Hi, I'm Bethany.
A teacher turned college consultant on Long Island, I help students get into top-choice colleges and find the money to pay for it.
I graduated in 2005 from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. After college, I worked as a New York City public high school history teacher. Also, I completed a Masters in Education at Pace University. In 2008, I left teaching to work at a nonprofit helping low-income youth get into college.
In 2012, I sought a new avenue to pursue my passion for college admissions further. So I founded Stand Out College Prep. I wanted to make sure that other students had the guidance for college admissions that I did not have when I was in high school. As a first-generation college student, I was alone in writing my essay and resume and gathering other materials by deadlines. Luckily, I was a good writer (I won several essay contests throughout high school). Moreover, I spent many Saturdays at the library, reading every admissions guidebook that I could find to help me craft my best application.
As one of the best college consultants on Long Island, I have helped students and families accomplish these goals:
- Discover what makes them a unique candidate.
- Create a top-notch college application.
- Achieve college admissions success minus undue stress and overwhelm.
- Get college funding to reduce the financial cost by as much as 50%.
Every day, I work towards these goals for my clients.
I have been a featured expert in HuffPost, USA Today, Inside HigherEd, Discover, Staples, Care.com, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce, and Launch Grow Joy. In 2020, I was voted as a Best of Long Island business by Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Also, I am a regular facilitator for the Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) at Queensborough Community College.
As an active member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) and NYSACAC (New York State Association for College Admission Counseling), I maintain the highest principles of practice established by the professional organizations.