Here's what students and parents have said about working with Jill . . . 

Jill- You have truly empowered our son and help him to grow as an individual. I am so grateful that he has the support of someone as special as you along his journey to college. It means so much to all of us that you give him strength and confidence. As his parents, you will have helped us too. Thanks again for everything you have done for him, and continue to do.

Parent

I just wanted to say thank you for all you’ve done for me. Thanks to you, I felt really prepared to deal with the whole process. I know I did the work myself, but I doubt I would have been in the same place that I am in now, with any part of my application. I remember coming to you on Halloween after finally finishing my common app and you guiding us through every step of submission. I was so nervous. Thank you for helping me decide to apply to UChicago, and always informing me of my options. I am so happy that I got in, but I really would have been happy with any of the colleges we chose. I feel very prepared to deal with the rest of the challenges that face me this year, and I’m so excited for college! Thank you for making me feel so confident in my abilities, thank you for listening to my worries, and thank you for always being there for late night meetings.

Student

I can't even begin to express my gratitude to you for the time you spent with me on the phone last week. Not only are you refreshing to talk to, but your knowledge is absolutely mind-blowing. I feel like we know more than most people at our school, but after speaking with you it is so incredibly apparent that we know so little. Thank you again Jill. I feel like "thank you" is not enough as I am beyond grateful for you. 

Student

Not only did my son get into his first choice school Early Decision, Jill helped us with every step along the way. Jill is so knowledgeable and helped me and my son feel confident with every phase. There is no question that I will hire Jill again for my younger children. I enthusiastically recommend her to any family who wants to embrace their child's college process.

Parent

Jill has been amazing through this entire college process.  Starting in 10th grade when we first met, she really took an interest in getting to know me personally and gave tailored advice especially to me.  She was never hesitant to give her honest opinion about a college, even if it was different than what my parents believed.  What was most helpful to me during the college process was her availability and willingness to discuss any issue or answer any question, no matter how simple or ridiculous it may have been.  Jill met with me often either in her office or via Skype and always tried to accommodate my hectic schedule. 

Student

Jill Madenberg was an amazing support system in many ways.  My daughter went through a lot of emotions during the entire college process. Jill was wonderful. She made my daughter feel secure and successful. She helped make a stressful time so easy. When my daughter needed her, she was there.  Jill met with her throughout the process in person, in a small group and took her phone calls when she needed to reach out.  It was a very special experience. We will never forget the support and genuine care that Jill provided.  

Parent

You are the best.  So thankful for you.  So appreciate everything you did for our daughter.

Parent

Jill reduced stress within our family by helping me carefully submit applications. She would make sure everything was right and made the whole process much easier.

Parent

Thank you so much for being there for us. You are so attentive and caring. In addition to being a great college counselor, you have given me and my husband great tools to help J navigate this process.  We feel so lucky to work with you!

Student

There are no words … I’m beyond thrilled for him that he has these fantastic options! I can’t thank you enough for opening these doors for him.  You made this very unknown intimidating process an absolute victory!

Parent

Thank you so much for all your wisdom and support in the college application process. We are SO thrilled our daughter got into her first choice school Early Decision. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Parent

We want to thank you again for the help and guidance you gave to our son. You really brought us off the proverbial cliff and for that, we will forever be grateful.  You are great at what you do and you gave us a sense of security I don't think we have gotten from anyone else. 

Parent

This process was truly a pleasure!  You brought us out of crisis mode and gave me my sanity back!!!  I will forever be indebted.  

Parent

Thanks so much for all your help. You have changed our lives. You saved us from a lot of strife. It's been worth every penny. It’s been truly invaluable. This Thanksgiving I am thankful for you!!!  

Parent

You are the greatest advisor, Jill. I'm not sure what we would do without you. Thank you for all of your support helping R through this process.

Parent

We want to thank you again for the help and guidance you gave to our son. You really brought us off the proverbial cliff and for that, we will forever be grateful.  You are great at what you do and you gave us a sense of security I don't think we have gotten from anyone else. 

Parent

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Jill, you are the best. I do not know what I would have done without you throughout this process. You have built up my confidence and helped me create a stunning application. I can never thank you enough!

