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"Lia is so much more than your average college counselor. While getting me into a top choice school, she was also my personal SAT tutor, outside of school activity scheduler, fashion critic, and favorite person to gossip with. Lia was somehow able to turn a process that presents itself as being extremely stressful, and turned it into something I enjoyed doing. Meeting with Lia was often the highlight of my week. She was able to get me excited about the process and was a major component in helping to shape what I want to make of myself in the following years. Before meeting with Lia, I had absolutely no idea where I wanted to end up for school, let alone what major I wanted to pursue. Lia took the time to sit down with me, and through many conversations about my interests, hobbies, and preferences, we were able to to create the perfect list of schools.
While her main task was getting me into college, she didn't stop there. As a senior, we had to complete a mandatory project that was student led. I interviewed Lia about my topic (the mental health of teenagers) and she offered amazing feedback regarding how to reduce stress surrounding the application process, which my peers and teachers loved. Additionally, she also helped put me on a schedule that allowed me to work and see my friends, while also setting aside time to make sure my grades were up to my full potential. As fun as writing long supplements and filling out FASFAs is, my favorite part of the process was getting to know Lia. I can say confidently that she truly invests herself into every one of her kids, and will often text to check in on me, even after having completed our weekly meetings and committing to school. I also know that Lia will always make herself available as a resource to me even after my high school years are done. She acts as a role model, and you can tell she really loves the work she does, which inspires me to hopefully end up in a career that I'm just as passionate about. Lia's' influence of my future is one that I will never forget, and I can’t wait to keep in touch next year and keep her filled in on all the college drama.”
“The College application process is a strenuous time for teenagers and parents especially now during a global pandemic. I personally did not want to start applying to colleges and planned on procrastinating to the very last minute. I always knew I wanted to go to college but with my anxiety even just thinking about the subject made me extremely nervous. College advisor Lia Levitt changed my perspective and my whole life. Lia is so much more than an average College Counselor. She puts so much time and effort into each individual client making them feel as though they are the only person she is working with. She made applying to colleges stress free, fun, and exciting. She helped me decide what major I wanted to pursue as well as research the best schools for my desired major. I felt so comfortable meeting with Lia and she helped me write my very personal essay about my childhood trauma. She helped me not only with college applications but with problem solving in my personal life. She would reach out to me multiple times each week to check in and offer advice. If I was having a particularly difficult time she would offer to call me so we can talk even if we did not have an appointment scheduled that day. Lia is very flexible when it comes to each person's individual schedule and needs. Every week she texts asking when would be the best time for you to meet and she will accommodate each person's needs. I recommend Lia Levitt for every teenager who is applying to college.
Amidst the Pandemic we were able to meet once in person during the summertime. I invited her out on my boat on Candlewood Lake where we were able to finally talk face to face and get to know each other better. She was also able to meet her future client, my thirteen year old sister. My sister is still a long way from applying but through meeting Lia and listening in on some calls she is thrilled to start and has already begun researching where she wants to go and what career she would like to pursue. I know that Lia can help anyone get into a great school no matter the circumstances. She encourages you to work hard, have goals, and works tirelessly to ensure her clients have a bright future ahead of them. If you have any doubts, worries, or questions Lia will find you the answer and a solution. For instance I got into my top choice school but did not realize the field I was wanted to go into was especially competitive at this school. Without hesitation she called up the head of the department and talked to them for half an hour answering all my questions that weren’t clear on the schools website. She encouraged me that I can get into the competitive program but also offered alternative options. From meeting with her weekly for months I am now confident in myself and my abilities. I am certain that if I work hard and set goals I will be able to lead a happy and successful future doing something that I love. So far I have been accepted into five great schools and am looking forward to what the future holds. I plan to remain in touch with Lia through the years to come as I know she will always be there for me and will help me with any struggles I may face."
"At the beginning of my junior year of high school I thought I knew exactly how the rest of high school was going to go. That was until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of my junior year. I had been stressing for months about college and future planning. This pandemic was not at all what I needed. Then one day, my mom was talking to her friend and she recommended Lia. We were lucky enough to get in with her last minute.
