Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is an educational consultant at her personal firm, Heather Johnson Associates.


What is your approach for helping students who don't have the qualifications for their top-choice schools?

We never treat students like they are fixed points in time and space--we help them think of ideas that take their ideas to the next level so that they can maximize their options for college.read more

What is your process for helping students find financial aid?

I offer basic financial aid advice and point the family in the direction of colleges who are notoriously generous with merit aid. In addition, I give the family a report that shows which scholarships the student might be eligible for at the colleges to which he or she is applying.read more

How can college counselors help students and parents with different admission goals (schools, locations, price, etc.)?

One of the first things I tell my families is that the college admission process is about finding a good fit and match rather than trophy hunting.read more

What role can a college counselor play in preparing seniors for the transition to college life?

By the time the student is ready to leave for college, the student and counselor have developed a trusting relationship. Therefore, the student might be more likely to ask the counselor the questions about which she or he is having anxiety than might otherwise be the case.read more

What are some common misconceptions students have about the college admission process?

That they cannot control the outcome. They need to put their best foot forward but also realize that being rejected does not mean they failed. read more

What is your approach to helping students with application essays?

I have a series of questions I ask the student to answer, and from those responses, we narrow down potential topics for their essays--topics that individualize the student and allow him or her to have a clear voice.read more

What is your process for helping students create the list of colleges to which they will apply?

Finding colleges that will help students thrive depends on students reflecting on and identifying their aspirations, strengths, challenges, and personal preferences. read more

How has the recent economic climate affected the college admission process?

We (counselors) have seen more concern and confusion. Parents are taking a greater role in the college admission process and they are more anxious about admittance and costs.read more