Estrela Consulting Blog

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California Dreamin’? 5 Tips for Applying to a UC

  Is California on the list of places where you want to go to college? It’s a popular destination and even Californians want to stick around to enjoy the great weather and take advantage of in-state tuition at the many public universities and colleges. Students from around the world are drawn to the West Coast and, even though there’s every kind of college imaginable in California, many are drawn ...
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Estrela Founder Serving on Faculty at IECA Summer Training Institute

Estrela Consulting Founder, Kristina Dooley, was selected to serve on the faculty of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Summer Training Institute (STI) being held this week at Swarthmore College (PA). STI is an intensive, hands-on, training program designed for those seeking to establish an independent educational consulting practice. The training and curriculum offered is ...
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How Going Greek Brought Me Forever Friends

In high school, I was heavily involved in cheerleading. My best friends and I were all cheerleaders and when graduation came upon us, we would be separating off to our own colleges. I was open to meeting new people and was excited to find my college best friends just like how I found my high school ones. I began my freshman year in the fall of 2015 and decided to go through the sorority ...
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Parent to Parent: Tips for College Visits with Your Teen

I’m an Independent Educational Consultant who loves my work guiding students through the process of sorting out the thousands of choices they have for college.  I’m also the mom of two teenagers who have, or are going through, this very same process. The first time I went through college visits with my older son, I thought it would be easy to remember the distinguishing features of each school ...
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Q&A With a Former Admission Director: What Are Colleges Really Looking For?

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