For all services available through Finding My Path: College and Career Coaching, you will meeting with the owner, Marnie Winters. She is available to meet with central Ohio students in a face to face format, or by phone or Skype. She is available to meet with students outside of central Ohio by phone or Skype. Individuals in all 50 states can choose from any individual service or package service.
**Special note regarding price: Prices are subject to change at any time. Any student who has started a service that requires multiple appointments will not be subject to price increases that occur while their service is is progress. Any student who begins a new service after a price increase has been applied will be subject to the new prices. It is projected that price increases will happen on or around September 1 of each year, although it is possible that price increases may happen at any time during the year.
At this time, payments can be made in cash, by check, by money order or cashier's check. Credit card payments shall be offered in the future, but are not available at the moment.
Assistance Completing One College Application
This is geared for individuals who already know what college they want to apply to and appointments are available to you in a face to face format, or by phone or Skype.
Length of appointment: One 45 minute appointment
Assistance Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
This service is geared for individuals who need some help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In this appointment, Marnie will explain the different kinds of financial aid available including federal student loans, federal work study positions, federal grants, and state grants. She will assist you as you complete the FAFSA form and help you with the answers to the questions.
Special note: If you complete the FAFSA on your own, it is free of charge. The charge assessed when utilizing Finding My Path: College and Career Coaching is a charge to compensate Marnie for her time explaining the different forms of financial aid and for being available to help you complete the FAFSA form.
Length of appointment for first time FAFSA applicants: One 2 hour 30 minute appointment
Length of appointment for returning FAFSA applicants: One 2 hour appointment
Assistance Finding Scholarships:
This service is geared for individuals who would like to apply for scholarships to help cover tuition and college related expenses, such as books and school supplies. Marnie will find 20 scholarships for you to consider applying for and will also give you a list of scholarship companies and their website addresses, so you can search for scholarships on your own time. You and Marnie will discuss the scholarships she found for you and you will have a chance to ask questions.
This specific service will require two appointments. The first appointment will be a 30 minute informational interview appointment where Marnie asks questions about you such as what college you currently attend or where you will go to college, what major you want, what career you want, your college class level (i.e. freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, or high school graduate or current high school student) and grade point average. Many scholarships have eligibility requirements about who can apply for those scholarships. They may dictate that only the scholarship is only for people who have declared a certain major, or have a certain grade point average, or a certain class level. If Marnie has this information, it may lead to better scholarships than if she doesn't have that information.
Length of appointments: One 30 minute appointment and two 1 hour appointments
Cost: $ 265
Assistance Writing Essays:
Many competitive colleges require an essay as part of the admissions package. Many scholarship companies require an essay when applying for a scholarship. There may be other situations where you need to write an essay. This appointment will help you with writing an essay. This service provides the opportunity to write an essay and have it critiqued by Marnie twice. This service will require three 30 minute appointments. The first appointment will be an appointment where Marnie gives you a document with tips and strategies on writing a good essay. You and Marnie will discuss the tips and strategies and you will have a chance to ask questions. After this discussion, you will write the essay and have it critiqued by Marnie twice, and the both of you will discuss the recommended changes after each critique.
Length of appointments: Three 30 minute appointments
Scholarship Full Package:
This particular service assists students in finding scholarships, applying for those scholarships, and writing essays. Marnie will find a maximum of 20 scholarships for you to consider applying. You can apply for all 20 scholarships or less than that. Marnie will help you apply for each one or as many as you decide. Marnie will also help you write the essays. You will be writing the essays and Marnie will provide feedback on each one, in order for you to put your best foot forward.
Length of appointments: One 90 minute appointment, one 1 hour appointment, 40 hour appointments (if you opt to apply for all 20 scholarships; it will require less time if you apply for less than all the scholarships and the cost will be lower)
How to be Successful in College
The purpose of this appointment is to provide you with strategies and tips being successful. Success tips include utilizing the services offered through your college such as tutoring, the library, and your academic advisor. Other tips and strategies include time management, knowing your degree requirements, for each semester, and planning ahead.
Length of appointment: One 1 hour 30 minute appointment
How to be Organized in College:
The purpose of this appointment is to help you be organized while in college, in order to make your life easier and to help you perform better in your classes. Topics include time management, organizing your study area, organizing your backpack, organizing your homework, and organizing your study time.
