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A year ago, I had no idea that I would be applying to competitive universities across the world. I would like to thank The Red Pen for reading my essays, re-reading my essays, preparing me for interviews, shortlisting colleges, listening to me ramble for over an hour on calls and most importantly, for understanding me – my hopes, goals, and personality! I’m so lucky to have had the support I’ve had. I am incredibly proud, happy, and excited that I was a part of this journey – to meet interviewers, to write some extremely cathartic essays, and to self-reflect on my academic, intellectual, emotional journeys. Thank you for drawing not only the words but the attitude and strength needed for this process from me. Finally, thank you for supporting me through the journey of applying to almost a dozen different scholarship programs, for making me feel confident throughout the process, and supporting me while I made a final decision. I truly am so happy!

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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?