Before the first appointment in August of my senior year, I was a little nervous because I have never heard of “academic architect” before. The meeting could not have gone better. Lia immediately made me feel at ease and told me that she had “a plan” which made my stresses go away almost completely. We met every 2 weeks and were able to accomplish my high school resume, my college essay, the common application, and finally, she helped me apply to all of my schools.
Within a week of applying, I was able to get accepted to my top school. I am forever thankful for Lia’s help. She had a kind, patient personality, and always made me feel like I was her top priority with her quick responses to every question I had, and being so flexible with scheduling so that each student could meet with her at a time convenient for them. I would 100% recommend working with Lia to any student who needs help with the college application process."
"If you are thinking about hiring Lia Levitt to help your child in their college admissions process you definitely should. Lia was the right fit for me and for every kid I have talked to that has worked with her. When my mom first brought up the idea of using a college counselor I was against it. I thought I could do it on my own, and to be honest I was pretty lazy and didn’t want to deal with meeting someone every two weeks or so to talk about school.
Now I can confidently say that I would be lost without her. Lia has helped me not just with college but to be motivated to do school work and get on top of my assignments. Since being with Lia I have raised my grades from B’s, C’s, D’s, and even one F to straight A’s. In addition Lia made the college admissions process a breeze. My mom did not have to do anything, it was all between Lia and me. She took the stress out of every part I was worried about from time management, to my college essay, helping me create outlines for my supplemental essays, and guiding me all through applying to every college that was on my list.
This year I applied to 10 schools and have heard back from 6. Each school I have heard back from has accepted me and has offered me a scholarship. The largest being $80,000. Overall Lia has been the best resource for help and insight on the college admissions process, and what schools are looking for. School counselors cannot compare to the attention and support that Lia will give your child."
"I am so thankful to have Lia as my counselor and for all of her help through my application process. Before I started writing my supplements and college essay, I had a few vague ideas on what I wanted to write about, but not much clicked. After two meetings with Lia, she was able to help me with ideas to write about my supplements and find a true to self college essay that came from my heart. She taught me to think outside the box, and not as a typical high school student.
Lia was also reachable around the clock for last minute questions, which was extremely helpful. Her bright energy always made the meetings fun and enjoyable, which allowed me to look forward to our meetings. Not only was she the best counselor, she was someone I could look up to and make me feel good about my self during hard times.
Choosing Lia to be my counselor during my application process was definitely a good decision, and I am very thankful and lucky that I had this opportunity."
"To me, Lia was a lot more than just someone my parents had help me with the college process. I connected with her on an extremely personal level, and really looked forward to laughing at each other at our weekly meetings. Being a senior in 2020, the college process is more stressful than ever, on top of online school and staying sane at home. Lia made my college applications seamless and efficient, and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better.
From writing my essay to searching for schools I liked the most, I know I’m able to count on her for anything and everything. Even though I’ve finished all my applications and am now waiting to hear back from my schools, I still talk to Lia on a daily basis-even multiple times a day!! The kind of relationship we’ve formed over the last several months is one that will be held onto throughout my college years and beyond, and I’m so thankful to know her.”
"Originally, when my mom first told me about Lia and her title as “academic architect”, she described her as some sort of magician, who magically helped all of her clients get into their dream school. I was skeptical, but excited to start working with someone who works as diligently as I do.
From the beginning I had my sights set on a particular university. Lia shared that passion with me and went above and beyond to make sure my dream was achieved. So far I have heard from five out of ten schools I applied to, all of which being acceptances. This includes my dream school; the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Leading up to my acceptance, Lia called or texted me every single day asking if I had heard back yet, and when I finally received my acceptance letter, Lia may have been more excited and proud of me then my own parents. Lia was there for me every step of the way, not only with the college application process, but with school work, resumes, and even if I just needed to talk.
Knowing I am a professional procrastinator, Lia checked in on me constantly; giving me deadlines and encouragement to ensure she did everything she could to help me. To some this may feel like a nuisance, but Lia continued to prove that she cared about me personally, I wasn’t just a ”client” or checkpoint to do on her list.
Lia has changed my life and helped me become more confident in myself and my work to make me the best possible version of myself. I can’t wait to continue filling her in on the many twists and turns of my life in college, and to work with her again when I apply to law school. No dollar amount will ever be able to repay her for the dedication she gives each of her clients, and I will forever be grateful."
