hire a great consultant who will be with you every step of the way. Because so much of my personality is infused in this company and so much of my personality is rooted in loving to be around and affirming people as they move toward their goals, that’s become the culture of my company. One of my interns suggested we make sure that people know that clients should think of us as more than consultants but also as friends—and that’s exactly how it feels. As you continue to move toward your goal of getting into your dream school, make sure you build yourself a team that will be there to help pick up the pieces when it feels like things are falling apart and who are more than just cheering you on but are invested in your success. k.