College Admissions Testimonials
Lynn advised our entire family with wisdom, grace, compassion, experience, and vision—a truly unique and special combination of talents! We cannot recommend her highly enough!
Proud Parent Hamilton College
"Lynn is a truly exceptional college admissions advisor and coach—she immediately “got” our daughter and recognized both her tremendous strengths and her well-hidden blind spots. This led to recommendations and advice that was astute, wise, and always on-target! She provided expert guidance through every step of the process—narrowing down her top priorities in a school so she could decide where to visit, determining how to best showcase her talents and strengths so she could present herself in a unique and compelling way, developing essay topics and crafting essays in her own voice that captured the essence of who she is, preparing for interviews, communicating effectively and enthusiastically with admissions officers, finalizing decisions, and many other steps along the way.
Lynn gave us the confidence as parents to step back and watch our daughter truly take ownership of the entire process! Knowing this can be such a stressful process for students and their families, this felt like a gift. In our daughter’s words, Lynn is warm and funny, but also serious, thorough and always on top of literally everything! She advised our entire family with wisdom, grace, compassion, experience, and vision—a truly unique and special combination of talents!
We cannot recommend Lynn highly enough!"
Our son is so happy to be at his dream school!
Proud Parent, Harvard University
"Thank you so much Interview Mama! From summer internship guidance to essays to strategy, your help was invaluable throughout the college process. Our son is so happy to be at his dream school!"
Lynn, there aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe how awesome you are at what you do.
Newhouse School at Syracuse University
Lynn had worked her magic with our older daughter so we knew, without a doubt, that she was the perfect person to guide our younger
daughter through the college admissions process.
Lynn knows exactly how to motivate and get the best out of her students. At the same time, she is their biggest cheerleader.
Both of our girls landed at their dream schools thanks in large part to Lynn who always went above and beyond.
Lynn, there aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe how awesome you are at what you do. You are a rockstar in every sense of the word.
Thank you for everything!!!
Lynn has been a spiritual supporter who gives me courage.
"Lynn was above and beyond a college admissions consultant She guided me with her organized systems and all of experience. She has been a spiritual supporter who gives me courage. Thanks to her, I applied with an open mind to schools that I had thought were too good for me, and one of them is now my school. She saw infinite possibilities for me and her guidance changed my life!"
Lynn is a mentor, a coach and an essential teammate in the championship game of helping you formulate and reach your dreams.
The Platt Family
"Imagine this. You’re 17 standing at a crossroads. But it’s not 2 roads, it’s 5000. And you need to make a decision to walk down one of them for 4 years. It’s daunting to think about at any stage, much less as a young adult. Now imagine a guide standing next to you, with a warm and confident smile. They put their hand on your shoulder and tell you it’s going to be ok, you are going to be great because they can help you find the right path(s) for you. Lynn is that guide. More than that she is a mentor, a coach and an essential teammate in the championship game of helping you formulate and reach your dreams. The skills she teaches as a college coach are life skills-how to communicate, follow up, show up and tell your personal story.
And she doesn’t stop at the candidate. It’s a full family experience, ensuring everyone on the team feels as confident and heard as you. We would recommend Lynn to anyone looking for support and true servant leadership in the search and application process for college."
Lynn saved the day with her organized and practical approach. Our son was accepted early into his dream school.
Proud Parents University of Michigan
The 2022 admissions cycle was extremely stressful, and we can say without hesitation that our son’s successful admission into the majority of colleges on his list (many highly-selective) would not have happened without Lynn’s expert help and guiding hand. From the outset she helped ensure our son created a balanced college list, and she didn’t sugar coat his true chances of admittance – providing realistic expert guidance.
Twelve college applications, almost all with supplemental essays and early-action deadlines, coupled with a son who insisted on working away from home the summer leading into senior year…can we say stressful September and October?! However, Lynn with her organized and practical approach saved the day! She helped him break everything into manageable pieces and kept him on track in a calm, patient, personalized, but determined way.
She worked with him to ensure his applications were all ready to go and highlighted the experiences and attributes that gave him the best chance at success.. Our family would never have survived the college application process without Lynn.
In the end he had many great choices and was accepted early into his dream school. Thank you Lynn and…Go Blue!
I couldn’t have done it without her. I am forever grateful.
