LODESTAR

\lōd - stär\

A star that leads; a guiding light;

A person or principle that guides behavior or actions

 

Emily Perez, Ph.D., created Lodestar in order to provide guidance and support for both students and parents throughout the college admissions journey.

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Lodestar Admissions Services provides customized college admissions consulting to applicants throughout California, the United States and across the world.

LODESTAR

\lōd - stär\

A star that leads; a guiding light;

A person or principle that guides behavior or actions

 

Emily Perez, Ph.D., created Lodestar in order to provide guidance and support for both students and parents throughout the college admissions journey.

STRESSED ABOUT APPLYING TO COLLEGE?

Lodestar Admissions Services provides customized college admissions consulting to applicants throughout California, the United States and across the world.

Where to begin

Testimonials

“Emily was amazing! She was very helpful with editing my essays. She provided very detailed and valuable feedback for my applications . She helped with the essays for each school. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Emily. She took my applications to a whole new level! I have been accepted to all 5 colleges”

Hudson H., high school senior

“Emily’s support throughout the college application process was critical to my success. While I’m not intimidated by writing in general, writing an essay for a college application felt like a particularly daunting task. How was I supposed to differentiate myself from every other high school senior? What could make my experience jump off the page to an admissions officer? It felt like there was a second language I didn’t know how to speak. Emily’s calming demeanor and keen sense of what admissions officers are looking for boosted my confidence. I knew with her support that I was putting my best foot forward on my application and specifically with my essay. I got into my top choice school. I highly recommend Lodestar Admissions for anyone who is looking for support throughout the college admissions process.”

Kim R, college graduate

“Emily’s guidance and encouragement were exactly what my daughter needed to get her application over the finish line. She provided insightful and detailed feedback that helped J highlight her strengths and made her really shine. Working with teenagers can be tricky but Emily was able to establish a quick rapport with J which made the process a joy rather than a pain. J was accepted to 4 out of the 5 schools she applied to—we are thrilled [with the results]!”

Helen K., parent

“Emily was amazing! She was very helpful with editing my essays. She provided very detailed and valuable feedback for my applications . She helped with the essays for each school. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Emily. She took my applications to a whole new level! I have been accepted to all 5 colleges”

Hudson H., high school senior

“Emily’s support throughout the college application process was critical to my success. While I’m not intimidated by writing in general, writing an essay for a college application felt like a particularly daunting task. How was I supposed to differentiate myself from every other high school senior? What could make my experience jump off the page to an admissions officer? It felt like there was a second language I didn’t know how to speak. Emily’s calming demeanor and keen sense of what admissions officers are looking for boosted my confidence. I knew with her support that I was putting my best foot forward on my application and specifically with my essay. I got into my top choice school. I highly recommend Lodestar Admissions for anyone who is looking for support throughout the college admissions process.”

Kim R, college graduate

Results

Emily's clients have gained admission to the preeminent colleges and universities across the United States and the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire a college consultant?

You need an advocate!

Overworked high school counselors aren’t able to devote enough time and attention to every student. Emily’s holistic and customized approach is crucial to making the admissions journey a calm and successful one. It is her job to stay on top of shifting trends in the admissions landscape and to demystify the process for her clients.

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Welcome to Lodestar

Founder Emily Perez has 20 years of experience in the field of helping to demystify the complicated college and university application process.

During her high school years, Emily supplemented her bicoastal education with residential summer programs at Choate Rosemary Hall. She matriculated at Princeton University (with summers at Harvard University and Columbia University) where her interdisciplinary coursework culminated in a degree in English Literature. Upon graduation, she began planting the seeds for Lodestar through her work as an admissions essay editor for CyberEdit. Emily’s rigorous editorial work led to an Editor position at Sparknotes’ New York City headquarters, where she specialized in study guides and test prep materials as the company swiftly expanded.

Emily Perez, Ph.D., Founder

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