“I highly recommend Lia Levitt to guide you through the college application process. During the pandemic, the last thing I was thinking about was planning for college. As the summer before senior year came around, I realized I didn’t even know where to begin.
Lia was recommended to my mom, so we gave her a call and thankfully she was able to squeeze me into her busy schedule. I didn’t know what to expect at our first meeting, but she was so welcoming and friendly that I was immediately put at ease. Her cats were very welcoming as well and I enjoyed their company during my appointments.
I know Lia worked with a lot of students, but I always felt like I was the only one on her list. She was able to work around my schedule and was very flexible and understanding if I wanted to do a virtual or in person meeting. Somehow, she made filling out college applications enjoyable and stress free. We only had one hour, every other week, to work on the college application process, but Lia always made time to connect with me on a personal level.
Although we no longer need to meet, she still texts me frequently which makes me feel like I am more than a client to her. Because of Lia’s guidance, I have been accepted to every school I applied to. If you feel lost like I did and don’t know where to begin, Lia will help you get through this difficult process.”
“When I began the application process for entry into a Communication Disorders program, I was also a senior at UCONN with my course finals quickly approaching. Writing has never been a strength of mine. I have a hard time coming up with ideas and organizing my thoughts onto paper. I knew that juggling these responsibilities would be nearly impossible for me without a support system.
Lia helped to make the application process way easier than it would have been if I had decided to navigate it on my own. She made essay prompts easier to understand and directed my writing in the right direction. Additionally, Lia gave me the best tips for all of my required video submissions and interviews. She always sent me encouraging texts beforehand and would ask me how every interview went. I could always count on her quick replies and advice.
Lia is extremely knowledgeable in all application-related matters, including entry exams such as the GRE. I am truly happy with the way Lia was able to help me illustrate my strengths onto my applications. I don’t know what I would have done without her help!
Both my brother and mom have also received help from Lia with school work and resumes. We have all had only positive outcomes."
"My experience working with Lia is one I will cherish throughout the rest of my life, as I definitely will be seeking out her help for further endeavors later on!
She made the college process seamless and enjoyable. I went into meetings feeling so stressed about what to write my essay about, how I should write my essay, and ultimately what major I should pursue to study. She calmed me down and helped me brainstorm and write my essay as well as for my resume.
She introduced me to so many new career options that I had never even heard of and guided me in the right direction of how I would go to pursue them. She made me excited to take this new leap into the future that beforehand I had been terrified of. I am so grateful for everything Lia has done for me and I look forward to seeking out her help when it’s time to apply to Graduate School!”
"Starting the whole college process seems very long and scary. It was a huge fear of mine. Once I found out I would be working with Lia through the process I realized it wasn’t as bad. Lia is a very dedicated, caring, and encouraging person. Not only did she care about the college process she was also always there to help with anything else.
The best part was whenever you texted her you will always get an immediate response. You are never alone through the college process. When I first started I did not really know where I wanted to go and where to start. The weekly zoom meetings with Lia helped a ton!
Lia was able to help direct me on what I wanted to do in the future. If you are looking for an amazing, dedicated, and fun college counselor Lia is the one!"
"Working with Lia was one of the best choices I made this past year. I was hit with a lot of obstacles at once, from finding out my grandpa has colon cancer to falling behind in school work due to anxiety. Lia was always there to talk and help me through feeling overwhelmed, which was appreciated more than she knows.
My experience with Lia academically was awesome. She led me through every step and provided insight that guided me to get into many great schools. Her dedication to her work is astounding. Staying up late and zooming with all of her clients on a packed schedule truly impressed me. Lia was extremely attentive to my work and applications and made the process much less stressful. She even lent a hand in my English work, which was amazing!
On a personal level, Lia has become a great friend. Fostering kittens has been a way to foster my love for animals and has become one of my favorite aspects of my life. Lia, being an animal person as well, adopted two cats of the first litter born at my house. We have bonded over our shared love for cats as well as the mischief they get into! I believe Lia will remain a good friend of mine and I hope to continue to be Aunt Kate to her two crazy, but lovable rascals!!"