Lynn stopped at nothing to make sure I had the very best chances of getting into the schools I dreamed of attending. She always made time to have work sessions or just chat, whether it was bright and early or super late at night. I couldn’t have done this without her! I know I have found the perfect college for me and am forever grateful for all the help Lynn gave me along the way!
12 for 12 acceptances to fantastic colleges.
"What an incredible college admissions journey it has been! 12 for 12 acceptances to fantastic colleges. This would not have happened without InterviewMama. Lynn's brand of tough love, motivation and attention to detail helped my son in all aspects of this difficult process. We have so many great schools to choose from and have not decided yet! But had to give a huge shout out to an incredible person. Thank you so much Interview Mama!"
Lynn completely understands me and is incredibly proactive, creative, positive, efficient, and organized.
Super Happy Guy,
University of Michigan
"I got into my dream program at my dream school! Lynn completely understands me and is incredibly proactive, creative, positive, efficient, organized, and never gives up. She is extremely warm and professional and has amazing knowledge of both the different colleges and the admissions process. Above all, she treats each of her students like her own children. She is the absolute dream college advisor!"
Simply put, Lynn is the best!
Grateful Parents, Washington University
"Simply put, Lynn is the best! Without her guidance and unwavering support, I know we wouldn’t be celebrating my daughter’s acceptance into her dream school. Lynn came to the table with a plan and a strategy to help my daughter tell “her story” in the best way possible. Lynn is organized, detail-oriented, and incredibly knowledgeable about the college application process. She answered our every question, and if she didn’t know the answer, she made it her mission to find it out.
At times, this process is very overwhelming, yet somehow, Lynn with her endless positive energy, encouraged and motivated our daughter to be the best version of herself.
My daughter’s application would not have been as strong or as complete without Lynn’s help, and that made all the difference."
You pushed me when I needed to work harder and to do things outside of my comfort zone. I knew you were always rooting for me.
Very Happy Rising Freshman,
Newhouse School at Syracuse University
Thank you for all of your help, support, and guidance during the admissions process. Being accepted to Newhouse is a dream come true for me. I still can't believe it and I haven't stopped celebrating. I couldn't have done it without you. Lynn, you pushed me when I needed to work harder and to do things outside of my comfort zone. I knew you were always rooting for me. I'm so excited to take advantage of every opportunity from the Carrier Dome to the classroom and beyond! Thank you for everything!
We are forever grateful.
Forever Appreciative Parents,
Lynn provided exceptional, kind, candid, supportive, and professional guidance throughout the entire process, start to finish. Lynn set realistic goals, told our daughter what needed to be done, and they both went into action and managed the entire process to a tremendous outcome. Olivia responded very well to Lynn's organized and very clear approach to doing the work necessary for each school she chose to apply to. Lynn was instrumental in helping us weed through the many different choices Olivia had in front of her in choosing the right college. Early decisions were released and our daughter landed her dream school. As parents, we were grateful for the very heavy lifting needed to navigate this process. For our daughter, she could not have been happier with Lynn’s warmth and kindness. We are forever grateful.
Thank you so much for helping me get here.
Grateful College Freshman
"I took my English class in front of the wrapped Arc de Triomphe this morning. Our professor wanted to see if we got inspiration from it. We all sat down by the bottom and wrote in spiral notebooks about how it made us feel. How cool is that!!! Thank you so much for helping me get here."
Our child was accepted to several of the top schools in the country.
Proud Parent Northwestern University
"With only a few weeks to spare before college application deadlines, Lynn assisted my high school senior in polishing the application to highlight strengths and achievements made that previously went unnoticed. Lynn is an advocate for your child, she is caring, considerate and patient. Her professionalism throughout the application process was extremely beneficial and our child was accepted to several of the top schools in the country. Thank you, Lynn!"
We could not be more thrilled and highly recommend Lynn to all who ask.
Grateful Parents, Bucknell University
"Applying to college is incredibly stressful in “normal” circumstances but in this year of Covid the pressure was enormous. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity for our daughter to work with Lynn to help her navigate the application process. From day one Lynn brought an unwavering positive energy and methodical approach that when coupled with her deep understanding of the college landscape we knew our daughter was in great hands. Lynn worked with our child in a way that balanced her individual needs and goals with the reality of a rigorous timeline. The result was outstanding and our daughter was accepted at her early decision (ED) school. We all could not be more thrilled and highly recommend Lynn to all who ask."
Best choice we made getting Lynn’s help!!!