Length of appointment: One 1 hour 30 minute appointment
The study skills appointment is geared for college students and high school students, even if the high school student is a freshman (or getting ready to be a freshman). If the freshman utilizes the strategies and tips, it will helS them do good in their classes and help them have a higher grade point average that if the strategies and tips were not employed. Marnie will provide a document with study skills strategies and tips written on it. You and Marnie will discuss the strategies and tips written on the document. The study skills appointment will provide strategies such as how to effectively study for a test, taking effective notes in class, and organizing your study time,
Length of appointment: One 1 hour 30 minute appointment
The creative funding appointment is a service that is geared towards helping students think of other ways of helping cover their college tuition and educational expenses, aside from federal and state financial aid and scholarships. It provides avenues such as working prior to college and setting money aside, small businesses you can start while in college, creative ways of saving money prior to college and while in college, money management tips and strategies, and other ways of covering your expenses.
Length of appointment: One 1 hour appointment
Assistance Picking a Career:
This series of appointments will help individuals identify careers that they may be interested in pursuing. In these appointments, individuals will complete an interests quiz, a favorite subjects quiz, a skills quiz, and a hobbies quiz. Your answers to these quizzes will provide you careers you may be interested in pursuing. Marnie will meet with you after you take each quiz, in order to discuss your answers and possible careers. Once you have a list of careers you want to learn more about, you will be given a career research form. You will use the form to get more information about each career such as salary, the education you need for each career, and if the industry is growing or declining. After completing one career research form for every career you are interested in, you will then meet with Marnie for one final time to discuss the careers you have researched in order to ask questions, reflect on your choices, and possibly weed some out. If you still have a few careers that you are considering, Marnie can give you strategies for how to make selections between careers.
Length of appointments: Five 1 hour appointments
How to Get into College:
This appointment will help individuals plan to get into college. This appointment is geared for anyone at any stage of their high school career. It is geared for current high school students who are planning on applying to open or competitive colleges. The earlier you receive this service, the more effective will be for you. It is best for high school freshman and sophomores, but high school juniors will benefit from it, too. It is recommended high school seniors consider the High School Senior: College Planning and College Resume Writing service.
In this appointment, Marnie will discuss with you how to plan to get into competitive colleges. You will receive an informational sheet with all the different areas to focus on while in high school. It will be items that college admissions representatives from competitive colleges look for when making admissions decisions. Marnie will discuss ch of these areas and tell you how to create your own plan.
Length of appointment: One 2 hour appointment
College Research Report, College Cost Estimator, and Cost Reduction Report:
For this particular service, the college research will be
completed for you. First, you will complete a questionnaire about the type of
college you want to attend. Second, you will have a meeting with Marnie
Winters, in order to discuss the answers on your questionnaire. Next, Marnie
will conduct research on 15 colleges in which you can apply. You will receive a written report with information on each of these schools. The information on the report will include specific information about each school, such as total student enrollment, majors available, student activities and athletics, admission requirements, instructions on how to apply, and a brief summary on the student experience. The report will also include anticipated costs, so you will have an estimate of how much it will cost you to attend each specific college. Marnie will also provide you with information on cost reduction strategies and also strategies on how to be able to pay for college and reduce the amount of student loans you need to borrow. Your last two appointments will be to discuss the findings on the report, the college information, the costs to attend each college, and how to reduce your overall costs and minimize the amount of money you need to borrow in student loans.
Length of appointments: One 1 hour appointment and two 2 hour
Personalized Cost Reduction Report:
The personalized cost reduction report is geared towards helping college students reduce the amount of college expenses and reduce the amount of federal loans that a student needs to borrow in order to successfully graduate with a college degree. It is different than the College Research Report, College Cost Estimator, and Cost Reduction Report service because it does not include research on specific colleges for you to apply to, as well as college cost estimates for those specific colleges. It is more of a general report whose findings can be applied to many schools. It will explore topics such as scholarships, attending public versus private colleges, attending a community college for a tuition cost savings, alternative funding to help cover the costs of college, creative funding strategies, taking advantage of Advanced Placement (AP) courses and tests while in high school, and taking advantage of the College Credit Plus and Seniors to Sophomores programs while still enrolled in high school. This report is an excellent tool for both high school students preparing to enter college for the first time, as well as adult students who are either preparing for college for the first time, are currently enrolled, or are returning to college after a hiatus.