“Whether it is your first child heading to college or your last, it is always a stressful time. Your child is in the midst of their senior year in high school and there is a lot of activity. And of course, emotions are running high on all fronts. So how do you, as a parent, get your child focused on college prep activities with all the high school senior distractions?
I highly recommend that you enlist the services of Lia Levitt . I hired Lia for both of my girls, Lauren and Mattea. Lia gently, but confidently, directed Lauren and Mattea in the steps needed to position them for acceptance into the best college or university for them. She assisted with the completion of online forms. She walked them through important considerations in terms of how many and which schools to apply to. Lia was a master in helping Lauren and Mattea frame and write their college essay – a much needed, but dreaded, component of applying to schools.
I can go on and on about the expert services that Lia offers. But it is just as important that I share how Lia connects with the students. She has a communication style that is effortless, sincere, and invigorating. Lia connects with her clients in the first moment they meet. Your child will look forward to meeting with her as she puts them at ease and instills confidence that together they will succeed.
As old adage goes “the proof is in the pudding.” Lauren is a thriving junior Psychology Major at Endicott College, already looking into Grad schools (we will be calling Lia again) and Mattea was just accepted to UConn Storrs in the School of Business."
"I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Lia! All of my anxieties concerning the college application process melted away after just a few meetings with her. From the SATs to prepping for college interviews, she was a fountain of knowledge and advice. Where school counselors and parents may be lacking, she excels. She knows the ins and outs of the often daunting process and deftly guided me through it, always highlighting the light at the end of the tunnel: my own future. Her counseling changed the course of my college application process and my attitude about growing up and "leaving the nest." Through working with Lia, I discovered new things about myself and gained a sense of autonomy as I realized that where I go from high school is entirely up to me and my ability to grab the opportunities presented to me. Choosing Lia to be my counselor during my application process was the best choice I made, and I consider myself lucky to have worked with her."
"I was referred to Lia by a friend whose daughter had a great experience working with her. She helped her get accepted in to her dream college. Lia worked with both my son and daughter on all aspects of the college application process. She also discussed college options with them which helped both my children in deciding which colleges would fit their academic and personal needs. Lia made the entire college application process stress free for both my children and me. My daughter received a great package from her first choice school, Emmanuel, which brought her tuition from $55,154 to $18,654 because of scholarships and grants. Thank you for all you do for the kids. I would highly recommend Lia."
"As a busy mom and career woman, the thought of looking for other work opportunities is overwhelming! My resume had not been looked at in over 10 years and I had no idea where to start. With the guidance and support of Lia Levitt, the process became manageable. Lia listened to my experiences and redesigned my resume to make it reflective of not only who I was professionally, but also gave it a personal touch. This personal touch was above and beyond anything that I expected. She made suggestions and guided me towards what I was really looking for in my next job in a way that was both smart and caring. Lia took the time to meet with me and to send me versions of what she had put together, always asking for my input and making changes to my liking. To this day, she still sends me postings that she thinks I may be interested in! I recently referred my cousin to Lia and she is now I am sure, crafting a resume that will get her results as well. I highly recommend Lia to help you with your journey in the job market, whether you are just starting out or making a change."
“After my graduation and moving from New York to Connecticut, I did not know how I could start to build my career from scratch. Lia Levitt coached me through every single step from pursuing the start of my job search until I found a new position. She taught me how to build the perfect professional resume, helped me to overcome my interview anxiety and master interview questions through practicing together and how to highlight my professional and personal skills. She gave me all of the possible directions where I could find the perfect position for my career path. I was able to land a new job at an employer within commuting distance shortly after her career coaching.”
"I was referred to Lia by my cousin when I needed to give my resume a facelift. Lia made this mundane task fun! She also offered to help create a cover letter for the specific position I was interested in. After receiving it, I applied for the job I was interested in and within a week and was thrilled to find out I'd gotten an interview! I believe I have a better chance now of getting this or other similar jobs with my new customized and modern resume.
Lia is reliable, quick to respond and answered all of my questions! I loved working with her and would recommend to anyone who needs an expert in this area!"
