" I wanted to say thanks for a positive and empowering College Match meeting with my daughter yesterday. She has been anxious and avoiding college conversations, and after speaking with you yesterday, she was energized and more confident about her direction. I sensed she felt seen and valued for who she is. I could not have hoped for a better outcome."
- L. S., parent of a charter school student, 2023
"I'm so excited to share that I got into TUFTS! I'm so grateful for your help and guidance over the past four years. As I reflect on our first Plan meeting at the beginning of my freshman year and every subsequent semester check-in and/or yearly meeting, they all were instrumental in helping me to discover my passions, and your Plan advice became a constant guide as I pursued them. When it was time to start the college application process and begin writing my essays this past summer, I felt confidently prepared to tell my stories. Thank you for your constant support and honest feedback during our meetings! I learned so much from you about how to be a more effective writer through your summer enrichment writing courses, and your mock interviews confidently prepared me for my college admission interviews. I'm deeply grateful for how you've strengthened and solidified my organizational, communication, and writing skills! THANK YOU for helping me get into my dream school!!"
-Claudia L., EWS senior, 2023
"Thank you so much for all your help! Not only did my writing and grammar improve tremendously with your help, I also got accepted into my my first choice school - UVA! The lessons you taught me about writing and phrase structure will stay with me forever. Your guidance throughout the whole process was invaluable, and I truly believe I could not have done it without you. I really enjoyed working with you and I am so grateful for your help presenting myself as the best version of myself to all my colleges. I had so much confidence in my application as a whole and in my many supplemental essays when I submitted them and I am beyond excited to be attending my number one school. Thank you so much again!"
- Mason P, ECHHS senior, 2023
"First, thank you for your help with my law school essays. It was so much fun to work on applications and essays with you again, some four years later. And you were right! You told me to choose the "best fit" law school, and I chose a smaller school. Your "big fish, small pond" advice was right. I graduated cum laude and was on Law Review. I already have a job in Raleigh clerking while I wait to take the bar exam. I'm so grateful for all of your help over the past 10 years."
-Rachel S., Campbell University graduate, 2022
Update 9/22: "I passed the bar exam on the first try! I can't wait for my first case!"
"I seriously could not have done this without you! You gave me confidence to improve my writing while you helped me with editing my essays. You also provided guidance in representing my extracurricular activities in a more concise way When I submitted my applications, I knew I had presented my best self. With your help, I got into EVERY SCHOOL I applied to except for two high Reach schools, and ended up committing to UNC Chapel Hill, which was my dream school! I am forever grateful for the opportunities and great advice you provided to me. Thank you again! " -Gabbi N., Panther Creek HS Senior, 2022
"You were instrumental to my college search process. Without your valuable insight, Syracuse would not have even been on my radar. Thanks to my College Match, I'm starting there in the fall and can't wait to be an Orange."
- Henry Dare, 2022 HS grad and Syracuse 2026 grad!
"Thank you so much for helping my daughter navigate the extremely competitive college admissions process. She is so excited to be attending Duke in the fall of 2022. Your help with college essays not only made her a stronger candidate but also a much better lifetime writer! I am so grateful & pleased and I have you to thank for that." -Parent of ECHHS senior 2022
"I just wanted to let you know that I got accepted into Vanderbilt today! Thank you so much for your advice on what to do when deferred because I really think it helped me get in. This was my biggest reach out of all the schools I applied to and I couldn’t have gotten to this point without your help! Thanks again!"
Owen B., CHS Senior, 2022
"I cannot thank you enough for all you have done to help keep my daughter on track. You are an incredible asset. From our very first meeting years ago, you gave her confidence needed to realize that she was special, and you lessened the anxiety of what can be an intimidating process. She feels really good about her application
and essays. You did so much to help her bring out the best through her words. I know you helped make her shine and spotlight these accomplishments to prospective colleges/universities."
- Caroline J., parent of ECHHS senior, 2021-2022
"I got into every school I applied to except for one, which I would not have chosen to attend. I can’t thank you enough for all of your help! You taught me how to write a passionate college essay that would stand out. Your guidance throughout my whole college application process gave me so much confidence in my applications and all that
I have accomplished. I am so grateful for your help!!"