Length of appointments: One 1 hour appointment and one 2 hour appointment
College Planning Instructions and College Planning Tool:
The purpose of this appointment is to help high school students determine what steps need to be taken in high school in order to be competitive when applying to colleges. This service builds on the How to Get into College service. It covers the same college planning information that is covered in the other appointment, but it takes it a step further. In this appointment, you will be presented with information on how to get into college, but you will also be given a planning tool that you will fill in with everything you plan to do while in high school, that will help you get into college. This particular service is best suited for high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors. It is recommended high school seniors consider the High School Senior: College Planning and College Resume Writing service.
Special note: Students as young as 8th grade would benefit from this service. The primary focus is to map out what steps will be taken in high school in order to be considered for competitive schools, and the earlier this plan is mapped out and the student can begin working towards their goals, the better. If an 8th grade student has this mapped out by the end of the summer following their 8th grade year, then they cam begin implementing steps towards their goals at the start of their 9th grade year.
There are two different ways you can complete this appointment. In the first path, you will receive a document that directs you on what to do in high school to put your best foot forward for competitive high schools. You will receive a planning tool that you can use to plan out your high school career, along with instructions on how to complete that tool. You will receive verbal information on what to complete the form, but then you will actually be completing the form by yourself.
In the second path, you will receive instructions on what to do to get accepted into competitive colleges and you will receive the planning tool, along with instructions on how to complete that tool. You will also receive help from Marnie Winters in completing that planning tool. This way, you will have guidance with each step.
Length of appointment for getting into college and instructions on how to complete the planning tool on your own: One 3 hour appointment
Length of appointments for getting into college and assistance in completing the planning tool: One 3 hour appointment, one 2 hour appointment, and one 1 hour appointment
High School Senior: College Planning and College Resume Writing Service:
This service is geared specifically for high school seniors. The purpose is to have high school seniors document everything they have done in high school and then write a college resume to attract the attention of college admission representatives at competitive colleges.
In this service, student will complete a college planning tool where they document everything they have done while in high school. Next, they will turn all of that information into an effective college resume. This service can be completed in two different ways. The first way is for the student to receive instructions on how to use the college planning tool and how to complete the college resume, and the second way is to receive instructions on how to complete both of these tools and also receive assistance in completing them.
Length of appointment for receiving instructions on how to complete the college planning tool and resume: One 3 hour appointment:
Length of appointments for receiving instructions on how to complete the college planning tool and resume and also receiving assistance in completing them: One 3 hour appointment, two 2 hour appointments, and one 1 hour appointment
Successful College Interviewing
Some competitive colleges will require applicants go through a face to face interview as part of their admission process. This particular service will direct students on how to have a great interview by instructing them on how to answer questions they are asked by the college interviewer, what kinds of questions to be asking, how to dress for the interview, how to prepare for the interview, how to behave during the interview (how to sit, mannerisms, non-verbal behavior, and so forth), and what to take to the interview. Mock interviews will be held, so the student can practice for the interviews and get used to the interviewing process.
Length of appointments: Two 2 hour appointments and four 1 hour appointments
How to Pick a Major:
This appointment is geared for individuals who don't know what major to declare in college. This series of appointments is geared for individuals who may be considering several specific careers or for individuals who know what career they want to pursue, but have no idea how to determine what level of education of to get and/or what majors to declare for those specific careers.
There are two different paths for this particular area. One path for those with no idea what career they want in the future or are considering more than three careers. These individuals will be taken down the "how to pick a career" series of appointments first. The second path is geared for individuals who are considering three or less careers or know exactly what career they want in the future.
