Recent Testimonials

Application Boot Camp

“Hi Mimi: Thank you and your staff for all the critical input. The whole college process is extremely daunting and it is invaluable having experts to guide you through it.”
G.H., Boot Camp 2014 parent

“Boot Camp is just a CRUCIAL program for gaining an understanding of the college admissions process! Thank you!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Boot Camp has been so helpful. It’s allowed me to finish my applications before classes start and has saved me frustration AND heartbreak!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Learning how admissions officers perceive and view my essays and applications has been so valuable.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Boot Camp was very stimulating. It was very personalized and I grew as a human being!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“It is SO nice to be able to get basically everything done in a couple of days! It makes the process a lot less stressful and made me feel really confident about my applications.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“My personalized student report [before Boot Camp] was very useful in motivating me to have an active sumer (programs, classes, etc.) and to understand testing needs and ways to create an academic niche. It felt a bit harsh at times, but it was realistic. Boot camp offered a great editing process.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“It feels so good to have so many essay done before senior year. It helps to get so many different perspective on my essays.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“My student report was helpful as I came up with a solid idea and a focus for my essays. It helped me determine other colleges I am applying to.  I was really able to write so much faster than I would have at home.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I wrote the best possible essays I could write at ABC. The staff helped me cut down my essays to make them fit the word limits while still keeping them interesting. The most beneficial element was constant feedback on my essays.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“ABC aids and quickens the application process.  Mimi and Michele’s advice on my application strategy was great –they kept my goals realistic.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Thank you for the study skills.  I finished my essays with time to spare.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“What a great start to my application process. I finished 5 essays and got a handle on the Common App and what colleges are looking for.  Mimi and Michele’s college interview speech is funny! They are great!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Boot Camp is a premium program –but it’s worth it. I feel so much more confident going into my senior year! The follow up call with Mimi and Michele was very helpful and I made significant progress using suggestions from the call. The resources on the ABC Student Membership Site were helpful –especially the 2014-2015 resource guide.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Michele is the BEST editor! Thanks for a great week! It is so great to have editing help and get most of my essay done.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“The ABC senior counselors are helpful critics. They helped me ensure my essays were fine tuned AND creative. While it’s an intensive time, it’s nice to get the bulk of this work finished before fall.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I finally know how to write a college essay. The one on one time with my senior counselor mentor made a big difference.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“My senior counselor mentor had magical editing skills! He taught me how to be a more descriptive and creative writer. This was a fantastic essay writing camp!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“The environment in the Boot Camp meeting room was great and really encouraging.  An intimidating process became much more use friendly and the senior mentors helped me overcome my writer’s block.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“It’s helpful to finish my essays before fall starts so I can annually focus on tests and grades senior year. Thank you for the experience!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“It’s so awesome to feel confident in your applications!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I can’t believe the quality of instruction and work I produced at Boot Camp. My brother will be there in 2 years due to my positive experiences.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I feel SO prepared.  There is no way I could have received this guidance anywhere else.  ABC enabled me to be strategies about my plan going forward. Thank you!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I am reassured in my application decisions and my in-range schools.  I won’t be freaking out for the next few months. Thanks Mimi and Michele!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“ABC made writing college essays far less terrible than it otherwise would have been. The senior counselors really kept me on topic.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“A very productive and informative 4 days!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“The quick feedback on essays and writing style was key!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student 

“ABC made the application process clear and taught me to optimize every chance I have in presenting myself in the best light to colleges.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I cannot imagine anyone being able to successfully complete a good, well-rounded application without help. ABC does does that:  help. There is literally no time for procrastination at Boot Camp. Instead of stressing myself out waiting until the last minute to do my essays and the Common App 5, I literally HAD to just write. I loved that.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“The ABC report and follow up call with Mimi and Michele gave me a more concrete idea of what I should be writing about. Thank you! It was so much stress off me before senior year starts.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“ABC not only helped me get my stuff done early, but made sure I left with edited essays. While my friends will get their applicants done late and have them edited by parents and high school English teachers, I left with essays proofread by PhDs, admissions officers and professional college counselors . . . which is awesome!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Boot Camp gave my essays life! Thank you for your advice!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I could not have created essays of this caliber without you!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Most of this advice is not easily available to students. My essays are DONE!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I’m done with all of my college applications.  It’s August 19th!  How many people can say they finished THAT early?! Mimi, you are the GREATEST motivator!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“ABC helped me streamline my list of schools and my essays. Excellent program.”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I finished my college applications in 4 days. Everyone was awesome!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“I know this will increase my chances of getting in by putting me on the right track. The Guide to the Common App 5 on the ABC Student Membership Site was so helpful! I would have been lost!”
-Boot Camp 2014 student

“Michele, Mimi & Kristen: L. and I are thrilled! Duke is absolutely fantastic and is the exact right fit for her. The students at Duke are overwhelmingly happy and [after our recent visit] now we know why. Application Boot Camp definitely helped L. get into Duke during their most selective year in history, a year in which they turned away well over 2,000 valedictorians. Thank you!” –Y.R., parent of ABC 2013 student accepted to 9 top-tier colleges

