Testimonials

Launchphase2 has been such a helpful tool during my senior year. Not only was my coach able to help me determine the best fit colleges for me, but her help on college applications was indispensable. From brainstorming essay topics to editing essays, the help I received allowed me to stay composed during a very stressful time in my life. I would definitely recommend Launchphase2 to anyone; their service, expertise, and support are priceless.
–MICHELLE K., RMHS 2013, Future Chemical Engineer
launchphase2 provided exceptional service - they came highly recommended and they didn’t disappoint!  Our College Coach worked closely with us to develop an individualized test prep plan, especially with the limited time our son had available.  She did a great job, and we were extremely pleased with the 4-point increase in our son’s ACT scores!
Thanks so much for all your efforts – Martina
Launchphase2 has helped my son and me navigate through the confusing world of grants, loans, scholarships, and financial aid. He is more confident now of applying to his choice of schools.
Elizabeth M.
My daughter just started attending the college of her dreams, thanks to launchphase2.  As a single father, I am grateful to launchphase2, - more than words can say.  My daughter’s coaching began when she was in 9th grade, at a difficult time; her grades were poor due to a lack of direction and rocky adjustments after the divorce.  Long story short, my daughter ended up being a 4.2 GPA student (with AP classes), a leader in student council, an Ambassador and devoted to community service.  She not only discovered her future career goal, and received college acceptances and scholarships, but she gained many valuable skills that will help her throughout her life.  I highly recommend launchphase2.  - D.S., Fort Collins
D.S. Fort Collins
launchphase2 provided exceptional service - they came highly recommended and they didn’t disappoint!  Our College Coach worked closely with us to develop an individualized test prep plan, especially with the limited time our son had available.  She did a great job, and we were extremely pleased with the 4-point increase in our son’s ACT scores!
Thanks so much for all your efforts – Martina
Ferah is a wonderful instructor and an incredibly gifted motivator. The students we serve at IBMC are encouraged, inspired and pushed forward in her classes. No matter what subject Ferah teaches she gives her best to her students. Her preparation and delivery in the classroom is impeccable.
- Steve Steele, Chief Executive Officer at IBMC College
Ferah was extremely helpful with my college search, college applications, and keeping me on top of my academics. She edited my essays multiple times and pushed me to write a more deeper and meaningful essay, which in turn helped me gain acceptances. She also offered support and many resources for ACT prep and scholarships. Ferah’s expertise and resources have greatly helped me! – Lauren C.
Lauren C.
When I learned that I had received an invitation to interview at several Physician Assistant programs, I was elated.  Soon after though, the nerves set in as I realized what all goes into mastering the interview.  That's where launchphase2 came in.  The difference just two sessions with my career coach made was unbelievable.  I felt much more confident in my answers and was able to adapt to anything the interviewers could throw at me.  I ended up being accepted and I couldn't be happier.  Thank you so much for your help, it played a crucial role in allowing me to take the next step towards my dream of becoming a PA!
~Ryan Fox
Ferah has been instrumental in helping our daughter achieve the often stressful process of applying for college. She has spent time helping our daughter research schools that have the degree she is seeking, giving her multiple resources, and providing guidance on writing essays. Now that our daughter has chosen the college she would like to attend, Ferah continues to help her find scholarship opportunities. I am grateful to the dedication and professionalism Ferah has provided through this entire process.
-JoAnn Caddoo, Future Buffs parent and founding partner at WeDo Media Group, Fort Collins, CO
As the parent of a high school senior that just was accepted to and received merit scholarships from all the private and public schools to which she applied, I highly recommend Ferah and her team. Ferah made a difference by explaining what my daughter needed to do each year (college tests, community service, leadership, school work, essays and applications, college emails and visits and independent study abroad), helped her prioritize her efforts and provided timely follow-up, especially critical for the college essays.  Collectively, this reduced our family's "college stress" to a manageable level and kept my daughter focused and in charge of the college process.  She even told her school counselor that she "felt good about the college application process and was pretty sure she would get into her top schools."  Ferah's deep understanding of the entire process has informed my parenting of both my children, one gifted and the other, a high achieving high school student with learning differences.