Student

Laura said she felt like she could really connect with you - she trusts you and believes what you are telling her and will be able to stop listening to the myths out there that are stressing her out. The calmness you bring to her is really miraculous.

Parent

I cannot tell you how grateful we all are to you. You have come into our lives literally like an Angel and I can't thank you enough for all the support and guidance you have provided us; I know you have so very many people to take care of and we are so very grateful for doing the same for us.

Parent

You made this very unknown intimidating process an absolute victory!

Parent

I just wanted to thank you again. I had so much fun working on the application with you yesterday! You made the college process so much less stressful! I will let you know how everything goes!

Student

Jill - I just have to let you know the support, caring and concern you have given to Rachel, me and Josh, is completely heartwarming!  I was thinking about “the journey” and your kindness throughout this difficult process and it brought me to tears. Thank you for believing in Rachel.  You have been able to save her from falling into a dark, unhappy place. I know lots ahead, but cannot wait to say this down the road. Thank you!

Parent

Thank you for advocating and supporting all three of my children these last few years. You are a blessing. Honestly, I don't know what we would have done without you. You were such a strong support system and they each needed such different things. You gave each of them what they needed. They have such different personalities and yet all three of them said you made the journey to college fun and exciting! And, we are absolutely thrilled with the end results. I cannot imagine the college journey without you, Jill. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Parent

Jill's advice during my application review was life changing! She looked carefully at my experiences and interests, and helped me understand how to put together a seamless application. After working with Jill, I realized my ideal path was Human Development, and I haven't looked back!

Student

As always, thank you so much for the time you spent with Eliza. Every single time she gets off a call with you, a weight is lifted off her shoulders. I've said it before, but your knowledge is invaluable and the peace you bring to Eliza is priceless.

Parent

Thanks for spending time with her Jill! As always, she felt so much better after speaking with you. She spoke to us after she got off with you and is so much more excited about her essays. As she was speaking to us I could hear the excitement and passion in her voice. Thanks again Jill. The confidence you give her and the feedback you provide is invaluable.

Parent

Thank you so much for everything you have done for me throughout this whole process! I also just found out today that I got in to my first choice! I am beyond excited and so grateful that I have had your support this whole time.

Student

Thank you for all your help. You're helping me get through all the stress and I can't express how grateful I am. I've been comfortable to open up to you since day one and I love how we've connected. No matter where I end up for college, I'll always remember your support for me throughout this process.

Student

Thanks for everything, Jill.

You are truly my saving grace.

Student

I can't thank you enough for your e-mail which uplifted me. Words can't express how grateful we all are to you for your support. Thank you for making this journey easier to manage in so very many ways.

Parent

Jill, you are the best! And sorry I send you like 20 emails a day I’m just trying to get a lot done for the deadline! I talk to you more than my friends lately lol!!

Student

Jill, from the start of my college search, you have been an unwavering source of support for my family and me. Through your advice and guidance, you helped me to successfully manage this complicate process and ultimately receive an acceptance at my first-choice school. How I could possibly thank you enough, I don't know, but I hope these words of gratitude is a start.

 

after process from parent:

 

Thank you Jill for all your helpful guidance during the college process.  Your experience and knowledge are mind-blowing. In addition, the feedback provided during the editing process for all those pivotal essays was invaluable. 

 

another:

 

Jill held my daughters’ hands throughout their college processes. She is an enthusiastic, honest, knowledgeable, & thorough advisor who provides unparalleled guidance. She really does love the journey to college, & makes the experience feel like a fun adventure! 

 

parent of senior year who just met me:

 

You walked me and my daughter off the cliff. I honestly don't know what we would have done if we hadn't met you. She was being Rejected or Deferred from all of her colleges and you took a look at her applications and explained why. She reworked some of her applications and then got into every college she applied to! THANK YOU JILL. You truly saved us, only wish we had met you earlier. Please save spots for our younger children!

 

 

from parent who attended a webinar I know you drew a very large audience, looking for answers to help them navigate through these unchartered waters, and you did not disappoint.  Even though the future is so uncertain, you set a calm and reassuring tone, and offered frank, practical, and sound advice. I was especially taken with your emphasis on being authentic, and your reminder to parents to keep their children in “the driver’s seat”. Thank you very much for sharing your considerable expertise and insights with the community.

