For over a decade, Arbor Strategy Consulting has had the delight of helping turn high school students’ university application aspirations into reality. There can be no greater honor than to witness the joy and pride in a student’s countenance upon reading the first sentence of an acceptance letter to their dream university. It is this indescribable sensation that powers Arbor Strategy Consulting and propels it forward.
Arbor Strategy Consulting is firmly grounded in the belief that discovering “good matches” between students and post-secondary institutions is the primary purpose of the college admission process. Furthermore, it understands the principle that the process requires close communication and cooperation among the three major “players”; student, parents and counselor. The process unfolds most successfully when all parties involved approach their various roles and responsibilities with the intended spirit; open-mindedness, intelligence, honesty, a sense of adventure and even a sense of humor.
While the final outcome is important, it is on the process of self-discovery and college-discovery that Arbor Strategy Consulting focuses. The moment of college choice and admissions arrives when students are in the developmental process of late adolescence and emerging young adulthood. The selection of a college provides an important educational opportunity to develop skills and understandings that will serve that function as well as many of life’s major adult challenges.
Arbor Strategy Consulting does not approach any two students the same way. Its pedagogy is grounded in the belief that each student possesses singular ambitions, faces specific challenges, imbues distinct personal attributes and presents unique opportunities. Given Arbor Strategy Consulting’ philosophy, it follows that its approach will be as personalized and differentiated as the students under its care.
That being said, the underlying process remains the same regardless of the student. The success of the process highlighted above is predicated on the successful adherence to four phases
Phase 1: Student evaluation and compatibility
Phase 2: Getting to know each other and preparation for application process
Phase 3: Applying
Phase 4: Follow-Up
Alexandre Tabet's services were instrumental in directing the focus of my applications. He effectively helped me in picking universities to apply to that fit my intellectual aspirations and that would enable me to channel my passion for economics and the social sciences. My acceptances to Cornell University and the University of Michigan were, in large part, the result of his deep involvement in my understanding of those institutions' academic ethos and the typical profile of their successful applicants. Overall, Alexandre emphasizes the importance of the writing component of his students' applications and works diligently to guide them to the best of their writing ability. Highly recommended...and Go Blue!
Alexandre Tabet truly cushioned the rigor and intimidation of the college application process by walking me through each step of it. Through his vast knowledge of university culture, he was able to guide me in choosing the universities that are best suited towards my interests, personality and grades. After he guided me through the written applications, thoroughly reviewing my essays and helping me edit them to perfection. And once responses were out, he was able to help me identify my priorities and decide where I would spend the next four years of my life. Alex is a one-of-a-kind college counsellor who not only makes the college application process easier but more enjoyable.
Alexandre Tabet was my counselor during my senior year of High School in Dubai. I was a student at the French Lycee, so applying to universities in the United States was a challenge given the school did not offer any guidance for students applying outside of France. He was extremely helpful, and despite my average grades, I managed to get into the University of Miami, a top school in my field of interest. He is a great mentor and a diligent essay editor. It has now been four years since I got into college and Alex still took the time to guide me in writing my admission essay for gradual school. I have recently been admitted into the graduate Journalism programs at Columbia University and Northwestern University, and it is in big part thanks to his tutelage!
Not only did Mr. Tabet excel at his duties as a counselor, but he also did much more. I felt that my opinions were treated with respect and found his critiques concise and accurate. Mr. Tabet’s dedicated nature, sharp abilities and peerless insights helped me find my niche and approach each application just the right way!
One of Alex's greatest attributes is his genuinely kind heart and understanding personality. Throughout my few months with him, he was like an older brother in his guidance, and his unique sense of humor made any formality or reservations evaporate away. He often opened my eyes to opportunities I missed - one which eventually turned out to be my intended major. His abundance of expertise made up for some of my errors in judgement, always saving the situation, and his flexibility allowed me to truly express myself and contemplate my choices. I am forever grateful to him for refining me into an Ivy Leaguer!
Alex was an instrumental part of my application process to US and UK universities. His immense wealth of knowledge, perspective and understanding of how to "market" yourself and highlight your various attributes makes him a uniquely helpful counselor who I feel grateful to have worked with. On top of that, Alex is someone who I always felt comfortable reaching out to and who was very generous with his time. His humorous demeanor and realistic outlook helped bring some much needed lightheartedness during one of the most stressful periods of a high schooler's career.
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