Alix G. – Proud Parent, Class of 2015, Redwood City, CA
My daughter worked with Ferah for about 2 -3  years while she was in high school.  Ferah was her mentor and adviser and helped my daughter prepare for college.    As a result of their work together, I saw the following results:  -  My daughter was accepted to ALL Seven (i.e. 100%) of the Colleges and Universities where she applied.  These were not safety schools!!  She also received scholarships from each school!  -  She just completed her first year in College, very successfully and with good grades.  -  The process of applying and making a decision on which college to attend was well organized and intelligent and included the whole family.  -  My daughter increased her confidence in herself and this played a role in her good results.   My younger daughter,  my nephew and her friend, are now working with Ferah.  I cannot think of a higher recommendation than that plus the outstanding results listed above.   Thank you,
Gabe Gotthard CEO of a High Tech Company (PILAB)
I currently attend CSU, a great university, but my freshman year was not what I hoped it would be. My college coach helped me narrow down colleges I would rather attend based on available majors, along with tuition costs and other important factors when looking at transferring schools. Together we were able to select a handful of intriguing places: she also helped me find a new college. Additionally, my coach helped me with job search tips, and I got a job in my field. Launchphase2 has been extremely helpful!
Caroline B., CSU
launchphase2 has been an invaluable asset for me during my gap year. It was serendipity that my mother discovered them through a newspaper article. Luckier still was my opportunity to be educated in life skills and lessons: I learned how to write a resume & cover letter, prepare for a job interview through mock interviewing, what internships & jobs to apply for, and how to build connections. Without this timely help, I would be struggling in a quagmire of service learning quandaries, without any purpose to my days, and without any source of income. I definitely recommend launchphase2 to anyone in grades 8-10, high school, or college!
Josie B., Smith College Student
Going through the college application process can be overwhelming and stressful. It is easy to miss steps, easy to overlook opportunities, and easy to make mistakes. Using the coaching services of launchphase2 will help students stay on track, make deadlines, make critical decisions, and produce an outstanding application that college administrators will notice.
P. Carol Jones, Author of “Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing & Able
My career coach helped me walk into all of my interviews feeling prepared and confident. With her help, I was offered a dream job in finance. My coach went above and beyond to ensure my success. I highly recommend launchphase2 to anyone looking to land their dream job.
Turner P., Duke University
My coach was by my side as I applied to eleven very different schools, and helped me through each application, multiple essays (including those for scholarships) and my personal statement….Thank you for all of your brainstorming and proof reading! In the end, I was accepted to ten of the eleven schools, the exception being a reach school. The acceptances came with more good news, as I also received thousands of dollars from multiple merit scholarships. The hard part was choosing which school to attend, because I liked After I chose to enroll in my dream school back East (with $26K in annual scholarships), my coach helped me make the decision to defer my admissions to take a gap year to volunteer in I am very happy that I had someone experienced and knowledgeable to help me through this tricky time. My coach helped me make many decisions, and helped me even more when I made the wrong choices on my own. I am very grateful to launchphase2!
Rachel T., Change Agent and Activist, Future undergraduate class of 2018
My coach helped me with my job search process after I graduated from with my undergrad, and made that stressful time easier. She prepared me for interviews with mock interviews via Skype: I cannot tell you how helpful that was for my confidence. I also got great advice on my resume and cover letters, and I got the job i wanted. I later decided to pursue a graduate degree and apply for fellowships--a daunting and stressful task, as it required hours of diligent investigation and writing skills. So I reached out to my coach again. She helped me stay focused and to approach these problems with a step-by-step approach.  I was accepted at my top choice school (USC) and received merit money as well. My coach gave me professional, caring and compassionate guidance. She has helped me be successful, and I feel others will be as lucky to have a launchphase2 coach as I was.
- HUMERA S., B.A. UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO '12, MSW, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ’17
Ferah is a wonderful instructor and an incredibly gifted motivator. The students we serve at IBMC are encouraged, inspired and pushed forward in her classes. No matter what subject Ferah teaches she gives her best to her students. Her preparation and delivery in the classroom is impeccable.
