Why did I, Aleksandra Stefanovska, decide to start PainFreeToCollege.com?
Here is my story:
I arrived in the United States 15 days before I started 9th grade. From Bilingual English classes to AP English and a scholarship to Georgetown, one could say I figured out the process quickly. Since my parents couldn’t help me, I had no choice. I did learn a lot in the process and will share those things with you. Today, as a mother, I hope to positively re-shape the admissions experience for all who work with me and my team.
What are my qualifications?
On the educational front, I have a Bachelors from Georgetown University, a Summer Business Program Certificate and Deans Award from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, as well as a Communications Certificate and a Masters in Business Administration at Georgetown. On the professional front, I have over 15 years of professional experience across many industries: management consulting (big 4 firm), education (Kaplan GMAT instructor, Macomb Community College tutor for Math and Science), hospitality, not for profit, and retail. I have also served on two Boards of Directors for non-profits. My students have been accepted to their dream schools, including Ivy League schools.
I have worked with students at both undergraduate and graduate level (particularly MBA admission) to help them prepare for admission to their dream schools. I look forward to working together to help you achieve your dreams.
“I worked with Aleks to reconstruct my CommonApp essay after I had already completed one version of my essay and had sent it in to multiple colleges. The essay Aleks helped me construct was an essay completely different from my original – but definitely for the better.”
Over the years, I have learned that the best way to establish what I or my team (we) do is to define clearly what we don’t do….because we feel that would be unethical or it would not let you grow.
We will never draft or write an essay for you.
Instead, we will show you how to approach essay writing. It is different and it will leave you a skill which matters in college and life after. We offer detailed feedback on essays, depending on the solution you invest in, but incorporating the feedback and edits will be your role.
We will never fill out a college application for you.
Instead, we simplify the process for you, give you tools, and show you skills, which will prepare you for the many applications you will fill out over your lifetime (for internships, scholarships, graduate school, jobs, etc.).
We will not draft your interview responses.
Instead, we will help you learn and practice the skills for successful interviewing. Interviewing is such an important life skill: almost all jobs, internships and some scholarships require it. We show you how to prepare, draft your own responses, and depending on the solution you invest in, offer you a mock interview, with detailed feedback on your interviewing approach – from your answers, to your posture.
This list is not exhaustive. If you are hoping we do something for you, check with us before making an investment. We want to make sure that we are a match.
“She truly knows what she is talking about, and I wish I could’ve been more involved and engaged with her. She genuinely gave me very beneficial information, and I am very grateful to have met her. “