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Client Comments

"I had a great experience working with Gael. Without her, I wouldn't have known about Wheaton. I am recommending her to all of my younger friends."
~ Kate Burbank (Wheaton)

"Gael, you were a wonderful addition to our Kate 'team,' always there to answer questions and steer Kate in the right direction."
~ Marguerite Burbank (daughter Kate)

"We so appreciated your warmth, concern and confidence in Karen's ability to complete the process and get into a school that would be a good choice for her. Thank you!"
~ Janet Ward (daughter, Karen, at Chapman)

"Thanks for all your help during this grueling process. It was so comforting to know we had an expert always ready to answer our questions, in addition to all the guidance you provided."
~ Chris Drost-Hansen (daughter, Emily, at Rice U.)

 

"I felt that the sessions helped me feel more comfortable about the application process."
~ Adam Luxenburg (UCLA, honors program)

"Excellent overall experience. College Find/Gael helped us in a way we couldn't - organizing the somewhat overwhelming process of applying to college."
~ Jan Luxenberg (son, Adam, at UCLA)

 

"I felt that the areas I needed help with in my college process were dealt with immediately and completely."
~ Leah Tsang (UC Berkeley)

"When our first daughter, Christina, applied to colleges, we went to Gael. She was so helpful and informative that we decided to bring our younger daughter Victoria to her. We actually brought Victoria to see her when she was a sophomore and needed help in selecting her junior class curriculum. Gael's assistance was invaluable when the time came for the college application process. We were most impressed with Gael's expert knowledge, her insightful advice, and her positive outlook (which rubs off on you). Gael is an educator, as anyone can see, and this was most evident in the ways in which she helped our daughters take ownership of the process of preparing for and applying to college in general. As a result, both times we were able to relax and enjoy our girls in their last two years in high school. It was gratifying to witness Christina and Victoria return self-confident, motivated, and organized, after meeting with Gael. We consider Gael a valuable asset, and we highly recommend her."
~ George and Cindy Brown (daughter, Christina, at UCLA and Victoria at Chapman U.)

"I felt that the sessions helped me feel more comfortable about the application process."
~ Adam Luxenburg (UCLA, honors program)

 

"Gael, I truly appreciated your timely help and guidance. Michael's process was fairly organized because of your organization. Honestly, our only problem was making a choice of college after he was accepted to so many."
~ Kerry Keefe (son, Michael, at Seattle U.)

 

"I felt that the areas I needed help with in my college process were dealt with immediately and completely."
~ Leah Tsang (UC Berkeley)

"You are right on and so perceptive and understanding of TEENS . . . maybe you should do parenting of teen courses for moms of soon-to-be college students . . . but start in the freshman year."
~ Shawn Sylvia (daughter, Kate, at U. of Notre Dame)

"Thanks for all your help during this grueling process. It was so comforting to know we had an expert always ready to answer our questions, in addition to all the guidance you provided.
~ Chris Drost-Hansen (daughter, Emily, at Rice U.)

"Gael was incredibly helpful in every aspect of the college process. She chose schools for me that fit me perfectly, and really helped me narrow down what is most important in a school. Now I'm going to the perfect college, and Gael helped me get here!"
~ Brooke Lengsfelder (BU)

"Gael has done an excellent job in helping our kids and us through the process. Setting expectations, keeping progress going and advising on an ongoing basis. She has the experience, the energy and the patience to help and guide you through"
~ Rita Bars (sons: Aleks, Nik, & Roland at Loyola Marymount U. and U. of San Diego)

"None of this would have been possible without you. You made sure we were on target; we didn't scramble at the last minute and we never went to the Panic Room. I actually had a good time doing this with Greyson. I can tell you, since I'm spending a lot of time at track meets with other senior parents, they did not have a good experience and you can see the worry in their face. I consider myself blessed."
~ Lori Tarantino (son, Greyson, at UC Davis)

"Under our unusual circumstances, Gael totally stepped up and went above and beyond to help Allegra submit applications at the last moment. She will be attending a fine school and received a marvelous scholarship. Thank you so much Gael!"
~ Laura Gigante (daughter, Allegra, at Wheaton)

"Gael is everything she promises and more! Whether you have a strong-willed student (like mine) or an uncertain student, Gael has a great manner with them -- to go with a substantive knowledge base and a clear process for both you and your young adult. Gael was worth every penny!"
~ Peter Lengsfelder (daughter, Brooke, at BU)

"I was so completely stressed when I first started the application process. Gael really helped me organize everything and made it easier to handle such a big decision."
~ Marla Nave (UC Santa Barbara)

"I could not have gotten through the application process without you and I am eternally grateful for your assistance and guidance."
~ Jordan Kwok (Northwestern U.)

"Gael is so nice, she really understands."
~ Cecily Jones (Princeton U.)

