Tanish, University of Texas Austin, University of Washington, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Always available whenever I needed advice or feedback, very observant and discerning with my essays, looking at every possible place where words were redundant or where more detail could be added, and perfecting the essays from the perspective of an application reader, Shachi was instrumental in helping me create strong applications.
Many times, despite me looking at it multiple times and revising my essays to what I thought was perfect, Shachi found numerous areas which could be improved and tailored to the essay prompt and the university.
She was also very knowledgeable regarding college requirements and all extra steps I would need to take in order to create a strong application. There were so many things that my parents and I were unfamiliar about, but Shachi guided us through all those points of uncertainty. The long, complicated applications process was made exponentially simpler by Shachi’s meticulous planning of which essays to write, their order, input on college selection and suggestions on things to do to add to my application. She was always able to clarify any doubts regarding what needed to be done for complicated, open-ended essay prompts.
The advice, feedback and extensive guidance has culminated in my receiving offers from amazing universities like UT Austin, UIUC, and University of Washington among others. Many many thanks to Shachi for giving me a great start to my college journey!
My daughter Riya and I met Shachi in end January 2020 when Riya was in her second year of undergraduate studies at Ashoka University majoring in Economics & Finance. As an alternate career path, Riya was keen to pursue one year MSc-Finance program instead of doing the fourth year under graduate studies at Ashoka University.
I would say Shachi was the driving force behind the entire application process. She had a holistic approach and guided my daughter right from building her Resume, to guidance on GMAT preparation and setting of goals, and the entire University selection, application, and interview process.
Initially we were focused only on UK and later in mid-October we added Singapore due to Covid-19 and Shachi immediately started working on the same as well. Shachi prepared the Task Sheet and pushed my daughter hard to meet the deadlines. I found Shachi to possess outstanding knowledge, she is committed, focused, and always encouraged my daughter.
Shachi is very approachable, responsive, and communicative. She always took out time for a conference call with myself and my daughter and always kept me in the loop on and one to one basis as I was very concerned on the progress.
Riya secured her admission in SMU for August 2021 in the early round and has also received a nominal academic scholarship.
In sum, Shachi clearly exceeded our expectations and made an overwhelmingly stressful process quite manageable and we owe this to her completely.
Raj & Ritu, Parents
Going with Shachi Jain to counsel our son through his college applications was an easy decision. We had a reference from one of our friends who spoke very highly of her professionalism. And while we were still finalizing our decision, our neighbor’s son mentioned that his friend’s counselor “was the best”. Sure enough – when he sent us the name – it was Shachi! What better reference to have than from a student himself!
In our first meeting itself, we were all very impressed by Shachi’s pleasant attitude, her attention to details, and her well-organized thoughts. Tanish, our son, felt very comfortable talking to her – and that was very important to us.
We have been working with Shachi for almost 10 months now and it’s truly been a very positive experience for all of us! She is extremely organized, has kept us on a good schedule and keeps us abreast of all upcoming deadlines. She is flexible – always on the lookout for updates from universities, new ways to highlight accomplishments and providing the right guidance as Covid changed our plans. Her planning has been great and we never found ourselves in a “panic” situation. She has been on top of everything - from short listing the list of schools to planning out the sequence of the essays, from getting all the essays polished to making sure the applications were all complete with all required details.
Another thing that we all have really appreciated about Shachi is her availability. She is extremely prompt in her responses and always made herself available whenever we’ve had any requests (even last minute ones).
We’re still waiting for the final decisions to come from various schools, but it has been a wonderful experience working with Shachi and we wish her the very best in life!
Arjun, Amherst College, Duke University, University of California Berkeley, USC
I am extremely grateful and thankful to Shachi for helping me in putting together the best college application possible. Shachi helped me in all areas throughout the whole application process: excellent advising on extra-curriculars and projects, helpful tips on standardized tests, choosing the perfect college list for me (and especially deciding where I should apply early), assisting in the filling of application forms, and most importantly, reading, editing and giving constructive feedback on over 20 college essays.
