Schools that accepted my students
Kristen is SO helpful! There are things she picked up on that I could've never seen on my own, because of how close I am to my own life. Her fresh eyes matched with her incredible experience helped me find any gaps and places that didn't add up if you didn't have the context in my head. My personal statement got at least twice as good from incorporating her notes. Money *incredibly* well spent. Would highly recommend her, and will use her services again if I ever apply for another degree (such as a graduate or professional degree). Book her!
Columbia, Class of 2027
Kristen is a great resources for advising on college application essays. She's super knowledgeable, efficient, and patient. We went through several short essays in an one-hour meeting. And she keep producing valuable input in the process. College Lead is the best investment in your college application!
Stanford, Class of 2027
Kristen is a phenomenal college consultant. She is extremely devoted and fully understands my strengths and weaknesses as an applicant with her superb memory. I felt so confident in working with her in our essay review process. She often used a simple fruit analogy to easily convey the difference between telling versus showing when analyzing my drafts. Kristen would also challenge me to revise an essay from good to great while keeping my own voice. I highly recommend Kristen to any other students seeking assistance!
Northwestern University, Class of 2027 (Early Decision)
Kristen was a tremendous help. From learning how to articulate my activities and honors to helping me comprehend the best way to present myself in essays, I have learned so much from Kristen. Aside from offering me help with my application, she helped me build confidence in myself, understand who I am, and understand the college application process! Thank you Kristen!
Yale, Class of 2027 (Restrictive Early Action)
I worked with Kristen in many Zoom sessions the summer vacation before and the fall of senior year. Honestly, I don't think I could have written such stellar Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia essays without her help. From the smallest grammar mistake to larger structural fixes, Kristen helped me immensely in the brainstorming, drafting, and polishing stages of my college essays. She was also very kind and supportive during every meeting, encouraging me to freely share facts about myself and constantly think deeply about how I would like to present myself to admissions officers. I also had a mock interview session with her, which definitely helped me open my mind to a variety of commonly asked interview questions before my official interview date.
Harvard, Class of 2027 (Restrictive Early Action)
Kristen really helped me with my college apps especially the activities section, I honestly don't know what I would have done without her!
Cornell, Class of 2027 (Early Decision)
Kristen is not only a very kind and lovely person but she also gets back too you very quickly. Her critiques are help and informative but aren't harsh. If you want someone who will be open about your writing for a fair price I would choose her!
University of Rochester, Class of 2026
Also accepted to: University of Pennsylvania
I loved working with Kristen. For me, her genuine friendliness and moral support she offered made the whole college app process so much easier. I especially loved the way Kristen provided feedback on my essays--even while editing my mistakes, she did so in a way that was positive and supportive. She'd also word her edits in small, manageable chunks. I never felt overwhelmed or discouraged after receiving her feedback!
UNC-Chapel Hill, Class of 2026
Also accepted to: Villanova University, NYU, University of Virginia, Case Western Reserve University, College of William and Mary
Kristen is SO wonderful! The admissions process can be overwhelming, but Kristen has your back. She reviewed both my main common app essay and supplemental essays and provided wonderful constructive feedback.
Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Class of 2026
Also accepted to: UCLA, Colgate, Wellesley, and NYU
This is one of the best resources I used all throughout my college application journey. Kristen is a great help and she couldn’t have done any better with the college essay and college planning help.
Texas A&M University, Class of 2026
Kristen’s guidance was extremely useful when it came to navigating the college process. She was able to help with all aspects of my application, from brainstorming essay ideas to editing short responses to preparing for interviews. Her feedback was meticulous and it was clear she cared about her students beyond their applications. I believe her advice absolutely played a role in the decisions I received.
Princeton, Class of 2026
Also accepted to: Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, Berkeley, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, University of Toronto, Duke, University of Florida, Florida State University
Preparing for an interview can be quite daunting, but Kristen's assistance helped me feel confident going into mine. Our mock interview was very realistic, and afterwards we went over what went well + what could be improved, which helped me gauge what to specifically work on to put my best foot forward. We even went over the allotted time so that she could ensure everything was covered. Her advice was extremely helpful and encouraging!
