Find Your Fit

​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 Find Your Fit webinars and interactive workshops.

Meet Mary Pat

Mary Pat O’Neil is the owner of True Fit College Counseling and the founder of the Find Your Fit program. She is passionate about helping teens discover their college paths 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.

Find Your Fit

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Upcoming Events

Class of 2025 College Bootcamp

UPDATE ON JUNE 5: Please note that registration is now full for our In-Person College Bootcamp this month. We will be offering this bootcamp in a virtual format in August. Please check back in July for more details and to register.

Join independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil for 3 in-person sessions as she prepares rising seniors for applying to colleges. This bootcamp is suitable for rising seniors (Class of 2025); parents are also welcome to attend. Please note that the sessions will not be recorded.

Before working on college applications, a student needs to have a college list. Mary Pat will walk students through the different factors to consider, along with providing a list of college search sites. She will also explain why the list should be balanced and the dangers involved with only applying to highly selective schools.

Students are welcome to stay until noon to work independently on their college list. Mary Pat will be available to answer any questions.

Many colleges, including the University of Washington, use the Common App platform. Mary Pat will review the information that colleges will ask for including high school transcript, high school activities, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and essays. She will explain how to students can use the information strategically to show their best selves. She will also provide resources for completing the University of California and California State application platforms. 

Students are welcome to stay until noon to work independently on their college application. Mary Pat will be available to answer any questions and to help students set up their Common App accounts.   

Most seniors are surprised at the amount of work that essays take up in applying to college. Depending on a student’s college list, some students have one essay to write while others may need to write more than thirty. College essays are written in a very different manner than high school papers. Mary Pat will teach students how to write their college essays and do a number of brainstorming exercises to help with the process. 

Cost: $25 per person for all 3 sessions ($700+ value). Scholarships available, no questions asked. Please email [email protected].

Location:  LWSD Resource Center Boardroom, 16250 NE 74th St, Redmond, WA 98052  

Please bring: Your laptop or pen and paper for note-taking, and a positive attitude!

Webinars On-Demand

Lake Washington Institute of Technology: An Alternative to the 4-year College

LW Tech is a wonderful community resource that many people aren’t aware of. Join us to learn about:

  • stackable programs including certificates, associate degrees, and 4-year degrees.
  • a wide range of academic programs in business, design, education, engineering, health sciences, IT and more.
  • the focus on employment and student outcomes
  • hands-on learning and small cohorts
  • Direct Transfer Agreements (DTA) to complete a 4-year degree
Making Dollars & Sense on the Cost of College

Surprised by the steep price tag of American higher education? Join college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil and college financial planning expert Peg Keough for an eye-opening session on the annual cost of college, need-based vs. merit-based aid, upcoming changes to the FAFSA, student loans, and proven strategies to reduce the cost of college.

How to Create a Balanced College List

Trying to decide which colleges to apply for? Watch this webinar to learn how to create a balanced college list and why it’s so important. Join independent college counselor and Find

Completing Your College Applications

Applying to college is a big job. It can be helpful to break it down into different components. Learn about the five possible parts of a college application and what colleges look for.

How to Write a College Essay

College essays are often an important piece of a student’s college application. Learn how to write effective essays and to find your unique stories.

College 101

Join independent college counselor and Find Your Fit founder Mary Pat O’Neil as she dives deep into explaining the college application process. Learn about the five possible parts of a college application and what colleges look at. Understand the numbers behind highly selective colleges and why students need a balanced college list. Mary Pat also explains the cost of college and scholarships.

What to Expect in High School and Beyond

We know that families may be nervous about the transition from middle school to high school.  Find Your Fit creator Mary Pat O’Neil gives an overview of what to expect in terms of high school courses, high school graduation requirements, as well as the different paths and options available after high school.

Standardized Tests and the new Digital SAT

Mary Pat O’Neil and Matty Steiner discuss the current environment of the use of standardized tests (ACT and SAT) in college admissions. They also explain the impact of the new digital SAT and its impact on the Class of 2025 and beyond.

Guest Speaker: Matty Steiner, Compass Test Prep

Canadian Universities

Mary Pat O’Neil and Cynthia Seidel discuss the differences and similarities between US and Canadian universities as well as why students may want to consider attending college in Canada.  Five Canadian universities are featured.

Executive Functioning Skills: What are they and why are they important?

The last two years have not been easy for students. Many students have come out of remote learning with a loss of their executive functioning skills. These include how to organize, plan, prioritize, manage time, maintain focus, self-assess, and study efficiently.

Join Mary Pat O’Neil, independent college counselor, and Nancy Colburn, certified ADHD coach, as they discuss symptoms of executive function loss, and strategies to improve skills along with answering questions from the audience.

Navigating the Emotional Side of the College Process

There is a lot of potential stress involved in the college application process which can come from both internal and external forces. For some families, the pressure begins building early. Please join Mary Pat ONeil and Sheri Gazitt for a conversation about what they see and specific things parents can do to help their teens navigate the college journey and learn more about themselves.

Paths After High School: Technical Colleges and Apprenticeships

While attending a 4-year college is an option after graduating high school, there are other paths that lead to student success.

In this webinar, Find Your Fit’s Mary Pat O’Neil will explore the benefits and opportunities offered by technical colleges and apprenticeship programs. She will be joined by guest speakers from the Lake Washington Institute of Technology and ApprenticePath.

How to Succeed in College Academically, Emotionally, and Socially

The transition to college can be difficult for teens. Join Find Your Fit’s Mary Pat O’Neil as she moderates a virtual panel discussing the things a college freshman can do to be successful in college – in their academics, their social life, and with their mental health.

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.

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 parents and students through this critical question.

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.

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