Apply with Sanity offers a six session, one-on-one coaching course. The ideal student is in the 10th or 11th grade. This isn't a placement service, but rather coaching to help students find the right mindset and tools to have an effective and efficient college search on their own. We can meet in person (in the Houston area), over the phone, or through videoconference.
What’s different about Apply with Sanity?
• Traditional private college counselors are often former admissions counselors from universities—their expertise is on the college side.
• I spent 17 years teaching college-bound high school students—my expertise is on the student side.
• Traditional private counselors typically work with students in the 11th-12th grade and help recommend colleges and advocate for students with admissions departments.
• I primarily work with students in the 10th-11th grade and help prepare students to take effective and efficient control of the process for themselves.
• Benjamin Holloway is a certified secondary teacher in Texas. He is not a certified counselor.
What I offer:
Six one-on-one sessions with the student, either in person, over the phone, or through video conference. Each session has a particular focus and theme:
1. Getting to know the student: what they want from college, need from college, and have to offer to colleges
2. Exploring the student’s understanding and expectations of their college experience
3. Talking to families about money
4. Writing a mission statement to guide the search
5. Drafting and revising an admissions essay
6. Forming a preliminary “long list.”
What I don’t offer:
• I don’t interact with colleges on your behalf.
• While I help with planning and editing essays, I do not compose essays for students.
• I do not at this time consult about financial aid or scholarships.
What I need from the student:
• Each session will require about an hour of “homework” before we meet.
• Your confidentiality, privacy, safety, and comfort are important. I will not talk about your sessions or share your written responses without your clear permission. While the nature of this work does involve honest discussions about your strengths and limitations, I will not demean you, your work, or your experience. Any face-to-face meetings will happen in a public place, not alone.
• $1,000 for the entire six-session program. This price includes the meetings, with each week tailored to the student’s needs and progress. It also includes three rounds of editing for an admissions essay.
I have a limited number of openings available. Contact me if you have questions, would like more details, or are ready to get started.