Student and parent comments about working with educational consultant Carolyn Z. Lawrence

Here's What Students & Parents Say About Working

With Carolyn Z. Lawrence

I am always happy to provide references of students and parents who have worked with me in the past.  Please contact me for references and information about my services and fees.

"I wanted to thank you for all your help with my college application journey so far. I really appreciate your help and you've been so genuine and sincere with me. I know from talking to some of my friends that I feel blessed to have had you help me develop ideas for college essays and staying on track with my applications. Thank you Mrs. Lawrence! S.C., California

"Hiring you to help our son is the best money I have ever spent as a parent!! What a Godsend it was to have found you. Nate couldn't have had such good transfer results without your guidance. (And he wouldn't have gotten over $21K in scholarships without you keeping us on point!)" C.C., California

 "There is a proverb in India: Unless someone shines a diamond, no one will know the value of it. You are that someone who helped our daughter polish herself and her applications, which made such a big difference in how colleges saw her. More important, you made a big difference in how she sees herself. Thank you."  K.R., New Jersey

"College stuff around here gets so high pressure, but it was always so reassuring to hear your calm voice telling me that I would wind up somewhere great and be happy. And, you were absolutely right! I could not be happier or more excited about my college choices. Thank you for helping me make it happen."  A.M., Singapore

"Where do I begin to thank you? When we first met, I sincerely doubted that I would be going to college, but you believed in me, pushed me, and stood by me even when everything seemed to be going wrong. I have learned so much from you - and not just about how to apply to college! Thank you from the bottom of my heart." M.D., California

"I looked back in my email box and saw all of the long detailed college information, advice and essay critiques you've provided over the last year, and I'm just amazed with your patience to deal with stupid, hyper high school kids like me! Anyway, you have helped me tremendously, and I am truly grateful. Thank you!" O.P., Oklahoma

"Your feedback on my essays helped me go back and revise them so that they really sounded like me. I also want to let you know that after I was admitted, the Yale admissions officer told me that my essay was one of the best they had received this year. I know that a good part of that comes from the great advice, suggestions, and support you gave me when I was writing it.  Thank you with all my heart." A.M., New York

"I would like to thank you again for your great advice about my University of California essays. Because of your suggestions and encouragement, my essays turned out great, and I believe that is one of the factors that led to my acceptance at all of the University of California campuses. Thank you again for all of your suggestions and keeping me calm as I worked on my essays and applications." L.B., California




"By helping me focus on a list of colleges that matched my personality, you helped me to get a better grasp of who I am. I feel more secure in being able to describe myself and in knowing myself, right down to the core, and I know that I am going to be very happy next year. Thanks!"  M.W., New York

"I want to thank you for all of your dedicated help and support during my transfer process, without which I am sure I would not have achieved such a wonderful result. I am at a loss for words at how well everything turned out. Your guidance and advice was always excellent and I truly appreciate it!" T.L., Germany

"I just want to thank you for all of the help and support you gave me with my college applications over the past year, not to mention all of the advice you've given to my Mom. I was surprised at how everything turned out better than I expected - but I guess I shouldn't be, because you were always so encouraging. I just have to pinch myself sometimes. I feel so lucky, and even a little overwhelmed to have so many wonderful colleges to choose from. Thanks again!" D.B., Oregon

"We want to thank you for all of your support and guidance. You have made an invaluable contribution to our son's decision-making process and it is clear that without your assistance he (and we) would have found the past months even more difficult and uncertain. We look forward to working with you again when our other son is ready." R.L., Germany

"Thanks so much for your advice during my son's trip through Transfer hell this year. Your estimates of his chances at the schools on his list were right on target, and all of your advice made the trip easier. I know for certain that he wouldn't have considered the school he's chosen without you suggesting it, but now it seems like it was meant to be. Thanks so much for everything." S.R., Maine

"This year has been very stressful but you always had a great answer every time we had a question, Your wise advice has really gotten us through this year, especially the last six months. Thank you again."  T.L., Texas

I am entering my third year as a college counselor at a small private high school. Although I'd worked as a school psychologist years ago, I did not have any experience in college counseling when I took this job.  Needless to say, I was unsure of myself and stressed about doing an adequate job. I need not have worried...I had Carolyn Lawrence as my teacher! I just wanted to let you know how much I have learned from you, your blog, and your contributions to the NACAC counselor e-list. You are an excellent communicator and your kindness and empathy show through.  Thank you for being there for me! And  the students at my school who have benefitted from your wisdom thank you too! --M.K., Maryland


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