My path to
American education is like the metamorphosis of a
butterfly. Before I came to America to study, I was
another “ordinary” high school student receiving the
“typical Asian” education in Hong Kong. I read through
my textbooks just like a caterpillar munched on
leaves—as if there was no other purpose but solely a
mundane duty. Then, the transformation came like a
butterfly breaking through the womb during chrysalis.
I am introduced to the idea
of active learning where individual thinking is
emphasized, finding new passion is required, and team
working is inevitable. It is no longer just memorizing
textbooks word-by-word and taking the examinations;
American education makes learning have a purpose. Inside
the classroom, instead of following instructions step by
step given in the laboratory manuals, I design my own
experiments with my classmates; after school, instead of
going home to stare at my computer screen, I change into
my sailing gear and cruise in the sea with my teammates.
I would not have any of these unique experiences if I
had not decided to study in a boarding school. Other
than that, boarding life has not
only transformed me from
being a caterpillar to a butterfly with colorful wings,
but it has also made me a social butterfly. I become
less fearful to interact with different kinds of people,
and even with people that I have never met, which I
would totally have no courage to do so previously.
Boarding school has definitely changed me.
Being the first person in my
family to study overseas in America, I was clueless with
the application process for American boarding schools.
Fortunately, with the aid given by Ms. Alice Lau from
Scholar & Co., I was able to learn more about various
types of boarding schools and also know how to perform
better in the interviews. I enjoyed working with her and
that is also why I decided to ask her for help again
when I was applying to colleges in America, which turned
out to be successful as well. Alice kept close touch
with me during the summer so that we
could work on the essay ideas
together, and she made sure that I was on my schedule in
completing all the college essays. All in all, she is
both a good teacher and responsible counselor who leads
her students to successful paths for American education.
~ Student of Scholar & Co. accepted by
a top boarding School and
then the Engineering School, Cornell University (World Class
Institution), Early Decision. The student was from
St. Paul's Convent School, Hong Kong.
About 9 months ago, I came
across the website of Scholar & Co. when I first started
researching U.S boarding schools on the Internet for my
son who wanted to go to study in the U.S.A.
I was impressed by the
sharing from the parents and students, as well as the
testimonials, which gave us a lot of useful tips. Out of the various educational
consultants that we had met before Alice,
we found her being the only advisor who sounded
positively and encouragingly to my son’s initial
This supportive role
has been very helpful and important to my son and my
whole family, especially the times when we were
miserable and frustrating during the stressful
Honestly, it was still a nightmare to us
applying to the U.S. boarding schools,
despite having been warned by Alice of how tedious and
challenging it could be at the very start.
We would definitely
have messed up the priorities or made plenty of
unnecessary mistakes without consulting Alice.
Luckily, we had her
guiding us all the way,
closely in every single step of the application,
advising on interviews,
she always responded to our countless questions in a
timely manner, even
until very late
This is in contrast to
many other educational consultants
specify clearly about the
number of hours or times of communications under the
We are therefore very
grateful for Alice’s professional dedication throughout
the process. I am also thankful for her
tremendous help and advice on our US trip for the
schools’ campus visit, as well as arranging school
interviews in Hong Kong.
We can see she is a
meticulous and committed advisor.
Alice understands what the prestigious boarding schools
are expecting and what type of schools would fit my son
the most. After
going through the competitive school application
process, my son has also learned a
He has gained a much better understanding on his own
interests and strengths.
He is also more able to present himself and has become
more confident than before.
Thanks to Alice who has inspired him, prepared
him to the best, and made his dream come true at the
end! We are
proud to see my son having many good
choices when we come to a decision time.
Thank you very much, Alice!
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Peddie
(Prestigious Boarding School).
The student was from French International School, Hong Kong.
Do I really know
myself? My answer had always been “yes” before the start
of college application season. “I’m outgoing, energetic,
sensitive…” I could make a long list of my
personalities. However, after failing a million times to
write an interesting essay about myself, I started
questioning: who am
I? Do I
even know the answer? I was baffled. I do a lot of
things everyday, but I have never really stopped for a
moment and talked to my heart. It was Ms. Lau that
inspired me into thinking who I really
really passionate about before writing those essays.
