Kate Balboni, MA

Owner and Consultant

Balboni College Advising

Full service college advising including college search, resume and essay tutoring, interview coaching, and scholarship consulting.

Call Rates

Duration Price
6 minutes (SixFree Call) $0 (No charge)
15 minutes $20.00
30 minutes $40.00
60 minutes $70.00

Tags

College selection Application guidance Essay review

Latest Knowledge Board posts

Early What?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Biography

The college search process is a daunting undertaking. High expectations and pressure from teachers, friends, family, and peers can make finding and being accepted to a college seem insurmountable.
Balboni College Advising aims to alleviate some of this anxiety by helping students and families navigate this process through a more pragmatic method. By identifying a student’s strengths and aptitudes, discarding untrue myths, and thoroughly preparing for the admission process, students and families will be more like to find an appropriate college at which they can be happy and successful. Consulting with students and families in both a comprehensive setting as well as offering local presentations on the college search and application process.

Experience

Owner

Balboni College Advising
August 2015 - present

Providing concierge college counseling with services including:

Career and interest testing and counseling
College list selection
Standardized test (PSAT, SAT, SAT II, ACT) counseling
High school course of study guidance and GPA calculation
Application counseling
College visit preparation
Interview coaching
Resume building
Portfolio/Audition coaching
College essay tutoring

Learning Coach

College for America at Southern New Hampshire University
August 2015 - present

Senior Regional Admissions Coordinator

University of South Carolina
August 2012 - August 2015

• Review applications for admission through a holistic process to assist with the selection of the incoming first year class.
• Counsel prospective students, parents, and high school counselors via email correspondence, telephone conversations, and the Live Chat application.

Admissions Counselor

Drew University
August 2010 - August 2012

• Promote Drew University and recruit students in Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, and Atlantic counties by attending regional college fairs and scheduling private high school visits.
• Oversee the institution's 7-year MD program with UMDNJ, working with an elite group of students and assisting them with the qualification process.
• Review applications for admission to ensure a strong incoming class for the next academic year.

Education

University of Saint Joseph

Master's Degree
2007 - 2010

Master of Arts in School Counseling
Cetified NJ/CT K-12 School Counselor

College of Saint Elizabeth

Bachelor's Degree
2003 - 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Minor in Sociology

Other

Publications

Columnist
TapInto.net
May 2017

Monthly column on the basics of the college admissions process.

We would like to schedule a call with Ms. Balboni.

I would like to schedule a call with Ms. Balboni.  My senior is applying to the accelerated medical programs, would like to see how you can help.

Thanks,

sue

917-583-8682

sueseto@hotmail.com

9/16/2017 12:35:06 PM,
Kate Balboni, MA replied:

Hi Sue,

I'd be happy to set up a call!  Please follow this link and click on the "Request a Call" button under my picture.  I also added a call button to this response.

https://collegeadmissions.expertcallingnetwork.com/katebalboni

I look forward to meeting you.

6/7/2017 11:14:19 AM,
Kate Balboni, MA replied:
I think the key here is "in-depth."  While it's great for a student to be able to fill up the extra-curricular section of the Common Application (which incidentally has space to hold up to 10 activities) quality is absolutely more important than quantity.  Realistically a student might only have time for 2-3 activities they are heavily involved with along with a few additional short-term commitments.  An in-depth activity should be defined as something a student is involved with for all four years of high school that requires a time and energy on a regular basis.  Think of things like varsity sports, a long-term part-time job, or participation in a school band or drama club.

When I was working as a college admissions counselor it was much more important for me to see a student who was passionate and committed to their activities than to see a long list showing short-term periodic involvement.  Consider also that a single student interest could spawn a list of multiple activities.  For example, a soccer player might play for both their school and club teams, participate in fundraisers through a booster club, and volunteer time coaching a team for younger students.  That would be a full schedule indeed!

Please request a call if you’d like to discuss this further!