Peter and the rest of the Hale team do an excellent job as college consultants, but I don’t think that’s the best way to describe them. They are far more than that — to me, they have been mentors. This is a team that cares deeply about their students and genuinely wants them to succeed and to feel confident, and this is noticeable by the lengths to which they go in order to get to know us as individuals throughout the process. This means that what Peter and Hale do goes far beyond the tangibles — such as putting together a college list or brainstorming and helping you focus your essays — and instead they transform the college application process into one of self-discovery and aspiration through their approach. Their optimism is contagious, and I would have never applied to Harvard and so many other top universities without their persistent encouragement: they saw my potential and guided me through every step of the way so that I could achieve what they knew I was capable of, and for this I am enormously grateful. Thank you for believing in me.
With the help of Peter and his team, I received two full-ride scholarships from Boston University and Fordham, and I also gained admission to and received financial aid from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, Brown, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, and Amherst. Would I have gained admission to these schools if I hadn’t worked with Hale? I genuinely don’t know. It is clear that I had the potential to gain admission as a result of years of hard work and involvement in my community, but potential is not enough when the selection process is as competitive: you need to convey that potential clearly and convincingly to the admission officers, and the first step towards doing this is to genuinely believe that you have the potential. If you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect admissions officers to believe in your potential?
When I think of Peter, the words ‘college consultant’ don’t come to mind — he is my mentor and friend. He has continuously pushed me out of my comfort zone, encouraged me explore possibilities I had never even considered, and changed the way in which I view myself. When the work got tough and I felt frustrated, he always found a way to make me feel motivated and at ease. He is an excellent person, full of energy and kindness, and working with him transformed the college applications process into a truly enjoyable one, as opposed to the taxing experience that it was for many of my friends. I have emerged from the process with acceptances to all of my top choice universities and, perhaps more importantly, I have also emerged with a heightened confidence in myself and plenty of optimism in what lies ahead. I cannot recommend Peter and the Hale team enough — working with them has been a rewarding experience in every sense of the word.