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Santa Clara University

Growing up in Kenya and then studying in a UK boarding school, it wasn’t easy when I had to figure out a story that portrayed my personality for my common application essay. But after a couple of brainstorming sessions with The Red Pen, I found out exactly what I wanted to write which could convey my diverse background. Given the time difference that we were required to navigate through, the team that I worked with were always available. There were no complaints and the work, including college research and essays, got executed efficiently. I got through all the application work before the early deadlines, leaving me enough time to focus on my final grades and extracurricular activities. I am so grateful that I worked with The Red Pen that I keep recommending them to anyone who wants help with their application journey.

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?