- Caroline J., ECHHS Senior, 2022
"Both of my children have worked with Pat for four years. Pat has helped them with high school course selection and guidance on which college entrance exams to take and when. She helped our oldest child refine his college list and prepare to stand out as he applies to college. She has also helped us to make some important decisions for our sophomore for the remainder of her high school years. Pat really listens to our kids and helps them hone in on their interests and desires for their future while keeping us parents in the loop on progress made. She uses her extensive knowledge of the inner workings of our school district to help us navigate through challenges. And she is keenly aware of and sensitive towards the unique challenges our students face due to COVID-19. We are so grateful for her guidance."
-Nicole B. (parent of CHS students, 2021)
"I would like to express my gratitude for your help. I not only got admitted into UNC, but I was granted assured admission into Kenan Flagler! On top of that, I am a finalist for a full-tuition scholarship through the business school. Working with you was a tremendous blessing; your insight and experience contributed heavily to the quality of my application."
- Jacob H., Northwood HS senior, 2021-2022
" After I met you for my College Major Assessment, I realized that some of my schools didn't even have the programs I thought were at every school. I did the "Dream Job" comparison and I was so surprised. So I will keep doing the research and choosing some schools for the right reasons! Then we can do a College Match. I have already found a few schools based on the research I am doing, and I can't wait to share them with you. You're right... the best college is the best fit!"
-M.T., Middle College, 2020-2021
"You were my secret weapon. With your organization, authenticity, complete honesty, full support, and great ideas,
I was able to take all of my accomplishments from high school and put them on display to stand out to my schools. I can't believe I was rejected from only one of my twelve schools. But, beyond our teamwork, I had an absolute blast. I found myself laughing constantly and relating to you on a level that went past the professional. I found myself looking forward to our meetings because I knew that I could be my full self with you.
I know it is a cliché to say that I couldn't have done it without you, but sometimes clichés are what they are because they are true. Thank you!"
- Zoe Brader-Araje, CFS Senior, 2020-2021
"Thank you for all of your work with our son, and our daughter before that. We really appreciated the great support and advice. I've thought several times about the difference that you made in my son's testing process and outcome by suggesting earlier times to take the ACT. After he completed the February test required of all juniors, the opportunities to test disappeared. He was far enough along in his improvement that it wasn't necessary. His score was just where he wanted it to be. And thanks for the help on the Park Scholarship essays. We're so excited that he is now an official nominee!"
- Janet Hankins, parent of a CHCCS senior, 2020-2021
"I am so excited! I have heard back from 5 schools and I was accepted to ALL OF THEM! The best news is that the NC State College of Art and Design said Yes. That's where I always wanted to go! None of this would have been possible without your support and guidance (and ways to stand out) through the application process. Thank you so much for believing in me!"
- Sophie Vaughn, CHCCS senior 2020-2021
"I just found out that I got into Haverford, my first choice! They will meet 100% of need. Now I have three schools that have offered me money, but as you know, Haverford is my first choice.
This is a good day. Thank you so much for all of your help and support in these last four years. You were the first person I called."
Matthew L., private school student, 2020-21
"I cannot even express how incredible this Plan session was! I could tell that my daughter really enjoyed her time with you and that you connected with her on her level. Now we know that she is on a great path. Thank you for giving her clear “action” items. It is so much better for her to hear this from you than from her parents. And she's speaking with us again :) because we're out of this process. She quotes you! We look forward to working with you in the next two years! Oh, and you''ll hear from my brother in Georgia soon, so you can work with his two!"
- C.J., parent of a CHCCS rising junior,2020-2021
"What a perfect birthday gift for Matthew to be done! He is so excited to send off the last of his applications. He has loved working with you these past years, right up to his applications and essays. He is so proud of his preparation, and so confident. Thank you so much for helping him build great writing skills - and for everything else over the past four years: planning his high school years to increase his chances of college acceptances, meeting with us for a College Process Q/A Session, and preparing him for college interviews. I can't say thank you enough!"