Grateful Parent, Vassar College
"In three short weeks, Lynn was able to hone in on exactly what my daughter needed help with in her college essay from beginning to completion. Lynn was very organized and positive and got my daughter motivated and very productive. Really! Even before we heard back from her college of choice, my daughter and I were already so appreciative of Lynn's guidance and expertise. Best choice we made getting Lynn’s help!!!"
I’m seeing that what you taught me all those years ago continuines to help me and I'm sure it will remain useful to me forever.
Grateful College Sophomore,
Southern Methodist University
It feels like a lifetime ago when you guided me through the college application process but I am so glad I ended up where I did. I've made new memories and connections that will last a lifetime. I don't like to think about where I may have ended up without your guidance. I'm so happy about how things turned out.
As I reach out to people looking for internships, I’m seeing that what you taught me all those years ago continues to help me and I'm sure it will remain useful to me forever. Thank you so much!
We are thrilled that Lynn’s efforts with our daughter resulted in an early decision acceptance at her first choice school.
Proud & Appreciative Parents
"Our first child was about to apply for college and we were unsure how to navigate the application process. Lynn was an amazing resource and guide for our family. We valued Lynn’s advice because she is incredibly knowledgeable in the college process from start to finish. She guided our daughter in exploring schools that best fit her skillset, thereby increasing the likelihood of her acceptance. Lynn was patient, supportive, organized, and attentive to our needs. We are thrilled that Lynn’s efforts with our daughter resulted in an early decision acceptance at her first-choice school. We highly recommend retaining Lynn’s services as she made the process seamless for us!"
Lynn helped us during the most competitive year in history.
University of California, Santa Cruz
It was Lynn’s guidance and expertise that helped my son position and present himself as a top candidate for acceptance during the most competitive year in college history. As a result, my son was accepted to his top choice universities, giving him multiple options to choose from. We are so grateful for Lynn’s guidance and support through this journey.
She is excellent counsel to all things college, superb editor, very organized, and most importantly your child's most enthusiastic advocate.
Liz D., Proud Parent Tulane University
"No matter how you slice it, the college application process these days is stressful. We made the decision to work with Lynn Siegel to keep the process on track, and boy was that a good move! Lynn is positive, very knowledgeable, and gifted at working with teens. My son loved working with her, and she kept him on task and focused, but not in an overwhelming way. She was instrumental in guiding him to make his application the best it could be. She is excellent counsel to all things college, superb editor, very organized, and most importantly your child's most enthusiastic advocate. She made the process exciting and enjoyable and now my son is going to his dream school!"
She helped my daughter find her own voice and showcase her greatest strengths.
Parent, Cornell University College of Engineering
"We love Interview Mama! Lynn provided outstanding support and coaching throughout our admissions process. From interview prep to standardized testing strategy, she helped my daughter find her own voice and showcase her greatest strengths. Lynn is dedicated, encouraging, and focused on success. Thank you so much Interview Mama!"
Thank you for helping me realize that I am capable of being in environments I had only dreamed of.
Forever Grateful Rising College Freshman
Lynn, thank you so much for all you have done and helped me realize. You truly have no idea the impact you have had on me! I will always appreciate our late night sessions and cherish our 8am sessions. Thank you for helping me realize that I am capable of being in environments I had only dreamed of.
Lynn arrived on the scene with her can-do attitude and felt like our superhero.
Pleased As Punch Parent
"Lynn arrived on the scene with her can-do attitude and felt like our superhero. My daughter was spent. She had been writing additional college essays for honors programs and scholarships through March and then the covid shelter-in-place hit . . . all motivation faded and creativity stifled. She had yet another essay to submit, a letter of continued interest to persuade a top 20 college admissions team to select her off the waitlist. But, there was no more to say, no additional awards or accomplishments to share. I couldn’t think of a single good idea either.
Lynn, however, got right to the essence of what my daughter had to offer, beyond good grades, good scores, and extracurricular activities. She helped her deliver a letter demonstrating who she was at her core and how those traits would lift the college community. I could not have conceived it and am incredibly impressed and grateful for her expertise and energy. We’ve had other experiences with college coaches and my daughter and I HIGHLY recommend Lynn."
My daughter had so many fantastic options to choose from and will be attending her top choice school.
