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College Application Boot Camp! (for rising seniors)

Help your student succeed in their college apps with my 2-day workshop! I help them complete 80% of the requirements before the apps open!

By Conscious College Planning

When and where

Date and time

June 14 · 12pm - June 15 · 3:30pm CDT


The Dole 401 Country Club Road Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event
Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 1 day 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

This exclusive in-person event is for rising high school seniors, class of 2024.

Did you know most college applications open on August 1st!? In my 2-day workshop, I will teach your student how to get organized for the upcoming college admission season and walk them through 80% of the applications before they open! This sets them up for success and gives them better chances for admission AND scholarships.

By the end of this 2-day informative and uplifting workshop, your child will be confident about applying to colleges and far ahead of the competition.

Your child will walk away with:

  • How to not miss any steps or deadlines when applying to colleges
  • Application strategies to increase their chances for admission AND scholarships
  • 7 total hours of guidance!
  • How to write EFFECTIVE college essays
  • Rough draft of main college essay
  • Templates for supplemental essays
  • How to get the BEST letters of recommendation
  • Nearly all of the data-entry for college applications completed
  • Systems to organize their college application requirements
  • College admission timelines and checklists
  • Downloadable worksheets, resources, and tips
  • College-Application tracker
  • Confidence in their college plan

Why attend my Admission Application Bootcamp?

  • Students come out of this experience more confidently, completing most of the admission requirements early!
  • Take the stress off your shoulders about preparing your child for college admissions.
  • Peace of mind that your child will have an easier senior year because they planned ahead.
  • Students enjoy my supportive and approachable style in a small classroom environment.
  • I've guided hundreds of students through admission applications, giving them the best chances for admission AND merit scholarships.
  • With over 11 years of experience in higher education consulting, I offer expert guidance in admission and financial aid questions so you know you're in good hands.


Wednesday, June 14, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Thursday, June 15, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

*Class will be held at the lovely Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake, IL

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. If my child completes about 80% of the admission applications, what about the other 20%?

A. Not everything can be completed in advance. Once the college applications officially open, they can complete the other 20%. In my class, I teach students the other 20% of the requirements and how to prepare.

Q. Can my child attend only one day of this boot camp?

A. No. Your child must attend both days to receive the full benefit. No refunds will be made if your child doesn't attend, but they will receive all of the handouts and resources.

Q. Does this replace 1-on-1 college counseling?

A. No. This session is interactive lecture-style with group work. During class and workshop, I will go around to each student and provide some individual help with questions on their applications, student resumes, and essays, but this does not replace individual coaching for the student's holistic situation.

Q. Does my child need to know all the schools they are applying to before this class?

A. No. While it is helpful for your child to know at least a few schools they want to apply to, this class helps them regardless of where their school list is during the boot camp.

Just to let you know, while we will discuss how to determine if a college is a good fit or not, this class does NOT provide personal college suggestions. If you are interested in individualized 1-on-1 services, I offer packages to help you with your college planning needs.

Q. What does my child need to bring to this class?

A. Once you purchase your child's ticket, you will receive a welcome email with a list of the curriculum and full list of what to bring. A couple of important items will be a laptop or tablet, charger, journal or notepad, pens. Water and light snacks will be provided.

Q. Can parents attend this boot camp as well?

A. This is a student-only event. Parents will have access to all of the downloadable worksheets and resources. Parents may contact the presenter, Jackie Postelnick, with questions before or after the class.

About the organizer

Conscious College Planning is your premier college-prep and college-funding advisor, serving the local Crystal Lake, IL area and nationwide. My name is Jackie Postelnick, Founder, and mission is to guide families to make confident college decisions, the easeful way.

I have over 10 years of experience in higher education guidance, so you can rest assured your family is receiving expert guidance in preparing for college, completing admission applications, and maximizing financial aid and scholarship eligibility.

I meet you wherever you're at in the process and tailor custom plans to help your student align with their passions and achieve admission to schools where they will thrive!

You're getting more than just a counselor, but an expert and a friend. Working with me, you will receive strategic guidance, clarity in your next steps, support through all the decisions, and encouraging accountability. Let me ease your parental stress and tones down your student's anxieties while preparing for their college futures.