“Good news, I was just admitted to Yale too! That makes it 3 for 3 —Harvard, Princeton, and Yale. I don’t even know what to say anymore! This is honestly crazy in the most awesome way possible!”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“Thank you all for your great help with S,’s application! The Application Boot Camp is solid credit for her early admission to Princeton. Thank you.”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“I just wanted to say thank you, thank you for all the help you provided before, during, and even after boot camp. I got accepted to Princeton early yesterday (still over the moon)!”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“I’m glad to tell you that I got accepted to Babson College through Early Decision! It was my first choice. I wouldn’t have gotten accepted without Application Boot Camp. I really appreciate the effort and I will definitely recommend all the juniors I know to join ABC this summer.”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“Hi Mimi & Michele,
A. was accepted to Cornell today!!! Yeah! Thank you guys! As soon as she got the news she couldn’t wait for you both to find out.  A refers to you as her “M&M fairies (godmothers).” ”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“T. was accepted to Cornell.  You guys are awesome!!!  Thanks so much.  We will definitely have our sophomore daughter come see you guys.  Thanks again!”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“So today I just got accepted into the School of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Thank you so much for your invaluable assistance in the essay process. I am so excited.”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“I just got accepted to Brown ED!  Thank you for all your help and advice.  I really liked working with everyone and know that my application was stronger with your expertise.”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

“Just wanted to let you know that I got into Tufts yesterday afternoon! So so very excited for next year and  thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me.  I also want to let you know that though college admissions/high school life is very chaotic and misleading, thank you for making me feel less paranoid! I can’t wait to study at the humanities department at Tufts, so thank you so much for helping me grab a hold of this opportunity – talk to you soon!”
–Boot Camp 2013 student

Personal Boot Camp

“After reading K’s essays, I am in full agreement regarding the dimension and depth. K’s personality really shines through. The other factor that I want to mention is that B did an incredible job with K. First off, the chemistry between them was perfection which always makes a significant difference in one on one situations. Secondly, he is a true professional and provided such wonderful direction to K. I have interacted with many top teachers, tutors and coaches and B ranks among the best. Thank you again for your valuable input.”
- N.C., Parent of a 2014 Personal Boot Camp student

“B. and M. have been the best senior counselors and supporters for our son T. with his last minute applications. I just wanted to pass this on to your staff. I know you know how excellent they are, but they really are that and then some! T.’s essays are still a work in progress with several more edits —they are our lifesavers in this 11th hour. Thank you SO much for your team!”
–R.O., Parent of a winter 2013 Personal Boot Camp student and Essay Guidance Package student

I wanted to share with you the wonderful news that Y. was accepted ED to Dartmouth yesterday!  We appreciate all of your help. Happy holidays!
–Parents of Personal Boot Camp student, fall 2013

It was such a great experience. R. is amazing, and your service with the application boot camp is worth every penny. I am so glad we worked with your consulting group.
–Personal Boot Camp Parent, 2013

We can’t begin to thank you enough for G’s personal boot camp this weekend with P. T. is not excellent, he is exceptional!! What a talent he has in his writing ability and his ability to bring out an advanced writing skill in our son G. He is so pleased with his essays. They both were extremely diligent. P. has a gift to be able to communicate so well with G. as well as with us. If we could, we would love to adopt him!”
–Parent of Personal Boot Camp student, September 2013

Transfer Student

“It was fantastic working with B. He was always extremely helpful and offered insightful comments on my essays and essay topics. B. was very personable and addressed any and all of my concerns. ABC definitely exceeded my expectations! I honestly had no idea what to expect because I had never worked with an admissions counselor before, but I was extremely impressed after seeing the first round of edits to my essay. I am very pleased with how my essays turned out. I particularly enjoyed the freedom to discuss possible essay topics and to brainstorm creative essay ideas; also, it was nice to have an expert opinion from someone who is familiar with what admissions officers are looking for in an essay. B. was extremely quick in making edits. My only regret is not purchasing the package earlier . . . B. was extremely responsive to my questions and concerns. He would help me brainstorm new essay ideas and would let me know whether or not a certain topic was appropriate to write about. We even talked on the phone to brainstorm new essay ideas (after the initial consultation), and he was always extremely prompt in his email replies, often replying within a few hours. While it would have been nice to have someone to work with on New Year’s Eve, I understand that the counselors have their own personal lives and their own clients that they’re working with, so they can’t work 24/7. I was grateful that Brian worked with me on Christmas Eve AND Christmas Day! I would definitely recommend Application Boot Camp to a friend. Not only did I receive expert advice and guidance, it helped relieve a ton of stress as I navigated through the college application process. I felt less overwhelmed and more importantly, it helped keep me on track and I was able to meet the deadlines. When I first purchased the package, I was unsure of how much it would benefit me, but I am glad I made the right choice and am extremely satisfied with the results. My essays focus on interesting, unique topics that really define me, and I have become a more engaging writer along the way. It was nice to have someone guiding me along the stressful journey that is the application process. Application Boot Camp has helped me immensely, and I look forward to hearing back from my colleges in late March/early April!”
–D.H. (December 2013 student)

“Thank you so much for your encouragement and support and for pushing me to follow through!! You were very kind and understanding of my struggles, and I really couldn’t have gotten through any of it without you! I can’t believe I’ve been accepted everywhere I applied.”
–A.B.

