Ashwarya Singh Devason (University of Pennsylvania)

“… In the beginning, I was afraid that my application would lose my personal touch if I approach a counselor. Boy, was I wrong! In fact, the opposite is true; she helped me find me. Over countless conversations about my life plans, aspirations, dreams and goals, she listened, encouraged and believed in me. She always pushed me to be the best version of myself and she was always ready to help me dig deep into my heart to figure out what I wanted. She always went out of her way, exactly like a parent would, to ensure the success of my application. Her insightful feedback on my essays, her infectious drive and motivation (the countdown emails!!!) and her methodical approach really helped me manage my application alongside my HSC exams. … I received glowing letters of acceptance and full scholarships to several Top US Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges, among which I chose the University of Pennsylvania. …”

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Jiawen Huang (Purdue University)

“...At first, I had no idea which university I would go, or even the major I would like to pursue. With her guidance, I was able to build a list of colleges that were right-fit for me. … More importantly, Ms. Mahadoo helped me a lot to figure out the vital points of the college application essay. She helped me brainstorm ideas and thoughts that would enable me to write winning essays. She also helped me to modify my essays several times until they were almost perfect and I was able to better understand how to rewrite them well. … Sometimes we had one-on-one meetings until midnight to work on my application and to figure out the advantages each of the universities on my list had to offer. This is how I was able to get accepted to several great business programs, some with scholarship….”

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Ryan Basava Reddi (Carleton College)

“...Mrs Mahadoo gave us earnest advice and encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone. I remember how she kept reminding us that if we are not passionate about our extracurricular activities, then it's better that we quit them. I followed her advice and used my time diligently to get involved in a few volunteering activities and also help students with subjects like math, chemistry and physics as I wanted to have a positive impact on my society… Mrs Mahadoo would give us assignments that she would not accept as final until they were near-perfect. That's how meticulous she was. She kept reminding us that good grades are only a part of the whole story…. She made the application process look simple and while working with her, I felt that I was progressing day by day…”

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Reeya Callychurn (Caldwell University)

“I was not well-informed about universities, and words like “common app” seemed foreign to me. … I knew that America is the land of opportunities but I always thought that attending an American university is next to impossible. … Working with Anjanita made the college application process a period of self-discovery especially during the essay-writing period. She always encouraged her students to be authentic and to write their own story. She was a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell and that the essay serves as a vehicle for our voice. Such advice from her indeed helped me to embrace my uniqueness and stand out rather than fashioning myself into someone I might think the admissions committee will like. … Thanks to Anjanita, I will be attending Caldwell University this fall with a Presidential Scholarship. … Thank you for listening and providing insights to help me navigate all the rough patches and big decisions in this journey! …”

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Kishen Rungasamy (Lynn University)

“I was totally lost, and I could not do it by myself since I have lived my entire life in Europe and the American academic system was fully unknown to me. … After hours and hours on Skype, about fifty essays to write, correct and rewrite, and many hours filling in the countless questionnaires, I finally received my admissions letters. I remember my tremendous pleasure when I received my first admission letter with a great scholarship. … During our sessions, Anjanita slowly became a real confidante in this time of uncertainty and apprehension. She was a really caring ally in my quest for universities and we built a strong friendship during our meetings. Months after our collaboration ended, we are still in touch and I sincerely hope to meet her in the US during my freshman year in Florida. Thank you very much Anjanita."

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Neha Ramsurrun (Dartmouth College)

“Ms. Anjanita gradually broke it down and made everything seem simpler. With her guidance, I began to understand what was required of me as an applicant. … I was able to hone my writing skills and engage in introspection, grow, and better present myself through my application. … Be it through helping me polish my Common App, brainstorm for my personal essay, submit my applications, or through her encouraging words during stressful times, Ms. Anjanita was there for me at every step of the way. … And when I was later accepted into four excellent schools, including Georgetown University and Dartmouth College, on great financial aid, I will never forget how Ms. Anjanita’s joy seemed to rival my own. ... She often told me to “go the extra mile”, and this is a lesson that I will keep in mind as I attend Dartmouth College during the next four years, and throughout my life. …”

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Muneera Cadersa (Drexel University)

“CommonApp, CSS profile, SAT -oh my god! Why does the US application process has to be so complex?... It was only three months until the application deadline and I had barely started. God heard my prayers... Without Mrs Anjanita’s intense counselling, all the essays and nerve wracking interviews would have been impossible. She made sure that we were always picking the right schools and the best environment. Yet, the most important part was the scholarship. Without her assistance, I would have probably been elsewhere, or back in Mauritius. The scholarship she helped me pick up saved me. I got admitted to Drexel University with 60% scholarship - all thanks to Mrs Mahadoo. … My dream turned into a reality. I’m about to embark on a new journey and as I sail through it, Mrs Anjanita’s precious counseling will always be my guide. I shall be eternally grateful to her for this life changing opportunity. …”

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Anushka Dunessur (Drexel University)

“Anjanita motivated me to persevere and helped me thoroughly throughout the whole application process, making it less daunting and overwhelming as it previously seemed to be. She has been so patient and understanding, guiding me step by step, reviewing my application carefully and constantly giving me constructive criticism and positive feedback. … My happiness was inexorable seeing my efforts getting paid off after investing so much time and effort working on my extracurricular activities, SAT, writing personal statements amongst other things. I can’t be more grateful for the scholarship I received as it has greatly reduced the financial burden on my father who is a single parent, and is helping me to live my dream. I am really grateful to Ms. Mahadoo for contributing to making my dream a reality. …"

