Working with Dr. Laird has been one of the highlights of my senior year. When I began my college search in the summer, I was very nervous. I worried about how to choose schools, how to write my essays, and how my application would be reviewed in the midst of COVID-19. However, Dr. Laird eased much of my worries and guided me through the whole process. She was always available to listen and offer amazing advice. She gave me a better understanding of the difference between colleges and universities and introduced me to schools that I am absolutely in love with now. Dr. Laird also reviewed all of my essays and helped me find my own voice. I’ve written multiple college essays this year, but improved each time from Dr. Laird’s feedback. I honestly feel so blessed that I was able to work with a professional like Dr. Laird. I’ve talked about the college process with my school teachers and counselors, but Dr. Laird’s one-on-one coaching has been the most valuable resource for me. I am much more confident in my college applications because of her support. Dr. Laird is an amazing, wonderful college counselor and I am forever grateful for all the guidance she has given me.
– Heewon in TX, 2021
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