The College Whisperer™ | Navigating The Road To College

College Counseling In The Time Of The Corona Virus

March 16, 2020

Don't let the Corona Virus, with attendant quarantines, pauses, and time outs, hamper your college admission plans.

Whether you're in Great Neck or in Guam, time constraints, logistics, social distancing, or simply dollars and cents may make face-to-face, in-person counseling impractical, if not impossible.

That's why College Connection offers
, a comprehensive combo of online, e-mail, telephonic, and virtual counseling, with a real-live college planning counselor on hand and on call, to seamlessly take you through the college admissions process.

From choosing colleges that are "best" for you, to brainstorming and editing essays, to navigating Naviance, Common App, and the host of online portals from Fastweb for scholarships to FAFSA for financial aid, College Connection is your go to guide when planning for college, applying to college, paying for college, or just thinking about college.

With College Connection's online and interactive resources, and the assistance of a college counselor never more than a telephone call, e-mail, Skype, FaceTime, or even a Tweet away, navigating the road to college couldn't be easier or more stress-free. [Why, you can even do all of your college planning in your PJs! ;-)]

Call us today for more information, or to get on board with virtual counseling to secure your college future. As always, the initial telephone consultation is FREE. 516-345-8766.

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FREE College Planning Workshop | April 20

February 10, 2020

Colleges once considered “safety” schools have become “reach.” The application process, seemingly simple back in the day, is now overwhelming. And the cost of college, well, let’s just say that arm and leg may not cover it. What’s a high school student (or parent) to do?

On Monday, April 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM, the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will play host to a free college planning workshop, where high school students and their parents will get the inside scoop on how to choose the “best” colleges, the DOs and DON’Ts of the application and admissions process, writing persuasive essays, and navigating the maze of financial aid and scholarships.

Seth Bykofsky of College Connection, a/k/a The College Whisperer™, will offer insight and advice to the college-bound, while calming the frayed nerves of moms and dads, bringing his passion, aptitude, common sense and funny bone to the masses yearning to apply, be admitted to, and pay for their colleges of choice.

The Ethical Humanist Society is located at 38 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY. REGISTER HERE for this free college planning forum, or call 516-345-8766 for more information.


Simply The Best!

August 5, 2019

College Connection voted Best in College Planning and Counseling.

But don't just take the word of the mainstream media, those who cast ballots in otherwise senseless online polls, or folks who take umbrage in meaningless rankings.

Read what our clients have to say about us, then, pick up the phone and let's talk.

College Connection. When only the BEST will do!

Call us today at 516-345-8766. The telephone consultation is FREE. The guidance and peace of mind: PRICELESS!

COLLEGE CONNECTION: The Cure For The Common App

May 20, 2019

Has applying to college - or just thinking about applying to college -- left you dazed, dizzy and down-in-the dumps? Do you go blank when you try to put pen to paper for that college essay? Does worrying about how you're going to pay for it all send chills down your spine? 

COLLEGE CONNECTION, your one-stop source for college planning, counseling and support, has the cure for what ails you!

With the college application season about to get into full swing, and with it, the angst, frustrations and anxieties of students and parents alike reaching a pinnacle, one often hears the question, “can an independent college counselor really give students a competitive edge?”

Well, did the little piggy cry wee, wee, wee all the way home?

The expert guidance. The knowledgeable advice. The learned hand helping to successfully navigate the long and winding road to college admissions. And did we mention, taking the not uncommon concerns, pitfalls and tribulations out of the so-called 
Common App?

That’s what 
College Connection, the one-stop source for college planning, guidance and support, offers the college-bound. It’s all about empowering students and giving parents peace of mind.

"Can I afford to retain the services of an independent college counselor?" Think of it this way. Can you afford 
not to? It's not the cost, really, as you prepare to make one of the greatest investments of your life. It's the value. . It's the calm during the storm. It’s knowing that your application is not just done, it’s done correctly, completely, and accurately. It's, well, how can we put it so the message really hits home? It's the fulfillment of a promise, and the realization of a dream. Now THAT'S bang for your buck!

college matching and selection to application enhancement, essay brainstorming and development to comprehensive admission strategies, acing the admissions interview to unearthing the buried treasures of scholarships and grants, the College Connection counselor could well be the difference between celebrating your acceptance and sulking over that rejection.
Wee, wee, wee all the way home? Leave that to the little piggy. You're on your way to college. College Connection can help you get there!
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Visit College Connection on the web at And speak with The College Whisperer™ himself at 516-345-8766.


