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Meet Andi Frimmer
Founder and College Admissions Expert

My entire career has been dedicated to helping students achieve. I have been applying my knowledge of the intricacies of college admission to help students navigate the complicated admission process and achieve multiple admissions to the colleges of their choice.

I obtained a college admissions counselor certificate from UCSD, a master’s in special education from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Temple University.

While working with students at my former tutoring center, parents frequently asked questions and sought advice regarding college admission. As I became more involved in helping each student, I realized I wanted to help families full time with college admission. Prep4CollegeNow was born out of this desire.

I also have a deep passion for teaching special education students of all ages and abilities.

A childhood friend had a brother who developed mental retardation after a bout of encephalitis at age two. Over the years I watched him struggle to learn daily living skills, develop speech and basic reading and math skills. Being in his company and helping his family during my teenage years solidified my desire to educate children with special needs.

This desire continues today with college admission. I have developed a sub-specialty in helping special needs children gain college admission. I also advocate for children and families helping ensure each child receives a Fair And Public Education as required under state and federal laws.

Outside of work, I am an avid exercise enthusiast and love many forms of indoor and outdoor recreation. I’ve completed a full marathon and 2 half-marathons raising money through Team in Training for Leukemia Lymphoma research. I am also an active member of Circle of Life 100, the fundraising auxiliary of Scripps Hospital Encinitas. I am also active within my religious affiliation.

Have questions for Andi? Email her at andi@prep4collegenow.com today!

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Success Tips for Freshmen
What to do in 9th Grade

  • Meet your high school guidance counselor at the beginning of the school year.
  • Take the right classes.
  • Colleges will evaluate you based on the classes you’ve taken.
  • Develop the skills and habits that will allow you to continue to be successful academically.

Success Tips for Sophomores
Ramping Up in 10th Grade

  • Take charge of your study skills.
  • Developing excellent reading comprehension skills is key to success in 10th grade.
  • Superior time management skills are key to success in 10th grade.
  • Continue to be involved in extra-curricular and community service activities.
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Success Tips for Juniors
Critical Steps in 11th Grade

  • MTake academically challenging courses.
  • Prepare for and take standardized tests.
  • Your junior year grades are the most important for college admissions.
  • Stay or get involved in extra-curricular activities.
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Success Tips for Seniors
Understand How to Pick Your College in 12th Grade

  • Finish and submit all your college applications.
  • Continue making campus visits.
  • Complete your college essays the college essay is an important part of the application process.
  • Meet with your high school counselor to make certain you are on track for graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your teen should push him/herself to take the most difficult classes he/she can handle well.
Students should only take as many classes as they can handle well. It is better to receive an “A” in an unweighted class than a “B” or “C” in an AP class. Choose classes in which he/she has a natural talent or high interest, and don’t stress if they are not taking every AP class offered.
Yes, your GPA is important, but it is only one factor being considered when a college reviews your teen’s qualifications for admission. Other factors being considered are ACT/SAT scores, community service and extra-curricular activities, high school club participation, leadership roles, sports – both school and community-based clubs, job history and anything else that helps define them as a unique and interesting person.
Finding colleges that are “best-fit” is not an easy task. You need to review a myriad of school statistics to determine which ones fit your teen’s needs. A few points to consider are location, size, academics and price.
Your teen should start to studying over the summer between sophomore and junior year of high school. I recommend studying and taking each test once at the end of summer as a baseline, then pick the one that they are better suited for and retake that test again at least one more time. DO NOT take any test more than three times, scores will not improve enough to warrant the time and cost.
I strongly suggest teens participate in a program that will enhance their college application and help them stand out from the many applicants applying to their preferred college. Showing a commitment to his/her major and their desire to learn more about it goes a long way on his/her college application.
Simply answered, yes. Colleges like to admit students who have a sense of responsibility to the world at large and their own community. A minimum of 100 hours of community service is recommended.
Applying early decision means your teen is agreeing IN ADVANCE (by signing a binding contract) to attend if admitted. He/she may only apply to one private college or university early decision and must rescind all public-school applications when notified of acceptance, usually in January of senior year. Financial aid is usually not offered at the time of admission. Those notices are usually sent in March of senior year.
Early action allows teens to apply early, find out whether accepted, waitlisted or rejected early without any penalty. All other applications can be submitted, and you do not need to notify any college of your choice until May 1, well after you have your financial aid award packages.
Aid comes in many forms, including merit-aid. Many colleges reward excellent students for their hard work in high school with merit money. This money is usually rewarded needs blind.
Yes, most schools prefer a declared major since he/she will be entering a specific college i.e. The College of Arts and Science. However, if your teen is unsure he/she can usually apply undeclared. Another option is to consider a liberal art’s major. Research to learn more about it and determine if it is the right choice for him/her.