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College Advisor

When college is on the horizon, you need a voice of reason to unlock the mysteries of the college process.

What I do

All too often, college admissions offices see students as numbers.
Let’s make sure they see you for you.


College List

Together we’ll develop a balanced list of reaches, targets and likelies that fit you so you’ll be ready for anything.


Combining your voice with my expertise, I’ll help you tell your story in a way that sets you apart from the crowd.


Developing a strong resume will be the foundation for your activities list and your future internships.

How I Help


The college process is complicated. I explain it all, breaking it down into manageable steps.

Map Out A Plan

Together we map out a custom plan, including strategies and a timetable tailored to your individual needs.

Reduce Stress

You’ll have an objective voice of reason on speed dial. Whatever the worry or question, I’ve got you covered.

Stay On Track

I keep you moving forward, one step at a time.

Strategic Thinking

I provide insight and strategies that help you stand out from the crowd.

Maintain Family Harmony

I play the bad cop so you don’t have to.

Accepted to…


First choice college


One of top 3 choices

About me

Jody Skiest

Founder & Principal

As an experienced college advisor, I help students tell their stories so colleges can see who they really are. Nowadays, schools look beyond grades and test scores so they can build a class of unique individuals, each adding something distinct to their college community. My job is to help students show their authentic selves.

When my daughter was in high school, the college process took over our lives. Before long I learned the biggest secret of all: there is no magic formula for getting into college. Rather, there is a tipping point between those who distinguish themselves and stand out from the crowd and those who don’t.

So how did I get here? In a prior life I was a lawyer – but it was never who I really was. I’ve always been a creative problem-solver and a strategic thinker. The kind of person people go to for advice. I’d get questions like, “Should I send my child to public school or private?” or “How do I help my son/daughter find a summer internship?”

Looking back, the transition from lawyer to college advisor was seamless because I’m finally doing what I love: helping students find the schools that are right for them. Together we pinpoint their goals and develop a strategy to achieve them. For me, an added bonus is all the families I meet along the way.

Work with me
Communication is key. As I learn about you, I’ll help you discover all the unique qualities and skills you don’t even notice.
I wouldn’t be helping if we didn’t keep things real, so I’ll always give it to you straight. When it comes to your success, nothing less will do.
It’s hard to be patient when your future is at stake. That’s why you’ll hear back from me quickly (during normal waking hours, that is).
Combining my expertise with a knack for helping you highlight your unique talents makes an intimidating process a lot less stressful.

Additional Services

And a little more about who I work with…



Navigating athletic recruitment is a complex process. To be successful you need to be informed — to understand all the hoops you need to jump through. And I’m here to guide you every step of the way.



For students with special talents in art, dance, music, film or theater, submitting an arts portfolio is key. It’s your golden opportunity to share your creativity and passion in a way that’s not possible in other parts of your application.



Some students don’t find their perfect college on the first try. To transfer, you need to know how the process differs from when you first applied as a freshman. I help you understand what colleges will be looking for now.


Internships & Jobs

Landing a summer internship is no cakewalk. The same goes for that first job after graduation. I’ll share my secrets that get results, including how to write a killer resume, search for opportunities and land interviews.

From my clients

Straight from students and parents like you.

5 stars


I can’t thank you enough for your many hours, days, and months of wise counsel. You kept us sane, focused, on track and in the right headspace. You were a direct, honest, frank, encouraging, and realistic advisor and friend.


5 stars


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me through the college process. I owe so much of my success to you and your hours of work and dedication.


5 stars


You unraveled the logistics of the process and demystified the many secrets of the Common App. You set us in the right direction, and I’m giving your name to all my friends!


5 stars


Thank you so much for all your help and guidance. I can honestly say without exaggeration that I wouldn’t have gotten into the colleges I did without your help. You literally changed my future, and for that I am wholeheartedly thankful.


Let’s talk!

It all starts with a phone call.


Boston, MA • Westport, CT

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