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 these free and interactive Find Your Fit workshops.

Mary Pat O’Neil
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.

Find Your Fit

Upcoming Webinars and Events

How to Write a College Essay Webinar

When: Wednesday, September 29th from 3-5 pm
Who: High school seniors and parents/guardians of high school seniors

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 will learn how to write essays that are readable and to find their unique stories. This is the only essay workshop that FYF is doing this fall so make sure to sign up.

Register for the How to Write a College Essay Webinar.

The Counselor Is In – Essay Feedback

When: Wednesday, October 6th from 7-8 pm
Who: High School Seniors

How: One-on-one meetings via Zoom

The Counselor Is In is like office hours and is very casual. Seniors will meet one-on-one with independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil to talk about what they plan to write about for their college essays. Attendees will wait in the Zoom waiting room until it is their turn to meet privately with Mary Pat.

Register for The Counselor is In – Essay Feedback.

Understanding What College Costs & How to Pay Less Webinar

When: Thursday, October 7th from 7-8 pm
Who: Parents/guardians for high school students

I will be joined by Peg Keough, a local college financial planning consultant. We will be discussing 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. The FAFSA comes out on October 1st for students from the Class of 2022.

Register for Understanding What College Costs & How to Pay Less.

An Overview of the College Process

When: Tuesday, October 19th from 7-8 pm
Who: High school students and parents of middle school and high school studentsT

The title says it all – this is an overview for those interested in understanding what is involved in applying to college.

Register for An Overview of the College Process.

Webinars On-Demand

College Bootcamp: For the class of 2022

These webinars each cover a different topic of the college application process.

Topics covered:

  • Creating a Balanced College List
  • Completing Your College Applications
  • How to Write a College Essay
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
College 101: A beginner’s guide to college applications

This webinar welcomes all high school students and parents/guardians beginning the college-application process.

Topics covered:

  • 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
Part 1
Part 2
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.

Topics covered:

  • 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.

Topics covered:

  • 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.

Topics covered:

  • ​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
Understanding what college costs and how to pay less

This webinar helps parents and guardians understand what college costs, and how to pay less.

Topics covered:

  • The true cost of college
  • Common myths about paying for college
  • Understanding the timeline for applying to college
  • What are the FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • What families can do to pay less for college
College application essays

This webinar welcomes all high school students and parents/guardians beginning the college-application process.

Part 1
Part 2
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