“Mindy Popp counseled our two sons from the time they were each high school sophomores. We had been living out of the country and needed to get up to speed quickly on the whole college application process. Mindy worked not only with the boys (they are a year apart) but also with their dad and me, to understand and navigate the route to the best college. She was thorough in her early investigations into the boys’ lives, both external and internal. She was interested in them as students and as people. Mindy interviewed my husband and me in order to understand the family expectations.
Bringing Mindy in during their years in high school allowed the boys to make informed choices about what courses to take and in what extracurricular activities to become involved. Her advice was based on our sons’ interests and proclivities and not on cynical ‘how-to-get-into-college’ bullet points.
For our first son, at the appropriate time Mindy provided us with a long list of potential schools based on all that she had learned about him. We winnowed that down to a manageable number and then began school visits. When we were unable to visit a school, Mindy was often able to give her firsthand experience of the institution.
The list narrowed further after the visits. Mindy was collecting feedback from us the entire time, talking with our son on his own about his reactions, thereby building a picture from the raw impressions that we were giving her. The list was narrowed to about 12 schools and then the application process began in earnest. This is when I became eternally grateful to have Mindy in our life.
The senior year can be an emotionally fraught time for many reasons. Having Mindy be the task master to ensure that essays were written, rewritten and rewritten, and that all deadlines were met for applications, meant that our sons’ final years at home were peaceful and precious.
I should explain that by the time we were working on the second son we thought we could draw up at least as good a short list as Mindy. We merged her list of schools with ours then visited them all. I am embarrassed to admit that not one of the schools that we put on the list made the cut. He didn’t apply to a single one.
In sum, both our boys have gone to schools that Mindy helped them select and apply to. They have been happy, successful students and we all remember their final years at home as happy ones.
Without hesitation, I can recommend Mindy Popp to steer families through this important and lengthy process. She is thoughtful, experienced, diligent and always willing to go the extra mile for the student.”
—Parent, Wellesley, MA