Hanna Stotland specializes in counseling students who face unique challenges in the college 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 it is just a matter of finding a school that will be more forgiving. Whatever the problem, Hanna can help you create a unique solution that works for your family.
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) 2013 national conference in San Diego, CA and at the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA) national conferences in Portland, OR in 2014 and Philadelphia, PA in 2016. She will be presenting again in 2017 at IECA in Denver, Colorado, at HECA in Long Beach, CA, and at the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling in Boise, ID. 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.