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Does thinking about college stress you out? 

Do you feel overwhelmed when trying to choose between AP vs honors vs regular classes? 

Do you look at your friends and always feel behind in high school?

In working with hundreds of students and families, we have heard the same anxieties and concerns many times.

Parents often ask:

“I didn’t attend college in the US, and I’m not sure how to best guide my student.”

“My student is very stressed out and anxious, and their high school is very competitive.”


...and students regularly wonder: 

“What APs should I take? What are colleges looking for? There are too many options.”

“How can I find internships or summer programs?”

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What if in just 8 weeks, you could create a bullet-proof academic and extracurricular roadmap, identify a list of colleges to apply to, learn to write compelling college essays, AND create a strong resume?

🌟 The Success Company is launching Dream College, an 8 week live coaching course to help high school students learn the skills, tools, and resources they need to get into their dream college. 🌟

What you will learn:

  • The mindset and habits required to succeed in high school, college, and in your future career

  • Which classes to take to distinguish yourself

  • How to create your personal college admissions strategy

  • How to choose extracurricular activities that will stand out 

  • How to write memorable and compelling college essays/personal statements 

  • How to think about majors, career options, and how to set yourself up for success beyond college

Tools you will walk away with:

  • A personal academic roadmap, including which classes to take each term/year

  • A full extracurricular roadmap, including types of activities and internships you should focus on each semester

  • A list of colleges to apply to based on your GPA & interests

  • A list of majors based on your unique interests, passions, and goals

  • A well-structured and impactful resume that is ready for submission


Foundations, Mindset, and Habits



Module One will be focused on the building blocks of success - your mindset and habits. Before we dive into the strategies, we need to refine the tools. Think of it this way - before you can drive a car, you need to make sure that the engine, tires, and brakes are working. If any of these critical components fail, your car might fail! In the first class, we’re going to talk about how you can cultivate a growth mindset, break down the components of a habit, and outline the 5 most critical habits necessary to succeed in high school .We will also set both individual and group goals so that you can track your progress and success each week.

Academics and Major Choices



Module Two is all about school and learning. We are going to explore concrete strategies to help you learn and retain information, so that you’re not stressed before an exam. We’re going to teach an alternate method of learning so that you don’t need to cram and then forget everything as soon as you take the test. We’ll dive into how GPAs work, and how you can choose classes that will help you optimize your skills while building an impressive academic foundation. We’re also going to talk about how college majors work, when you need to start thinking about that, and some academic pathways that can help you achieve your intellectual and professional goals. During this module, we will help you create your academic roadmap of which classes you should take whether you’re in high school or community college.



College Admissions Strategy

Module Three is about identifying your unique theme and story, so that you can craft a college admissions strategy and identify reach, match, and safety schools. The best way to achieve your goals is to work backwards from the desired end result. Based on your unique stats, we’re going to help you identify colleges and create a personalized college admissions plan. From there, we will map out what you need to gain admission to these schools and how you can stand out. During this class, we will create a college list that will give you direction for your remaining decisions. 



Extracurricular Strategy

Module Four is about identifying extracurricular activities that will help you develop important skills, gain professional experience, and make your profile stand out to college recruiters. How do you find internships? What are companies looking for? How the heck do you even figure out what you want to do? We’re going to address all of those questions in this session. We will share links to helpful resources where you can find internships or volunteer opportunities, discuss important skills that colleges and employers are looking for, and talk about how you can start your own project and gain entrepreneurial skills.



Personal Statements and Essays

Module Five is all about the college application essays! Essays are one of the most important components of a college application and they can be the make-or-break factor in a university’s decision. College application essays are the place where you get to tell your story beyond the “numbers” of your GPA and test scores. They are an opportunity for you to describe obstacles that you have overcome, why you want to pursue an area of study, and the unique qualities you will bring to the campus. In this class, we will get into the details of how to write strong, persuasive, and impactful essays. We will share frameworks and guides to help you articulate your story and simplify what can feel like an overwhelming process.



Career Readiness

Module Six is about building professional skills and beginning to think about potential careers. We will teach you how to write a strong and memorable resume, navigate LinkedIn, and begin exploring career opportunities. We’ll share different career ideas and opportunities based on your skills and interests. By the end of this class, you’ll have written your resume, created and LinkedIn profile, and started to explore the endless possibilities of how to translate your passion and talents into a career.


Sadia Saifuddin is a seasoned mentor, college admissions coach, and writer. She has mentored hundreds of students who have been accepted to UC Berkeley, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Brown, UCLA, and many other highly ranked universities. Sadia is passionate about making college admissions coaching accessible and affordable to all families. She is a thought leader in the higher education and technology space, and has served as the first Muslim Student Regent for the University of California Board of Regents.

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Shahryar is the co-founder of The Success Company and is a passionate mentor and education enthusiast. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and his B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and has been focused on solving student problems from a young age. He was the Vice President of the entire student body at UC Berkeley and represented over 30,000 students. Shahryar regularly teaches classes and gives talks about leadership, character development and habit development.



“Working with the Success Company was the best help that I could have gotten for my UC application. Not only was my mentor helpful,  but she really cares for her clients and their future.”

“I wanted to thank you for your excellent and valuable feedback you provided to get into Caltech! This was beyond my expectations."




 If you have any questions or concerns about the course, call or email us. We’re happy to help. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How will the course be delivered?

Dream College is a live course that will be delivered in weekly 90-minute sessions via Zoom. 


How many people will be in each cohort?

Each cohort of students will have 10-15 students. We believe in the power of building a supportive community, and our small but impactful cohort structure will help students build meaningful connections while also increasing accountability.


How long is Dream College?

Dream College is an 8 week program.

What will I walk away with after completing Dream college?

  1. A personal academic roadmap, including which classes to take each term/year

  2. A full extracurricular roadmap, including types of activities and internships you should focus on each semester

  3. A list of colleges to apply to (reach, match, and safety) based on your GPA and interests

  4. A list of majors based on your unique interests, passions, and goals

  5. A well-structured and impactful resume that is ready for submission


What if I just need help with college apps?

We love all-things college apps! We have special 1:1 packages for students who are ready to begin working on their college applications. Please email and we will share more details.


Which grade / age group is this course most applicable to? 

If you are in 8th - 11th grade, we would recommend Dream College. For seniors and junior college students, we would recommend working 1:1 with our essay coaches for your college applications.

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