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John Purcell Student advisor

John Purcell: College Application Coach and Student Advisor

Welcome! I help students reach their goals via college applications. Drawing from +1,000 advising appointments for 9th graders to college graduates, I work with students personally so their story can become a success story. Appointments accommodate your schedule: in-person, by phone, or by video chat.
Geographic reach: I’ve helped local students from Ann Arbor Huron High School, Ann Arbor Skyline High School, Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Community High School, Greenhills School, as well as Dexter High School and Saline High School.
Longer distance students have come from Grand Rapids and Marquette and then across the country in places as varied as San Francisco, Chicago, and Raleigh. We work together over the phone as well as video chat and shared online documents.
College applications can be stressful. My work with students helps relieve families of stress. A parent wrote to thank me for help with ‘…the college search, review, app completion, & parental rescue department!’ It is an honor to share the college application journey with families.

  • Looking forward to connecting with you,
  • Pre-college advising for students & parents
  • Strategies for pre-college summer programs, work as well as volunteer opportunities
  • Exploring public and private school options
  • Strategies for college applications: timeline, activity list,
  • Common Application ideas
  • Exploring scholarships, and assistance with applications
  • Interview preparation with applicant
  • Editing essays and personal statements

Services include reviewing and providing recommendations for application essays and personal statements. It includes brainstorming topics to polishing finished essays. Some of the most stuck students end up being the most successful.
My story: years ago, a former dean of Northwestern University suggested that I form a business based on my efforts and interest in helping students with college applications.

This idea hit home for me as I recall needing advise as a young student.

I tell this story to illustrate the power of asking questions: At the close of my first year of college, my father’s job was transferred to another state far away. I chose to move with my family. Knowing that I couldn’t pay out-of-state tuition, I took my hard earned grades and enrolled part time. After one year working part time while going to school part time, I went to a Financial Aid Officer who told me, ‘If you would have come in last year, I would have given you a full ride as an out-of-state student. I don’t have anything for you as an in-state student.’ What? Eventually I received a small private scholarship. Ask questions!

College application coach and scholarship adviser

Since 2008, I’ve delivered college application talks to community groups, and many of acceptance letters have been delivered to my students. Additionally, my students have earned scholarships, many as high as $50,000 and a handful at the $100,000 to $150,000 range. I am committed to the Statement of Principles of Good Practice through the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).

Student adviser

I’ve worked with students and alumni in +1,000 advising appointments. In spring 2016, I will complete a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, with a focus on Higher Education. As a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, I met individually with students to coach them through the transition from college to the working world. At the local community college Career Services Dept., I enjoyed teaching workshops on campus and in the community.

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