COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELING I founded Kerrigan College Planning is to help middle and upper-middle class students and families get better value from their investment in higher education; I do this by showing clients how to minimize the cost and maximize the return on a college degree. If there’s one thing that I think sets me apart from other college planners, it’s that I’m not into the admissions frenzy. I’m about commonsense planning and making smart, informed, and appropriate choices. I also believe college planning should be fun and enjoyable—not frantic or terrifying. It’s about the student’s growing self-awareness and personal discovery. College planning can’t be separated from career planning, and both are huge components of life planning.
PERSONAL AND LIFE COACHING I'm a lifelong student of human development and potential with a certificate in life coaching. You can read the rest of my credentials below. I'm also an inveterate list-keeper and goal-setter and I'm pretty relentless about getting things done and ticking items off my lists. In fact, when I turned 50, I had a revelation: I'd already achieved pretty much all the major goals I ever had for my life! This probably sounds like a good thing, but it was actually kind of a shock and a bit of a letdown so, recently, I've been setting some fresh, ambitious new goals for myself (one of which is to finish all of Dickens—I'm currently 22% of the way through The Old Curiosity Shop according to my Kindle Reader) while exploring the art of just being content and merely existing, sometimes. I'd love to help you get what you want out of life!
In terms of credentials, I am an Honors graduate of Harvard with a Master’s degree in Counseling and a Doctorate degree in Higher Education. I've trained with the National Institute of Certified College Planners and the National Career Development Association. I'm the author of The New College Reality: A Career-Focused Approach to Making College Work For You and The Unemployed College Graduate's Survival Guide. Experience-wise, I’m a certified K-12 educator who has worked as a college admissions officer, high school English teacher and guidance counselor, college professor and college career counselor. I’ve taught career counseling courses to counseling students at the graduate level, worked as a highly-rated online EssayEdge editor, trained in test preparation with the Princeton Review, and served as an Ivy League alumni interviewer. I speak to public and private schools, statewide counseling associations and other organizations about higher education and the college planning process and I have been a featured presenter with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. I'm also the parent of a recent college graduate and a current undergrad. My work has been mentioned by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, CBS Money Watch, Yahoo! Finance, Parents, Scholastic Magazine, and other media outlets.