"Hi all. For any friends who are wondering what to do about the college application process. I’d like to make a recommendation for Lia Jill from Academic Architect. I hired after failure after failure (not to mention $$$) with tutors. First, her coaching totally turned my kid’s grades around, she started earning pretty much straight A’s (starting 2nd half sophomore year). Then, as is her specialty, she coached her through the college application process, from choosing which colleges to apply to, to crafting the perfect essay, to the application process. It was a totally stress free process for me (I was pretty much hands off). As a result my kid so far had been accepted to every single college she applied to, plus SIGNIFICANT financial packages. She can work anywhere in the country (via zoom or whatever). This is the best decision my family ever made!"
"Lia was a dedicated, thoughtful and insightful guide throughout our process for my daughter. Despite this being my 3rd kid to go through the college process - all my kids were different (and went to different schools). My daughter wanted objective help and loved that Lia Jill stepped her through the process and challenged her to think openly about her future, options and career path. Happy to report my daughter got her 1st acceptance today and with a merit scholarship. Thanks Lia. 🎉 So I would say the day hiring you was well worth it. 😘"
"Lia worked with our family in navigating the college application process and was extraordinary. She is highly organized and kept our teen right on track. She was able to remove the stress from our whole family and she communicated with our teen in a way we were unable to. She has an ability to create a safe space for kids and connects with them on a level much deeper than usually seen. I would highly recommend Lia if you are in need of college admissions guidance."
"Lia has work with both of my Children with their college searches. Two completely different people and she worked her magic with both. One she let lead and was her support when she needed her. Answering questions that I did not even know where to begin. The other needed a little more of a nudge and she kept him on task. I am so incredibly thankful she was able to help them find their way. My older one already has Lia in line for her resume when she graduates from college. A relationship was built that will carry on for many years!"
“I can't thank you enough for responding to the Danbury parents FB page. Finding you was like finding a four leaf clover. My Senior daughter and I were fighting, we were stressed and we couldn't get out of each other's way when it came to the college application process. You allayed our fears with your calming and reassuring demeanor and made the process a resounding success! Your organization and warm personality were a welcome constant in this difficult Covid affected Senior year. I hope you know the depth of our thanks goes beyond words and appreciation for my future JMU Duke! I am happy to be a reference to potential clients if needed.”
"I just wanted to share this with anyone who has kids getting ready for college. Lia Jill worked with us when Madison went through the college application process. Madison applied to 13 schools and got into every single one! I can not say enough about Lia. Make an appointment to meet with Lia and you will see why! Best college guidance we could have asked for!"
"I can’t recommend Lia enough..she is a wizard when it comes to the college process for those going through high school transitioning and applications. She took my daughter Elle under her wing and we watched the miracle happen...8 out of 9 college acceptances and each one offering unbelievable scholarships. My husband and I thought there must be some mistake, but the letters kept coming in the mail...each one offering more than the other!! Lia is truly worth her weight in gold and we will always be indebted to her for all she has done to help Elle. The whole process should start in junior year ideally to give both Lia and students time to bounce around ideas, critique and edit final decisions...But Lia, the teen whisperer/magician did this is less time!! To say that Lia applies her heart and soul to her students, is an understatement. Do yourself a favor and hire this woman...Folks,you’ll be doing yourself and your son/daughter the BIGGEST favor when hiring Lia for help with college!! She covers everything for college...even issues you never thought of...Highly recommend this lady!! It’s the best process not only for us adults, but it’s the stepping stones that our children need to confidently go out into the college world and succeed!” Maura Zeller | Client since 2019 | Sandy Hook, CT
"As an educator myself, I thought helping my children with the essay and application process for college would be manageable. Well to say the least, it is anything but manageable. As I took on the feat with my first child, the process was beyond daunting. The stress and anxiety between my daughter and I made it a very stressful experience. By the time my second child was ready for college, I was recommended to call Lia Levitt for her services. I can't begin to tell you how easy this was. She is so knowledgeable about the process from beginning to end and most importantly she took on this task so calmly that it put all of us immediately at ease.
My son interacted positively with her immediately and surprisingly she pulled ideas out of him both for majors to topics for an essay literally in the first appointment. The entire process was completed quickly and all of us were very pleased with the results. He was accepted into Bentley University, which was his first choice school. A few years later Lia helped him with his resume and he landed an amazing internship.