After a period of brainstorming with her, I reached
a realization that I was such an open-minded person in
many different ways (although it was sad that I did not
realize that before). Academically, I liked all subjects
and really appreciated the liberal arts education in
America; socially, I found it fascinating how American
culture was different yet similar to Chinese culture,
and I try to embrace both cultures to the fullest
extent. This realization was a huge help in building up
essays, as well as choosing the right college
(Washington University in St. Louis) that can best
support my pursuit of intellectual freedom.
The sentence “I’m going to
Wash. U next year” might sound simple, but the
application process involving choosing schools among
thousands of colleges in USA, writing college essays,
taking ACT, TOEFL, SAT2, communicating with admission
officers etc. was an
incredible amount of work. I was so naïve into thinking
that I would have more motivation to finish these tasks
when deadlines were coming up. The fact is, without Ms.
Lau, I would have procrastinated, and I would have
regret so much. She was very thorough in making and executing plans, and she
cured my procrastination by sending me
email almost every day during summer. I respected her a lot and
always wanted to meet her expectation. At some point, I
started to realize that instead of being pushed by
deadlines, I should start taking initiative. What right
do I have in asking to get in to my dream school if I
could not even drive myself to work hard? Besides
motivating me to finish more than 20 essays, Ms. Lau was strict on the quality of the essays. Literally,
every single essay that I turned in was creative, nicely
structured, and well written. Though, instead of she
telling me what to write, she always gave me a hint and
let me come up with an idea. This critical thinking
skill that I gained from working with her was extremely
precious to me and will benefit me life-long.
To me, the process of applying to colleges is not just
about filling out the applications and turning in
essays, but about finding out who I am, and what I want.
I am grateful to be accepted by my dream school at the
end, but the intellectual growth that I had made along
the way was the most memorable.
of Scholar & Co. accepted by Washington University
in St. Louis
The student was from
Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Florida, USA .
After 2 years of hard work, my son could finally realize
his dream of studying in a top boarding school in the
My son studies in an elite traditional school in Hong
has always been at the top of his class from primary to
secondary school, and speaks superb English.
One would think he is a native English speaker.
In the first year of application, we thought my
son could naturally go to an elite US school of similar
However, he was rejected because all the US schools
considered his school grades poor.
I was totally confused and sought help from two agencies
in Hong Kong.
They were unwilling to take up the job also
because of the poor grades.
Later, I sought help from an agency in the USA.
They proposed some day schools in addition to
some low-ranked boarding schools which were not what I
Later, I met Alice Lau of Scholar & Co. through a
Alice has a wealth of experience in consulting and a
wide network with many top US schools. She has
established sound relationships and trusts with the US
schools over the years.
She is the most professional, attentive and
responsible consultant I have ever met.
Under her guidance, every task was so perfectly
done and met our requirements and ideals.
Due to the different grading systems between the
American schools and that of our elite traditional
school in Hong Kong, we encountered tremendous
difficulties in the applications.
Alice spent great efforts to communicate with the
US schools thoughtfully and patiently and the problems
were eventually solved.
The process fully demonstrated Alice’s
professionalism and strong sense of responsibility.
She not only assisted us to communicate with the
schools all along, but also made me aware of the
strengths of my son.
She inspired and guided my son to write his
essays to reflect his best self.
year, at last, we received an acceptance letter from a
top US school, with an email as follows:
file was read by our committee today and everyone loved
would love to have you here in the fall!”
Parent of a Scholar & Co.
student accepted by a prestigious boarding school.
The student was
La Salle College, Hong Kong.
It is hard to put into words how deeply gratified we are for the help and guidance of Ms. Alice Lau of Scholar & Co. throughout the whole process of school applications over the past few months. I felt lucky for meeting such an experienced and enthusiastic consultant, someone who never failed to provide my child with
useful tips on how to prepare for numbers of school interviews, and who never grew tired of giving her the insightful advices and innovative ideas on how to write impressive application essays. I believe my child would struggle a lot more without Alice’s clear guidelines and constant communications when filling the application forms. My child truly learned a lot, no matter in term of how to present herself in the right image or how to express her personality through words. She now feels more confident and clear of her goals, and has figured out her true passion through this process, and this is no exaggeration.