A Spring Break "To Do" List

April 18, 2019
Wondering What To Do Over Spring Break? Read On...
Remember, college application and admissions season is closer than it appears in the rear view mirror. Check out College Connection's College Planning Packages (or create one of your own). Then, give us a call (516-345-8766) with your questions, concerns, or to schedule a college planning & counseling session in the comfort of your home (Long Island, NY and environs) or remotely. 
At College Connection, we've got your back. And your best moves forward!

Free College Planning Workshop | April 17th | Garden City, NY

February 25, 2019

Secrets of College Admissions Revealed


Navigating The Application Process ~ Admission Strategies Engaging  Essays ~ Financial Aid Essentials ~ Scholarships


Wednesday, April 17, 2019  @ 7:15 PM

at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island

38 Old Country Road Garden City, NY 11530



The College Whisperer 4.0™

December 5, 2018

Pssst! Got College Plans? Then you need this guy. . . The College Whisperer™ - That warm and fuzzy teddy bear who comforts you from angst, anxiety, and stress.
The College Whisperer™ - That ferocious pit bull, tenacious in getting you into the right college, and helping you find the money to pay for it. The College Whisperer™ - At six pounds four ounces (weight may vary)

If this is how applications, admissions, paying for college, and the  search process look to you, you need to get to us! 

Applying to ? Paying for college? Thinking about college? You need The College Whisperer. Find him at _ _

At College Connection, We've Got Your Back. And Your Best Moves Forward!

Contact us at COLLEGE CONNECTION, home of The College Whisperer™ and Official Sponsor of College Admission Success™, for all of your college planning needsNo one knows college admissions like COLLEGE CONNECTION. No one! 516-345-8766

Find out why they say COLLEGE CONNECTION is, "The best darn college planner on Long Island!".

For up-to-the-minute news, apps, info and insights on college applications, admissions, scholarships and just about everything college, follow The College Whisperer™ on Twitter at

The Common App Goes "Live" August 1...

June 18, 2018

... Will You Be Ready?

Yes, the 2018-19 
Common Application, online portal to nearly 800 college applications, will be rolled out on August 1st. Other college application platforms will follow.

Do you know which colleges are "best" for you? Will your applications get your foot in the door, let alone over that ivy-covered gate? Will that essay "wow" the college admissions team? And what about financial aid, scholarships, and the ins, outs, and in-betweens of the college admissions and financial aid process?

Don't Go It Alone!

Call us at 
COLLEGE CONNECTION, your expert guide to everything college. 516-345-8766.
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At COLLEGE CONNECTION, We've Got Your Back. And Your Best Moves Forward!


NEW FOR 2018! The DIY College Planning Package...

June 18, 2018

...With A Little Help From The College Whisperer

  • For the independent student who simply needs some direction and support. A three-hour in-person session the "need to know" on topics such as choosing colleges, completing the applications, writing the essays, finding scholarships, applying for financial aid, and all the good stuff. [In-Person service limited to Nassau, Queens, and  western Suffolk. Out of area? Ask about working remotely.]

ONLY   $500.00

Check out all of College Connection's college planning packages at

Then call (516-345-8766), email (, text, tweet (@GetCollege) or smoke signal (smoke signal rates may apply) for more information and to get started!


Prelude To College Applications: A Primer On Getting Started

June 9, 2018

If there is a single question The College Whisperer™ is asked most about the college application process, it is, "Where do I begin?"

My typical response is, "At the beginning, of course!" ;-)

Seriously, though, getting started down that long and winding road to college admissions, as it is with many things in life, is often the most difficult part of the journey.

So, what will follow below is a basic (very basic, as in, just to give you a push) primer -- a "To Do" list, if you will -- to set you on your way as you prepare to embark upon this grand adventure known as the college application and admissions process.

Before we run down that list, however, here's a simple, yet critical thought to keep you on track -- if not relatively sane -- during your journey: 

Whenever you have or create a login/password combo (i.e., Naviance, CommonApp, College Board/ACTstudent, college websites, scholarship search engines), write it down in a notebook. [May we suggest a good old composition notebook. Or, for the environmentally friendly, a decomposition notebook!] In this way, you will always have those pesky logins and passwords at hand, and never find yourself saying, "Damn. I thought that was the password..."

