenty of college coach services here in Austin but our experience with you was fabulous and I am afraid they wouldn’t meet our expectations!

Thank you again!

Parent of student attending Northeastern University, Major in Political Science, Public Policy Concentration, Senior Year College Counseling Package, Texas

Student: (December of Senior Year): There are literally no words to describe how thankful I am of having you in my life. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for your help. Even though I started working with you a tad late, you managed to turn my world around and give me the structure I needed. We are almost done with apps. Now onto the auditions. I have confidence that everything will turn out great. You’re the best!  (March, after several acceptances were rolling in): I honestly could have not done any of this without you. You have guided me through this process, that ended up being 45 million times crazier than I thought it would be.

Parent: Thank you for everything you have done for my son. You have been the best that could happen to him in this process.

Family of Student, Senior Year Musical Theater College Counseling Package, attending BFA in Musical Theater at Texas State after many other acceptances – Puerto Rico

I have to say that not only has my daughter received great college counseling but her writing has improved dramatically since beginning this process with you. What a great added bonus!! Thanks.  (After acceptance): We are extremely excited and relieved!!!  It feels like a big weight has been lifted--one I didn't even realize I had.  Thank you for all your help with everything.

Parent of student accepted ED to NYU/Tisch’s BFA Drama - New York

I got into Brown-PLME!!!

No other words needed. I can't express how happy and excited I am and cannot thank you enough for being part of this journey with me. I hope you are doing as well as I am!!

Student, accepted Early Decision to 8 year BA/MD program at Brown University, Junior/Senior Package - Massachusetts

I just wanted to let you know that I was accepted to Vanderbilt University as an ED2 applicant! I want to thank you for all of the help and advice you’ve given me along the way - It’s been hugely beneficial to me during the college application process.  Thanks so much and I’m glad I had the opportunity to work with you!

Student, accepted ED2 to Vanderbilt University, Junior/Senior Package - Massachusetts

We are so happy! Thank you for your hard work with son on the amazing 16 applications! Also he got into the economics major, which is among the top in Vanderbilt. This is really a dream come true.

Parent of student accepted ED2 to Vanderbilt University, Junior/Senior Package - Massachusetts

I’m happy to announce I will be attending school at UC-Berkeley next year.  Go Bears! When I was applying, I wouldn’t have imagined I would actually have gotten in.  After giving it some thought, I decided to go to Berkeley, not just for the brand, but for the programs, opportunities, people, and location as well.  I have to say I’m very grateful for your help in this process, and I want to thank you for everything you’ve done. 

Student planning to attend UC-Berkeley, Senior Package - Texas

I just wanted to write to let you know that I got admitted to Brown!! Thank you so much for your help and guidance!! Thank you so much for guiding me along the college admissions journey!! I couldn't have done any of this without you by my side!! Hopefully, I won't have to send you any more emails at 2 am in the morning!!

Student, accepted Early Decision to Brown University, Junior/Senior Package - Massachusetts

Thank you so much for all your wonderful help to son and us throughout his application process! We are so lucky to get to know you and meet you! We just can NEVER thank you enough for everything you did for son and us!! πŸ™‚ πŸ’–

Thank you sooooo much for the super sweet email to congratulate son! We know you, like us, are truly happy for him from the bottom of your heart! You are just like a family member to us! You work super hard! Even on the day before Brown's notice, you are still actively preparing all kinds of documents for son! The interview prep you did for son was extremely helpful to him! You predicted all the questions being asked during his real interview! The whole process of your work is just amazing and unbelievably organized! Your suggestions are always so valuable and your review is always super thorough! We especially love the Activity Resume idea since it is so helpful for so many things which we could not predict at all when you first told us to prepare for it... Thank you sooooooo much for guiding son throughout this crucial process! Thank you for your patience during crunch time! This acceptance is truly the best holiday gift to son and our family !  We already have a friend who followed us to work with you now. We hope to be able to meet with you again in the future when you visit Boston or when we visit NYC! We hope to be able to stay in touch with you even though we are closing this chapter of life… 

Parent of student accepted Early Decision to Brown University, Junior/Senior Package - Massachusetts

I read through the Evaluation and College Search Report today, and I am so impressed by the insightfulness of the whole report.  And most importantly, you tailored the college selections to fit son’s strengths very precisely.  We truly appreciate all your effort.  We will follow through with the plan that you outlined for us.

Parent, current student, after receiving Evaluation and College Search Report, Senior Package - Massachusetts

We would like to thank you for all the great help during this process. Son did a terrific job on the essays, and your guidance and revision were pivotal.  I believe our combined effort will bear the best fruit in the new year.

Parent, current student, after all applications were finished, Senior Package - Massachusetts

I GOT INTO ROCHESTER! I'm attaching my acceptance letter! I cannot thank you enough for all of your help. This truly would not have been possible without your support, guidance, and dedication. YAYAYAYA!!!