- Kim Landon, mother of EW senior, 2020-2021
“I am looking closely at three of the schools you suggested for me on my college match. All of them look like they are great fits for me. Thank you so much!" - A.F., CHCCS rising senior, 2020
UPDATE: I applied to three of the schools you suggested, plus one of the "Possibilities" list. I actually ending up liking the "Possibilities" school the most, and just found out I was accepted - with some scholarship money! I'm going to be a Duke Dog, and I can't wait!"
"Your service is a great value - high quality at a reasonable price. Your Plans were perfect in helping my sons think about their high school years when they were freshmen. Your help with their planning (classes, extracurriculars, and even testing) eased their college admissions process tremendously, and certainly reduced their stress in junior year. We are all so thankful for your help in guiding them with your supportive style.
Thank you for sharing your talents and helping each of my sons with find their passions and voices; your service was truly a blessing to have available through this increasingly crazy process!"
- Christie Osborne, parent of CHHS students, 2020 and 2018
"Pat was a HUGE help to us! She created incredible 2 Year Plans for each of our daughters and truly connected with them as individuals. She made valuable suggestions for activities that might interest them while filling potential ‘gaps’ in their future applications. She helped plan their courses during their junior and senior years and also discussed the differences between the SAT and ACT. In addition, Pat outlined the testing dates and helped determine when my daughters should take their tests for returned tests and retakes if necessary. Honestly, I felt like Pat gave us a complete template to navigate the college process! I’ve recommended her to several friends and everyone I know has been grateful."
-Stacy Cox, Mom to a UNC Junior, FSU Freshman, and 8th grade twins who will meet with LSCC sometime in the near future, 2020
" Pat was a great resource to help us through the stressful and complex process of extra curricular activities, tests, and college applications. Her advice was extremely helpful to me as a parent, and she was always available to answer my questions. She also connected us to great tutors. When she opened Lewis Select College Consulting, she did a spot-on College Match (I think she secretly has a crystal ball). She showed great knowledge of the schools and fit, suggesting 2 schools that were not on our list, which turned out to be among my daughter’s top choices. Happy to have connected with Pat - just wish we had started the process at least one year before junior year."
- C.O., parent of two CHS seniors , 2019-2020
"Pat has been so helpful holding our hands as parents while she focuses on ensuring our kids are ready for college! She has worked with us for both our children. I highly recommend working with Pat very early in high school to put a plan in place that makes the process as simple as it could be. Thank you, Pat!"
-Gina S., parent of CHCCS rising senior and sophomore, 2019
"Our son got into Penn State, one of his first choices, in addition to five of his other schools. Two of the schools, one public and one private, offered him scholarship money! He is still waiting on two others, but I wanted to thank you for working with him. I have seen much growth in his writing."
- Linda Triana, parent of a
Wake County senior, 2023
My son applied to 7 schools early action, and was accepted to all of them! He is beyond thrilled to attend State in the fall, his Reach school. Thank you so much for his 4 year Plan and Follow Up Meetings these past few years, and your suggestions on listing his extracurricular activities so he could stand out from other applicants. All of the action steps really work!"
- Pam. T., mother of a Jordan
HS senior, 2023
"The improvement I’ve seen in my writing through working with you is impressive. I'm a much stronger and more confident writer now, and I am so proud of my college essays. I feel well prepared for college writing courses. I can’t thank you enough!"
- Amanda B., ECHHS, 2022
"My daughter was accepted at all five colleges and awarded merit scholarships across the board. Thank you for your help! Now, onto the decision making :)."
- Stephanie M. parent of Northwood HS senior,
"I just got accepted into my dream school (UCLA) and I couldn’t have done it without you! Our meetings not only helped me with my college essays, but with my confidence as a writer as well. Thank you SO much!"
-Calvin M, CHS 2022 Graduate
"You helped me shift my thinking about what my college essay should look like, and guided me into preparing an essay that would stand out among hundreds of applications.
I am forever grateful for your immense knowledge and your patience with me. You even scheduled an emergency session the night my application was due to ensure my essay was the best it could possibly be. I am certain that without your help, I would not be attending the accelerated Bachelor's of Nursing program at UNC that begins in spring 2022. Thank you again!!"