"Both Teddy and Cicely feel like they will make the right choice with you by their side. Their hopes are raised as to their process of applying, being accepted, and to making the final right choice. THANK YOU!"
~ Nan Jones (daughter, Cecily, at Princeton U. and son, Teddy, at UC Berkeley)

"Hiring Gael Casner to guide our two children through the college search process was the best gift of support we could have provided them. Gael immediately engaged both our son, Alex, and our daughter, Katie, who are two years apart. Each used Gael's talents a bit differently; each student could not be more different. From the start, I was impressed by Gael's values-based assessments to really get to the core of each students unique needs and areas of interest. I loved her approach that looks at the time after school starts, "what will support you after a difficult day, or a week of difficult days!"

Gael's experience and pragmatism guided both students through the college selection process, the personal essay and defining the timelines to meet their application deadlines. Both students applied to a List of First Choice Schools and each of them had excellent choices come April 1st. Alex could not be more fulfilled than he currently is at Tufts University and Katie starts at Loyola University Maryland in the fall. Every school on their respectively First Choice Lists were an excellent fit.

I relied totally on Gael's expertise and it relieved so much stress from the parent student senior year. I am exceedingly grateful to have Gael shepherd our children!"
~ Marie Boylan (son, Alex, at Tufts U. and daughter, Katie, at Loyola University Maryland)

"Thank you for all of the counseling that you provided this past year. I know that Natalie really enjoyed working with you, and she seems quite happy with her decision to attend U of OR . . . Thank goodness that you had the foresight to encourage her to apply to Northeastern and U of O. You were absolutely correct that she might come back from her 3 months in SE Asia and decide that she wanted a larger school; that's exactly what happened."
~ Jean Allen (daughter, Natalie, at U. of Oregon)

"My son did not receive the Early Decision acceptance he had hoped for, and was disappointed and dejected, even though his 1st choice school had put him in their regular pool of applicants. Then, Gael spoke with him on the phone. After speaking with Gael his entire demeanor changed. Miraculously, he put a little sign up on his desk that said, "Not Rejected."

Both of our sons benefited from Gael's expertise, including one son being recruited as an athlete. Calm, knowledgeable, and friendly, Gael helped find schools that were excellent fits for both of our boys. She helped make the process way less painful because of her superb guidance. We enthusiastically recommend Gael without reservation."
~ Chandra Zieff (sons, Gabe, at Skidmore C. and Drew at Colorado C.)

"Hiring Gael Casner to be our college counselor was one of the best things I could have ever done. She is a true professional and an expert in all aspects of the college search. I believe her essay guidance alone makes it all worth it."
~ Mary Kaufmann (daughter, Alissa, at U. of Arizona)

"Gael was extremely helpful at keeping me organized and focused, allowing me to instead focus on the writing and interviews. The combination made me both better prepared and more relaxed throughout the process."
~ Matt Vetter (Dartmouth C.)

"Gael created a structure for our daughter to work within. She was able to have an objective person respond to her questions and help her refine her choice. The timeline structure created a more relaxed environment at home because I didn't need to become involved in enforcing deadlines."
~ Elyse Pasha (daughter, Cherylann, at College of the Holy Cross)

"Our daughter Skylar would not be going where she's going without the assistance and guidance of College Find! We're very pleased and thankful."
~ Gordon Drake (daughter, Skylar, at Ohio Wesleyan U.)

"Working with Gael has been incredibly helpful to our son as well as us as parents. Being away from the College search and application process for over 30 years, left us out of touch and unclear about current processes. Gael's early proactive and step-by-step approach made a daunting process manageable for our son. By focusing on what was important to him, and establishing a set of selection criteria early on, he was able to identify his core interests and Gael was then able to help him find those schools that had the best chance of being a good fit.

In the end, he is very excited to be attending a small, independent private college that has the strong Marine Science program that he was looking for, and the close-knit campus community he desired from the beginning. When it was time to make his final decision, we looked back to those early selection criteria and it was truly amazing how well his college choice aligned with his original aspirations!

There is no question that we might never have found this college had we not been working with Gael; she made this process enjoyable for all of us."
~ Alison and Peter Schlosser (son, Alec, at Eckerd C.)

 

I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Gael about essay revisions. She was extremely helpful and easy to talk to. Gael was complimentary, and yet offered legitimate constructive criticism; it was the perfect balance….Thanks to Gael's professional guidance, I was able to manage my stress level, and feel confident when submitting my applications. I can honestly say that I couldn't have done it without her. 
~ Eva Wilson

 

I absolutely loved my experience with College Find. Gael's process and advice made the whole confusing situation seem simple and manageable. I will be attending the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), a wonderful school that I feel fits me perfectly. Without Gael advising me to apply Early Action to Michigan, I likely never would have even thought of applying to the school. College Find was a fantastic service and I know that I would have been much less successful - and more stressed - in the college process without it.
~ Lauren Shepard (U. of Michigan)


 

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