Finally, my third child saw Lia for the college process and she is on the shy side and had no idea what she wanted to major in. Lia sat with her and discussed her interests and she was able to help her find a major. Once again she was able to get my child to discuss their future plans and give them ideas to spark their interests. The ideas seem to just flow and I couldn't be more grateful. She will be attending Quinnipiac University in the fall and also received quite a few scholarships.
I highly recommend Lia Levitt from beginning the college applications to resume and interviewing strategies. Her expertise is top notch and her demeanor is calm and professional. I truly believe my children's' success is due to the help of Lia Levitt."
"Lia helped my family navigate the college application process. Lia had a tremendous amount of insight to offer regarding the college admissions process. Lia easily connected with my children to build a partnership to help them make the most informed decision. I would highly recommend Lia to anyone with a child getting ready to go through this process.
I will be using Lia this summer to work with my daughter and then finally for my fourth and youngest child.
Lia's insight, knowledge, patience, and genuine commitment for your child’s best interest makes her truly special!"
"What a relief! When my daughter was entering her senior year in high school, she was unclear about what she wanted to do with THE REST OF HER LIFE, and where to go to college. Enter Lia Levitt. She met with my daughter on a weekly basis, and together they came up with a plan of career options and colleges to apply to. She helped with the common application and they worked on it slowly so that it was not overwhelming.
The high school guidance counselors are good, but they are overwhelmed, and Lia provided that personal touch that we were looking for. She helped with the dreaded college essay, and with formulating a list of accomplishments that was useful in the application process. She was very good at keeping my daughter on task, in a way that only someone who is not the mom can do. . Her schedule is very accommodating (evenings and weekends), and she has numerous contacts that she can reach out to, both in the professional world and in the academic admissions arena. She is so good, that I am going to schedule extra sessions with my younger daughter so that she can get an even better head start.
My final thought on Lia: Hire her!"
"When I was looking for a new job, Lia was recommend to me to hire to help "re-vamp" my resume. I had over 10 years with one company and I didn't know where to begin to get it updated to be relevant in this new recruiting climate. Lia was very professional and helped me create the right resume to obtain the position I was looking for. She helped me make sense of a 25+ year career path and to put into words what I was trying to convey to potential employers.
Lia was there every step of the way and I found her service to be a great benefit. I would recommend her to any one who is looking to change their current position or if they are just starting out, she will be able to help you put into words what a potential employer wants to hear. She is up to date on the hiring trends and will help you land the position you are looking for. She also offers interview prep and other services to get you ready once you get an interview. I did not use her for this but I am sure she would have been an asset had I needed this service also."
"Updating a resume and/or writing a cover letter isn’t the easiest of tasks. I was looking to change jobs but my resume was four years old. I attempted to update it myself but I was making it worse, a lot of words but little substance. Lia offers more than just resume services; she is a coach, mentor, and a true professional. She was patient, very knowledgeable and best of all she sought my input. It wasn’t just, here fix my resume, Lia kept me involved every step of the way and answered all my questions.
Lia, thank you so much for taking the time to go over my resume with a fine tooth comb and working your magic! Now I am more confident with my job prospects as my new resume will now open a lot more doors."
"As a Junior in High School and being the oldest child in my family, the mere thought of applying to college brought me to tears. I didn’t know the first thing about the application process aside from the quick presentation from my guidance counselor at school. I knew I couldn’t do it alone .
Looking back on everything Lia helped me to accomplish, it was one of the best decisions I made in preparing for my future. Not only did she help me in picking the right schools for myself, writing my essay, and working on my application but she helped me to restore confidence in myself and my abilities.
I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without Lia. She has a way of making the process stress free and exciting as it should be!
Together we applied to nine schools and I was admitted into eight of nine which seemed impossible at the beginning. With this amazing result I am so lucky to have the opportunity to have worked side by side with Lia and I would HIGHLY recommend hiring her! You won’t regret it!"
"Lia was an amazing college counselor to work with. I started about two weeks too late, with a couple of ideas for what I wanted my essay to be about, and solely through the help of Lia I was able to get amazing scholarships from my target schools and get into my stretch schools as well! She is very friendly and so easy to get along with especially because she can communicate as a teen would. She had great advice for any decision that I was stuck on and the supplements were a breeze while she was working with me. I would recommend Lia to anyone who is about to start the college admissions process and I will definitely keep her in contact throughout college and hopefully into med school admissions.”
