Every Thursday this summer, we are introducing college students and families to a different member of the particular College Coach admissions team . Drop in to see what we’re reading, where we went to school, and our strategies for beginning the college article. As you work with us to find a good educational consultant that best fits your needs or the needs of your kid, we will help you consider the personality and working styles that will bring out the best in you or your college student. Today all of us introduce Kyra Tyler, who works with students both in the Chicago region and remotely.
Where are you from?
Kyra: Matteson, IL (30 min. south of Chicago)
Where did you go to school?
Kyra: Northwestern & Harvard
What did you research?
Kyra: Flute Performance then Advanced schooling Administration
Where did you work?
Kyra: College: Danz’ Cookies, Starbucks; Professional: Sapient Corp., Brandeis, Harvard College Fund
What are you reading right now for fun?
Kyra: The Goldfinch simply by Donna Tartt.
You have a free weekend and carte blanche to go anywhere and do anything. What do you do?
Kyra: I’d move somewhere warm with my husband, consider an outdoor pilates class, hang out at the sea, and eat awesome food.
What was your preferred thing about college?
Kyra: Significantly, all of it!!
What about your college experience was different from what you expected?
Kyra: Likely to school so close to home, I believed I’d be home or find my parents a lot. Neither happened. I only went home when our roommate, who was from California, did (so almost never). I saw mother and father a good bit, but only for really good things like taking my friends and me to dinner or seeing our musical performances.
What’s your philosophy on college admission?
Kyra: Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to find THE SCHOOL to suit your needs. There are likely many places in which a student will be happy and prosperous. Put the time into finding these options by being open to suggestions, investigating places thoroughly (especially the ones that are usually unfamiliar), visiting schools, and getting an open mind. Worry about where you are going to be happiest, not what’s popular, what has a “great status, ” etc .
What aspect of the college admissions process do you most enjoy working on?
Kyra: Putting together the college list
What is the most common mistake you see from students that can easily be fixed?
Kyra: Basing their decisions on other people’s opinions about schools rather than forming their own.
How do you encourage students to look outside of the schools they know to get hidden gems?
Kyra: You have to be prepared to step outside of what everyone else is doing. Generally, though, if students are willing to give a hidden gem a chance, they end up envisioning it as a viable option… which is really exciting!
What in your mind the good college essay?
Kyra: An excellent essay is well-written, answers problem, and is genuine. There’s nothing worse than reading an essay that’s either been too edited and is beyond the capacity of the student or is trying so hard to impress that will it’s hard to get through.
What are some essential things you’ve learned during your time as a College Coach educator?
Kyra: This is legitimately a stressful and sometimes overwhelming process. Laughter and the belief it will all work out in the end are usually two things that can really get a family members through some of the rough times.
What do you say to your high school self in case you could coach him/her through the procedure?
Kyra: It’s going to be better yet than you can imagine.
Kyra Tyler is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts . Kyra is a graduate student of Harvard University and Northwestern University. Prior to joining College Coach, Kyra worked as a senior admissions officer at Brandeis University.