Mary is an incredible college counselor. She is calm and her knowledge on the process of getting into college is such an incredible asset to anyone during the stressful times of applying to college. She always makes time for the people she works with and as someone who had the privilege of working one on one with Mary I know that I could not have gotten into my dream school without her help. She edited every single one of my essays to all of my colleges and I will always appreciate her for helping me through one of the most important phases of my life and helping me represent myself the best way possible to all the colleges of my choice. Mary goes above and beyond and I would recommend her to any child applying to college!
Mary was very helpful to me in regards to the application process, organization, and essay/writing prompt editing. She is adept at helping with writing yet making sure it is the student’s voice, not hers. She created a structured and efficient chart for me to manage my colleges, essays, and more. I really appreciated how she was able to refine my writing, help me choose the best prompts, and review my applications well.
-Dublin, CA High School Student
Although my daughter says she wants to go to college, she’s also sick of (high) school, and showed no interest in the research, planning and application process. It was great to have Mary, a third party, be in charge of steering her through the convoluted process. Mary was friendly, low key, and stayed on my daughter without at the same time making her feel nagged or harassed. Although we are still in the application process and she has not heard from any colleges yet, I’m confident that with Mary’s help my daughter ended up choosing an appropriate selection of schools, any one of which would be a good fit for her.
Mary is amazing! We have had many tutors over the years – both privately and through highly regarded companies – and none come anywhere close. She is way, way more experienced, capable, insightful and responsive than anyone we have worked with. She was able to help my two kids substantively (English & History primarily) but also on organizational approach (across all subjects) and development of their skills to tackle assignments most effectively on their own. She was able to immediately understand my sons’ learning challenges and tailor her approach accordingly. She worked with them around self-advocacy as well. She is extremely flexible in scheduling (i.e. setting up last-minute session by phone if needed) and being responsive to our family’s needs. My sons love her and feel she helped them on a totally different level than other tutors have. The fact that she knows so much about the high school and the college planning process made her able to help my sons in multiple areas and in greater depth. I love how she frequently checks in with me, as the parent, and patiently listens to and is extremely responsive to concerns I raise regarding my kids’ challenges. Mary is truly exceptional! You will not find anyone like her.
We want to recommend Mary Finn as a spectacular college advisor. My high-school twins worked with Mary last year and are headed this fall to colleges they love. Mary began by creating a system for identifying and evaluating schools that interested them, then explained the details of the application process and oversaw all the deadlines for submissions as well as managing a comprehensive checklist of other necessary tasks. She made the entire experience fun and rewarding rather than intimidating or onerous. She knows the technical details of online applications inside out (and how to fix seemingly intractable problems with forms and formats). Best of all, Mary is a very warm, empathic, perceptive and genuine mentor and coach who challenges students to challenge themselves and encourages them every step of the way. We feel so lucky to have found her. Mary has an extensive background in education with a specialty in college prep.