Debra Barnett Santostefano Testimonials

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I cannot emphasize enough the invaluable support and guidance provided by Debra during my college application journey. Her unwavering kindness, expertise, and dedication were instrumental in my early decision acceptance to Duke University.

Right from the start, Debra showed a genuine interest in my aspirations and put in endless effort to ensure that every aspect of my application was polished and compelling. Her insightful advice, meticulous attention to detail, and personalized approach turned what could have been a scary process into a manageable and eventually rewarding journey.

She not only provided invaluable insights into helping me craft standout essays and present myself authentically but also offered unwavering support during my many moments of doubt and uncertainty.

I cannot recommend Debra enough to any student beginning their college journey. Her commitment to her students’ success is evident in every interaction, and I am deeply grateful for her guidance. Debra is a true gem in college counseling, and I am forever thankful for all she has done for me.

Benjamin H.
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My counselor was Debra Barnett and I am confident that I would not have gotten into college without her. As the last of three children, I am so grateful my mom decided to get me a college counselor. Debra was so personable and so helpful from the jump. She is so kind, and very involved in every step of the college process. She provides lots of help with essays, advice about demonstrated interest, support during burnout, and so much more. Getting into college is so competitive these days, and thanks to her I got into one of my top choices, NYU! She was truly worth every penny and so, so much more!

Scout B.
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I am honored to share my experience with Debra Barnett who played an instrumental role in helping me navigate the difficult process of college applications. As a first-generation college student, my family and I had no clue where to start. Luckily, we had Deb guiding us each step of the way.

One of the most remarkable qualities about Deb is her unwavering dedication and passion for student success. She didn’t just see me as another applicant; she saw me as a young woman with unique strengths, passions, and aspirations. Deb took the time to truly understand who I am and what I hoped to achieve, and she tailored their guidance accordingly.

Throughout the entire college application process, Deb provided invaluable support and guidance. She helped me navigate through the complexities of college applications, from crafting the perfect personal statement to selecting the right extracurricular activities to showcase my talents. She was always available to answer my questions, calm my nerves, and offer encouragement.

One of the things I appreciated most about Deb was her personalized approach. She didn’t just give generic advice; she took the time to understand my strengths, weaknesses, and goals, and she provided tailored guidance that was specific to my needs. Whether it was helping me identify potential scholarship opportunities or providing feedback on my application essays, she went above and beyond to ensure that I presented the best possible version of myself to admissions officers at each of the six universities including honors colleges and programs.

Thanks to Deb, I not only was admitted to FSU but also received several scholarship offers that made attending college a reality for me. I am incredibly grateful for her expertise, encouragement, and unwavering belief in my abilities. She is not just a college counselor; she is a mentor, a cheerleader, and a true advocate for student success.

I cannot recommend Deb enough to anyone who is navigating the college application process. Her dedication, expertise, and personalized approach make her an invaluable asset to any student seeking to achieve their dreams of higher education. Thank you, Deb and International College Counselors, for helping me turn my dreams into a reality!

Alyxie A.
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Thanks for all you did for L. We are very excited about her future at Brown and very relieved to have her college plans settled already!

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We, as a family, are so grateful for all your support and encouragement toward Isabella. Thank you for believing in her and for your commitment to her development and growth as a young woman. Isabella is poised and ready to pursue all of her dreams and goals, and your kind and lovingly firm advising had a lot to do with it.

carlos and pamela