Jessica Magro, Director of Admissions Consulting for Bulldog Tutors and a Yale University graduate, will demystify the college admissions process in a free presentation June 25 in Madison, Conn., offering invaluable insights to students and parents.
Sponsored by the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library in Madison, the presentation takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Madison Congregational Church. Guests may register online via the library’s events page, which is preferred, but drop-ins are welcome.
‘It’s Never Too Early or Too Late …’
For College Admissions Counseling
“It’s never too early or too late to be thinking about this,” says Jessica, who has years of experience counseling high school students—from freshmen to seniors—on the intricacies of the admissions process. She also provides tutoring and test prep, including for the SAT.
Jessica knows firsthand how frustrating the college application process can be and what it takes to gain admission to a top college or university, having been accepted by all five Ivy League universities to which she applied—Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has been guiding students through the process ever since, and students she’s worked with have gone on to attend highly competitive schools, including MIT, UC Berkley, NYU, and George Washington University, as well as Ivy League universities like Yale, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania.
While achieving SAT scores that meet or exceed the median benchmark of a preferred school is important, Jessica unlocks details of many other critical aspects to building a well-rounded, accomplished profile necessary for students to become the type of candidates Ivy League schools and other top colleges and universities are seeking. That goes far beyond grades and test scores.
‘Making sure you know the questions to be asking is half the battle.’
“A great way to avoid panicking is to start the process early,” Jessica says. “If the long-term goal is to be admitted into some of the most competitive universities in the country, you need to start by freshman year, even 8th grade. “Making sure you know the questions to be asking is half the battle.”
Key issues linked to those questions include learning how to build a balanced college list with schools that are a good fit and academically excellent, while also being schools where a prospective student can gain admission and excel.
“If the goal is Harvard and Yale, they should definitely come to the presentation and learn how to package themselves for success,” Jessica says, noting that her presentation applies to students of varying levels of accomplishment and preparedness, as well as grade levels. The best practices for achieving admissions goals simply differ for students based on their particular set of circumstances.
Perfect scores on both the SATs and SAT Math 1 Subject Test
Jessica earned perfect scores on both the SATs and SAT Math 1 Subject Test, and she was an AP Scholar and National Merit Finalist. Jessica was also awarded the prestigious U.S. Congressional Bronze Medal and was a U.S. Presidential Scholar chosen to represent Rhode Island—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
She graduated from Yale University with Distinction in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. At Yale, Jessica was the publicity coordinator and actress for Yale Children’s Theatre, the captain of the Yale Pistol Team, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
“We were incredibly lucky to have Jessica as our daughter’s tutor for SAT prep,” one parent wrote in a note of thanks. “Our daughter (a junior in high school) not only enjoyed every session with Jessica, but she scored a near perfect score on her SAT. We just finished touring Yale and Harvard and not many parents can say their child has a great chance getting in the Ivy League … .”
‘Quite simply, finding Jessica was like stumbling across the key to the vault.’
Another appreciative parent said in a note, “Quite simply, finding Jessica was like stumbling across the key to the vault.”
To sign up in advance for the June 25 presentation in Madison, see the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library’s event page, https://www.scrantonlibrary.org/events/. The library may be reached by phone at 203-245-7365.
With offices in New Haven and Guilford, Bulldog Tutors provides the highest quality private tutoring, test prep, and college admissions counseling in Connecticut. Bulldog’s Ivy League-educated tutors have achieved top scores on every exam they teach and take a personalized approach to instruction that targets students’ weaknesses and helps them succeed on admissions tests and in subjects where they may have been under-served by traditional educational settings.
For additional information, call the New Haven office at (203) 562-1000, or see the Bulldog Tutors website, https://test.bdt.rscdev.net.