Testimonials About H&C Education
Here’s what our families and students have to say:
“I am a Junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Yale University, and Lukas Corey is one of the reasons I can say that. What made Lukas such an effective mentor for me was that he was able to keep me on track despite my business and forgetfulness, eventually seeing me through to acceptances at seven of the twelve institutions I applied to — including my dream schools of Yale, and CalTech. When I had every excuse to offer my parents and myself why I hadn’t been working on college apps, Lukas was there to remind me of my goals and deadlines. Firm, but not overbearing; compassionate, but not lenient; inspirational, but not grandiose; Lukas was always able to strike the perfect balance to guide me towards achieving my full potential. And that’s just what he was able to do with my schedule.
Where Lukas really shone as my mentor and advisor, was in translating raw, passionate, excited “word vomit” into concise and eloquent essays that showed colleges who I really was. Using nothing more than the suggestion tool on Google Docs, Lukas would show me how my essays could be sculpted and refined (and sometimes scrapped altogether). He showed me how every single word was a tool to answer the prompt and helped me cut through the fluff so I could focus on showing myself off. He worked with me to honor my voice in my writing while elevating it to something that stood out from the crowd. Lukas taught me to be a better writer. He was such an amazing mentor and friend that when my sister started her applications last summer, my parents hired him again to help out!
Lukas can’t magically make anyone the perfect college applicant, but he will show every student he works with how they can make colleges see them as he sees them: a boundless source of potential that any college would be lucky to have. I know because he showed me.”
“I’m currently a third-year Cornell Engineering student. During my senior year of high school, I definitely struggled quite a bit with writing college application essays, but my counselor was very supportive throughout the entire process. We met multiple times a week over Skype, and he offered constructive criticism ranging from specific word choices to general essay ideas to discussions about crafting a scene to make an emotional impact. He also shared his own college application essays with me to use as reference material, even asking college friends for permission to share their essays as well.
These past few years at Cornell have allowed me to grow and mature at astonishing rates as I continue to meet and maintain friendships with incredible people. I applied to many top universities, but my Cornell essay easily outshined the rest. Cornell’s response reflected that. Without a doubt, Cornell was the right choice for me, and my counselor’s encouragement, writing guidance, outside perspective, and consistent feedback played an instrumental role in my acceptance to the university.”
“I cannot say enough good things about Pierre and his team. My son (current sophomore) is a good student and well-rounded as far extra-curriculars go, but he wanted to engage more in service and he was having a difficult time finding a path where he could be fully-immersed and really do something meaninful, rather than just volunteering here and there randomly with school. To put another way, he really wanted to create something, but just didn’t know how to go about it.
The beautiful thing about Pierre is that he has provided guidance (directly to my son, so I don’t ever have to be the nag) on how to focus his ideas into something concrete and how to make it come into fruition, while never overstepping.
Every part of this project is 100% my son’s, and it is something he is so excited about. He wrote the mission statement, he created the website, he’s reached out to make the necessary contacts, but without Pierre’s guidance, he wouldn’t have known where to even start. His project is in the early stages but it is taking off and he absolutely lights up when talking about it. That is the biggest benefit for him…being able to give life to his idea.
For me, I am loving being able to bounce off questions to Ian and Pierre–when should he take the SATs for the first time, do you recommend a particular test prep, what should we do if he wants to double up on languages, for example. I am extremely thankful to have found them and would recommend them to anyone. All kids come at this differently and are in different places, and Pierre and his team of counselors meet them where they are and give them the tools to make themselves into the best kids they can be.”