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University of Waterloo

I reached out to The Red Pen a bit late in the application cycle; I was apprehensive when I met the Lead Consultant. I was pleasantly surprised that she was ready with all the important data points of my application in our first meeting. I appreciated the fact that she had studied my profile and was well-prepared to discuss all my options with me. She was very open to my ideas and opinions, was very knowledgeable and in that first meeting itself, she helped me narrow down colleges I should apply to. She supported my decision to apply to my dream college and was always encouraging and interactive in her discussions with me. Along with her and the Content Specialist, I brainstormed my common application essay. They were very patient and empathetic about the story I wanted to narrate and spent hours with me, helping me focus on the right aspects of my narrative. This spurred me to write an emotionally difficult, but very satisfying story, which they helped me to hone to perfection. Their help for the college supplementary essays was also invaluable. They guided me on what aspects I should focus on, and what would resonate best. I would particularly like to mention that I could reach out to the team at all times, and they answered my queries patiently. I am very grateful to The Red Pen for all their help and support in my journey to college.

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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?