Student, accepted Early Decision to University of Rochester, Junior/Senior Package - Texas

Daughter got admitted to Boston College! We are all delighted and thrilled ! She is very happy! At last we got it! Thank you very much Susan! We couldn’t have done it without you! The money we spent on you is the most worthwhile part of the whole overseas study of daughter!  Thank you for all the effort and hard work you have provided! Best counselor you are! Very professional! Daughter learned a lot from you! We appreciate what you have done for daughter and your professional hard work and extra work you have done for her! You are the best consultant ever! Under your assistance, daughter has gotten an offer   of her ideal school, and has maximized her portfolio, I think. Thank you again.

Parent of student accepted ED2 to Boston College, 10th/11th/12th grade Package - Beijing, China (attended boarding school in US)

I am very happy to inform you that I was accepted to Brandeis!!!! Wow that is an exciting moment in my life to share with you my happiness, joy  and relief from rest of the admissions process.

I have a big Thank You for you!  Without your help and support, without your passion to push me until I do my best, I wouldn’t have got to this point. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I will attach their acceptance message to this email. Thank you so very much for everything!

Student, accepted Early ‘Decision to Brandeis, Senior Package - New Hampshire

I just wanted to let you know that we are really thrilled to be in this moment. Daughter's wishes came true. We all thank you so very much for everything you did for her. Your timeless work and support of our girl was exceptional. We were very lucky to have you on our side. We can not thank you enough for giving us this amazing Christmas gift!

As you know this festive season, especially the last week before Christmas is the most exciting week in whole year. With your support and amazing job helping daughter to get accepted to Brandeis as her first choice, this year we have more reasons to celebrate the upcoming Christmas and the New Year 2020.

Daughter is very happy with her acceptance at Brandeis and right now is focused on her last year of high school.  We are very happy too to have her not far from us as she starts college in the next fall. As you know, we are very happy and thanks for all your help and support for our daughter during her college admissions process. We are always talking about you and all your help! I  ensure you we will recommend you and give your information to the families who are looking for help at the high school level and up.  We couldn’t think of better professional work than what you did for our daughter.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Parent, daughter accepted Early Decision to Brandeis, Senior Package - New Hampshire

(After all his many acceptances were received in the Regular Decision round, after a rejection in the Early Decision round, and I had sent the student the following quote: “As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.”):

Ironically, this was my Senior quote from High School! You are so intuitive. That's one of the things I'm most grateful for about you, Susan. You have a unique gift in empathizing with others, capturing their life, and meeting them right where they are at. I'm grateful for many things you've done for me, but this quality I am especially grateful for because it just shows how incredible you are! Can I just say, "Wow, what a journey! I am so grateful for you and all the hard work you put into helping me find the PERFECT fit. I couldn't be more excited about my future, and you played such a critical role not only in helping me find schools and gain admission but discover more of my identity and passion. YOU helped me draw conclusions from my life experiences and stories that truly defined what attributes I am bringing to my college experience. So once again, let me articulate a massive THANK YOU! In this college admissions process, thanks to YOU, I started identifying that my greatest memories, favorite experiences, and cherished accomplishments were due to that inner spark inside that causes me to dream, build, create, and establish counter-cultural ideas in the hearts of those around me. At my core, even more than a performer, I am a communicator and dreamer, a visionary who loves seeing what the world needs and being the one who is crazy enough to dream up a solution for it.  After all, "if you want to grow, lead something" and what better way to find a program that accentuates that gift...I never would have arrived at this conclusion without you, and I am so excited for what's ahead. Thank you, Susan, for your guidance and counsel.

Student, after a few gap years, accepted to 13 very selective schools and 1 waitlist, pursuing Theater/Education/Entrepreneurship, California

I GOT INTO TISCH!!! This is a dream come true and all I can say is thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU. Sincerely the happiest person on the planet.

Student attending NYU/Tisch for BFA Drama – Senior Theater Package - New York

Thank you again for the help!! I believe the general advice has been excellent and appreciate all of your counsel and patience. My wife and I are thrilled for son and proud of him also. The advice on the extra theater coaching was a big plus! Coupled with the essay help, the resume, activity list etc were all instrumental in marketing the total package. In any event it is a long way from the panic we felt when we first meet you.

Father of Acting applicant who got into almost every BFA Acting program he applied to – attending North Carolina School of the Arts – Senior Theater Package - California

We're so grateful for all your wonderful advice.  Every essay she submitted was better because of your excellent review and comments. 

Parent, Junior/Senior Counseling Package, applicant for Math/Education Major, Dance Minor, attending Johns Hopkins University – New Jersey

Thank you so... much for all you have done for son in his application. Wow! We are thrilled to hear the news! Words can’t express how much we appreciate your effort. Thank you for your guidance, support and supervision. It’s impossible without your tireless guidance and effort. Many many thanks to you!