- Steve Steele, CEO IBMC College
During the past year and a half, Ferah has served as a college coach for my son. She offers a comprehensive set of services that guided my son through many aspects of the college application process. What really stands out about Ferah is the rapport and trust that she built with my son that enabled her to be very effective in helping him identify possible career and major choices, college options, and a set of criteria for his decision. He is excited about the next four years, and very confident that his choice matches his interests, strengths, and type of college experience he desires.
- Debbie Bostak,, Finance Manager and Community Volunteer
Ferah has been instrumental in helping our daughter achieve the often stressful process of applying for college. She has spent time helping our daughter research schools that have the degree she is seeking, giving her multiple resources, and providing guidance on writing essays. Now that our daughter has chosen the college she would like to attend, Ferah continues to helpelp her find scholarship opportunities. I am grateful to the dedication and professionalism Ferah has provided through this entire process.
–JoAnn Caddoo, Founding Partner at WeDo Media Group
My college coach gave me excellent student success tips when I started college. I had a great college experience, graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and am now working in my dream career! I think launchphase2 is a wonderful program to help high school students in this way. Timely advice can make all the difference — it did for me.
Kristin G.
Our daughter applied to selective liberal arts colleges.  I have to admit that I was initial skeptical about using launchphase2, since I am a college professor, I went to Williams and taught at Amherst and Willamette, and I know a lot about these colleges.  Our daughter was finding our attempts to get involved stressful, as were we.  We were going in circles, and that's why we got Ferah into the loop.    We got a lot more from her services than we had realized that we might.  Yes, our daughter got into some great schools, including the school of her choice, and we were all extremely happy (and relieved) about how her applications came out.  However, she also got a real education about how to be systematic and thorough in making life decisions, lining up opportunities, and being thorough in researching and thinking through the choices that present themselves.    We have been amazed at the mature, thorough, and energetic way she has approached important decisions that she has had to make since then.  These were among the traits we hoped she would get from a college education, and she got a head start with Ferah.  She grew up so fast, she is off at college making her own choices now, and we are really happy that we made launchphase2 available to her before she left home.  – Dr. Ross McConnell
Dr. Ross McConnell
If only we had known about launchphase2 earlier!   My daughter struggled to figure out which university she wanted to attend, as well as what major she wanted to pursue.    After a transfer, and obtaining a BS in a major she quickly found out she didn't enjoy, launchphase2 has helped her in so many ways.   It’s been a long road, but she has settled on a career that she is very excited about.   From seminars to interview coaching, launchphase2 provided professional advice, encouragement and confirmation.  Thank you!
-- Nancy Harwood, Founder Ambiance Home Interiors
“Thank you for helping our daughter improve her test scores, GPA and to write awesome essays! We especially appreciated your guidance with the college list. We were pleased that she received so many acceptances and scholarships, to colleges where she would thrive. Thank you for reducing our stress during this stressful time; the weekly reports and gentle follow ups really helped. Our daughter can’t wait to start college, and we are very proud of her. ”
- Future Graduate of the Class of 2018, University of San Diego
“launchphase2 hit the ball out of the park with our son, a freshman at Mesa State. His coach expertly helped him choose a great major, and by second semester, he was able to choose courses that would count for his new major (which will save us money). Our son is really excited about his future career, and it’s a great fit for him. “ “I want to extend my gratitude for the coaching received from my son’s college / career counselor. He graduated from his state university within four years and received tips to enhance his academic achievement (GPA). He was guided to build an exemplary resume which included meaningful experiences like an overseas internship with the United Nations. His resume and college experiences should help lineup prospective employers. His coaching was worthwhile and was a wise use of time and money. Thank you so very much.”
- Proud parent of CU-Boulder Graduate, Class of 2014
The test prep I received from my coach was amazing! With the help of the test prep I was to practice the ACT and become comfortable with taking it, and I was able to reach my full potential. My score went from a 27 to a 31! The test prep also allowed me to hone my test taking skills so that I can utilize them on other standardized tests in my future.
Reilly B, rising senior.
