Working with Tom was the best decision we could have made in navigating the college process! I first heard Tom as a guest speaker at a Woburn Chamber of Commerce event and followed up with a meeting shortly thereafter. From the very beginning, Tom worked directly with our son to get to know him and help identify his interests and potential college pathways to get there while also keeping us informed with detailed messages and expected follow-up actions and meetings. They worked together to stay on target in terms of meeting deadlines for essays, applications submission, and follow-ups. Tom took the “nag” out of navigating this challenging process which made it much more pleasant for all of us.
Tom was also extremely helpful to my husband and me as he assisted us in completing the FAFSA application and CSS profile. Whenever we had questions, Tom was easy to reach and always responsive. I have and will continue to sing Tom’s praises – his experience and the resources and tools he provides are exceptional. It has been a pleasure to work with Tom, truly a professional.
Karen & Jim -Woburn MA
Tom, thanks for all of your help through the process so far. I really appreciate that you helped Isak stay accountable to the application process through encouragement and great advice. You have helped his first-timer parents navigate the financial aid application process confidently and clearly. Awesome!! Thanks again!
Wei – Reading MA
Tom O’Hare has been a major asset to our family as we help our daughter navigate the College Search, Admission, and Financial Aid process.
Tom educated and guided us through this complex and often confusing world. He took the time to ask questions and listen to our story, got to know our daughter, and then made relevant recommendations. His insight into the nuances and unique strengths and weaknesses of different programs has been invaluable.
His calm and thoughtful manner reduced our anxiety and gave us confidence in our decisions. We recommend Get College Going and Tom O’Hare to assist in this major life decision and significant investment.
Kevin, Millis MA
Let me start the New Year by letting you know how grateful I am for knowing you! Your expertise in college preparation was a vital part of my daughter’s success and peace of mind for me! As I reflect on those moments when you first met with her I recall how she had no idea what she wanted to study or go. She mentioned that she was not ready to go to college. She surely knew she wanted to continue to play soccer and wanted to find a way to repeat her senior year of high school to score more goals! I grew so nervous that the passion of soccer took over her, however, you used it to your advantage in directing her to the right place!
Your guidance in choosing the right college for her was on target! She grew more confident as she visited the colleges on the list. She was excepted to most all colleges from the list you made and ended up selecting Worcester State University, the one I least expected. She enjoyed it so much and excelled in her academics and played four years of soccer with four Simi finalists and two championships! She just graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s in Public Health and a minor in Physiology. Not too long after graduation, She is now working for the public school system with special needs students and pursuing her pre- requirements classes for her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Worcester State University. With the lack of guidance in the high school she attended and being a first-generation to go to college, I really do not know what the outcome would have been without your guidance!
Thank you, Tom!
Diana, Lynn MA
Thank you Tom so much for all your help navigating the college process. Your insight into the various colleges and advice kept us all grounded and focused on what we needed to do to help our son get into the school he wanted. You made what could have been a very stressful time so much easier for all of us.
Joyce, New Ipswich NH
“Tom is extremely knowledgeable, having been connected to the education industry for decades. He can provide help and guidance to parents and students on the process of college as well as private school admissions. He understands the admissions process as well as financial aid options. He is great to work with and cares deeply about his clients.”
Sandra, Amesbury, MA
“Tom understands from experience the process of college admissions. He helps students to make good decisions and coaches parents on their roles in the journey. It is a practical and empathic approach.”
Joanne, Marblehead MA
“I recommend Tom for all your student’s Junior, Senior, College, and post-college needs. He’s an expert to guide your family to your student’s best academic decision. What he’s doing is transforming the complexity of college and post-secondary into the simple!!”
Jen J. Lynn MA
“Tom leads from the heart. He is knowledgeable, compassionate, and always has your best interest heart! “
David, Nashua NH
Tom is a great yet often unrecognized resource. Easily approachable, friendly, and always outgoing he’s a superstar for anyone looking for advice!”
Kevin, Melrose, MA
“Tom is very informative. He’s consistently working to help individuals reach their goals. Keep up the great work, Tom!!!”
Joe, Lynn MA
I decided to work with Tom O’Hare for several reasons…He came highly recommended and I knew of other families in the community who had utilized his services and were quite pleased with the results. Unlike my first child, who had gone the traditional academic route, Nathan had gone to a vocational high school and, while very bright, was not the enthusiastic student his sister was. I was baffled about what programs or schools best fit Nathan’s skills, personality, and interests. To complicate matters further, Nathan’s mother and I are divorced and had very different views on what was appropriate for him.
Tom met with the 3 of us to discuss our thoughts and make recommendations on at least 3 occasions. He also met privately with Nathan to help him with essays, and resumes and to narrow down the schools/programs of interest.
When it was time to apply, we had programs I never would have considered at schools I never would have looked at. Nathan applied, with Tom’s and parental assistance to the programs of interest, got accepted to several from which to choose, and ultimately made a decision which he is excited about starting in 2 weeks!
Tom guided us through the ENTIRE process from beginning to end. Reaching out to Nathan directly to remind him of important deadlines and to check in with him about his progress. He helped us find appropriate schools/programs, help Nathan and us with the paperwork, served as a coach to Nathan, and occasional referee to my Ex and me.
I can’t recommend his services highly enough nor can I imagine why any parent not in Academia would try to go it alone and figure out the best way to do it without help.
Scott > Winthrop, MA
“Tom is such an amazing resource for families at a critical decision-making moment in a young person’s life – should I go to college? which one? How do we afford the best education for my child? Tom is wise and knowledgeable and can be your expert guide. Give him a call – you won’t regret it!”
Electra > Woburn MA