It felt like we sent Blake on a journey in a faraway land, and he got a tour guide who told him what paths to try and which to turn away from. Not having been in this strange land ourselves, as parents, our greatest fear was we would give wrong directions. Great experience, comfortable for Blake from start to finish!
BILL, PARENT OF BLAKE CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
Collegewise helped make my daughter’s college application process smooth and painless. In the end, my daughter was accepted to and will be attending her first choice school, USD. I could not be more thrilled for Alana, and I owe so much to Collegewise for making my daughter’s dream school a reality!
TORREY, PARENT OF ALANA UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Collegewise provided me with a better understanding of the college application and decision process than I thought possible. Collegewise’s guidance throughout the process allowed me to really figure out what I was looking for in a college, while also maximizing my options.
ISABELLE SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
I would often be stressed about what I needed to get done or about how things were turning out, but every time I walked out of the office, I was so at ease. I think the most important part about being at Collegewise was how personalized the process was, and how much care and time and effort went into me specifically.
EMMA UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Going to my meetings at Collegewise never felt like a chore, but more as something to look forward to! Everyone in the office is so friendly, willing to help, and made for such great motivators and supporters when it came time to fill in apps and write essays. 10/10!
EMILY BOSTON UNIVERSITY
The college application process is confusing and tedious, and Collegewise really helped with that process. It was reassuring to go over my application with my counselor so that we could make sure that I had a better chance of getting in!
KYRA VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Tara Blanchard has become a go-to counselor for local families looking for support and guidance with the college admissions process. After navigating the admissions process three times with her own children, she’s exceptionally empathetic to the excitement and sometimes trepidation that families often experience on their college journeys. She’s helped students with athletic recruiting, artistic portfolios, and military academy applications.
Tara earned her bachelor's degree from Harvard University and then headed off to George Washington University for her JD. Tara had a successful law career, tackling everything from employment law and professional ethics to securities litigation and disability benefits cases. After Tara left law, she worked at The Primary Day School in Bethesda in development and special events -- Tara was managing the annual fundraisers, gala, and all the parent volunteers. When Tara's family relocated to Connecticut, she worked as a development consultant and the Interim Executive Director of Community Centers, Inc., an organization that supports low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs.
Tara is a book nerd (historical fiction), a national soccer champ (with her club team in high school), and won points with her kids when she earned "Best Chanukah Latkes" three years running. In addition to being an avid tennis player who’s active in local competitions, she's also a baker and likes making cookies for any occasion. Her background making thoughtful (legally-sound) arguments, helping anxious parents, and getting support to make big things happen appears to be the perfect mix -- Tara can handle anything when it comes to college admissions.
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