The college application process is one of the most stressful parts of high school. FutureWise helped me decipher what I want in a school, organize my thoughts for applications, and make a game plan for finding the right school for me. I felt so comfortable working with Jenn, and I’m so thankful I had her to help me through this whirlwind of exams, interviews, and essays. Two years later, I’m happy to say I truly found my home at MIT. Thanks so much for the support!
Student from Laguna Beach
Both our boys were counseled by Jenn. Her thoughtful feedback on the essays, clear guidance on the colleges and the helpful tips on applying early vs. regular all played a significant role in getting both of them admitted to UPenn's M&T program. We have referred her to many of our friends and they have shared the impact she has had in their children's college admissions process as well. College admissions, with so many choices, can often be confusing and intimidating. Jenn brings a level of objectivity and helps you do what is best for your children.
Parent from Irvine
I can't say enough great things about Jenn and Futurewise Consulting. My daughter was a senior, had great grades, test scores and extra curriculars. Just like every other parent of a high school student, I had heard about college entrance counselors, but I was a little doubtful as to the help they could offer my daughter at this point in her high school career. I was so wrong! I can't say enough about the benefits of having Jenn help my daughter negotiate the application process. [She helped] her narrow down schools based not only upon the prestige of a particular school, but the compatibility of the school for my daughter's needs and wants. She kept her on track in a helpful and encouraging way, kept the pressure to a minimum for both my daughter and myself, and became her confidant and friend in this very stressful process. My daughter got accepted to several schools. I believe especially that Jenn's help and guidance with my daughter's essays really tipped the scale for some of the schools, in that their acceptance letters specifically noted her essay, which is unusual! Many of my daughter's friends who had signed up with other college counselors did not enjoy the same experience as my daughter. I would wholeheartedly recommend Futurewise Consulting and Jenn without reservation. Thank you Jenn, you made this experience hopeful and joyful.
Parent from Huntington Beach
I made the decision . . . Next year I will be at Berkeley! Thank you so much for all your help in the past months. I would have felt completely lost without you to help me with the deadlines, essays, and every other part of the application process. Also, thank you for talking out everything with me the other day. It really helped me clear my thoughts and realize where I wanted to go. I feel great about my decision and cannot wait to go to college!
Student from San Juan Capistrano
Jenn was a great asset to my son in preparing for and applying to college over the last two years. She helped him to figure out what he is interested in, what kind of thinker he is, what field is best suited to him, and how to pursue the best schools for all his desires and personality. She expected a lot of him, treated him like an adult, and respected who he is as a person. I also appreciated her willingness to discuss areas of concern for me as a parent, as I also tried to help my son navigate through all the fields of study and hundreds of colleges available. Jenn eased my mind, more than once, about some of the things that didn’t seem to bother my son but worried me . . . Jenn runs her firm with great professionalism: she always had the most professional and warm personality, she has an office space where students can meet her without distraction, she keeps her appointments, and had high but reasonable expectations of her student clients . . . She helped [my son] fine tune his writing so that he answered the schools' requirements while still showing who he was as a person and a student. I really liked that she seemed to really "get" him and had faith in his gut instincts when it came down to narrowing down and finally choosing a school to attend . . . I would and have recommended Jenn to friends with college bound students and will continue to do so.
Parent from Irvine
I am so excited about all of my options, especially Georgetown! I just wanted to thank you again for all of your help. You were such a great resource, and I can't explain how much you helped me throughout the entire process! Thanks again.
Student from Newport Beach
My family has been working with FutureWise for over 5 years. The value Jenn brings is off the charts and it's a must if you want to keep your sanity as you get closer to sending off your teenagers to college. She makes the effort to learn about each student, sets realistic expectations for acceptance possibilities, and has a great deal of knowledge about each college campus so you're not just throwing darts at which schools to apply to. Jenn is detailed and meticulus working with her students to ensure they have put their very best effort in preparing their applications. . .I have one son attending an Ivy League School and one who will be finding out soon where he will be going. Two down and one to go. Thank you, Jenn, for doing an impeccable job with my boys!
Parent from Coto de Caza
We can’t say enough good things about our experience with Jenn Curtis at FutureWise Consulting. Jenn takes the time to really get to know the students and to understand their goals for college. Starting Sophomore year for our daughter who didn’t have an idea what she wanted to study, Jenn helped guide her into deciding what major she wanted to pursue, based on her passions and interests, and we saw the benefits of starting early with her. Jenn assisted in recommending schools that we may not otherwise have thought of, outside of the typical UCs, which was also key for both our high schoolers. Applying to college is a stressful time, and having Jenn keep them on track and start working on their list of schools and essays early, being ahead of all the deadlines, and applying Early Action where possible, certainly made the whole experience much less stressful, both for our students and for us as parents. Jenn’s input and guidance for the essays was excellent, and I’m sure was a key factor in the acceptances. Jenn was always available to answer questions whenever we had them along the way, and communicated with us really well through the entire process. We would recommend Jenn wholeheartedly to all HS parents and consider it a great investment.
