The college application process can be overwhelming for both the student and their family. Our primary focus is on making your journey as stress-free as possible by leveraging tools, sharing information from the many college visits that we conduct every year, and applying a wealth of real-world experience gained from our work with other students.
Our proven methods enable us to work together easily to achieve positive results no matter where you call home. Whether you live in nearby Annapolis, Severna Park, Arnold, or Crownsville, further away in Columbia, or even as far as, Delaware, Kentucky and Canada you will receive highly personalized coaching to maximize your application process.
Add your story to our growing list of successful outcomes. Take the first step to a bright future and request a free meeting with me today.
Cori Dykman is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross Business School. She worked in the computer industry for many years and has been very involved in volunteering in the public schools system including at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. She is an educational consultant who relates exceptionally well to teens and understands adolescent and parental issues. Her warm tailored approach seem to consistently make the difference for the students she coaches.
Since 2008 Cori has visited over 185 colleges, taken multiple courses, done extensive research, and has given talks and a webinar on college related issues. She is a professional member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) which is the most prestigious organization for educational consulting, in order to keep industry standards high and stay updated on this constantly changing and nuanced process.
Lee Norwood is a successful entrepreneur, and a published author with majors in Business/Marketing and English from Elon University. Her energy, connections, humor, knowledge and talents are expanding our reach. Lee excels at connecting students with opportunities for growth that match their interests (non-profit and business internships, local and state connections, creative opportunities). She has collected many ideas that Annapolis College Consulting has used through the years and is continuously adding new ideas.
Lee will be guiding our juniors with their college essays and resumes. She loves helping students find their authentic voice and craft unique, meaningful essays that resonate with college admissions offices. As our social media administrator, Lee will be providing tips and updating our media profiles with the latest information about college admissions, planning college visits and reminder messages to help you thrive in this process.
Marissa has worked as college counselor for 12 years in public, independent day, and boarding schools in New York, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Maryland, which she now considers home. Having worked with hundred of students, she has experience with LD issues, athletes, international students, artists, etc, and has placed students in a wide range of school all over the country, Canada, Australia, and the UK.
Marissa has a Graduate Certificate (with distinction) in College Counseling from UCLA, a Masters in Secondary English Education from SUNY Cortland, and a Bachelors in English Literature and Anthropology from Elmira College in New York.
She is active in the National Association for College Admission Counseling, regional associations, and the Small Boarding School Association. She has presented in national and regional conferences on “Advocating for Students,” “Finding Fit Beyond the Rankings,” and “Helping Students with Anxiety Transition into Boarding School and into College.” She keeps current on college admissions trends by attending conferences and workshops, participating in webinars and visiting college campuses with 435 college visits in 37 states.
About Our Counseling Process
Our Free Introductory Meeting
We meet at a time that accommodates your schedule. Our meetings can be on weekdays, as well as on nights and weekends, so that it works for your family. After the initial meeting we can meet at my home/office, correspond via e-mail, phone, Skype, or FaceTime.
You are the Focus
We use a personality assessments to learn more about each student, and give them insight into what their strengths and weaknesses are. This information gives you possible majors as well as potential careers, and is tied to a national database to help you research those careers and give you specific information on salaries, growth of the sector, and brief descriptions of what you would be doing.
Your College List
After getting to know you, and asking you about your preferences, we develop a list of colleges that are a good fit. Our tools help to make your college visit successful, so that you ask questions that are important to you.
We can continue to modify this list if your preferences change. We have visited over a hundred colleges and universities and continually stay abreast of changes and significant information. You are unique and we want to find you a place where you will thrive.
Applying to Your Colleges
Knowing what colleges are looking for drives our representation of your qualities. We pick essay topics which give you an edge with admissions officers. We focus on strong resumes and coach you in interviewing skills until you shine.
In order to give my students an advantage we are around in the summer before their senior year to help them fill out their applications so that they are ready for early admission, early action or rolling admission. No matter when you start, we help to reduce the stress and keep students focused on each task at hand.
So Many College Offers
If after getting into many college you are overwhelmed with the many choices, we can help. We have an unbiased and knowledgeable perspective to assist you in looking at your options. Most of our students fall in love with one particular college, and 88% of my students get into their top choice school.
Transitioning to College
We give you information so that you have a smooth and successful transition to college. Giving you packing list and tips to start your college career and be successful.
Staying in Touch
We are thrilled to stay connected with you and help you throughout your college career and longer. Hearing back from students who have successfully landed and giving them more help is part of this rewarding experience. Feel free to continue to reach out to us with questions that you have during college or just stop by for cookies and ice cream when you are around and tell me about your experiences.
No matter where you are on your path to college acceptance, we can help add your story to our growing list of successful outcomes. Take the first step to a brighter future and request a free meeting with me today.