The U.S. school application process is undoubtedly stressful and tiring. But with Alice and Scholar & Co., you would definitely find it much easier and could have the best chance of getting into your dream school in the United States!
~ Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by
Phillips Exeter Academy (Prestigious Boarding School) and
then Northwestern University (World Class
Institution), Early Decision. The student was from
Po Leung Kok Choi Kai Yau School, Hong Kong.
speaking, we are far from
Two years ago, we
made a decision rashly
when our elder son improvised
an old-fashion UK boarding school.
Soon after, we felt
we could not let our younger son
an overseas school
Being incompetent, we missed the March deadline when
applying for our favorite UK boarding school for our
younger son last year.
We were disappointed, tried all other means and
re-applied, we accidentally came across the seminar held
by Ms Lau at the Admiralty Center.
Before the seminar, we knew nothing about higher
education in the USA. We just treated it as a backup in case our son could not
study in the UK.
After the seminar, we met Ms Lau and we found US
education would fit our younger son even more.
So we decided to try a bold attempt that could
possibly affect his whole life.
When applying for the target
schools, we found our inadequacy
the school requirements.
In particular, our son has been studying in a
traditional local school, but he was competing with students
famous international schools.
The conditions were in great disparity.
explain the frustration and tiredness in the process.
Feeling defeated, we wanted to give up for
several times. Especially in December last year, when we
received an offer from that same favorite UK boarding
school, we almost had an impulsive decision to give up
Fortunately, with the perseverance, constant
encouragement, support and assistance of Ms Lau, we finally felt
the joy of a fruitful achievement.
We were also fully aware that with a child
studying in an environment like ours, when applying to top US boarding
schools, the success chance would be very slim if we did it
without a veteran and responsible consultant.
Thank you, Ms Lau!
~ Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Phillips
Exeter Academy (Prestigious Boarding School). The
student was from St. Stephen's College, Hong Kong.
With the time, effort and a variety of ingenious
question answering techniques Alice had provided for my
son, he was accepted to his dream college.
Alice has been very helpful throughout my son's college
application process, especially in the essay portion.
Not only would she sit down with my child patiently
discussing with him what he would like to emphasize on,
she would also guide my child through the entire
applications, to be certain that every single bit is clear
and good to go.
I would recommend you to consult with Ms Alice Lau
regarding American high schools and universities. She
would be of a tremendous help in the area of school
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Princeton University (World Class
The student was from St. Joseph's College, Hong Kong.
It is every child’s dream to enter into a top U.S.
Like most parents, we have very limited
knowledge about U.S. universities.
Fortunately, we found Ms. Alice Lau whose
experience and professionalism helped our child get into
his dream college.
In the beginning of the process, Alice conducted a
thorough assessment of my child’s learning ability,
interests, growing background, etc. Soon she made a
personal educational plan for him, including a college
list, SAT/ACT exam timetables, AP course selection, etc.
These plans provided the biggest balance between
the college applications and his daily homework at
feel that my child’s admission to his dream college is
exactly the natural return of these organized and detailed plans.
What impressed us most was Alice's patience when
assisting her students, from the big tasks like executing
the smallest tasks like spell
oversaw every single step. In
the whole process, Alice not only paid meticulous
attention to detail,
but also helped lift
my child's independent thinking and
sense of responsibility.
We were pleased with his progress and growth.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to
Alice, and also recommend Scholar & Co. enthusiastically
as your U.S. educational advisor, to experience the same
joy of success as ours.
~ Parent of a Scholar & Co.
student accepted by
Williams College (World Class
Institution), Early Decision.
The Shanghai student was from Peddie School, U.S.A.
We are very pleased that our son is placed into Milton
Academy for this fall entry.
The application process was long and complicated.
But we were very fortunate to have Alice guided
us through the whole process.
Alice is professional and dedicated, she upholds
a very high standard and does
compromise for sub-standard quality.