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Siksha Ramchurn (Augustana College)

“Ms Mahadoo made me tackle the different parts of my application in such a way that the lengthy process seemed so easy. ... She is always available to answer any questions I have and will do everything in her capacity to clear any confusion my parents or I have. … Ms Mahadoo was there to guide me through every single step of my application. She put all her efforts to solve any problem that came up and didn’t hesitate to contact the appropriate university officials whenever needed. Thanks to her constant support I was able to get into 7 schools and I finally committed to Augustana College, Illinois, where I was offered both a merit scholarship and financial aid. … I have to say that without Ms Mahadoo’s guidance, my American dream would have never come. …”

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Jason Ryan Ah Chuen (Stanford University)

“…What touched me the most is that she was determined to get me out of my impossible situation and was ready to guide me through every single step of my application. Some months later, I got my acceptances at the likes of Upenn, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale and STANFORD!… Many people ask me if I really needed a university consultant for my applications. I always reply that instead, I really needed Anjanita. To me, she was acting more like a selfless Mom who would go to great lengths to help her kids. … Anjanita and I still keep in touch. From time to time, she would check on me and provide me with her thoughtful advice. She’s simply great!”

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Yun Yan 'Sally' Wong (University of Pennsylvania)

“…Meeting Mrs Anjanita was purely out of luck – a life-changing luck. Thanks to her help, I was accepted at several schools in the US, including UPenn, GWU (George Washington University), USC (University of Southern California) and MCPHS (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). Like many other students, I was completely baffled by the daunting CommonApp system…Mrs Anjanita was more like a close friend to me than a mere consultant. She patiently guided me through every single component of the application process until the last minute and provided me with every support I needed. She impressed on me that it is never too late to do your best, and walked me through every step of my application as if her own child was the one applying to the universities….”

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Nadiya Jaunbocus (Wesleyan University)

“…A million questions flooded my mind ‘With only a few months left and the upcoming HSC exams, how would I manage to start and complete the lengthy application process? When would I take the SATs?’…Mrs Mahadoo dispelled all the doubts I had… Most importantly, she made me believe in my own capabilities to be successful…I absolutely love Mrs Mahadoo’s ability to connect with people… Under her constant guidance and encouragement, I learnt how to make the most of my time, by balancing my application and studies perfectly…I’ll never forget how she once called the College Board on my behalf, so I would not have to incur international charges. That kind of dedication is rare…Thanks to Mrs Mahadoo, I will be attending Wesleyan University this fall with a full scholarship…”

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Swarna Jeewajee (MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

"...She stood by me throughout the application process, constantly urging me to see the larger picture, and make choices that would benefit me in the long run...In Mauritius, sadly, not everyone can be a laureate. Yet, it is a dream that thousands of HSC students pursue, year in year out; ...I may have missed the chance of having my name inscribed in gold on my high school’s board of honor, but I will forever carry within me, the golden MIT experience that I am currently living..."

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Kirtee Ramo (Bryn Mawr College)

“…Initially, I knew very little about the application process for US institutions. I was not even sure which schools I should apply to or what I should study in college… After talking to Anjanita, I was convinced that she was the perfect person to help me… Her brainstorming sessions helped me engage in deep introspection and gain a better understanding of myself. Her constructive criticism helped me demonstrate my uniqueness in my college essays. It is thanks to her guidance that I have been accepted to two great US colleges with considerable financial aid packages…”

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Aartee Hosanee (Connecticut College)

“…Attending a US university has always been my dream and I am 100% sure that I would not have accomplished it without the help and ongoing support of Mrs Anjanita… She was always there to motivate me, to boost my self-confidence, and to make me believe… I cannot think of any other person who would have invested so much time and energy into reviewing my work and making sure that my application reflected my personality and aptitude… Thank you Mrs Anjanita <3”

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Yusrah Kaudeer (Amherst College)

"...I had no idea what to do. Then came the light through the tunnel: I talked to dear Madame Mahadoo. She pushed me to bring out the best in me... The application process was indeed very bulky and hectic, with many high and lows, and I constantly had many questions, but she always had my back... Today, I am forever grateful that I got into several schools in the US—two of them with a full ride..."

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Trishnee Bhurosy (Indiana University, PhD Program)

"Meeting Anjanita was a turning point in my life and bolstered my decision of pursuing my Ph.D... Knowing that I had someone to turn to for advice or encouragement, whenever I felt uncertain of my own capabilities, reassured me... I got accepted into two graduate schools with funding but I chose Indiana University and the world-famous IU Bloomington campus!... Anyone who is willing to go that extra mile in their education and career, will benefit from Anjanita’s advice..."

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Laksh Balloo (Colby-Sawyer university)

"...She is so passionate about her counseling that sometimes I even forgot that she does this for a living... Anjanita was not only passionate about helping others reach their dreams, but was sometimes even more optimistic than us... She not only pushed me to try harder but stood by my parents whenever they were discouraged... I don’t know if I can thank her enough for everything..."

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