"You have been
an instrumental part of this process. I cannot thank you enough
for the information and moral support that you have provided...I
am a big fan of yours and have been referring you to friends!"
"I cannot explain
how thankful I am for your support in guiding me through this
extremely hectic period in my life. Thank you so much for not
only introducing the college process to me, but creativity, writing,
and overall academic support. My memories in the future about
my transition out of high school will always begin with my dad
and me, sitting in your dining room, intently listening to your
advice. And I am forever grateful for that!"
"[My son] and
I were blown away with your abilities -you also gave him HOPE
with clear strategies."
"....I got into Columbia and Harvard!!!!
Thank you again!!"
"Words and money
are not enough to express how grateful we are. Thanks for all
the guidance, patiently reviewing essays and providing confidence
to all of us, especially the last few months."
[You] really made me
think outside the box."
"Thanks so much
for all of your help, I doubt Id be able to handle the stress,
nor write that fantastic essay without you!"
Thanks so much
for pushing us to continue campus visits with [our son].
Thanks for encouraging us to help him find a place that genuinely
Thanks for helping make sure he put together an application which
reflected his strengths and unique qualities."
"Your advice once
again was golden."
"I just got a
full ride to the University of Southern California!! I would've
never applied without your advice. Thank you SO much."
"I wanted to let
you know that I have committed to Harvard Medical School!! Thank
you so much for all your help--don't know where I would be without
"My dear Nancy,
you are a genius."
"You were invaluable
in the process....You are exceptional at what you do and it has
been a joy to know you. Thank you for genuinely caring and for
launching all four of them!"
"I have called
you our beacon in the night because I did feel like it was a dark
corridor, and you lit the way. Thank you for your wisdom and your
patience and your intuition and your guidance. And for keeping
[our daughter's] feet to the fire, and being our proxy when we
werent getting through."
"In addition to
Stanford, I was accepted by Columbia University, Cornell's School
of Hotel Administration, UVA, Virginia Tech's School of Engineering,
GW, and offered admission with $25,000 by Case Western
am happy beyond belief, and extremely excited to begin school
in California next fall. I owe you all of my gratitude
"Know that your
intellectual viewpoints and influence extend well beyond the parameters
of your east coast readership. You are indeed a rock star in our
"We are really
thankful to you for all of your guidance. We can't even imagine
how it would have been without your help."
"I am so glad
you recommended the ED strategy to [our son]...Twelve kids from
his HS applied to Duke3 ED, and 9 regular. One got in[our
son]. You played a big part in this."
"What would we and the profession do without your diligence,
smarts and prolific ways. You are a gift!"
"If not for your
help there is no way that I would be going to Evanston in the
fall to attend Northwestern."
absolutely adores you. I can't thank you enough."
"I know my parents
are proud of me but more importantly thank you for making me proud
of what I have accomplished!"
wisdom, articles and pictures that you so graciously share with
the community are greatly appreciated. You are a gem and I am
so happy to have you as a friend and colleague. "
"Thanks for all
your help, you are amazing!"
"Thank you, O
Sybil of Higher Learning!!"
"We're on opposite sides of the country, but I still enjoy
your insights and learn lots from reading your articles!"
"I have to say
the information you provided during the Independent Counselor
SIG was probably the most valuable I received during the NACAC
conference last week."
"I just wanted
to let you know the RPI/AMC interview went really well ....The
practice we did beforehand was really helpful and many of the
questions you asked were mentioned during the interview."
"Your column is always informative and relevant. It keeps
us current with regard to changes in the industry and helps us
better serve our families. You are our own Bob Woodward."
"I just had to
pass on that a fat envelope arrived today from Vanderbilt. Richmond
arrived on Saturday as well. We are beyond overwhelmed and so
"I can never truly
express my gratitude to you for all that you have done
for, and with, both [our daugher] and [our son]. It has been an
honor to know you and have
your guidance for two very different kids:) THANK YOU!"
"College Explorations rocks! Thank you Nancy for everything.
"Wow! Mrs. Griesemer, you are a genius."
"I can't tell
you how much we have enjoyed working with you. The guidance you
have provided to both [my son] and me has been so comforting and
"I am officially
a Hokie, and I have never been so happy!!!
I just wanted to thank you for everything. You have helped me
so much and I would not have been where I am today without you."
"I had no idea
what I was doing with my life on the first day I walked through
the doors of your home. I was confused and lost. Literally...I
even accidentally showed up at your neighbor's doorsteps before
finding your correct address....I
cannot explain how thankful I am for your support in guiding me
through this extremely hectic period in my life. Thank you so
much for not only introducing the college process to me, but for
showing me creativity, writing, and overall academic support.