"Ferah exceeded our expectations throughout the entire process.  The essay brainstorming ideas were beneficial and resulted in quality finished work.  Consulting through the application process including college specific essay questions helped us save time.  Thanks to Farah's help, our daughter was accepted to every college she applied for and will be attending Loyola Marymount University.  Launchphase2 was a great investment for our daughter and our family.
-Mike Rosslow, Reno, NV
Ferah’s work on the college application process with our daughter was extremely helpful. Ferah helped her juggle and prioritize her current school work, preparing for ACT’s and applying to schools. It can feel overwhelming but Ferah’s guidance and organization helped a great deal. It reduced stress for us as well as keeping her on track. Ferah was excellent at keeping us in the loop with her thorough and timely weekly reports; it felt like a real partnership between all of us. Her knowledge of “good fit” schools, opened up some possibilities that we had not considered, resulting in multiple acceptances and scholarship offers that made expensive schools more accessible.  Thank you Ferah, for your valuable help in this process! My only regret is I wish we had started with you sooner.
- Susan Carabello, Owner Full Spectrum Leadership, & Proud U of Utah Parent
Ferah provided timely guidance, help and enlightenment to our daughter through the college application process. It certainly has been a great learning experience with some great results. We will be ever grateful to Ferah, as this could have been a very difficult journey; the gentle reminders and guidance were a blessing.
- Aini Haider, Regional Marketing Director – East Bay at Opes Advisor, UC- Davis Parent
It was awesome how quickly launchphase2’s college coach helped me choose my major and minor over Christmas break. I was able to change my college schedule for the second semester. This will save me time and money, and I’m really excited about my major and future plans! Thank you!
Daniel C., Colorado Mesa University Student
Ferah coached my son on how to approach college applications when he was a senior in high school. She had many suggestions about schools that might be a good fit, and helped him develop criteria to prioritize his choices. Ferah reviewed his essays and applications many times, giving feedback on content and organization. She was extremely helpful and my son benefited a great deal.
- Dr. Lynn Shore, Professor at Colorado State University
“I want to extend my gratitude for the coaching received from my son’s college/career counselor. He graduated from his state university within four years and received tips to enhance his academic achievement (GPA). He was guided to build an exemplary resume which included meaningful experiences like an overseas internship with the United Nations. His resume and college experiences should help lineup prospective employers. His coaching was worthwhile and was a wise use of time and money. Thank you so very much.”
- Dr. Rula Qalyoubi, Senior Economist and Proud CU-Buff Parent (Class of 2014)
At the beginning of summer in 2014 I had my first meeting with Ferah. Based on my increased heart rate, sweaty palms, and twitching eye, I think a may have had a little panic attack. All I could think as I sat there between my parents was my future and everything that this lady wanted me to do to prep for it. Questionnaires, personality tests, multiple worksheets about what I like in a college and what I don’t, and not to mention all the essays and drafts of a resume she wanted me to complete during the summer. The list seemed endless and I had just got off of my toughest year of high school and was ready to do some major relaxing, but that is not what Ferah nor my parents had in mind. My second meeting with Ferah was a lot less stressful and she really took the time to get to know my personality and me. Now that I look back on all those questions I answered to find out what college best fit my personality, I realize it wasn’t a waste of time because I would have never known that I wanted to go to a smaller school rather than a large university, or wanted a discussion oriented classroom, or to be close to a big city for internship opportunities. The more and more I went to see Ferah the more and more I got excited. Not only excited about my future and where I would be next year, but excited to just talk about my life to someone who truly cares and should get an award for being the best listener. A couple of my friends also go to Ferah and we have a little inside joke that not only is she our college prep coach, but like a therapist as well. She will listen to you if you are stressed, excited, sad, happy, or angry and will try and figure out her role in helping make things better or celebrating alongside with you. I cannot count the amount of hours I have spent contacting admissions counselors, researching/visiting schools, following suggested tips, and filling out applications, but I am thankful that I had Ferah and my parents pushing and supporting me each step of the way. Without the guidance of Ferah I would have never gotten into my top schools and received scholarships from them. I don’t know where I would be today in my college process without Ferah. As a student who went through launchphase2, I can confidently say that I know my college decision will provide me with a bright and successful future.
-Leah F. FCHS class of 2015, and future entrepreneur