Pamela was a wonderful resource throughout the college application process. As the oldest child in my family, applying to college was a daunting task that neither I nor my parents had much experience with. Pamela’s expertise was invaluable. She helped me craft a well-balanced college list, making sure I would be happy at all of my colleges, from safeties to reaches. Her understanding of the Common Application allowed me to easily navigate each section, and her organization made finishing everything on time uncomplicated. I am so grateful to her for the time she dedicated to helping me to create cohesive, cogent, and impressive college applications, that procured an acceptance from the school of my dreams!--"
CAMILLE, Class of 2024


Workshop for High School Students

We use a quick, simple question and answer approach to help you find your way to a productive, fun summer. Your answers might even guide you to an academic major or an idea for a career!


The LCS Philosophy

A Message from Pamela Kwartler

I founded LCS/DE-STRESS THE COLLEGE PROCESS in response to the scare tactics and negativity surrounding college admissions today. The fear-mongering interferes with common sense and what could be an optimistic, exciting time for families. When other parents speak with authority, we become vulnerable to peer pressure and worry that our inexperience or inaction must be shortchanging our kids. But “advice” from other parents is not going to be the charm for navigating this process successfully: common sense and calm, professional support is.


The COVID-19 crisis has added an unprecedented level of stress for families and institutions alike. I am committed to sharing the news about changes in higher education with my families as I receive it. Rest assured that your kids will gain admissions to excellent colleges. We shift our outlook to a year or two from now, when most of our sons and daughters will be happy at college. We take a long-term view, and encourage our children--and ourselves--to believe that college achievements matter much more than which colleges they choose to attend.

Click here to learn more about LCS's flexible offerings for high school students. Begin DE-STRESSING the COLLEGE PROCESS now!



Harvard University

2020 Valedictorian Camille will continue exploring biological and environmental sciences (+ all of her other many, many interests) at Harvard in the fall, where she hopes to be on campus! 

As a Certified Educational Planner, I am committed to providing the latest information on the state of higher education in the US and internationally. 


The college process is overwhelming because it involves extra work at a busy time for everyone. But realizing that we can’t control everything creates anxiety. It’s hard to leave matters up to chance because we’re used to self-advocating.  So, what can we control? We can create strong, unique applications that attract attention. Then we can go forward confidently, ready to look forward to colleges' decisions. 

Are you the parent of

a high school freshman?

Let's discuss how the college process works and your student's academics and extracurricular activities. 

It’s just a conversation … becoming informed sooner may help you feel more prepared.

Are you the parent of a high school sophomore, junior or senior?

Let’s make a game plan. LCS is here to help with course selection, summer planning, test scheduling, college
visits, researching colleges, and keeping the stress level down. When it’s time to complete essays, applications, and finalizing a list of colleges your senior would be happy to attend, LCS sets goals, sends reminders, and manages it all with interactive College Planner Pro software - and we'll finish ahead of admissions deadlines.

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LCS offers hourly consulting to meet a variety of each student's needs, from assistance with the Common Application to college essay editing and all aspects of the college process. 

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