She coached and guided
my son on personal essays and school interviews,
helped him bring
up his best potential.
She patiently and repeatedly guided my son on
Alice understands the US boarding schools’
requirements very well and provided sound advice on
school selections as well as counseling to anxious
parents like me.
Looking back, we found we had made the right choice to
engage Alice for her professional help.
Like many parents, we would like our children
receive the best education.
is challenging, but the hard work pays off once you
learned your child is placed into the dream school.
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Milton Academy
(Prestigious Boarding School).
The student was from South Island School, Hong Kong.
We moved from Beijing to Hong Kong in August last year.
We decided our child should apply to the US
boarding schools not long before that time. We did
not have much time and information for the preparation.
Luckily we chose Ms. Alice
of Scholar & Co. for
counseling, and the complex application process
became well planned ever since. Through
questionnaires and interviews, Ms. Lau understood
different qualities of our child. She caught
certain characteristics of our child
that looked common and
ordinary were turned into the competitive advantages
in his applications. From choosing
schools, arranging interviews, following
closely in each step, Ms Lau's thorough
professionalism left us a deep impression. Especially in essays, under Ms. Lau's
guidance and inspiration, our child revised and
revised, felt better and better in his writing. He
learned a great deal in this application
To sum up, Ms Lau is very trustworthy and we are very
grateful for her help.
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Milton Academy
(Prestigious Boarding School).
The student was from Yew Chung International School,
College application is a specialized and painstaking
exercise. Under the guidance of Alice, my daughter
was accepted by the Duke University in her Early
We were impressed with Alice's professional dedication.
She gave my daughter's appropriate advice based on her
character and academic strengths. In preparing
college essays, Alice was best at helping my child find out her potential and bring out her best
inspiring her to think deeply and to continuously improve the
essays. In choosing colleges and majors, Alice
provided good advice according to her interests and
hands-on, and with a strong sense of
responsibility. She follows each step in a timely
manner and safeguards each task strictly. I,
therefore, regard Alice as a trustworthy advisor.
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Duke University (World Class
The student was from Guaugzhou Experimental School,
As a parent who went through the traumatic experience of
college application for the first time, I was lucky
enough to have Alice as my advisor.
She shepherded us through the complex admissions
process, starting with taking time to understand my
daughter, her personality, her aspirations and her
upon her deep knowledge of American colleges she did
extensive research to find the right “fit” for her.
She worked tirelessly beside the parent and the
child to make sure all of our questions were answered,
all the steps were completed ahead of time and all the
essays brought out the best in the student and responded
to the schools’ specific requirements. With her unparalleled dedication and great insight, Alice
brought simplicity to a very complicated process and she
was instrumental in helping my daughter to get into the
college of her choice.
I would recommend
Scholar & Co. to
any family seeking the right school for their child.
& Co. student
accepted by Johns Hopkins
University (World Class Institution), Early Decision.
The student was from Marymount Secondary School, Hong
I was warned of the college
application could be grueling and daunting beforehand;
however, with a well thought strategy and plan, plus
flawless execution, it can be very rewarding.
A good consultant is the one who understand you and your
child needs. Alice is definitely doing a good job
on this. We can't thank her enough for getting our
son into his dream college and I would not hesitate to
recommend Scholar & Co. to be your college
and Scholar & Co. is what makes the difference.
Together, we explore and search the best option for the
child. They provide excellent advices and feedback, and
articulate the strength and depth of the child to best
fit his / her choice of college. Along the way,
Alice and Co. had eased our minds and anxiety, and made
the whole college process so much easier than
expected. You can rest assured that all your
concerns and queries are attended to in a professional
and timely, yet personalized manner.
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by the
Engineering School, Cornell University (World Class
The student was from St. Joseph's College, Hong Kong.
spent a lot of time and energy in the school search for
our two sons last summer, and were over-whelmed by the
sea of information.
In one incident, we came to know Ms Alice Lau of
Scholar & Co. and we learned a lot about US schools
from her. Since
then, she began to help my two sons apply to the US
boarding schools. Through
various meetings and brainstorming, Ms Lau clearly
understood their personality, strengths and passions.
