Beth Diachenko - Passport Parent

Our son, Drew, took the Princeton Review class. Through a series of make-up classes and just talking to the helpful staff in the Princeton Review central office they steered us to to Rob with Passport Admissions who almost late for his next appointment, "made" a few minutes to meet with us and tell us a little bit about the program. Immediately, he wasted no time in getting to know Drew. Rob was a quick study and Drew left his first (unofficial) session with Passport Admissions with a good idea of what schools were a fit for him and with a few ideas of topics that he might consider using for his college essays. Drew left the meeting excited and ready to get started! As a parent, I was excited and relieved to know that we were not going this alone. iI knew we were in good hands and that Rob was a very needed member of our college team! Where do I sign up? Before I even found a moment to call Rob with my payment Drew had called him back and was setting up their next, now official, appointment. The staff at Passport Admissions were an incredible resource throughout the entire college admission process (it's longer than you think!) . Initially, not really understanding what services they really provided, the price almost seemed steep but looking back on all the work they did, the breadth of their services, and the great outcome we received, I am convinced they do not charge enough for their services. Not only are they familiar with the college application process and what colleges are looking for- they sincerely care and did everything they could, to help our son.


I had heard horror stories about kids with 4.0's, very good SAT scores and multiple extra-curricular activities that couldn't get into the UC's or other competitive colleges. Though an optimist by nature even I was quite concerned. Our first son had chosen his college based on a handful of schools that offered him very generous scholarships for baseball. Drew was not restricted to a handful of schools and had quite a wide assortment of ideas from California, to Washington state to Washington DC and no-where really in between. Rob and Drew together came up with a very clear list of 8 colleges that would be great fits for him- this is a feat in and of itself!!!! It included schools that were a fit, a reach and for absolutely sure (safety schools). Having all 3 can not be emphasized enough!!! Together they also came up with some clever, unique to Drew college essay ideas that only a fresh new person can distill from their own story of their own journey to this point in their life. I always felt a part of the process but enjoyed being a team member rather than Chief Nag. After Rob and Drew reached this point we were told that someone else would get involved to help with the essays and the actual nitty gritty of the various applications (all with their own nuances...). Oh no, see it was too good to be true- we were being handed off to someone less experienced and knowledgeable than Rob. Right??? NO- Drew was fortunate to work with Allison next. She was awesome as well- together Drew and Allison laid out an elaborate calendar of deadlines that represented a merging of 8 individual schools timelines