What People are Saying about HEMI College Counseling.....
"I thought you might like to see our daughter's "very likely"(acceptance) letter from Cornell. Cornell is by far her top choice and we are elated. The Princeton coach had also indicated that he would get her through the admission process.
Thank you so very much for all you did to help make this happen. We were definitely late starters and you got us going! Our daughter's essays turned out awesome and the videos you made are what caught the coach's eyes.
I would love to write something for your website as you definitely helped to steer us successfully through the admissions process."
(Southern California athlete's parent, accepted ED Cornell)
"Teacher, parent, guidance counselor; your'e all of the above. You went above and beyond helping me in the entire college process. Thank you for guiding my plan towards my dream college and helping me determine my future. Thank you for keeping me sane, getting stuff done and still finding time to laugh along the way. Your professionalism and care is evident in what you do. You will always have a place in my heart."
(LA Unified student, accepted ED)
"Marilyn O’Toole was an absolute gift to our family as our daughter went through the college application process. This was our second child applying to college and this time it was virtually stress free! She kept our daughter on schedule, in control and, most importantly, confident. By the time she began her senior year, she had decided to which schools she would apply, was almost finished with her essays and was ready to face the last of her standardized testing. She achieved what we thought would be impossible!"
I'm writing to thank you so very much for all your wonderful help during the tough college application process. I could not have accomplished nearly as much without you. You brought me comfort and especially helped me in stressful times. Though I'm excited and relieved the process is almost over, I am sad our time together is done. Again, thank you and I hope to always stay in touch.
(Student accepted to USC)
"A very long journey, which we could not have completed without you. You were so incredibly helpful!!!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!"
(Ojai boarding school student and parent)
"Thank you for all you did to help our family get through this extraordinary process. It was quite something and I am sure we would not have survived if it had not been for your excellent guidance and direction, as well as your belief in our son.
We consider ourselves very lucky to have worked with you. Thank you."
(Flintridge Prep parent)
"Thank you for everything. I would not be where I am without you!"
(Harvard-Westlake student - accepted to first choice university)
"Thank you, Marilyn for your careful and savvy help. We appreciate being able to ask you random questions and to lean on your vast knowledge of the ever growing and changing world of college admissions. We are so grateful to you!"
(Mayfield Senior parent - Student accepted to first choice university)
"Thank you so very much for aiding me in the college process. I could never have done it without your support and humor. It was refreshing to be able to laugh and joke at such an agonizing process. Thank you for all your help and for keeping my parents sane!"
(Flintridge Prep Student)
"Marilyn knows how to highlight students’ strengths. The students I’ve interviewed are well prepared to discuss why they think my university is a good fit for them."
(College Interviewer at highly selective university in New England)
"Navigating the overwhelming task of finding the right college(s) for your child can be daunting, instead of fun and exciting. Marilyn’s guidance helped us change our perspective to a positive one. She was so knowledgable, enthusiastic and informative with all aspects of the process. After a thorough discussion about all facets of our child, including his personality and possible future interests, Marilyn pinpointed many school options that we had never thought about. She gave us helpful suggestions and tips. Marilyn’s mock interview gave my son confidence and he actually enjoyed his real interviews !"
(Harvard-Westlake parent - Student accepted to first choice university)
"Marilyn's advice and knowledge during an arduous application process proved invaluable. She helped us choose schools and develop strategies when applying. Most importantly, she eased us through our many panic attacks! She is amazing and we highly recommend her."
(Oak Park High School Parent)
"Mrs. O'Toole was amazing! She helped me narrow down my choices of colleges. She knew that a cup of coffee would always get my writing juices flowing and would always have a big bowl of M&Ms waiting for me by the computer when I would come over to do application work. So far I have been accepted to 5 of the schools where I have applied!"
(San Marino High School Student - Accepted to first choice university)
"Marilyn has really been a lot of help and I would recommend her college counseling services very much. The video she edited helped our son find a college to perform on their Track & Field Team. I would recommend her to anyone who has an interest in athletic college guidance. "
(Monte Vista High School Parent, Track and Field Athlete accepted to PAC 12 Program)
"Thank you for all of this incredible follow up and information. My son absolutely loved you. He said "She is really awesome." "
(Loyola High School parent)
"Thank you for your amazing help....... My gratitude cannot be fully expressed.
Sadly, all people forget how they got to a high point in life. Thank you for all that you have done and may I never forget."
(Flintridge Prep Student)
Thank you so much for all the guidance you've given (our son). He is a huge fan of yours and you really helped him through his struggles!
Our son is happy!! Thank you!
(Parent of Harvard-Westlake athlete, recruited and accepted ED)
"We are so happy and thankful you are helping us! What a difference!"
(San Marino High School parent)
"Thank you for keeping me on track and saving my bacon."