Partner Profile: Leigh Ann Spraetz of Academic Futures, Inc.

As a lifelong proponent of learning and finding one’s own journey, I have worked with teens and young adults for over 16 years. My process involves an individualized approach, as I believe every student is unique in his or her interests, strengths, passions and vision for the future.

Kate Henderson, a former recruiter for a large university, has joined my practice. She brings knowledge and expertise from an admissions perspective as we guide our students.

Our college and career services are based on the student – his or her input, assessments, goals and needs. We provide a methodical, individualized approach to the admissions process, along with a timeline and updated action plan at each session, so the student is in control and well-prepared along each step. This allows for the process to be a learning experience, rather than a race to the finish line. Students have time to evaluate and prepare each piece of the application in an organized manner so they can present their strongest profile.

I have found over the years that even my most accomplished students often do not have or take the time to assess their strengths, who they want to become or to make a plan to get there. This is the most exciting part of our job, to help students take the time to do this.

We work with one student at a time, focusing on them holistically as we prepare a college list and numerous action plans. Our process allows students to cast a vision for their future, and provides positive encouragement while breaking down the process into small steps so each piece can be done well. We encourage students to develop a resume that reflects who they are, versus trying to add exhausting activities to keep up with what are perceived requirements for acceptance.

Please read our video and written testimonials on our website to learn more about how our process has benefited students and parents. We offer 30-minute free consults for students and parents to get questions answered. Please call our front office to schedule at 678-893-5300.

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