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Transitioning from high school into a college program that challenges perceptions, broadens horizons and nurtures intellectual discourse is a daunting endeavor. My job as an Educational Consultant is to assist and support the student in clarifying their values; more clearly define their interests and find a school or path that best suits them. Here are a few success stories: 

"Carolyn worked as our son's college counselor this year.  She was able to get him to truly understand what he wanted out of college and then find schools which fit him.  During the application process she helped him meet the many deadlines while honoring his need to navigate the numerous commitments high school seniors have.  She has the wonderful ability to truly be a coach; inspiring and lifting him up at times, yet provided the necessary kick in the backside when called for.  We have a second child who will be looking at college in 3 years, we will be enlisting Carolyn's services again then."

/// Jon A.

"Working with Carolyn has been a blessing during Leah’s senior year.  She stepped in and helped Leah decide which schools would be a good fit, juggle the application deadlines and fine tune essays.  I feel I was given the gift of enjoyable time with my daughter this winter and fall as I was removed from the college application process.  Carolyn is very knowledgeable about colleges and a great sounding board about everything that goes into deciding which colleges would be a good fit.  She was so patient walking us through the process and answering our many questions.  She is very passionate about what she does and it reflects in her work with the students." 

/// Denise I. 

"Working with Carolyn made the college application process so much less stressful and even pleasant for our entire family. Her body of knowledge, personalized advice and warm demeanor made each session a pleasure. Carolyn goes out of her way to find the real gems in higher education and from there culls the ones that will truly be a good fit for your child. My daughter felt confident that Carolyn steered her toward choices that were attainable and suitable because she really takes the time to listen and get to know her clients. Her work with my daughter on her essays was of particular values she simultaneously challenged her to reach deeper and just get it done! I can't recommend her highly enough and we will be starting the process again with our younger here to add your own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you."

/// Jessica S. 

"The challenge of helping our daughter select a college was daunting to say the least. Carolyn jumped right in and helped us channel her desires and goals into a unique field of schools that seemed to not only fit our daughter's personality, but met all her educational expectations. Carolyn's insight also helped to tailor the school selection by aligning the merit aid by each school by the opportunity our daughters academic record provided."

/// Eddie G. 

"I worked with Ms. Carolyn Francis throughout my college application process and it benefited me beyond my expectations.  At the beginning of my senior year, I wasn’t very confident with my college applications. I couldn’t narrow down my college choices and I didn’t have a clear understanding of how to set myself apart and highlight my unique and distinctive qualities. However, Carolyn not only helped me with choosing schools and essay writing, she made me think about what I wanted from my college experience.   Carolyn also helped me find out who I was and why I was unique. She suggested I utilize my international background and my distinctive experiences at a low-income public high school to stand out. Carolyn knew everything about college applications; her advice helped me submit outstanding applications to my dream schools. Throughout the process, I saw Carolyn as a great advisor and teacher, and also a thoughtful friend.  Now I’m reaping the benefits. I got into schools I never thought I would; I also received generous scholarship offers from many of my schools. I appreciate what Carolyn has done for me and I’m very glad to have her as my college counselor." 

/// Chenxi

Carolyn Francis has been our college-search lifesaver and a knowledgeable gem in a sea of college search options.

As the parent in charge of launching my youngest into college, I truly appreciated her level of expertise. She would work with me and keep me in the loop as appropriate; all the while keeping my child at the helm of his college process. Because of Carolyn’s experience, she knows the strengths and weaknesses of high school students she was able to respectfully and successfully guide my student through all the steps of finding the right school for him all while allowing me to brainstorm with her on the process.

Perhaps the most valuable (financially and priority-wise) was her vast expertise in pointing us to great matches that provide hefty merit aid and the right approach to obtain our final financial aid offer from our final contenders.

The wealth of knowledge brought by her services allowed us to have a solid understanding of the likelihood of admittance to a good range of schools by quality, location, merit aid, college culture, and the programs we wanted.

Earlier in the process, she consulted with my son on his college essay in such a way that brought out a compelling story that truly reflects and encapsulates who he is both as a student and as a person. This was invaluable because I believe it put the icing on the cake of his qualified application in a competitive field.

Having a student that is undecided on his future major, she reassured my son of the value of a liberal-arts major to hopefully hone his various interests and talents in a highly-selective liberal arts college with all the programs he knows he is interested in as well as a variety of others.

Even though CF Consulting is located in Colorado - through Zoom, email, facetime, her dashboard and phone calls, we all worked very successfully together remotely. So, don’t worry if you are in a different time zone or Hawaii. 

And finally, having this search be utterly disrupted by COVID-19, Carolyn remained calm, knowledgeable and steadfast in providing us valuable direction and expertise in a time of great uncertainty. She was a strong bridge in the relationships between the colleges, the student and our family. I highly recommend Carolyn Francis and her company CF Consulting.

/// Michele Book

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