Creative College Connections

Welcome to Creative College Connections!

Hannah Serota, Educational ConsultantThis is an educational consulting practice which I founded in 2010 to serve families needing to make plans and decisions about college. I bring 25 years of professional experience, insight, and knowledge to my consulting work with students and their parents. In this work, I focus on the following:

  1. Reducing anxiety by demystifying the college admission process.
  2. Identifying "best fit" colleges for the student: those that fit academically, personally, and financially
  3. Breaking down what seems to be an overwhelming task (applying to college) into sensible and manageable steps
  4. Helping families maintain a semblance of "normalcy" through the college admission process.

College is a time of learning, maturing, exploring and discovering, honing skills necessary for career success, having fun, and building friendships to last a lifetime. College is the time of transition from dependence toward independence. Finding the right setting for these influential years is important.

Today's high school counselors work with increasing student caseloads and job demands. Despite their good intentions most counselors simply cannot offer extensive time and individual attention to students. Students need help identifying well-matched colleges where they will thrive. There are good college choices for all students who desire a college education. I help students find those colleges. Then I help students navigate the complex college application and admission process.

During the high school years, family conversations about college planning and educational aspirations can be stressful and lead to tension between students and parents. It doesn't have to be that way. I can assist by helping each to understand more fully his or her unique role and responsibilities in the college search. When the college search is approached from the standpoint of "best fit," the focus can shift from, "where will I get in" to "where is the best place for me."

My introduction to this work began in my senior year at Oberlin College, while interning in the Office of Admissions. Five years after graduating from Oberlin, I returned to the college admissions office as an Assistant Director. Four years after that, as an Associate Director, I launched the college's first Regional Admissions Office with responsibility for the greater Washington, DC, area. In all, I spent nine years at Oberlin managing various aspects of the student recruitment and selection process.

In 2000 I left Oberlin to establish the college counseling program in the new Upper School at McLean School in Potomac, Maryland. Over the years at McLean I have developed a specialty expertise within college admission – assisting students with learning disabilities and ADHD through the college admissions process and into colleges and universities that best serve this population of learners.

I have visited dozens of colleges and universities and have made presentations at numerous programs and conferences. I have served as a college admissions expert on Peterson's original college advice web-site and as a featured expert on Unigo. Recently, I completed my two-year term on University of Arizona's Out-of-State Counselor Advisory Board.

I have a Masters' Degree in Education, with a concentration in Counseling and Development in Higher Education, from George Mason University. And, I am credentialed as a Certified Educational Planner.

I am a member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling); IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association); HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association).

Please feel free to call or email me for more information about how I might be able to help you on your path toward college.

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