Parent of student accepted ED to New York University for Economics – New York

I got into Northeastern! I got into Northeastern's NU In program where I study abroad for the first semester of freshman year! I'm beyond excited. Definitely want to attend Northeastern. Thanks so much for all of your help, Susan. It means so much. I will be studying in Germany! I'm so SO excited and couldn't thank you more, because without your help I wouldn't be in this position. Thank you so much for all of your help with all of this. It means more than you know!

EEK!

Student accepted Early Action to Northeastern University for Psychology – Massachusetts

I've changed and grown a lot along with your help. It was indeed a great experience working with you. I've learned a lot from you and I cannot describe how thankful and how grateful I am that I chose to work with you these past three years of high school. Thank you, Susan😁

Student attending University of Toronto, Major in Business with Music/Voice Minor, 10th/11th/12th grade Package, Beijing, China (attended high school in US)

Thank you so much for all your help for the past three years especially during the application period.  I can see again the great progress our daughter has made.  You are excellent. I really appreciate all your guidance, help, and continuous support of our daughter. It is really very nice of you and very helpful  that you really made her grow up.  I found that I made the right decision to work with you!

Parents of student attending University of Toronto, Major in Business with Music/Voice Minor,10th/11th/12th grade Package, Beijing, China (student attended high school in US)

Overall, both my parents and I are all very satisfied with the results. And I really have to thank you for all the help you’ve provided. Seriously, without your help, the result could be ugly...

Student planning to attend Fordham University School of Business – China 

Susan- I just want to take a moment to thank you so much for all of your hard work and wonderful guidance in helping our daughter and us through both the summer program and college admission process. We could not be happier or more satisfied. You were wonderful throughout. You were always prompt and diligent and I always thought your comments and suggestions were right on the money. You are very good at what you do. You are really great….You do go the extra mile.

Parents of Theater Applicant, Junior/Senior Theater Package, accepted ED, William and Mary. Also counseled on summer Musical Theater pre-college program admissions, attended Northwestern National High School Institute – Cherubs – Maryland

We have certainly enjoyed working with you!  I think we all have gained a better insight into essay composition.  We are goal and task oriented folks and I think we could have made our way through the process, but you made it much easier and really got us up to speed with all the various aspects of the requirements and deadlines. I appreciated your attention to detail and the thoroughness you paid to the essays, especially adding the polish!  And of course, the hand holding you provided in December, as the first of three quick rejections came in!  You have a nice personal touch! I’m sure we will stay in touch, please feel free to add us to your list of happy, satisfied parents!

Parent, Senior Musical Theater Package, son attending University of the Arts - Virginia

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for all of the time and effort you spent with my daughter on her college applications. We surely could not have done it without you! Actually, it was you who pushed us to look at Marymount Manhattan! My daughter and I are both so excited about their program. You were really a god-send to us! …Thank you again. You know I think you were incredible and I know how hard you worked with my daughter! I have only wonderful things to say about you!

Parent of Musical Theater student, attending Marymount Manhattan – Pennsylvania

After getting back from Boston on Thursday, I could not feel any better about where I'm going to school next year…….I want to thank you so much for everything as well. This process has been absolutely insane and without you, I cannot imagine how I would have made it through. From the beginning you were informative and more than supportive. There are no words to describe the gratitude I have for the work you have done. Thank you again!

Student, at end of process, attending Boston Conservatory for BFA in Musical Theater – Senior Musical Theater Package – Illinois

I remain very impressed by the amount, and quality, of work you and Son have completed so far………I am truly amazed at the time, effort, and dedication you are putting into son's applications. We couldn't be happier with your service. We all want to thank you very much for all of your help and advise during this process.  Son's applications are all much stronger thanks to your participation.

Parent, Senior Theater College Counseling Package, son attending NYU/Tisch for BFA in Drama - Maryland

Everything worked out better than expected. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your guidance, support, shoulder leaning, and patience!  I know you will always be someone I count as a friend.

Parent, at completion of Junior/Senior Year Musical Theater College Counseling Package, daughter got into several BFA in Musical Theater programs, as well as BA schools, attending Northwestern University for Theater – California

We are very grateful for all the help you have given our daughter. You are a real pleasure to work with and it has really made a daunting process far easier to deal with. We love how detailed you are. This has really caused her to look at each of her college choices in great depth so that she does have a very good idea of what sets each school apart.  We want to thank you so much for all your help with our daughter. Your help was invaluable and we will highly recommend you.