She accurately assessed their ability and
proposed a list of schools that best fit them.
During the process, Ms Lau prepared my sons in fine details, gave best advice for the
strategies in taking the SSAT and TOEFL tests and guided
them to present their best self in the complicated
help was crucial in the whole process.
After a few months of hard work, both of our two
sons were accepted to the most desirable school of our
thank Ms Lau so much for her full assistance as well as
her thoughtful and caring advice.
~ Parent of two Scholar & Co. students simultaneously
accepted by Peddie School
School). The students were from St. Paul's
College, Hong Kong.
Applying to US schools is not easy.
Solely working hard on
your own is not enough. More importantly, you need a
professional educational consultant – Ms Alice Lau.
Ms. Lau understands the needs
and aspirations of each student and picks those top US
schools that fit us best.
Ms Lau is good at
finding out students’ potential and interests, and
helping us translate our uniqueness into words in school applications.
She gave me
advice on interview techniques, allowing me to have
fluent conversations and leave good impressions with the
Ms Lau reviewed every
essay I wrote, inspired me to think
more deeply for a good portrait of myself, making each
essay a perfect one.
In the whole process,
from research to submitting applications, Ms Lau
coaxed me patiently, offering me meticulous help.
Finally, I was accepted by my favorite US boarding
“Well begun is half done”.
The enthusiasm and professionalism of Ms Lau were
absolutely the reasons of my success in applying the US
recommend Scholar & Co. to students who want to
study in the U.S.A.
~ Scholar & Co. student
accepted by a prestigious boarding school. The student was
from Cheung Chuk Shan College, Hong Kong.
We would like to
thank Ms. Alice Lau for helping my son through the
college application process. We really appreciated the
time and effort she spent to assist him in choosing the
right college and completing the application form and
We know that the college
application has never been an easy task. It is tedious
and stressful. With Ms. Lau’s experiences and efforts,
the whole application process
became interesting and
challenging. Her expertise and knowledge, professional
and timely manner, thoughtful and creative ideas have
been invaluable throughout the process.
We are really
happy and relieved that my son is accepted to his
desired college through early decision and it could not
be accomplished without Ms. Lau’s advice and guidance.
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Carnegie
Mellon University (World Class
The student was from St. Paul's College, Hong Kong.
high schools in the US could be one of the most tedious
and stressful experience I have ever had. We realized
the application process is complex and competitive,
hence we engaged Scholar & Co. for their
Co. has been working closely with my daughter and me
throughout the application process in the past six
months. Scholar & Co. was able to provide us a list
of schools which matches closely to my daughter’s
interests and personality. In addition, Alice of Scholar
& Co. has also given valuable advice to my daughter,
especially on how she should fully capitalize on her
summer vacation activities so that her experiences will
stand out in her student essays and interviews.
We would like to
thank Alice and Scholar & Co for their assistance as
well as their thoughtful and valuable advice.
Parent of a Scholar & Co. student accepted by Kent
School (One of the 16 elite boarding schools).
The student was from St. Paul's Convent School, Hong
decided to apply to the US universities in September,
which was absolutely late for any application. I was
anxious and worried because I had not
much time for the preparation work, like finding out
which college would be a great fit to me, writing essays
for the colleges, to name but a few. Fortunately, I
could have Ms Alice Lau to be my advisor.
She is definitely familiar with the American colleges
and thus could provide me an excellent college list
efficiently. Apart from the responsiveness, I was also
impressed by her creativity and dedication in the whole
process, especially in
guiding me in my essay writings for
the colleges. Besides,
under her monitoring, I could finish all the
applications comfortably before the deadlines and that
was amazing. Looking
back now, I think that I might not be able to apply to
any college without the advice and guidance of Ms Lau
and so I would enthusiastically recommend Scholar
& Co. to any student who wants to study in the US.
~ Scholar & Co. student accepted by the University of Washington
(Top Bio-medical Institution). The student was
from Diocesan Boys' School, Hong Kong.
Scholar & Co. helps students achieve their dreams!