Hanna Stotland specializes in counseling students who face unique challenges in the college or graduate school application process. She has helped students apply successfully despite a range of problems that required explanation:
Parents and students often give up hope and assume that a selective college, or any college at all, is out of the question for students with one or more problems on their records. But you might be surprised to learn how open-minded colleges can be about these issues when the student has changed and explains the transformation effectively. Hanna herself made it to Harvard despite straight F's in her last three semesters of high school. There is a strategy for every student who wants to return to an academic path. Sometimes community college or a planned transfer is a component of the plan; sometimes an international university is the right solution; sometimes it is just a matter of explaining the history in a more effective manner. Whatever the problem, Hanna can help you create a unique solution that works for your family.
Hanna has also helped students who have dealt with an educational crisis to enter graduate school, including JD, MD, MBA, and Ph.D. programs. She has experience with students entering as first-years or as graduate transfers. She can even assist with disclosures and background checks related to professional licensure.
Hanna is a nationally recognized expert on counseling students with application irregularities. She instructed fellow professionals on this topic at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) national conferences in San Diego, CA in 2013 and in Denver, CO in 2017, and at the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA) national conferences in Portland, OR in 2014, Philadelphia, PA in 2016, and Long Beach, CA in 2017. She also spoke on this issue at the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling in Boise, ID in 2017. In 2018, she is scheduled to deliver talks at the annual conferences of the Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois Associations for College Admission Counseling (MACAC, OACAC, and IACAC). Her most popular program, "Explain Fully on a Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay," offers guidance to other counselors on how to shape the supplemental essay explaining a problem on the student's record.