Radically Rational College Admissions: Get in without Going Crazy or Broke

an expert panel presentation sponsored by The Brown Club in New York,
co-sponsored by The Bryn Mawr Club and The Haverford Club
March 26, 2011, 11-1 pm

  UPDATE 3/06: This event is sold out!

Please email karen@karenberlinishii.com
if you wish to be placed on waiting list.

From finding time for test prep to writing the college essay, from conjuring up a college list to crunching those big tuition figures, the college process is fraught with big questions and anxiety for students and their parents. But with college competition at an all-time high and costs escalating exponentially, how can families cope and make smart, rational college decisions?

Our panel of experts – each with a unique perspective on the process – will help your family make wise college decisions, whether your student is just embarking on college prep, or is already awaiting college acceptance letters.

Participants include: 

  •  Dr. Marcia Cantarella, who graduated with Honors from Bryn Mawr College and earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees from NYU, is a distinguished educational consultant and former dean at Princeton, NYU, Hunter College and others. She is the author of I CAN Finish College: The Overcome Any Obstacle and Get Your Degree Guide to help students successfully navigate the academic landscape to complete their degrees.  www.cantarellaconsulting.com
  • Debra Resnicoff, Columbia University BA, MFA, is a college and graduate admissions consultant with over 10 years experience giving applicants tools and confidence to write compelling personal essays, and to define college choices and goals. Since 1998, she has also taught creative writing and college essay workshps for the Columbia University Summer High School Program.  www.sundialacademicsuccess.com
  • Karen Berlin Ishii, a Brown grad with over 20 years' teaching experience, specializes in individualized prep for the SAT, ACT, and other tests. She has taught for The Princeton Review and headed Boston Academic Tutors, creating courses for The British School in Boston, among others.  www.karenberlinishii.com
  • John F. Pearson, CPA, CIC, CASL is a 30+ year CPA with 24 years in the financial service industry whose presentations on creative solutions to pay for college are valued by college admissions officers and financial aid staff, CPAs and financial planners. Through Barnum Financial Group, Metlife's #1 office, John helps individuals and small business owners design personalized strategies for college funding.  www.johnpearsoncpa.com
Our experts will share their ideas, tips and key information based on years of experience in their fields, to help you and your student get through college prep, admissions and choice – step-by-step, with understanding and clearer goals. Attendees' questions will also be addressed during Q & A period.

The event is open to alumni, family, and friends. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and attend as a family.
Space is extremely limited!  
Refreshments will be served. Cost: $45 per ticket. Each ticket admits up to 2 family members.

Where:  The Culture Center 410 Columbus Ave, NY NY 10024 (between 79/80th Streets) 
When: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 11 am - 1 pm   

For additional information or questions, please contact Karen Berlin Ishii at karen@karenberlinishii.com.