Ground & Grow

A mindful approach to your application process.

We’re so happy you’re here. The Ground & Grow approach is meant to provide you the framework you need to navigate your admissions process.






Week Plan


It’s rare to have dedicated time for self-reflection and we encourage all applicants to take this as an opportunity to ground yourself during this time of transition – who are you? What motivates and inspires you? By using a mindful approach to this self-exploration, we can dig deep and explore thoughtfully.


Ultimately, you are reaching for something – that’s why you’re here. With this strong foundation, we hope you will grow into this new chapter. What do you want in this next experience? How do you want to be challenged? What are you seeking in your journey towards fulfillment? With a strong foundation you’ll have the footing you need to take the leap.

Hear more about our philosophy.

I’m not special.

I think one of the most common fears among high school students is that they have nothing that makes them “special.” I’ve heard many times that because they haven’t started a non-profit, swam with sharks or overcome a significant personal hardship, applicants feel they have nothing to offer on their personal statement. Well, my friends,…

Be yourself fearlessly.

Taylor Swift albums have always come out in fall, right around the time of most college admissions deadlines. You may wonder what the two have in common, but I think Taylor would make a great applicant if she ever decided to go back and get a college degree. The impressive thing to me about Taylor…

The college app process is a stressful time for seniors and parents. Having Kathryn involved throughout the process changed the dynamic between me and my son during this time. She helped him manage important deadlines, clean his essay and battle the common app while I got to focus on the fun things like college visits. Kathryn was always available for questions, incredibly knowledgeable and provided great guidance and recommendations. I was grateful to have her assistance throughout the process and was confident she genuinely cared about my son’s success.””

College Applicant Parent