Applying to college can be confusing, lengthy, and an unforgiving process. Make sure you’re ready for the college application season by joining Mary Pat O’Neil of True Fit College Counseling at these free and interactive Find Your Fit workshops.
Meet Mary Pat
- Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.
- Owner/operator of True Fit College Counseling.
- Founder of Find Your Fit.
- Member of NACAC and PNACAC.
- Active volunteer in the school community.
- Passionate about helping teens discover their college path as she knows there is no “one size fits all” approach to college counseling.
I think it is important for students to take control of the college application process and know what they need in a college in order to have a better chance of success. Students need to own the process – I am here to guide them.
Scroll down to view recordings of recent Find Your Fit webinars.
Upcoming Webinars and Events
We’ve wrapped up our Fall program of webinars and feedback sessions. Stay tuned for more events coming to you starting January 2022! In the meantime, you can access recordings from our recent webinars below.
An Overview of the College Process
The title says it all – this is an overview for those interested in understanding what is involved in applying to college.
Understanding What College Costs and How to Pay Less
Learn some common myths about paying for college, the timeline in applying for college and the financial forms needed, what families can do to pay less for college, and much more.
How to Write the College Essay
College essays are often an important piece of a student’s college application. At this two-hour workshop led by independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil , students learn how to write essays that are readable and to find their unique stories.
College Bootcamp: For the class of 2022
These webinars each cover a different topic of the college application process.
- Creating a Balanced College List
- Completing Your College Applications
- How to Write a College Essay
College 101: A beginner’s guide to college applications
This webinar welcomes all high school students and parents/guardians beginning the college-application process.
- Top 5 things colleges consider when looking at applications
- 3 types of colleges (how these distinctions impact a student’s admissibility)
- Creating a college list, and why it needs to be balanced
- Paying for college
- Plus, hear updated information that reflects the impact of COVID-19 on college applications
Study Abroad: How to apply to colleges in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe
Interested in attending college in Canada, the UK, or Europe? In this workshop, Find Your Fit’s independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil welcomes guest speaker Cynthia Seidel of On Course College Counseling to help explain how applying to international colleges differs from applying to college in the United States.
Helping your teen navigate the college process
Make these final years with your teen fun, not stressful! In this session for parents and guardians, you’ll learn tips, tools, and time-tested advice on how to support and guide your teen through the college-admission process. This workshop is specifically helpful for parents and guardians who did not attend college themselves, attended outside of the United States, or whose children may need extra help managing the process.
- College application timeline
- How to create a college list
- Overview of paying for college
- What you need to know about highly selective (Ivy League) schools
- Test-optional and test-blind colleges
- What parents can do to help their teen take control of the process
Do you have to choose a college major when you apply to college?
Not every kid is ready to pick a college major at 17, but they’re asked, nonetheless. How does this question impact college admissions? Does it matter if they change their mind? How can we help our kids figure this out for themselves? This workshop helps guide parents and students through this critical question.
- Does a student have to pick a major on the college application
- Direct admit programs like engineering, nursing, and computer science
- What parents can do to help their teens discover what interests them
- The importance of a student’s activities in learning about themselves
- How do you advise an “undecided” student
- Pre-professional advising (medical school, law school, physical therapy)
Standardized testing. What now?
Standardized college testing (SAT and ACT) has always been a source of stress and anxiety for students. With the arrival of COVID-19, many colleges changed their policies to account for social distancing requirements and school disruptions, going “test-optional” or “test-blind” this year. What does this mean, and how does it impact kids applying for college right now? This webinar welcomes parents and high school students who want the most updated information.
- Up-to-date information about standardized testing
- How test scores are used in the admission process
- The differences between the two tests
- Strategies behind submitting or not submitting test scores
“Mary Pat did an excellent job of breaking down the information without making it seem overwhelming.”
“This was a great workshop! The presentation flowed well and was very well explained.”
“The speaker, Mary Pat O’Neil, was very dynamic and knowledgeable. She also stayed after the presentation and took individual questions.”
“Very informative workshop. It certainly brightened our journey of this college process.”