Frequently Asked Questions:

My son is a sophomore. When do you suggest we contact DreamRoots to work with him?

Sophomore year is an excellent time to sit down with Meg to begin discussing high school course decisions and extracurricular activities. In addition to test scores, most schools look to a student's academic and extracurricular pursuits in determining admission and scholarship decisions. Planning for this helps!

My daughter only needs assistance with her personal statement. Can you help her with just that?

Absolutely! Our services range from helping students craft only their personal statement to guiding families through all phases of the college application process. 

Do you have a waiting list?

We have limited availability for students graduating in 2020 and good availability for the class of 2021 and beyond. 

When do you recommend students begin writing their college application essays?

Since we recommend students submit by the November 1 deadline, we encourage them to write as much as they can during the summer before their senior year. We aim for students to complete their personal statement by August 1.

Should my son or daughter start the writing process before contacting DreamRoots?

Great question! The short answer is no. While it is certainly productive to research schools and programs, brainstorm personal statement ideas, and gain an understanding of school-specific supplemental essays, we have found that our students produce their best work--and optimize their time--when they draft with us from the start. Through the DreamRoots process, our students explore relevant and personally revealing ideas they may not have considered on their own.

Where do you meet with students?

We meet with students and parents at a mutually convenient location, typically at libraries or coffee shops. 

How do you bill?

We bill on an hourly rate and charge for all meetings and online work. We send monthly invoices through Venmo. Please contact us for more details.

We don't live anywhere near Chicago. Can you help my daughter remotely?

Sure. We generally work with our students on Google Drive. If we are not able to meet face-to-face with students, we set up phone or Skype conferences and collaborate on drafts remotely.

We've got further questions. How do we contact you?

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