Proud Parent, Bates College
"After my daughter was denied admission to her Early Decision college, I reached out to Interview Mama in a panic. In three short weeks, Lynn helped my daughter polish up her entire Common App. From streamlining the activities section to reworking the additional info section, to rethinking which test scores to submit, Lynn was full of great ideas on how best to tell my daughter’s story. She had a calm sense of urgency which is exactly what my daughter needed. Once the applications were in, Lynn wisely encouraged my daughter to write follow up emails to demonstrate continued interest. All of this hard work paid off: My daughter had so many fantastic options to choose from and will be attending her top choice school."
Forever appreciative to Lynn and to the family who referred us.
"We came to Lynn at a time of frustration and despair on what had turned into a long and arduous college process. After listening, with no judgment, she expertly guided us in directions setting the stage for sanity and understanding as acceptances, rejections, and waitlist decisions ensued. Lynn gets it! She respected the balance of myself as a parent while understanding and mindful, that this was my son’s journey. No question was too silly; no proofread was too repetitious; no technical issue was not creatively resolved.
We couldn’t be happier with his outcome. Forever appreciative to Lynn and to the family who referred us."
She is precise and hard-hitting on exactly the right points and good at communicating the message cleanly yet powerfully.
Grace C., UC Santa Barbara
"Lynn is very kind, super sweet, always a pleasure to work with, motivates well, super knowledgeable, and explains the reasoning. She is precise and hard-hitting on exactly the right points and good at communicating the message cleanly yet powerfully. Lynn helped me to craft short, impactful, and punchy sentences."
Lynn breaks the college application process down into digestible pieces and sets up a clear gameplan, so nothing is missed or rushed.
Lynn was the absolute best to work with. The process of college applications is daunting and overwhelming. Lynn breaks it down into digestible pieces and sets up a clear gameplan, so nothing is missed or rushed. It is amazing how she effortlessly balances the differing needs and anxieties of the parents and applicants to ensure that your child meets his/her end goal. I have now experienced her shepherding my two college-bound kids through the process and I have seen first hand how she adapts her approach to what best suits the student she is assisting and provides top-notch counselling. Will be using her again in three years, when I get to do this again.
Working with Lynn, my daughter went from overwhelmed to focused and excited.
Grateful Parent Brussels, Belgium
"We are so grateful and lucky to have found Lynn at Interview Mama to guide us through the whole college application process! My daughter was very precise about where she wanted to go to school and only wanted to apply to one university. Late in the game we decided to look at two more as backups. All three schools are outside of our country and each with different requirements. Things started to get difficult. Working with Lynn, my daughter went from overwhelmed to focused and excited. Lynn knows what’s important and helped us to focus on the things that mattered. Lynn is really dedicated and fully invested in practice interviews, reviewing goals, and genuinely helping my daughter feel empowered. Their work together helped my daughter do well in her interview the next day. We were so excited when the acceptance emails came in one by one - she got into all three. Thank you so much for helping us to actually enjoy the process Lynn!"
Lynn focuses on channeling your child's fear and anxiety into a tangible, actionable plan for success.
"Lynn focuses on channeling your child's (and your) fear and anxiety into a tangible, actionable plan for success. Her no nonsense, "Let's get to it" approach helps to streamline the college list and application process so your goals are clear and attainable."
Lynn dedicated herself to ensuring that every application our son submitted was an accurate reflection of him as both a student and as a person.
Lynn’s support throughout the college admissions process was invaluable for our family. When all our college visits and plans were upended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Lynn was instrumental in helping our son create a comprehensive list of potential schools and guided him through the most effective ways to virtually research and connect with those schools. She kept him motivated and organized in the most uncertain of times, and she truly dedicated herself to ensuring that every application he submitted was not only complete but was also an accurate reflection of him as both a student and as a person. We were thrilled with his acceptances, and he is excited about the school he chose. We enjoyed working with Lynn and are truly grateful for her guidance and expertise.
Lynn turned the stressful college application process into an organized and enjoyable experience for both my family and me.
Excited new student
Lynn guided me through my college search process and has led me not only to apply to, but get accepted to my top choice. From helping me break down and construct my college essay to teaching me how to formally write letters and emails, Lynn has always been patient and has been open about providing constructive criticism when necessary. As a mother of three, Lynn was able to bring to the table true experience and confidence in her guidance, which made choices much easier for me. Lynn turned the stressful college application process into an organized and enjoyable experience for both my family and me.