Essay Guidance

“I wanted to inform you that because of your help I was accepted by the University of Texas Full Time MBA Program. I sincerely appreciate your help throughout this process. Most importantly, thank you for helping me push past the wait list. You told me that all of your students clear the wait list and I was not an exception.”
T. O., Graduate School Essay Guidance Package Accepted MBA Student

“I should have written a little earlier but I just want to let you know that J. has committed to Penn. We both are grateful for your hard work and wise guidance in bring out the best of J. in his essays. Thank you very much and have a great summer. ”
- A.H., Essay Guidance Package parent, Fall 2013

“I just wanted to thank you so much (again) for your help on my essays. I was accepted into Princeton and Yale University! Thanks again!”
- Y.R., Essay Guidance Package student, Fall 2013

“I just got my ED2 acceptance! I am beyond thrilled. Thank you so much for all your help this year. My essays truly shined under your guidance and I know they made a huge difference in making me stand out among the other applicants. I already told my parents that they should use this service for my brother’s college applications. Thank you so very much.”
- J.U., Essay Guidance Package student, December 2013

“B. and M. have been the best senior counselors and supporters for our son T. with his last minute applications. I just wanted to pass this on to your staff. I know you know how excellent they are, but they really are that and then some! T.’s essays are still a work in progress with several more edits —they are our lifesavers in this 11th hour. Thank you SO much for your team!”
- R.O., Parent of a winter 2013 Personal Boot Camp student and Essay Guidance Package student

“T. was just accepted to Swarthmore (ED) I greatly appreciate everything you did for her essays! Your meticulous and quick responses and your careful edits made her essays much better and I believe that these essays showed Swarthmore that the college is a perfect fit for T. Again, Thank you so much!!!”
–Parent of Essay Guidance Package Student, fall 2013

“L., thank you so much for all your help! You REALLY put me in the right direction with my essays! I will keep you posted on my college acceptance!”
- J.R., Essay Guidance Package student, Fall 2013

“L., I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me out with my transfer application! I was accepted to Cornell College of Arts and Sciences starting next semester!!”
- N.E., Essay Guidance Package student, 2013

L., I just want to say thank you so much for working with me! You provided me with so much constructive advice that I’ll definitely use in my future essays. Thanks again for all your help and I’ll definitely let you know where I end up going.
- I.R., Essay Guidance Package student, 2013

“I had a wonderful experience working with B. and Application Boot Camp! It definitely relieved my stress through the college application process, and I would recommend the package to any future applicants. B. was always extremely helpful and offered insightful comments on my essays and essay topics. B. was very personable and addressed any and all of my concerns. I honestly had no idea what to expect because I had never worked with an admissions counselor before, but I was extremely impressed after seeing the first round of edits to my essay. I am very pleased with how my essays turned out. I particularly enjoyed the freedom to discuss possible essay topics and to brainstorm creative essay ideas; also, it was nice to have an expert opinion from someone who is familiar with what admissions officers are looking for in an essay.”
–F.R., Essay Guidance Package student, December 2013

“The information offered at the beginning of this package was helpful for me to get organized. L. challenged me to think about what I should be conveying in my essays, and it made my essays have lot more depth. L. was excellent –informative, patient, and prompt. She never delayed her comments and always responded promptly, always within a day. I really had no idea where to go with my essays, and L. made it easy to not only know what to write about, but also HOW to write my essays. Thank you!!!”
–W.D., Essay Guidance Package student, December 2013

“I just got my ED2 acceptance! I am beyond thrilled. Thank you so much for all your help this year. My essays truly shined under your guidance and I know they made a huge difference in making me stand out among the other applicants. I already told my parents that they should use this service for my brother’s college applications. Thank you so very much.”
- J.U., Essay Guidance Package student, December 2013

Subject Test Tutoring

“I just wanted to let you know my subject test scores: 790 on Literature and 800 on Spanish. I’m so grateful for your help with strategies and analysis for the Literature test. Thank you!”
— W. L. (Student)

Grad School Teleseminar

“Thank you for the excellent teleseminar about grad school admissions!”

J. W., Parent of prospective graduate student applicant

“This was a great teleseminar as Dr. Willmott really knew her stuff and answered so many of my questions. It was nice to hear the opinions of someone who worked at the Harvard graduate school admissions office and I hung up from the call with a list of things I could do immediately.”

R. O.,student applying to MBA programs in fall 2014

“I listened in last night and Kristen was excellent! She was so helpful and clearly so knowledgeable. It was really terrific. Most useful for me was the questions she has you ask yourself, and really spelling out what grad schools are looking for.”

W. P., student applying to PhD programs in fall 2014

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