College Admissions Jumpstart

An Intensive One-Day Workshop for High School Juniors

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Get oriented. Get motivated. Get started!

Beth Payer and Jen Kelly, College Admissions Consultants with College & Company, are pleased to offer an interactive and intensive one-day workshop, specially designed for high school juniors. Students will gain the knowledge, awareness, and insight needed to approach college admissions with confidence!

No School on Friday, March 14th... So Jumpstart Your College Search!

Friday, March 14th, 8:30am-4pm

Holiday Inn, Saratoga (232 Broadway)

We have an interactive and informative day in store, covering essential college admissions topics (click on the video link and see schedule below for details) -- as well as insider tips and updates on the latest admissions trends. Whether students have already begun their college search, or are just starting to think about it; all will benefit from the day's agenda.

Cost: $100 per student. Includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, snack, and planning resources to take home.

To Register: Email In the subject line write "Jumpstart Registration." In the body of the message, include student name, parent(s) name, mailing address, and phone. The Jumpstart program is limited to the first 20 students who register via email. Upon receiving your email, we will reply to confirm your registration, and to provide additional details. We do expect the program to fill quickly. If your payment and written forms are not received by the date specified, we may offer your slot to another student.

Note: Students will be given a short online assignment prior to our day together. To complete this task, students will need the access code printed on their PSAT score report. Please let us know if you did not take the PSAT or are having difficulty locating your access code, and we will provide alternative instructions. Students are encouraged to bring a laptop to the program for the hands-on activities and research that we have planned. If this is not possible, please let us know in advance.

Schedule for the Day

8:30 am SHARP: Arrival at the Holiday Inn. Continental breakfast

Morning Agenda: Types of colleges, determining "fit," family dynamics, key elements of the application and what matters most, recommended timeline, how to increase chances of admission, financial aid and scholarship resources, how to use My College Quickstart, and the social fit quiz.

11:45 - 12:15 pm: Lunch in the Holiday Inn restaurant

(Buffet: Pasta bake, salad, breadsticks -- please inform us in advance of food allergies)

Afternoon Agenda: Building the college list, how to research colleges, elements of the application in greater detail (testing, course selection, activities resume, effective essays, "demonstrated interest," personal statements, and special talents or circumstances), types of applications, college visits, interviews, and group Q & A.

4:00 pm: Program concludes

4:00 - 4:30 pm: Beth Payer and Jen Kelly will be available for informal conversation with students and parents (the main program is for students only).

Our program will be hands-on and interactive. We respect that this is a day off from school and it should be enjoyable! Simultaneously, we expect willing participation and engagement on the part of students. Please do not force an unwilling student to attend, as they are unlikely to gain the full benefit of the curriculum.

About Beth Payer

Owner of College & Company, Beth Payer holds a BA in English from Skidmore College and Master's in Higher Ed Administration, with a concentration in Student Affairs, from Syracuse University. She has worked intensively with college students in her professional life, and has seen first-hand the successes and challenges that they experience. In 2012, when her concept for College & Company formed, she returned to school through the University of California Riverside's College Admisisons Counseling certificate program. She has been happily immersed in today's college admissions landscape, through coursework, the highly regarded IECA and NYSACAC Summer Institutes, and constant reading and research. Beth says, "I enjoy students. I respect parents; and I get a thrill from bringing the college admissions process together, through communication and smart planning." She lives near Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband and two busy teens.

About Jen Kelly

Jen Kelly is a NYS Certified School Counselor, with more than eleven years of experience in the field of School Counseling. She is currently a College Counselor at the Academy of the Holy Names, and thoroughly enjoys helping students and families through the college admissions process. She receives great personal and professional satisfaction from seeing her students successfully transition to college. Jen received a BA from University at Buffalo in Psychology and Health and Human Services, and both a MS in Counseling Psychology and a CAS in School Counseling from the University at Albany. In addition, she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with her husband and two kids, and spends much of her free time skiing, hiking, and boating with her family.