George Mason University Class of 2019

what were your goals for college admission and did you accomplish them?

My goals for college admission were to get a good score on my ACT or SAT to get into my top schools, stay organized while applying to all of my schools, and apply for a lot of scholarships.

what was most helpful about working with hughes?

Hughes College Prep was essential in this process. If it weren’t for my tutors I would not have known what to focus on for each part of the application. They were extremely helpful when writing my essays and how to convey the different aspects of myself in various writing prompts. I also don’t think I would have scored as high as I did without them. 

were you accepted to one of your top 3 school choices?

 I was accepted to all of the schools I wanted to go to.

Did you feel supported by hughes college prep during the admission process? if so, how?

I definitely felt supported, each tutor is very understanding of the busy lives of students. After working together for a year, the relationship that develops is one full of understanding and strong motivations for success.

what surprised you most about working with hughes college prep? 

I was surprised by how ‘cool’ each tutor is. Everyone has a unique story and they get along so well with students.

Are there any aspects of your time with Hughes that stick out as having carried through to other elements of your life, beyond college admissions, such as college, jobs, etc.

ORGANIZATION IS KEY. Creating time tables, excel charts for due dates, etc. is a habit I have picked up from my tutors and is crucial to my productivity.

What is one bit of advice you would give to parents of college-bound students?

To the parents, please let your children know what kind and how much support you’ll be giving them. Before creating a list of colleges, it’s imperative to know what you (or your parents) can afford and it’s definitely wasteful if a student chooses all Ivy Leagues but can’t afford them even with some scholarships. Also don’t project your opinions of a school on them; their decision should be their decision.

What is one bit of advice you would give to the students themselves?

Dear students, remember that education is what you make of it. You don’t have to go to the “best” college to get the best education. During these four years, you’re going to learn how to learn and what you want to prioritize in your life. Also don’t stick to the rigid plan you created for yourself when you were a freshman in high school i.e. 4 years at X school, must get into Y grad school to get into Z business. Lots of personal change will occur, for better or for worse, and it’s okay to take time to think about things.