My memories in the future about my transition out of high school
will always begin with my dad and me, sitting in your dining room,
intently listening to your advice. And I am forever grateful for
tibi (says the Latin teacher!)."
"Thank you so
much Nancy for your passion for the kids..."
"I just got the
email, I'M IN!!! And I couldn't be happier. Thank you for everything,
I couldn't have done it without you!!"
"What [my child
and I] learned in one session with you eclipsed 3 years of school
you have had on my family is indescribable. I can't say what the
future holds, but you have made it all brighter. Thank you for
"Thank you so
much for all of your help navigating the admissions process for
[our daughter]. It was so good for all of us to have your support.
I know that your expertise helped take away the anxiety for [our
daughter], as well as for [my husband] and me. And we ae all thrilled
with the results."
"You greatly impressed ... us with your knowledge in so many
college-related areas, including test preparation, high school
courses, financial aid, extracurricular activities, and internships.
We were especially interested in your description of the college
perspective on the admissions process, and your views on the PSAT
and the organizations involved in the National Merit process.
We learned a lot, and have some follow up work ahead of us!"
"Just a quick
note to thank you again for all of your guidance and advice and
support during the college process. I wanted [our son] to be the
first to tell you of his decision to attend Dartmouth in the fall
but also wanted to touch base myself to give my sincere thanks
as well. We could always count on you to give us honest advice
that we trusted throughout this crazy process and we know we couldnt
have managed this process as effectively or had the outcome we
did without your sharing your wisdom with us....For helping [our
son] achieve his goal to attend Dartmouth, I am sincerely grateful.
It is a pure joy to see him so excited about the next four years
and I cant wait to see them unfold!"
"I'm very proud
of myself but I never could have done this well without you."
"Thank you so
much for all the help you have provided me with, from building
resumes and giving information about colleges to helping me edit
my college essays. Working with you has been extremely helpful,
and I am incredibly thankful for all of your time, advice, insighte
and help. I couldn't have done it without you!"
"Hi Ms. G! I
got into Dartmouth and Yale and wait-listed at Harvard -- thanks
for all the essay review and guidance!!"
"Thank you so
much. Without you motivating me to retake my ACT, helping me change
my essay, and guiding me through this process, I would not be
in the position I am today."
"Well we were
surprised by the email from William & Mary - also relieved
and elated with the good news! This was a long shot and I really
cannot thank you enough for your help with [our daughter] - it
was a tremendous benefit for her."
season I am THANKFUL
would not have known about this internship world without you!"
"Thank you so
very much for your words of wisdom ... and for all that you do
to guide young people and their families through the sometimes
hazardous pathways of the college search process."
"I GOT INTO MIT!!! Thank you so so so much for all of your
help and guidance through this grueling process. I could not have
done it without you!"
kids are living proof of your genius skills. "
"I just wanted
to thank you and let you know how much I enjoy the articles that
you have provided to IECA members. They have been very helpful,
and I have shared some with my clients."
"[Our son] would
likely not have the choices he is blessed to have without your
"This is kind
of a 'fan e-mail'-my first, at that! I am writing to thank you
for all of your comments in the past month. I find your responses
to be the most astute, articulate, and insightful of any other
HECA, NACAC, or IECA member's. You have been an invaluable resouce
during the craziness of the new CA4."
"As you know, we were all out of sorts when we flubbed with
[our daughter's] application, but you really helped us to make
the right moves after that mishap. Your guidance and calm approach
have been instrumental all along in keeping us on track."
"We're so glad
to have worked with you, and I know that [our daughter] truly
appreciates all the insight, knowledge and assistance that you've
provided - and the same goes for [her mother] and me! "
has commented several times regarding how happy she is to be able
to work with you - it has been a great help."
an interest in the world of college admission should listen to
what Nancy has to say. No one is more informed, willing to share
her vast knowledge or more dedicated, almost obsessive, to getting
it right than she...So pay attention. Nancy does her homework;
writes beautifully, precisely and without bias; and, she knows
what she's talking about."
"I don't know
how I can ever thank you for your guidance, your wisdom, your
advocacy, your gentle comfort, your amazing intuitive and knowledgeable
counsel. I truly feel like you are a blessing to our family. Thank
TO GA TECH !!! I am so happy for her. That was her first choice
and has been stressing out ...
got accepted to UMD too with their Scholar program."
"I wanted to thank
you for the many suggestions and sound advice you have given us
over the years. Your insight has been invaluable!"
"I am excited,
humbled, and incredibly surprised to say that I will be attending
Stanford University next fall
I owe you all of my gratitude,
because I wouldn't be in this situation without your support."
