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The Arise Approach organizes the college search process into clear and actionable steps to support both student and parents, establishes effective strategies and critical deadlines for success, and helps shape your student’s sense of self for college and beyond.

Whether you’re a parent navigating the search for the first time or the second, or you’re a student with big dreams but are unsure where to start, Barbara’s holistic, personal, and structured approach can help you manage your time, your goals, and your emotions during your college search and application process.

Together We Will:


The college search process into actionable steps for both student and parents.


Your student’s desires, strengths, goals, and concerns through thoughtful assessments and active listening.


Academic and extracurricular interests and suggest next steps to develop and expand your student’s strengths.


An optimal list of colleges that fit your student’s whole self. Strong and smart choice sets result in the best outcomes, every time.


Stick to application strategies and deadlines for early and regular decision rounds and for reviewing individual college application packages.


The emotional ups and downs that the college application process can bring for students and parents.


On the best option for your student based on the schools they get into.


The transition from high schooler to college student.


Savor the sweetness of seeing your student learn, grow, and flourish.

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