Trinity College Dublin & Columbia University Dual BA, Class od 2026
The college interview preparation services offered by Kristen at College Lead are extremely professional and customized. Kristen took the time to fully understand my academic and activities history and taught me to play to my strengths in an interview. She conducts a realistic mock interview covering various angles and possibilities for the questions I may confront.
Kristen offered valuable and detailed constructive criticism and helped me construct an answer to the difficult "Tell Me About Yourself" question. Through my work with Kristen, I developed interview confidence and was thrilled with my interview results!
UCLA, Class of 2026
Meeting with Kristen gave me countless insights into the college admissions process. She expertly streamlined my essays and helped me craft compelling and meaningful conclusions to my personal narratives.
Harvard, Class of 2025 (Restrictive Early Action)
The college admissions process is very intimidating and throughout it all I’ve seen so many people try to profit off the fact that teens want to go to college. Kristen is different. She has gotten time to know me as a person and even actively leads a Slack and Youtube channel to provide free resources to students. While reviewing my essays, Kristen is honest and gives great advice on how to capture my voice. Rather than thinking what an admission officer wants to read, Kristen works with you to find and exemplify what makes you unique.
Stanford, Class if 2025 (Restrictive Early Action)
I didn't really have a counselor who cared about my college admissions process, so I had to do most of the research during the college admissions process until I met Kristen. She is someone who will deliver what is expected and more. Her 30-minute meetings are worth hours of research and time dedicated to this admissions process. In one meeting, we finished 4 minutes early and she e-mailed me to send her an additional essay that she could review for free. It's not often that you come across someone so considerate and generous. I truly believe College Lead is a worthwhile investment!!
Class of 2025
Accepted to: USC Viterbi School of Engineering, UC Berkeley (Computer Science), Case Western Reserve, Boston University
Before I started working with Kristen I had a rough draft that didn't have much clarity Kristen helped me craft an essay that I felt confident in and helped create a meaningful conclusion. Kristen helped me start to finish with my Common application and by the time it was time to submit my applications I had felt confident in my application and essays.
Class of 2025
Accepted to: University of Florida, Fordham, Colorado College, UT Austin
When my family heard of the news of my acceptance, we were extremely happy. It was my second year, trying to get into universities. I’ve worked with many college advisors, but Kristen is the best. She is a demanding teacher that will help you craft the best essay possible. Kristen helped me to advertise and highlight my strong sides. I’ve gained an insight into what the admission committee would want to see in a prospective applicant. I would 100% recommend Kristen to everyone.
Class of 2025
Accepted to: UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Drexel ($48k scholarship), RIT Combined Accelerated Pathways (bachelor’s and a master’s degree)
From the get-go, Kristen helped me to become focused on college right away and set up a game plan with me to give me the best possible shot at what I wanted. She is especially diligent as an accountability partner, conducting progress checks in the middle of the week and making sure that I was staying on task giving 100% effort into whatever I was doing. As a prospective music major, she was instrumental in preparing me for the auditions process, providing me practice tips and audition tips, and also was extremely knowledgeable about many different schools and their respective qualities, which helped me to narrow down my list to a select few colleges. Without her help, I would not have been able to see such positive returns from my applications, and I will always be grateful not only for the work which we were able to accomplish together but also the fun we had and the bond we built along the way.
Northwestern, Class of 2024
Even though I was excited to start writing my college essays, I was struggling to find a good starting point. I was recommended to Kristen through a friend, and I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me! Not only is she smart and focused, but she is also very sweet, funny, and understanding. She helped me get my thoughts onto paper and walked me through different ways to brainstorm ideas on what to write for my UC essays. She made the writing portion for my College Applications so much clearer and easy to navigate. I am happy with how my essays turned out, and I would 100% recommend Kristen to anyone who would need help to get started, or even to double-check grammar.
Music Major, Class of 2024