ZhenEd College Consulting
Unlike other agencies, every one of our consultants has recently undergone the college admissions process and is uniquely positioned to help your student get into the college of their dreams!
We believe in quality over quantity, which is why each of our consultants just takes a handful of students each application season. Get started today before all our slots fill up!
THE MISSION OF COLLEGE CONSULTING AT ZHENED is to enable students to present their best selves for college admissions. Not only does the modern education system fail to teach students critical life skills, but it also inadequately prepares them for the competitive and complex college application process.
Schools train students to produce academic, analytical works, but don't teach how to write successful, creative applications. Society encourages students to participate in extracurriculars, yet it doesn’t teach them how to tell their story through moving narratives.
Our Founder and Director of College Counseling, Jeffrey Yu, at Yale in 2016 (left) vs as a sophomore at Yale in 2018 (right)
But wait, there's more! Recommendation letters are critical for highlighting underlooked aspects of a students’ personality... yet students don’t know how to cultivate superior relationships with teachers outside the classroom. Preparing college application components requires incredible amounts of work, but the norm is to procrastinate and panic when a structured plan created just a few months (or even weeks!) earlier could have saved much pain.
While college consulting is targeted primarily towards juniors and seniors focused more on making the most of what they have rather than actively building it up with life coaching, there are still a number of critical skills they can learn.
From learning how to cultivate personal relationships with teachers, to preparing unique components like portfolios, to systematically learning how to craft award-winning essays, we guide students through the entire application process to make it as organized, simple, and stress-free as possible! Let us help you!
Live Zoom College Counseling
Our synchronous consulting is the perfect option for students who prefer in-depth feedback and assistance with brainstorming for essays, interviews, and other college application materials. It favors students who prefer brainstorming ideas and want a chance to ask personalized questions with one of our consultants.
We have a standardized college consulting curriculum (i.e. ZhenEd Junior Summer Sprint) for longer-term plans, but can also customize sessions to fit students immediate needs (e.g. standardized exam strategy, course selection, mock interviews, drafting resumes, reviewing activities list). Students can choose amongst our ZhenEd consultants (Kevin, Jeffrey, Lorna, etc.), and timing will be arranged based on the consultant and student’s schedules.
In general, within a one hour synchronous session, we can get through a common app essay (650 words) and one long response question (250 words). How quickly we move through material depends on the student and the situation though. For students to complete college apps, it will take between 15-25 sessions (if they are starting completely from scratch), or 10-15 sessions (if they already have some essay drafts).
Offline College Essay Editing
$150/50 minutes | Ideal for Seniors
When it is difficult to coordinate schedules for synchronous meetings, or there is a large volume of essays to edit, or students are working on a very short time frame, offline editing is the recommended option for college applicants.
Our team review 1200 words in at most 50 minutes (common app + 2 long response supplemental questions + some quick one or two sentence short response ones).
Feedback will take place in the form of a detailed email with overall insights and takeaways, along with document in-line comments. Furthermore, our feedback includes both topical (surface-level: grammar mistakes, word choice, faster) and intensive (deep-level: structural changes, content changes) commentary. If you prefer us to focus on one particular dimension or have specific questions related to your essay, just let us know and we'll share our thoughts!
UK & EU Counseling
$150 USD/50 minutes | Ideal for Juniors and Seniors
Europe is rising in popularity as an option for college undergrads, both because of its lower cost and because of its unique location. Beyond beautiful campuses, European institutions such as ETH Zurich and the London School of Economics have also been rising in world university rankings.
Interested in applying abroad? Let's do it! Several of our team members are from the EU and have studied there.
We will help you craft a CV/portfolio of achievements, prepare for standardised tests, craft a university selection strategy, provide admission interview assistance and more!
Let us guide you through the EU application process and get accepted to your dream European college!
Interview preparation is one of our favorite parts of the process!
Every member of the ZhenEd team has not only participated in college application interviews, but many have also interviewed prospective applicants. Given the fact that we've been on both sides of the table, rest assured that after just 3 sessions, you will learn everything there is to know about how to ace your college interview.
Many students are not aware that interviews can only help students, not hurt them. To help make the most of this golden opportunity, our consultants will assist with:
Preparing for the most common questions such as "Tell Us About Yourself" and "Why X School?"
Composing a list of specialized questions you can ask your interviewer to impress them
Perfecting your articulation and learn the art of improvisation so you are prepared for all questions that come your way
Developing backup responses and anecdotes to rely on in every situation
Boosting your confidence through mock interview prep
Some universities nowadays may ask for a resume in addition to a list of honors, activities and awards. To help you craft the perfect resume that will blow admission officers away, our workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective résumé. Feedback can take place either via Zoom or offline. We are flexible and open to either option!
What you will learn:
The different parts of a resume and their purpose
Types of resumes and discover the one best suited to develop your own individual resume
Resume formatting rules and how they affect the development of a resume
Discover your own unique features and benefits, and articulate your competitive "edge"/advantage