"THANK YOU THANK
YOU THANK YOU. [My daughter] is so picky and you were absolutely
perfect for her...This process has been easy and it is all her
decision. I am so thrilled and I really think you are the one
that made it so good."
love your writing
(veteran A.P. English teacher here). You are The IEC Rock Star!"
"Nancy, you change
"I am one of your
greatest fans, Nancy. I love to read your writing. I experience
you as thoughtful, wise, kind, generous of spirit and I'm assuming
you are a pleasure to work with.With experience in college admissions
that is quite deep, I'm usually in the role as mentor, teaching
others the ropes. However, I always look forward to reading your
stuff because I know that I'll learn new things from you and sometimes
even change my perspective on a certain subject."
" I wanted to
thank you for all of your guidance with [my daughter's] application
process. She is so incredibly excited about her acceptance to
UVA.... I know she emailed you that night but I just wanted to
thank you also. It has been wonderful to have you to guide both
of my girls through this crazy process. We are very appreciative."
"I am in permanent
awe of your terrific, helpful articles and the endless energy
and creativity you seem to magically tap in order to come up with
new and interesting themes week after week."
"Great great news!
Just got a nice letter in the mail from uva and I got my Echols
Scholar distinction! It was a long journey here but I think I've
finally made college decisions. Thank you so much for the edits,
advice, and compassion all along."
"I hope you continue
to help high schoolers reach their college dreams"
"...I just want
to tell you I'm excited to be part of the incoming Tufts University
class...I'm still in shock to have received an admittance when
I expected otherwise...but I know part of the reason owes to your
support and help..."
"We are SO happy
that we found YOU and that you did that wonderful interview session
with her, it obviously made a difference, a HUGE one! What a great
investment! So thanks, thanks, thanks!"
"Mike and I were
talking last night about grateful we are that you are part of
our family team. Your insight, intuition and analytical abilities
are so valuable to us."
"WOW. I can't
believe [my daughter] has made a decision and she is so happy.
I will always be in debt to you."
"It occurs to
me that you may not receive enough thanks for the quality reporting
you provide all of us. I've a number of favorite columns but have
seen over time that yours is, in my opinion, one of the most consistent--maybe
the most consistent--in providing fresh and helpful content for
counselors which is also understandable by the general public."
"We thank you,
Nancy. Keep planting your little seeds knowing they can, and do,
make a difference."
"Thank you for
your hard work, appreciated expertise and unwavering support.
"You brought such
an overwhelming and scary topic out into the sunlight. I can'thank
"You are a very talented woman whose experience is only matched
by your generosity. I find myself stopping whatever I'm doing
when I see your name on an email note or a Facebook post. So thanks!
Thanks for your commitment to our profession, your willingness
to share, and your good sense."
"I wanted to thank
you for your consistent support and the direction you've given
me. You've made all the difference."
just want to take a minute and thank you for everything you have
done thus far for my college application process. You are one
amazing person and I love working with you...I love your honesty,
dedication and the effort you have put in..."
"As a former
high school guidance counselor myself and an IEC for 20 years,
I have come to value and rely on your wisdom, your articles and
your counsel on various higher education concerns. From the bottom
of my heart, thanks for your hard work. I truly value it."
each visit with you, and I think that each meeting was incredibly
eye opening and had a large impact on my final decision and the
"Your advice for
my daughter to take Arabic played a crucial role in her acceptance
into two prestigious State Department-sponsored programs...She
also got admitted to the XXX program for 2021. As a senior aspiring
to pursue a career in International Relations, she was admitted
ED to UPenn last night. We are so thrilled and wanted to share
this news with you. You deserve to receive the credit!"
We are OVER THE MOON!
About time 2020 brought some good news.
A profound THANK YOU
for all of your wisdom & guidance.
As of early September, I was wondering if [our son] would even
get applications out & now he is into a fantastic school.
"We can't thank
you enough for all of your support through this process. It would
have been so much more stressful without your wise advice and
perspective, and [our daughter] was very lucky to have had so
many wonderful choices."
"Both [my husband]
& I dont think that Thank You is quite enough. Youve
done a phenomenal job working with [our son] & bringing out
the best in his writing. We really appreciate all your efforts."
"Great news! [Our
daughter] got a call Thursday night and was accepted off the Wake
Forest wait list! She was in tears. We are grateful. So wonderful
to see her finally excited about college."
"I will never
be able to thank you enough. You were unbelievable with [my daughter].
You are one special lady."
You are a national treasure and I mean that. What a gift! "
"Nancy, you freaking
And a 'shout out' from the IECA community to
"Nancy Griesemer (VA) for being 'the news lady' and the moral
compass of our field. Nancy has written extensively and tirelesly
with the mutual goals of demystifying the process for students
and families and presenting the truth for counselors."