I discovered my passion by accident. To paraphrase John Lennon, life happened while I was busy making other plans. In 2010, I was living in Los Angeles, writing screenplays and working for a two-time Oscar-winning writer/director. By happenstance, I met a fellow Harvard alum who owned a company that helped MBA applicants get into top business schools. He asked me if I knew anything about college admissions. I said I did. I began working for the company, building their new college business. After I started client work, interfacing one-on-one with high school students, I was hooked.
Seven years and many successful applicants later, I realized it was time to go into business for myself. WiseApp was born because I wanted to be able to interface with my clients 100% of the time, and I saw the trend among the big college consulting companies was the opposite. They promise an expert like me, but then hand you off to a younger, cheaper “consultant” who is actually a rookie learning on the job. I know because I’ve trained many of them. The “expert” will handle your case for a few hours at most and be handsomely rewarded for such little time.
The whole setup doesn’t seem fair to me, especially with the prices these companies charge. Worse, they are not upfront about who is really doing the work. They’ll make you think a former Director of Admissions is handling your case, editing your essays, and delivering feedback. Not a chance.
After working for other companies and even writing the consultant training manual for one, I can tell you unequivocally that my approach is best for the applicant. Over the years, I have insisted on working with my students from start to finish. Consistency is not just important, it’s a necessity. It’s the only way to craft applications that truly show who you are.
Now for the facts. I graduated cum laude from Harvard in 2007. I’ve worked seven years in college consulting, and I was the Head Mentor at a large company for two years. My former students have gotten accepted all over the Ivy League, Top 20, and competitive state schools like the University of California system, University of Michigan, and University of Virginia.
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and if you’re a junior or senior in high school, it may seem like you’re busy planning for everything except your applications. You have schoolwork, standardized testing, and extracurricular activities, so opting for application help is a wise move. With guaranteed one-on-one service, I will be there for you from start to finish. The finish line is a big one: acceptance to college.
I look forward to helping you reach that goal!
Stephen Black, Founder of WiseApp