Testimonials

We cannot thank Dr. Laird enough for her strategic, thoughtful, and enthusiastic work on behalf of our daughter.

Dr. Laird quickly learned our daughter’s strengths and interests. Based upon this, she helped our daughter identify schools that were a perfect fit in terms of both academics and social/emotional characteristics. Dr. Laird established a timeline that helped keep Marissa on task and current with the applications and essays, despite the numerous distractions in the life of a high school senior. Make no mistake, it is a lot of work to investigate, apply and visit colleges. Dr. Laird managed to make the process fun and exciting!

Marissa’s essays were some of the best we have ever seen from her! Dr. Laird worked effectively and diligently with Marissa on many drafts until the essays were her best.

Dr. Laird and Marissa made the choice together to apply to her number one school Early Decision. Marissa was accepted to multiple schools and will be enrolling in the fall to her number one choice!

Our daughter has thanked us multiple times for hiring Dr. Laird to guide her through this process. While the investment may seem large financially, we feel it is completely worth it. We also were given much of Dr. Laird’s time outside of her meetings with Marissa even beyond the scope of our contract.

Thank you!
– Dr. Stephen and Marci Houff, Nashville TN, 2022


Dr. Laird has been an amazing resource to turn to whenever I had questions, a patient guide, and a supportive friend for all my milestones. As someone that didn’t have a lot of background information on the college application process, I heavily relied on Dr. Laird to teach me all I needed to know. She’s relieved a lot of stress I had regarding my college decisions and contributed to my goal of getting into WashU! 

I cannot thank Dr. Laird enough for all the help she’s given me along my college journey!
– Sophie Lee in Franklin, TN, 2022


Heejung and Thuy are very professional and kind. They helped me through every step of the college progress. My English wasn’t the best, and I was clueless about college, but Heejung never counted the meeting hours, she made sure I understood everything. I could tell she truly cared about my success. She considered my college expectations, likelihood, and financial condition and found the best choices for me to choose from. Thuy also gave me great suggestions on my writing. They really took all of the pressure of applying to colleges off me. I couldn’t have asked for better service than what they have provided.

Darren Zhou, Brentwood TN 2022


While we came to the college planning process a little late (fall of my daughter’s senior year), Heejung worked with us to determine the right level of services we needed. I was most impressed by how well she listened to my daughter and understood her desires and needs and recommended several schools we never would have found on our own. She expertly shepherded my daughter and me through the application process, and my daughter was accepted at all the schools to which she applied. Heejung understands teenagers and knew when to gently prod my daughter so she could stay on track. Having Heejung in our corner was invaluable as we navigated the college search and application process. I highly recommend her services to anyone with a child getting ready to go through the college search, selection, and application process.
– Parent in TN, Class 2021


Dr. Laird was a great help to me in my college process. She was there to help me with anything I needed from my essays to how to fill out the Common App. I can wholeheartedly say she was committed to helping me out of care and dedication. I could not have made it through this process without her.
– Maunil in KY, 2020: University of Louisville GEMS (Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School) with the full scholarship.


The college admissions process can be quite difficult and stressful. Frankly, I didn’t know what to do. However, with the resources and the assistance that Dr. Laird provided for me, I became confident about myself and the admissions process. She was always there whenever I needed help or words of advice. Dr. Laird always cared about me and her words of advice will stay with me for the rest of my career and life.
– Kenny, TN 2020: Kings College Cambridge, England


Throughout my college search process, Dr. Laird was helpful in guiding my school choices based on my preferences as well as what would be deemed the best fit for me. Not only that, but she had also assisted in refining my application essays, which helped me present writing that was professional yet characteristic. Overall, Dr. Laird had encompassed a compassionate and supportive attitude that made me feel comfortable in this stressful process of applying for college. – Jeannie, FL 2019: University of Florida Honors College with the full scholarship


Hi Dr. Laird, I can not express how much I appreciate what you did for me and for my family. I just got an acceptance letter from my dream school with a $ 25,000 scholarship. That’s more than I would’ve expected and I just can’t thank you enough because I know I wouldn’t have been able to get it done without you. Thank you !! I will give you a gift when I accomplish my dreams. 
Giovanni, TN (Division II, Soccer) 2019: Ferrum College, VA


My son and I first met Dr. Laird at the end of August in his 12th grade. I hesitated to make a decision as it seemed a bit late to start the application process. However, I certainly decided to work with her on the essay assistance because I strongly felt her sincere heart to help my son.

Dr. Laird knew exactly what each college essay prompt was asking for, and she guided him to find his stories to answer each prompt. He pulled out his stories, gradually expanded and refined them, and eventually put each piece together to complete his essays.

As a mother, I can’t imagine how painful it would have been without her guide and assistance in this stressful process. I am very fortunate and grateful to meet her at this important and difficult time for my son and me. I hope that we will continue to cherish our precious relationship. – Jung, TN 2020


Dr. Laird was a great help to both my son and me during his college process. She made it a priority to keep me in the loop while prioritizing his needs. She also helped me tremendously in understanding the financial ins-and-outs of this process. I can say with great faith she truly cared about my son and his well-being more than just the college process. We could not have done it without her. – Mrinal, KY. 2020


At first, I hesitated to go to the U.S when my mom had asked me to go for a few months to learn English and American culture. I was worried initially but I decided to go and give it a try. When I went there, I realized that it was simply useless worry and fear. It was totally different from my expectations. I learned English (both spoken and written) and enjoyed talking with conversation partners who are college students in a top tier university. I also enjoyed experience living in America throughout diverse fun activities such as sightseeing, going to museums and movie theatres, and more. Dr. Laird helped me understand the differences in cultures between Korea and the US in our daily lives. She also guided me to identify my goals for the future.

Now, I have a goal, I know what to do, and I have more confidence in myself. I am more focused and became a better student in my school with a higher GPA. It was a short, but great experience to turn my life around. I wanted to do it again. – Seo-jin, Seoul Korea


I sent my daughter to America for English and Culture experience during the winter break for two months in 2016. I was initially worried because she was only 12 years old. Since Dr. Laird is fluent in English and Korean, I believe this also helped my daughter adapt herself quickly to the different living and learning environment.

After two months, I saw my daughter more confident not only in English but at school and in her overall life. She is much more independent, and her grades have improved a lot since the trip. She shared with me that she had a clear goal and would like to achieve it with hard work. She would like to pursue the opportunity to attend an American University as an exchange student or with a scholarship. As a mother, I am very happy to see my daughter grow and value the hard work to achieve her goals.

If allowed, I would like to send her to America again. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Song for her help. – Kang, Seoul, Korea