For those considering more than three careers or have no idea what career they want:
Length of appointments: Six 1 hour appointments
For those who are considering three or less careers or know what career they want:
Length of appointments: Two 1 hour appointments
How to Pick a College:
This is geared for individuals who already know what career they want or know what major they want. Individuals who don't know what career or major they want will be directed to the "How to pick a major" service first, and then to the "How to pick a college" service (there is a package deal for these two services and it is listed on the Packages web page and offered at a discounted rate. This service will teach students how to conduct their own research on colleges and create their own report on what colleges to apply to in the future. It is different from the College Research Report, College Cost Estimator, and Cost Reduction Report because the How to Pick A College service teaches students how to do their own research, as opposed to the College Research Report, College Cost Estimator, and Cost Reduction Report is a service that provides all of that information for you.
The service on picking a college will have you take a quiz first, on different college categories and it will have you rate how important each category is to you. You will use these results to conduct a college search. When searching colleges. When you are searching colleges, there is a form you will complete for the schools that look the best to you. You will be writing down the important information about each college. You will complete one form per college. The reason you will complete a form for each college is so that you have the college information handy for review later, and you won't have to keep looking information up. You can use this information to select a college.
Length of appointments: Three 1 hour appointments
Understanding the College Process:
The purpose of this informative series of appointments is to
provide information about the college admissions process, the college process
as a whole, and information you need to know to get into college and
successfully graduate. This service outlines steps that need to be taken to be
a college student and to meet your final goal of graduating. Specific
information will be provided on the following topics:
- The college admissions process (choosing colleges to apply to, open admission versus competitive admission colleges, accreditation, deadlines and timelines, college interviewing, and accepting an offer)
- The financial plan (financial aid and the FAFSA form, scholarships, creative funding, using your own funds, working)
- Choosing a career and declaring a major
- Being organized and successfully graduating (covers organization, success tips, study skills, and time management)
- Accessing your school resources (library, computer lab, academic advisor, health clinic)
- Creating a personalized education plan--a roadmap of the classes you need to graduate
- Understanding deadlines, how to register for classes, and the rules and policies of the campus
- Understanding the graduation process
Length of appointments: Four 2 hour appointments
Time management is a critical issue for college students. Often, college students are juggling several tasks at once: attending classes, working, participating in extra-curricular activities, managing activities with spouses or significant others, children, and family, and numerous other activities. Time management topics included in this series of appointments includes how to successfully manage time for all aspects of your life, devoting enough time for homework and studying, setting goals, time saving tips, time management and study time, and managing a calendar to have time for everything, including yourself.
Length of appointments: two 2 hour appointments
Career Interviewing Skills:
This service is geared for individuals who would like assistance with career interviewing skills. In this series of appointments, individuals will be given information on dressing for an interview, how to conduct themselves during an interview, preparing for the interview, questions to be prepared to answer, and questions to ask. Practice is important, can be a critical factor in preparing for an interview, and can be stress-relieving, therefore, a series of mock interviews will be conducted, with feedback given on each one.
Length of appointments: Five 1 hour appointments
Sometimes, college students and those getting ready to enter college just need to talk to an experienced professional about random topics to get feedback on decisions or issues. Sometimes, students and future students have questions or want to talk about topics that aren't covered by other services. This particular service allows students to have someone to talk to about these random subjects. To get feedback on which direction to head or to see if better alternatives are available. In this service, you-the student or future student-controls how many appointments are needed. This is your appointment where you get to decide the topic of the appointment. We can meet as much or as little as you need. Sometimes it just helps to know someone is on your side and can help you navigate these waters.
High school guidance counselors are busy and so are the college academic advisors. Both groups have a lot of responsibilities on their plate and sometimes it can be difficult to get an appointment in a quick manner in order to talk about the miscellaneous things running through your head. It will come in handy to have a college professional who can give you advice and help you know you are making a good decision and heading in the right direction.
Length of appointments: Varies from student to student; this is dependent on you and how many times you want to talk; Marnie is available as much or as little as you need her.
Cost: $35 per hour
Group Presentations and Special Speaking Engagements
In addition to individual services and packages, group presentations and special speaking engagements are available for any topic listed in the individual services section or packages section. Group presentations and special speaking engagements can also be arranged for any college-related topics not listed on this website. The benefit to this service is that multiple people can attend an information session on any topic and the cost to attend will be significantly lower than by purchasing individual services or packages. Please contact Marnie Winters, owner of Finding My Path: College and Career Coaching, by phone at 614-364-5709 or by e-mail at [email protected] for more information.
Length of presentation/speaking engagement: Varies