Parent from Irvine
Over the years, I have looked up to you in countless ways and do not think I could have come this far without your endless support, mentorship, and wisdom. I truly hope that my work amounts to the ways you have helped me and will strive each and every day to become the professional you see in me. I wish I could be delivering a thank you letter in person, but hopefully we will be able to reunite soon . . . As I mentioned over email, I have recently been accepted into USC, SDSU, and now I am only weeks away from hearing back from UCLA and UCI. Thank you for everything you have done to support me as a human, a student, and a future professional.
Student from San Diego
I first met Jenn in 2013 for my daughter who was a junior in high school back then. Jenn quickly developed a great relationship with her. . .[and] she got into her desired university. So, when my son became a freshman in HS, there was no doubt in my mind that Jenn would be his college counselor as well. Of course my 2 kids have very different personalities, different interests, strengths and weaknesses, so initially I wasn’t sure how she would work with my son but with just one meeting, it became obvious that I made the right choice. Jenn is meticulous and patient, yet disciplined and has an incredible rapport with all the kids she works with. I particularly like her approach of having a one-on-one meeting without the parents to get a sense of their personalities. We, as parents, tend to have too much influence on career choices for our kids. Having that one-on-one session allows Jenn to truly get a sense of what their interests are and help guide them in the right direction. Both my kids could open up to her very easily. She made sure that their essays were original and that they took utmost efforts in bringing it to fruition. She would always keep me in the loop with an email after each meeting. As a working parent and an immigrant, it was difficult for me to keep up with deadlines and such all while not knowing the exact ins and outs of the U.S. college admissions process. Having Jenn help my kids put me at ease and made the college admissions process less stressful for them as well.
I am so glad to have found Jenn. I recommended her to one of my colleagues for his son who was equally happy with her and was so thankful that Futurewise was there. Thank you Jenn for your assistance in this stressful yet exciting journey!!
Parent from Fullerton
You have gone so far above and beyond with your help and I truly appreciate it. I honestly do not know what I would have done without you, and you have been such an incredible resource! I know how much time and effort you have put into helping me and it really means a lot. I am forever indebted to you!
Student from Ojai
Our family has had an amazing experience using FutureWise. Obviously, every child is unique within a family, and though we already have two kids in two different universities in Southern California, when our youngest son began looking at colleges we knew he desired to look beyond where his siblings had gone before him. Plus, experience had taught us that college searches were not only time consuming but relationship straining and we felt we needed a bigger support base with a broader range of helping our son find a university that would fit him best. Jenn at FutureWise helped us navigate seeking schools and going through the difficult application process. Her warm and professional personality also gave our son the motivation he needed without pressure from us his parents. It is exciting now to see our son accepted into schools he might not have otherwise applied to. We highly recommend FutureWise.
Parent from Laguna Beach
I am so excited to let you know that I got into my early decision, LMU, and into their business administration program. I cannot even begin to thank you enough for helping me through this process.
You are so amazing, and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to work with you. I am SO excited for the next 4 years, and I feel that all of my hard work has paid off; I owe it to you for guiding me into finding out what I wanted to pursue, guiding me through every step of the application process, and of course, being the best essay helper ever. I feel like LMU is everything that I want in a school, and I am eternally grateful for you helping me to reach my goals. I know that I have found my perfect fit, and I can’t wait for my future ahead.
Student from Irvine
If you are looking for a college planner "partner” to help your student put together the strongest application possible for admission, I would highly recommend Jenn Curtis/Futurewise Consulting. We have been working with Jenn continuously for more than 4 years. During that time she helped our son AND our daughter discover & develop their academic strengths, highlight their accomplishments and extracurricular activities and create a strong application bringing to light what they have to offer their targeted colleges. Our daughter is currently attending her dream school, USC, & our son is anxiously waiting to hear but has some exciting early acceptances already.
Parent from Anaheim
I'm so excited! I got into 8 out of 9 [of the] schools I applied to. . .Truly, thank you for everything! I would not be where I am now without you! You have made this entire process fun and rewarding. I am so grateful to have you in my life.
Student from San Clemente
I had a really interesting first quarter at Stanford . . . I know I absolutely wouldn't have gotten the opportunity without having those earplugs in, just going for whatever I thought I'd like to do regardless of other opinions, so this is a real testament to how much your advice and mentorship is still helping me, past the college application process.
Student from Irvine
As a parent I have learned that a college applicant that does not have the benefit of an informed, knowledgeable, competent, and caring independent college counselor is disadvantaged in today’s college admission process. There is too much to know, too many mistakes that can be made, and too much at stake. Not only would I give FutureWise very high marks in these areas, but most importantly, my daughter "connected" with Jenn, respected her opinions, followed her advice, and diligently did as she was asked. My daughter also benefited from her extraordinary attention to detail. The end result was a combination of the most compelling Common Application, supplemental applications, and essays possible. As a parent, that is all I could ask for. One piece of advice though—start early.
Parent from Newport Beach
The process of picking schools and applying to colleges is one of the most important tasks that a parent and child will face in today’s extremely competitive environment. Jenn helped my daughter navigate this stressful time with competence, kindness and respect. She also empowered my daughter with the responsibility to meet her timeline for applications and guided her expertly with direction and demeanor in her essay writing. Parents, this is a very worthy investment!