“I am very blessed to have worked with someone so knowledgeable like Lia about the college process. I went into it very stressed and was worried I wouldn't complete everything on time. The first day we met and looked over my college essay I was finished with a revised essay in less than a few weeks. The process with Lia was very relaxed and we completed a good amount each time we met. She taught me to really think outside the box while writing and answering the questions on Common App and told me the right and wrong from answering a question. I learned a lot about the college process over the course of meeting with Lia every week. Lia always made it fun and enjoyable to work on the college applications. I am very thankful for Lia and to have this opportunity of working with her. She has made the process so much easier, without her help I wouldn’t be where I am today."
“The summer following my Junior year, my mom was pushing me to choose colleges I wanted to apply to and write my common app essay. I was procrastinating and unmotivated as I didn’t know where to start or how to put my thoughts on paper. Lia got me motivated by setting a schedule for me which compelled me to finish my essays and applications in a timely manner. She was always available to answer any questions. Her knowledge and expertise of the college application process alleviated the stress and tension within my family. I highly recommend hiring Lia."
"For anyone even trying to find out where to start when it comes to colleges and the application process Lia is the person to go to. Two of my siblings and myself have used Lia and she has been nothing but helpful. Working with Lia is structured and organized. Lia guided me from step one trying to find colleges that fit my interests to submitting applications. The college application process is grueling, difficult, and annoying but with someone like Lia on your side the process is a breeze.."
“Lia has been extremely helpful to me over the past year. She has kept me on track throughout the entire college application process, which made it seem almost stress-free. Lia took the time to get to know me as an individual, and she is very friendly, easily approachable and always responsive. I would recommend Lia to any high school student who feels the college application process looks stressful."
"Lia Jill is great at many things, but what she especially helps me in is writing college essays and staying on track. Organization is a key when starting the college process and staying on track is a must and Lia Jill really helps me with this. Also, she is an English wizard. She has taught me things about essays that my school has never even mentioned. One more this is she helps you make money (grants, financial packages). That’s like one of the reasons I wanted to work with her so much. Back when we met at Starbucks for the first time I was weary about working with someone and kinda wanted to do it on my own, but then once she said we will make money from it, I was all in. She is super helpful overall."
"I wanted to take a moment to write a recommendation for Lia Jill. The college process can be a harrowing time not only for the HS graduate but also for the parents and that is where Lia comes in. First off, she did an outstanding job of connecting with our son. She makes it a point to identify areas of interest and commonality to build a bond as well as trust.
She is exceptionally organized, taking a very chaotic process with numerous deadlines and requirements keeping both the student and parents on task. We were able to finish 10 applications all early or on time which I personally never thought would happen.
Finally, she is an exceptional writer (sadly that did not spill over to me...sorry Lia) and not just your 'garden variety' subjects. More specifically she was able to really define him in multiple different essays (to the tune of 15+ based on each college and their requirements) subject matter that was really important to him. This really motivated him to work collaboratively with her to accurately capture who he is as a person outside of just his academics.
So for these reasons, if this is the type of College Consultant you are looking for I would recommend Lia, feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions!"
"If you need someone to help your child reach out and grab their greatest potential then Lia is there for them. I am a busy working mom that try’s to be there for her children during the good times and the difficult times. The beginning of senior year can be a tough one for both the child and the parent. We have a very intelligent child that is good at a lot of things and is in the top percentile of her class but, struggled with the college essay. Although, she was writing her college essay as part of her English assignment at school she was not happy with the out come of the essays she had written.
Sure the teacher at school was helping her write an essay but, neither of them were very happy with them - since the essay topic had been changed several times. She had mentioned that they just didn’t meet her high expectations of what she wanted her essay should say to the college admissions. I was not sure if it was just the stress of whole ideal and wasn’t sure how it was going to get completed and we were running out of time. By some miracle I met Lia - she was heaven sent. Once our daughter started working with Lia she was finally at easy and was able to create an amazing essay. She was passionate about the essay and was finally excited about applying to the schools of her choice. Thanks to Lia our daughter was able to find the confidence she needed in this stressful situation and was able to shine! Thank you, Lia! Your time and support have given our daughter a gift of a lifetime!
