DEDICATED TO FINDING THE BEST-FIT COLLEGE FOR EACH STUDENT
Sage College Advice offers individualized, comprehensive counseling services dedicated to finding the best-fit college for each student. The program is designed to help students recognize their strengths, interests, and potential career paths in relation to their college choices; guide them through the college search and application process; and provide personal and professional knowledge about colleges and college admissions, including financial aid and scholarships.
The Comprehensive Package includes the following services:
Identifying student needs, goals, and priorities for college. Providing a timeline of the college search and application process.
Advising on high school coursework as related to college success. Identifying possible career paths for the student and resources for further learning.
Completing time management and life skills curriculum developed specifically for individual clients.
Preparing a tailored exploratory college list for individual students.
Teaching students how to research colleges.
Developing an activity/awards resume.
Creating a plan and timeline for standardized testing.
Facilitating the application process.
Providing information and feedback on the student’s college essays.
Helping prepare for campus visits and interviews.
Identifying specific tasks for artists, musicians, actors, and athletes.
Explaining college financial aid and the application process.
Identifying scholarship opportunities, particularly through the college match.
Freshman or Sophomore year provides the ideal time to begin the college process, allowing Amanda to get to know individual students, advise on program choices, grades, and activities. These early high school years also allow for reflection on college as a stepping stone to other life opportunities and individual growth.
THE INTRODUCTORY SESSION
A 90 minute introductory appointment with students and their parents includes:
An individualized personality assessment
A review of school transcript and projected coursework
A recommended testing plan for SAT, SAT Subject exams, and ACT
Recommendation of activities, community service, internships, work experience
Introduction of NCAA and NAIA information
A review of portfolio requirements and art submission protocols
THE COMPREHENSIVE PACKAGE
The Comprehensive Package walks students through a designed curriculum to best prepare them for their development as a high schooler, college student and young adult.
Students typically meet:
Sophomore year ~ 1 to 3 sessions, tailored to individual student needs
Junior year ~ 3 to 5 sessions, tailored to individual student needs
Rising Senior APPlication Camp ~ A 5 day, 4 hours/day intensive small group work session in August to organize students and complete much of the application process before Senior year begins.
Senior year ~ 5 to 10 sessions, tailored to individual student needs
Sage College Advice, LLC, subscribes to the ethical standards of the college counseling profession that are set by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Higher Education Consultants Association.
Mentored by Theresa Wadden and her well established college counseling practice in Central Oregon, Anne founded Sage College Advice in 2016. She is thrilled to pass the torch to Amanda Conde who will be working with all new clients as of January 2023.
Anne Sjogren is a lifelong educator with over 30 years experience working with middle school through masters-level students. She graduated from Westmont College in 1990 and completed double teaching credentials in Elementary Education and Secondary English in 1991. From 1992-1999 she taught middle and high school English in Minnesota, while also earning her Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
After moving to Oregon in 2001, Anne continued her educational involvement as a classroom volunteer, substitute teacher, and adjunct professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at George Fox University. Since 2012, Anne has applied her knowledge and skills in helping high school students craft their post-high school plans. As a volunteer at Summit High School’s Future Center, she has mentored students, taught courses and trained community volunteers.
Anne remains dedicated to her current students and families throughout the transition of Sage College Advice to Amanda. Looking forward, she anticipates new adventures with her family when she “graduates” with the Class of 2025.
Amanda Conde has enjoyed a diverse and passionate professional life and joins Sage College Advice excited to work with students to identify their academic goals and best fit schools. As a parent of two teenagers, she understands that the college application process can be overwhelming, and is a firm believer in the benefit of early college planning. She is eager to share her knowledge with parents and students, as early as 8th and 9th grades, who are beginning to consider life after high school.
A graduate of Purdue University, Amanda worked as a project manager for over 15 years in the tech world, and enjoys applying her skills to assist students by moving methodically through the application process. She has completed courses through the UCLA College Advising Certificate program, and is currently working as an Admissions Reader for Connecticut College. This has given her tremendous insight into the many factors that influence admissions decisions, including academic rigor, essay considerations, and extracurricular activities.
A long-time Bendite with a history of volunteer work with youth, she cares deeply about her community and appreciates teenagers for their unique views, enthusiasm and energy! Amanda understands that every student has different goals and priorities for college, and looks forward to helping students discover their own individual paths.
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"Anne was able to greatly simplify the complicated college selection and admission process for us. What I thought was going to be an extremely stressful time for our daughter, turned out to be smooth because of Anne's guidance. Her regular reminders, timelines, checklists, questions and specific college information decreased our anxiety and made it easy for us. Thank you, Anne!"
Summit High Parent
"I loved working with you. I would have been completely lost in the application process on my own. You helped guide me in my personal statements, essays and kept me honest on my deadlines. You were always so friendly and helpful when we were working together and I love seeing you around town because I know you'll always say hello! Thank you so much for all your help, all students need a college advisor like you!"
Summit High Student
"Anne was an absolute lifesaver when it came to writing my college essays. Her feedback and notes were invaluable."
Jefferson High Student / Portland
"Anne researched school sizes, majors and location to find the best fit for me and my academic needs."
Bend High Student
"We are grateful for Anne's expertise and process for helping our son on his college application journey. It is truly a journey and we didn't even realize how entitled the process had become over the years. Both of us have and do work in education and felt that Anne's services would be helpful to keep our son on track with timelines, etc. We soon came to realize that her knowledge and systematic approach was far more valuable than just keeping him on track with deadlines."
Summit High Parent
"Anne was always there to review my writing supplements whenever I needed it."
Summit High Student
I think you really helped me with organization in terms of timeline for testing and applying, etc. I think you also helped me see where to look and learn about different opportunities with your knowledge of specific resources."
Mountain View High Student
"I got the most help through figuring out which schools were a good fit for me and what my options were. Also with essay writing and editing I felt like I got a lot of great and very beneficial help to make my essays the best they could be. Thank you Anne!!!"
Summit High Student
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