Upfront Hindsight for Your Educational Journey

Much of the prep work for college needs to be done over time. Families rush the process and miss things because there is little time to fairly research the many opportunities available to students these days along with the prep work to be prepared for their career.

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Making College Worth It

Incomplete, impersonal, unimaginative, short-sighted and expensive.

These are some of the words that describe most forms of college planning. Many planners don’t have the time to research for their clients properly. A quality plan may take a week or more to research and assemble. A family’s inability to afford such a plan means they must go it alone or follow incomplete advice from their circle of knowledge.

Incomplete College Planning

Many view the entrance to a college as the finish line in the traditional college planning timeline. Getting the student into a college is the goal. Test prep, tutoring, essay coaching, and filling every extra minute of a student’s day with extracurriculars are the focal points of traditional planning. Yes, they are important to the process. An improved application can get a student into that most prestigious college possible, then what? The baton is handed to the college.

Impersonal.

Many larger high schools can only afford 1 guidance counselor ( let alone a dedicated college counselor) for every 400-500 students. Smaller private schools and homeschool/hybrids may not even have a counselor. Face-to-face meetings are rare and short. These limitations may not satisfy the needs of the family, leaving them lost in the crowd.

Unimaginative.

Looking for a way to get your students interested/focused in the academics of college? Finding degrees that pique their interest is key. I have a student interested in research meteorology. I found that New Mexico Tech offers a Physics degree with a concentration in Atmospheric Physics. The study of lightning and atmospheric electricity. They have one of only 2 such research facilities in the US. You will be able to find those unique concentrations that could really peak your student’s interests.

Short-Sighted

Discussions may start with, “What do you want to major in?”. Is the next question asked, “What will you do with that degree?”? Will that degree and the skills learned to afford your student entrance into their career path? Will they acquire the people skillset needed to excel and earn promotions?

If your current process has any or all of these qualities, find out how Making College Worth It can answer all of them.


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We were very grateful to find Jim. He is very knowledgeable about navigating the vast amount of choices for colleges. Jim is generous with his time and really takes the time to understand the families priorities when choosing a college, particularly the budget. He is always very responsive to any questions and never once did I worry when he was going to get back to me. Jim put together a very nice binder of reference materials to educate families on the colleges they are interested in as well as the overall process in finding a college that is worth its price tag.

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President at Wellington Executive Search, Inc.

Met Jim through the Blessed Trinity High School community. We have a daughter who is starting the college application process and felt we could use a little help. Jim has a few children who he has put through college or is attending now. Jim listened to our needs and provided our daughter with a solid plan for college - which schools fit best with our needs and desires, plus advice on scholarships, financial planning, campus tours, and many other areas. He is very knowledgeable and easy to work with. I highly recommend his services if you have a son or daughter in high school and want to maximize your efforts in this are.

May 2, 2012, Scott was Jim's client


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CEO LSA Global: Consulting & Training Firm that helps high growth companies align their culture and talent with strategy

Jim did a great job helping our 8th grader and high school sophomore identify college options that made sense for our entire family. We were pretty clueless about the process and Jim had all of us fill out informative questionnaires to understand our unique set of needs from everyone's perspective - location, size, cost, emphasis, etc. He then provided a targeted range of 10 college options including detailed financial information with potential scholarships that we would never have been able to find on our own. If your kids plan on attending college - Jim is a goldmine!

April 2, 2015, Tristam is Jim's client


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We found Jim Anderson to be a knowledgeable and experienced college search counselor who helped take much of the anxiety out of performing an extensive college search. Jim was attentive to our student's plans and concerns, and helped us sort through hundreds of college choices to identify the college that was right for our student. We are very happy we found him and recommend his services if you are looking to make informed decisions regarding your student's future!

May 3, 2016 - Gerald and Teresa are current clients from Brazil.


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We just started working with Jim Anderson. It is so nice to have someone who researches this full time. We have gained useful information already, and we haven't even received his research results based on ours and our teen's questionnaires. We are eagerly awaiting our appointment to see what colleges he has found.

from Nextdoor.com, May 2017


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How do you spell H E R O, well that's very easy: Jim Anderson!!! Jim has become a HUGE mentor of mine over the years for his tremendous knowledge about college selection, applications, financial aid, scholarships and more. He is a true advocate for his customers and to do what is right at all times; a man with a great sense of humor even during turbulent times, a true friend and incredible man of integrity not only in his business but with obvious love for his family. I am grateful for everything that Jim has done for us and I highly recommend him. 

from yelp.com March 2018


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Jim provided us with invaluable college advice; customized and tailored information to our daughters chosen college and degree track; and helped walk us through the pitfalls of searching for scholarships and money for college. Wish we had found Jim earlier, we needed to start this process a couple of years ago, if not sooner (apparently, he can help as early as kindergarten). Thanks Jim for all your help - you are amazing!! ... If you have children headed to college, make your 529 or college savings go further and let Jim help you Make College Worth It!!

from yelp.com June 2018


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We met with Jim Anderson to discuss our options for our granddaughter's college education. At first, I was concerned about paying someone to help when she already had a guidance counselor at school. During the first meeting with Jim, it became abundantly clear, he was well worth his fee.

Mr. Anderson is incredibly knowledgeable as well as being detail oriented. His practical approach of evaluating the needs of the student and the best options gave us more information than we thought possible.

We came to him in the middle of our granddaughter's senior year and with the information provided, we will be able to save thousands over the course of a four year college education.

Understanding how he works, the sooner one engages Jim Anderson's services, the more comprehensive plan he will be able to assist you in developing. For those long term planners, the ideal time to start, is with your 8th grader. His questions will stimulate a great deal of thought in regards to future goals coupled with the students' abilities and dreams.

Reach out to him to learn more of how he can help. 

from yelp.com August 2018


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We were very grateful to find Jim. He is very knowledgeable about navigating the vast amount of choices for colleges. Jim is generous with his time and really takes the time to understand the families priorities when choosing a college, particularly the budget. He is always very responsive to any questions and never once did I worry when he was going to get back to me. Jim put together a very nice binder of reference materials to educate families on the colleges they are interested in as well as the overall process in finding a college that is worth its price tag.


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