Parents, Senior Year Theater College Counseling Package (seeking BA programs), daughter attending University of California - Santa Barbara (for theater), and eventually accepted by audition after 1 yr. into BFA program – California

You are worth every penny - regardless of what schools our daughter does or doesn’t get accepted to.  You really help make this process pleasant and not stressful.  It’s so hard to know what to do and what not to do.  It’s just so great to have someone to bounce all the concerns off…

I can’t express how wonderful we think you are!  You are a gem.  I have spoken to my friends who used college counselors for their kids and they don’t give anywhere near the feedback and wonderful, personal advice. Great job!

(after many acceptances and scholarships): All in all, this has been an unbelievable result in this intensely competitive year.  I do believe we have you to thank for helping us pick schools with a good “fit” - I think this was very important - and you’re incredible advice to daughter about how she should tailor each application to show how she “fit” the school.  I think this, together with all your other wonderful advice, really helped her achieve these amazing results….

My daughter is sooo happy.  She had tremendous results with her schools.  I really look forward to working with you again in a few years with my younger daughter.  Even younger daughter says that she wants to work with Susan!  She sees how much you helped her older sister….

We always speak of our daughter’s wonderful results - and are sure that your guidance was a major factor in that.  As for email counseling - well, we are big proponents of that.  Frankly, it was the best sort of counseling for us.  We were both busy and scheduled up to our eyeballs, so being able to respond to you via email at any time of the day or night was extremely helpful to both of us.  As you know, our daughter many times responded to you in the early hours of the morning - way after we all thought she was asleep!  If it wasn't for that flexibility, I think she may have felt even more pressured and Lord knows, she was under tremendous pressure with all the music admit requirements.

Parent, Senior Year Arts Counseling Package, seeking colleges for Music Composition and Creative Writing, attending Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music - New Jersey

Student: Thank you. For everything. For researching colleges for me. For editing my essays. For making me do the things that were optional. For staying on my case and making sure everything I did was done thoroughly and the right way…. I really, honestly could not have applied to college again without you. I mean it, I wouldn't be in the position I'm in today without you. I wouldn't be working at the coolest radio station in Philly, and I most likely would not have been accepted to the majority of these schools had I not worked with the expert. I promise you, when I make my first Grammy acceptance speech, YOU will be the first person I thank.

After all is said and done, I'd say we did pretty good. I'll tell you, man, when you asked me if I was ready to commit to all the work that I'd be faced with to apply to these schools, I did not expect it to be that..that....grueling. When I told my friends I couldn't hang out because I had college work to do, nobody could understand. Some of my friends applied to ONE school and just went there. But after 8 months of hard work and determination (kept alive with help from my family) it all paid off. I mean, it REALLY did. From August to my final audition at UArts on 3/20, my life was devoted to getting into a school that would help me live the dream. The dream of being in the music industry. The dream of being the next major producer. And now, that dream is coming true. We sent in my deposit for SUNY Purchase the other day, a school that is NOT easy to get into that has a nationally recognized Studio Production program. WAAHOOOOOOOO YEAHYEAHYEAHYEAH AWWWWWWESOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

In all seriousness, this year off has been successful because of your dedication to me and your wanting me to succeed, and that is so greatly appreciated. By me, and by my Mom and Dad. You're great. In fact, I'll go as far as to say that you are. The. Best. I love you, thanks so much for your help! Thank you. Thanks. Thank you. 

Parent: Thanks for doing everything that you did for son (& us). What an incredible mountain of work it is to get into a college music program. There's no way we could have done what you did with son. You can be a slave driver that dishes out a lot of homework.....but it pays off. His essays, Activity & Music Resumes really came out good. I also think you steered him toward some great schools that offer a pretty diverse selection to choose from. His record this year was 7-1-1 as compared to 0-6-1 last year. Between the gap year work that he is doing and your help, his value improved dramatically…So--thanks again, we really appreciate all of your help.

Family of Student, who was unsuccessful in college admissions process senior year, who then took a gap year. Worked on application for year-long internship in his field which he landed, followed by new college selection and admissions process for programs in Recording Arts, through Performing Arts College Counseling Package. Attending SUNY Purchase’s Studio Production program – New Jersey

I just wanted to let you know that I actually received a $6000 merit scholarship to Oberlin!  I was so excited when I got that letter in the mail!  :) I also wanted to thank you for your advice on choosing colleges, and I certainly used it to help me with picking between Oberlin and Boston University...And the best fit for me (in my parent's and my own opinion) is Oberlin. I'M A YEOMAN!!!  YAYAYAY!!! Thanks again for everything! I would never have gotten in or finished any applications without you!  Much appreciation and thanks!!!!!

Student, accepted into top BM programs for Vocal Performance, after making her decision to attend Oberlin College’s Conservatory of Music – Junior/Senior Performing Arts College Counseling Package – Florida

Susan Taub, Ed. M. Independent College Counselor     |     1 Harborside Place, Apt. 244, Jersey City, NJ 07311
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