And now, that list:

1. Build that Resume on Naviance. This is first and foremost, and a prelude to the resume you will create on Common App, if not elsewhere. Remember, Guidance and the teachers who will write your recommendations often rely upon your Naviance Resume, and colleges, through Common App, will have limited access to it. Find the Resume Builder in Naviance in the About Me section, under Resume. Be sure to include every activity, including academic, extracurricular and community, since 9th Grade. 

2. Complete the Naviance Game Plan*. This will help to narrow down your college choices. Find this in the About Me section. 

3. Complete Naviance Brag Sheets*. Pat yourself on the back a bit and toot your own horn. Complete the Student Brag Sheet, and ask Mom and Dad to complete the Parent Brag Sheet. Important reference tool for Guidance and in completing the application process. Brag Sheets are found in the About Me section, under Surveys To Take

*High schools utilize different versions of Naviance. Not every category (i.e., Game Plan, Brag Sheets) will be found in all editions.

4. Complete the Naviance SuperMatch College Search. This is a useful tool that will help match your interests, academics, career goals, grades and scores to colleges that are a good fit for you. Not a perfect tool, but a good place to get a feel for your target and safety schools. Find SuperMatch in the Colleges section, under College Research. Also narrow your college search by registering and completing detailed profiles on such search engines as and

5. Get A Dedicated Email Address. Consider getting an email address exclusively for your college applications, scholarships, etc. [Most students find Gmail works well.] You will avoid the spam, lost messages, and the problems often associated providers such as AOL. Something simple like would give you a dedicated portal for everything college. It also appears "professional" and serious to college admissions officers!

6. Sign Up & Register with Scholarship Search Engines. All great places to begin your search for FREE money for college. Be sure to complete the profiles on each search engine after you sign up. Then, search and apply for applicable scholarships, both on-site and via the emails you will begin to receive. [Again, a dedicated email address is helpful here!] An early start (as in, yesterday LOL) in the scholarship search could mean real money when that tuition bill arrives. Also, take advantage of the scholarship search tools on Naviance (in the Colleges section, under Scholarships and Money) and on the College Board BigFuture website.

7. Register and Practice for Upcoming ACT and SAT. Be sure to register at ACTstudent for the next available ACT and on the College Board website for the next available SAT as soon as possible. Space will fill up fast for these exams. Then, take as many practice exams (you can find many FREE practice tests online as well as through the various test prep centers) as you can between now and then. [Consider a tutor if subject matter, focus, and/or time management are issues.] Practice is truly the best way to raise your scores! [If that old standardized test doesn't prove to be your forte, you may also want to consider "Test Optional" colleges. At least having a couple of these schools on your list, while no guarantee of admission, should increase your comfort level.]

8. Begin to Work on the College Essays. Remember, outside of grades and scores, the essays (personal statement and supplemental essays, if any) are the best way to show college admissions officers who you are, who you hope to become over the next four years, and what you would bring to campus and the college community beyond. A strong, compelling essay can make all the difference in the world! [Check out the 2018-19 Common App essay prompts!]

9. Visit Campus. If not in person (that can wait until the fall), then certainly online via virtual tours, such as, and

10. Register and create your Profile at CommonApp. While the Common App for 2018-19 launches August 1, you can (and should) register, complete the online profile, and work on the "common" portion of the Common App now. Your info and data will rollover. [Hint: Do NOT work on college-specific supplements or writings. Assuming they are available, they may change come August 1.] NOTE: While Common App is home to some 750 colleges utilizing its application, making it the primary online application for most students, there are other online application aggregators (i.e., Coalition for AccessUniversal College ApplicationCappex App, where there is no application fee for the 125 participating colleges), some of which are used exclusively by certain schools. Check the Admissions/Perspective Students page on websites colleges of interest to see the available or preferred method of application.

11. Call COLLEGE CONNECTION, your Sherpa Guide through the college application process, and Official Sponsor of College Admission Success™! 516-345-8766 [Hmmmm. Maybe this should have been #1! ;-)]

Again, just a relatively short list of what you should be working on now. More to follow. Stay tuned. . .

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Plan. Prepare. Prevail! 

Contact us at COLLEGE CONNECTION, home of The College Whisperer™ and Official Sponsor of College Admission Success™, for all of your college planning needsNo one knows college admissions like COLLEGE CONNECTION. No one! 516-345-8766

For up-to-the-minute news, apps, info and insights on college applications, admissions, scholarships and just about everything college, follow The College Whisperer™ on Twitter at

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