Before working with Rachel, I would try to encourage Olivia to start working on her essay, for example, and she would get angry with me because she felt like I was pressuring her. Rachel was able to get Olivia to make a commitment to work with her. Having someone give her advice, other than mom, who had experience working with college aged students in the college admissions office made all the difference for Olivia. She felt secure knowing that Rachel would be walking her through the process from essay to move-in orientation week. Because the pressure was off me as her parent, Olivia and I were able to enjoy the time we spent talking about the choices for her future rather than it being a battle.