My name is Laura Rader. I graduated from SDSU and received my Independent Educational Consultant Certificate from UC Irvine. I am also a California credentialed public school teacher in English and Social Sciences for Grades 6-12 and Multiple Subjects Grades K-8 . My firm Wise Ambitions College Consulting was founded in February of 2014, with the goal of providing personal, custom support and expertise to high school students, transfer students and their families. I believe in working as a team and meeting your needs.
College will be a student's home and full time occupation for four years, so it is important to prepare and choose wisely. College admissions are selective and college is expensive, so the more prepared you are and the more you know, the more successful you will be. Helping you with all of this is the role of the independent college consultant.
You are unique. We deliver custom solutions to the college admissions process, tailored to you – your ambitions, your personality, your financial situation.
We offer a range of consulting services, all designed to help you find the best college for YOU! Our services are available as a comprehensive package or on an hourly basis, so you can get precisely what you need
Our initial 45-minute meet-and-greet is free: in-person, by phone, or by email, depending on your location.
We were a little behind schedule for the college process when we contacted Laura Rader, but she laid out a plan for us to catch up and stay on task. Laura assisted with the college search, SAT prep, the personal essay and the college application process. Because we were dealing with a GPA that was less than stellar, we applied to 13 schools. To our surprise, we received acceptance at 12 of them!
Diana C, Escondido, CA, July 2017
"I am a community college student looking to transfer to a four-year university, and Laura Rader has been my biggest help along the way! We talked about what I’m looking for in a college (cost, class size, culture, location, etc…) and she has gone above and beyond in her research to find the best matches for me. Any questions that I have are answered quickly and thoroughly and all of my preferences are taken to heart. Although I have not made a decision yet, I am confident that the consulting I have received will lead me to the right school for me!"
Faith K., Escondido, CA March 2014
"I had the pleasure ...of working with Laura Rader at Wise Ambitions College Consulting, and I would like to say it was a very positive experience. We live in Idaho, and our son had applied to colleges all over the country. Ms. Rader very quickly provided current, accurate and specific information for his chosen schools regarding admissions requirements and dates, selection processes and financial aid packages. I was impressed by how quickly she was able to answer many school-specific questions, and by how much information she has on hand. With the immense cost of a college education these days, and the fairly complicated application processes, Ms. Rader's services are extremely valuable. I only wish I had found her sooner... I know now that I could have saved a considerable amount in application fees, SAT and ACT retakes, etc. had I called Wise Ambitions first rather than letting our son navigate on his own. Call Wise Ambitions today! In the long run, it will save you a bundle in money, time and frustration!"
Linda K., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, April 2014