"Hey y'all, my name is Stacey Bates, I'm nineteen years old, and about to start my second year at my dream school because of Dan Evertsz. I realize how cheesy that sounds, but I swear it's 100% true; because the reality with applying to college in this day and age is that regardless of a student's talents - whether it be academic, artistic, or athletic - it's practically impossible to get into a good school without help from someone who knows the process.
For my family, we were lucky to find that someone while entering my senior year at Monte Vista High School (back in 2014.) I'll admit that as a seventeen year old girl I was not keen on meeting a stranger in a Starbucks to discuss my future, but Dan is such a charismatic and knowledgeable person that I had no trouble at all conversing with him, and we were able to leave our first meeting with a game plan for applications. It truly is super exciting to hear that your reach school - for me, it was Chapman University - is actually within reach.
Though applications for schools, financial aid, etc. are of course frustrating and confusing, if we had even the stupidest question about a blank space that needed to be filled, my parents and I could call or text Dan and he would have an answer almost immediately. He's even been generous enough to offer help to my parents as they fill out forms for grants and loans as I enter my sophomore year.
By following Dan's advice, I ended up being accepted at Chapman for the Fall 2015 semester, AND able to attend despite an initially steep tuition, and I kid you not - every single day I walk through campus, and I can't help but look around and smile at how lucky I am to be studying exactly where I wanted to for so long.
In short: Dan rocks. You should call him."