“I am a busy mom trying to juggle running a business, serving as the Chairman of the Board of Education in my town and raising three children, one with profound special needs. When my eldest daughter started the college search process and all that goes with it, the amount of time and effort required was truly overwhelming. When asking the advice of a friend whose daughter just went through the process, she recommended Lia Levitt.
I am a dot the I’s and cross the T’s sort and am very anxious! I want everything done yesterday. Upon my first meetings with Lia, she calmed my nerves around the process. If she can calm me down, she can literally calm down ANYONE! She set realistic goals from when we begin looking for colleges, shuffling through majors that interested my daughter Morgan and a timeline of when we all agreed to complete each step. Lia worked with Morgan on standardized test prep differently than other courses I’d heard friends purchase for their kids. She not only taught content, but gave Morgan strategies to manage her time and any day of test anxiety. We saw real results in her scores once Lia got her on a regular prep schedule.
Lia helped my daughter connect with someone from her dream school, which built both of our confidences and helped Morgan learn skills I know will help her as she continues to grows into adulthood. She prepped her for college interviews and gave her honest feedback she’d never listen to from other adults. Lia also reviewed and critiqued all her many required essay’s, which alone is invaluable. Having Lia in our corner allowed us to submit Early Action applications to all schools we applied to and to complete the Common App with ease. We truly feel Morgan had the best college essay ever, which still makes me cry every time I read it!
We truly bonded with Lia and are friends to this day long after all of the acceptances and very generous financial awards came rolling in! Lia was available for us constantly to answer questions, check in with Morgan about her school activities, prom dress shopping and anything that mattered to her. She responded immediately to me when I worried and often spent many late nights calling to calm me down. I really believe she always had the best interest of our family at heart and cares about my daughter thriving in college and beyond. We not only got into the college of Morgan’s dreams, but also 9 other schools. When my son is ready to start the process, Lia is the first person I’ll call!!”
"I met Lia while attending a College Planning Workshop Event. At the time my son was about to start the college planning process. I thought it was going to be an easy process to navigate, little did I understand. Lia explained how applying to schools was so much more than submitting an application and waiting for the decision.
After the workshop I reached out to Lia to connect her with my son. I let her know that he really felt he could do this on all on his own and didn’t need any help. Reluctantly he agreed to meet Lia for an initial consultation. After his initial meeting his first comment to me was “you never told me all she could do”. He was sold!
The process was so smooth and un-nerving. Lia worked closely with my son, and really took the time to connect with him, which wasn't an easy task! He is external quiet and shy. Lia navigated her way through, working with him on his SAT prep and the entire college application process. The guidance counselors in school could never have spent the time and effort needed throughout the process.
I would highly recommend everyone use Lia. It takes the stress and arguments out of parents and children to stay on top of all the work due. My daughter is a sophomore and I will definitely be using Lia for her application process."
" When it came to apply to college, I had no idea where to begin or who to turn to for help. I had heard amazing reviews about Lia from my older friends that used her assistance for applying to colleges. Lia guided my Aunt and I through the process and eased the stress that comes along with the process, answered all the questions we had and even helped me schedule SAT test!
I would recommend Lia to any junior or senior in high school or even transfer college students that are applying to college, it can't hurt but can help you! Not only did Lia assist me in applying to college she also checks in on me and makes sure I am staying on top of my work and answers all the questions I have about my college classes. Lia knows more than the average college counselor because she once was a professor herself, which makes her even more knowledgeable about the college process and what they look for in a potential student!"
"It is my pleasure to recommend Lia for college counseling for any junior or senior high school student. Lia assisted my son with choosing his essay topic, worked on his writing style, and pushed him to his maximum potential until the essay was perfect for all the applications.
With Lia's assistance in the college process, my son was accepted to his first choice school, during a highly competitive year of acceptances. Moreover, Lia is excellent in trying to find the right fit for a student in the college matching process, using a student's credentials, resume, and keeping all future goals in mind.
Lia also helped my son by tutoring him in reading comprehension for the SAT, a job no other tutor was able to accomplish. She is patient, diligent, knowledgeable, and truly enjoys working with students."