- Clare Greene
"I have been accepted to Northeastern University and plan to attend there next year! I also received a scholarship from the school as well! I wanted to thank you so much for all your help in this process; I really appreciate the work you put in to help me achieve this goal!"
- Gillian E.,
CHHS 2022 graduate
" I used all of the tricks and tips from my College Process Q/A session last year on my applications this year, and I got into 6 of my 8 schools, even two Low Reach schools! Two college advisers told me they were impressed that I reached out to them! And thanks for your suggestions about acting on my deferral - I feel much more confident now about getting in!. I'll be in touch with my final choice once my other schools get in touch!"
- Michael C., CHCCS student,
" Exciting news! I've been accepted ED to Duke! Thank you for all of your help throughout my four years of high school!"
CHCCS senior, 2020-2021
" Thank you for the College Major Assessment you completed for my daughter. She came downstairs and read us your summary of her and her talents, and she was beaming! We don't know how you did it, but you pegged her. She has been researching these majors and is so excited. We'll be back in touch soon for a Q/A session!"
- Meg N., mother of a
PA junior, 2020-21
"You were right! All colleges are different and all majors and programs are different. The school I thought I wanted to attend is not right for me academically. I'm looking at my schools for the right reasons now! This was very valuable advice, so thanks!"
- M.W., 2020-2021
"I have been doing some research on the colleges you suggested on the College Match and I really like them. I'm applying to three of them. I would never have known about them if not for you!
Thank you!" -Claudia R;, CHCCS rising
" When I met with you in my senior year, you immediately instilled a sense of confidence in me. You truly cared about me and my stories and helped me construct the best version of myself and communicate who
I am through my essays.
I was so excited to earn acceptance to UNC. Fast forward 2 years - here I was again working with you on my Kenan-Flagler Business School application and essays. I was just notified last week that I gained acceptance and was also selected as a finalist to their GLOBE program. Thank you for everything!"
J.Z., 2019, 2020
"I highly recommend Pat, both for big picture issues of classes, test choice and timelines, extra curricular insights, but even more so for efficient focus on my child's strengths and interests. Pat has wonderful ideas for preparing for and connecting with schools of interest outside of expected campus visits and applications. Best of all, her terrific energy and enthusiasm keeps the college search process the fun and exciting opportunity it should be.
Thank you, Pat."
- J.M., parent of an ECHHS
"I'm so excited to be a Morehead Scholar! Honestly, it's a dream come true and I want to thank you for all of your help. Thanks to your interview strategies and my mock interview with you,
I went in feeling very prepared and relaxed.
Thank you SO MUCH!"
- C.C., CHCCS senior 2019
"Thank you so much for helping me through the college application process. I am truly grateful. I was accepted into every school I applied to, which I know you expected but
I still find it hard to believe. I'm very excited about what lies ahead and I can't wait to start my new adventures in Florida on my full
- R.M., Middle College graduate, 2019
"The college matches you suggested were great. We had not even considered several of these schools. Now it's time for my son to use the helpful links you provided to narrow down where we'll visit."
- Elizabeth R., parent of a CHCCS rising senior, 2018-2019
"Our children often listen to other people rather than us. Our son listened to Pat intently, and she motivated him to take on more leadership and community service roles while there was still sufficient time. The college application process was comfortingly demystified for us, but the real gem of our experience was getting our child to act."
– Rae Jean P., parent of a rising senior
at CFS, 2019
"We were so lucky to have found
Pat. The PLAN was critical in helping our girls delineate what was important, where to put their efforts, and how to showcase their talents. She has a wonderful ability to see the best in every child. ISome of the best money we've ever spent!" - Jane A., mother of UNC
junior and rising senior at
"Thank you so much for your amazing college match! The University of Rochester was never on my radar until you suggested it
to me, and it turned out to be my perfect fit! YOU found my dream school! After looking into it, I loved
it so much that I applied Early Decision and was accepted not
only into the university, but also
into a special accelerated Master's program for education! I'm so excited to start in the fall and to spend the next 5 years there! I can't thank you enough for all of your help!"
- Jillian B., U of Rochester