 

parent in middle of application season: Lisa seems right on track, and I’m very appreciative to you Jill. This has made the whole process for our family so much better in a challenging time. 

Thanks for all of you do.

 

parent in middle of application season during pandemic:

 

Thanks for all your support for Matt’s college application during this challenging year.  I really appreciate it.  He has been under a lot of stress and I am trying to be a supportive mom and had to back off from asking a lot of questions around college app. You have saved us!  I am glad he has you providing the guidance and counseling needed.  He took all your suggestions to heart and really is working hard and feels much better now.

 

another one:

 

Thank you for your precious guidance.  It is incredible how many applications are in and how organized of a process it’s been.  Sarah has been working so hard and we know her applications will authentically stand out in a meaningful way. Thank you Jill!

 

parent of a senior:

 

Thank you Jill. You are a life saver.  He’s very motivated and excited right now.  I’m actually seeing a completely different side to him. I can’t thank you enough.  Thank you for being part of this and guiding Lance with every step.

 

reflection from a parent:

 

I know that you are in the thick of it  now with your seniors, loving every minute! They are fortunate beyond words to have you to guide them. I remember this time last year with Tracy. I will never forget how much you helped her and us. We feel blessed to know that you will be working with our younger children too. We can't wait to share this very special time with you again and again.

From student:

 

Every time I talk to you I feel less stressed. Thanks for all the great tips and advice! Even though I'm only in 9th grade, you help me prioritize what I need to be thinking about.

 

From student:

 

 I appreciate all the help. I only met you recently and you have already done a lot for me and I am thankful for that.

 

From current college student:

 

My freshman year has been absolutely amazing! The transition to college was quite wonderful for me, which I'm super grateful for.  Although I had a lot of anxiety in high school, I've become much better at handling it at college and I absolutely LOVE the independence I've gained being away from home. I cannot thank you enough for all of your help throughout the college process! You gave me so much confidence and helped me achieve my goal of ending up at my dream school. I couldn't see myself anywhere else! 

 

From current college student:

 

Freshman year has been absolutely incredible. I’ve definitely taken advantage of all the amazing things school has to offer. Thank you so much for your guidance throughout the college process, I could not possibly be happier with college and so much of that happened because of you.

 

Parent

 

Thank you for advocating and supporting all three of my children these last few years. You are a blessing. Honestly, I don't know what we would have done without you. You were such a strong support system and they each needed such different things. You gave each of them what they needed. They have such different personalities and yet all three of them said you made the journey to college fun and exciting! And, we are absolutely thrilled with the end results. I cannot imagine the college journey without you Jill. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

 

Parent

 

Thank you Jill!! You are really great to speak to!  Makes me and my son feel much better and less stressed. 

 

Parent after presentation

Jill, it was so great to listen to your presentation tonight.  You are terrific. It was full of helpful information, while being compassionate and attentive to the needs of our anxious teens. You covered an enormous amount of material in an environment that clearly isn’t static! Your ability to discuss a wide range of topics in an informative and easy to understand manner is phenomenal. Incredibly helpful and informative. You have helped so many people during this difficult time.

 

Student

Jill’s advice during my senior application review was life changing! Jill looked carefully at my experiences and interests, and helped me understand how to put together a seamless application. After working with Jill, I realized my ideal path was Human Development, and I haven't looked back!

With more than 25 years of experience working with hundreds of high school students, Jill possesses a wealth of knowledge about the college admissions process, and believes the process should be exciting. Jill helps by working closely with each student on college selection, creating a vibrant and authentic resume, planning meaningful and appropriate summer activities, creating personalized testing strategies, brainstorming essay ideas and techniques, building interview skills, reviewing scholarship opportunities and more. Most importantly, Jill eases the stress and helps students feel confident about the college planning and selection process.

 

Schedule a time to ask Jill your questions or hire her to speak to a group in your community. Working with Jill will provide you a greater understanding of the college application process and, more importantly, a feeling of confidence rather than confusion.

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