What makes Shachi stand out in front of the several counsellors in India is the fact that she helps you discover your strengths and interests and express the same effectively in your essays and application forms. If I were to summarise her consulting in one line, I would say Shachi enhanced my application and helped me get into most of my top-choice colleges in the US.
My son, Arjun from Dhirubhai Ambani International School has achieved placements in 4 top universities and one top US college of liberal Arts. He has also received 100% schlorship from 2 universities. I would congratulate Shachi for being instrument towards his application process and torching his entire common app essay which helped him to string his entire process into a strong and powerful one.
Anushka, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Northeastern University, University of Maryland College Park, University of California San Diego
Shachi has been incredibly supportive throughout my application process. Right from helping me schedule my test dates to guiding me to choose the college that’s a great fit for me, she was there every step of the way. Shachi was always reachable, just a message or an email away, and always pushed me to put my best foot forward. She edited what seemed like an infinite number of drafts for my essays, always gave me an unbiased opinion, and helped me understand and consider all aspects in the college selection process.
Any amount of praise for Shachi would not be enough. Her constant guidance, support, and patience is unmatched and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone going through the college application process.
Ms. Shachi is a very sought after career consultant, and rightly so because of her thorough knowledge of worldwide institutions.
Intelligent, approachable, and patient are the apt words to describe her. My experience as a mother of an undergraduate aspirant has been wonderful throughout. With her involvement in every minute detail of building my daughter’s resume to choosing the right place she would fit in, Shachi has given me so much confidence to let my only child fly out of the nest.
I can’t thank Shachi enough for being there always.
Rhea, University of Warwick, University of St Andrews
One of the high points of my experience with Shachi was the fact that she helped me realise my potential and pushed me to apply to the best universities in the UK. To me, her guidance was much more than just listing down colleges and editing the personal statement. It was an elaborate and wonderful journey of discovery and effort. Her work is systematic and goal oriented incorporated with relentless and untiring efforts to bring out our best versions onto paper. Shachi not only told me where I was going wrong but also took out the time to sit down and discuss with me the reasons behind the mistakes and how I could improve. She was (and still is) only a call away for any time I face challenges during the course of the application process. I am extremely thankful to Shachi for her guidance and encouragement.
Priyanka, Imperial College London
Shachi really helped me streamline my entire application process — right from shortlisting colleges to selecting relevant courses and guiding me with my Personal Statement for each application. She’s been extremely approachable and has helped me through the smallest of issues as well as the bigger challenges one faces while applying abroad.
However, in a country where we have college counsellors by the dozen, I think what stands out most with Shachi is her unbiased and earnest approach — one that is solely guided by what’s best for you and your future!
Mansi, University of Warwick
My counselling experience with Shachi Jain was fantastic. Since the first day there was a schedule that was followed to complete the applications in time. Through the counselling period she gave me personalised attention. Her inputs were of great help and she supported me throughout the process. The help through the writing of Essays & the Personal Statement is really appreciated. We kept editing and re-editing them, and not once did ma’am refrain or hesitate from helping. Similarly after I got through the application she prepared a questionnaire and conducted a mock interview to build my confidence. Working with her was a great experience.
Niraj, University of Toronto
I am extremely thankful to you for the efforts that you have taken for my application. I appreciate the grind you have put into my application ranging from SOP edits to finalizing my colleges. I got a detailed explanation of all the possible courses in all of the colleges I was applying, which gave me a clear idea as to the course I really wanted to choose taking into consideration my career prospects. I am also grateful for the time you have put into my application, you kept your schedule very flexible for me which made the application process easier. I have now gotten accepted into 3 out of the 5 colleges I have applied to and I am still awaiting a decision from another college. I never expected to get into some of these top universities and I believe that our efforts have paid off and I give full credits to you.
Vedant, University of Exeter
On our first meet, Shachi understood my background and where I wanted to be headed. Its really good to be working with a counsellor who has your best interests in mind. She made sure all her recommendations were aligned with my line of thought and worked best for my future. I am headed to University and couldn’t be happier. I would most definitely recommend her services.
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