Whether you are a new or experienced college student, individualized support will increase your achievement, ability to thrive, and overall satisfaction!

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Even well-prepared students benefit from personalized support during college.

Beth howland
Beth A. Howland, College Student Success Coach

Beth’s individualized approach helps you to effectively navigate your college experience, optimize your use of resources, and maximize your return on investment!

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Nationally, many college students languish because of a lack of personal attention.

Despite an average annual cost of $35,720, few institutions provide consistent, individualized advising for students. Currently, 25% of students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities do not return for their second year and 55% do not graduate in four years.

Don’t just “get by”… get the most out of your college experience and thrive!

Beth mentors and advises students to:

  • to take full advantage of campus resources
  • confidently select a major
  • re-frame stressful challenges as manageable opportunities
  • engage in transformative experiences like research, internships and community service
  • to increase career readiness
  • and more!

What People Say

We feel so lucky

Your style, ethos, goals and bottom-line desire to help these young people is all perfectly aligned with how we’ve approached our kids’ upbringing. We feel so lucky to be matched with you. This is all in addition to the demonstrable and admirable progress/results shown with X. over the past semester. Looking back, we all will credit you being there and helping him support himself during a very vulnerable time in his life. We look forward to continuing to watch you work and do your magic over the coming semesters.


As a parent it is a very hard balance to know when to intervene

Once again I am so grateful to you for making a connection with S. As a parent it is a very hard balance to know when to intervene as these young people are growing into mature adults.  As the semester progressed there were signs of concern. No one in his environment recognized this except you. I am happy that he is getting support and looking to the future. I certainly appreciate all you did for our family.


You have truly been a guiding star

As this year comes to a close, we are grateful for all the good counsel you have provided. You have put your personal touch in the large university setting, and it has made all the difference. Thank you for your constant, tremendous support of A, which has meant so much to all of us. My husband and I want to thank you for all everything you have done to support A. We are so grateful that you have been there 100% for all of us. You have truly been a guiding star.


I’ve become happier, more social, calm, and I even concentrate better; my grades have gone up

It’s been a while since we last met. I have been great! I would like to let you know that I am finally calm, relaxed, and stress free. Counseling has helped me tremendously! I finally learned how to better manage time in order to give myself hours to study, but also enough hours to dedicate to myself. It’s amazing what a few slots of total relaxation can do! I’ve become happier, more social, calm, and I even concentrate better; my grades have gone up 🙂 Thank you so much again for referring me to counseling, I really do appreciate it. 


Instrumental in our journey

Every weekend I make a list of folks I am thankful for, then during the week I let them know. I am so thankful for all the assistance you have given J and our family. It means so much to us for J to attend and graduate Cornell. You have been instrumental in our journey at Cornell, for this we will always thank you.


A major weight lifted off his shoulders

THANK YOU!!  Thank you!!  The meeting with J went rather well and he seemed to leave Stimson Hall with a major weight lifted off his young shoulders. That wouldn’t have happened without your knowledge, guidance and always being just a phone call or email away. You are super!


We can’t thank you enough

I dropped by your office yesterday and left a Thank You poster from our team. It is both a thank you from myself and A, as well as from the whole FSAE team. We can’t thank you enough for all you have done for us between January and the end of the semester. Your guidance and help gave us the support we needed in a pretty difficult time, and we truly appreciate all of the effort and time you put in. For meeting with us at the last minute and answering our silly questions, you really went out of your way to keep everything together.


Thank you for all the encouragement

Thank you Beth! I was just looking at some old e-mails a few days ago and saw one from you from early last Spring semester with links to the Nepal Program and encouragement to follow my heart. Thank you so much for all the encouragement, reassurance, and support you gave me during the Spring – it was a very challenging time for me and I’m not sure I would be here in Nepal otherwise!


Beth’s advising made a huge difference

K came from a small all girls high school, well prepared, but certainly not advanced, and came with a great interest in creating her own major.  K tells me she has received excellent advice from Beth regarding enrollment in classes, navigating Cornell and getting the most out of her academic experience. While we, as parents and students, are all looking for “meaningful connections” and experiences it was a bit overwhelming. As “consumers”, we may all think we know what we want, but we don’t always really know what’s in our best interest!


Academic Disappointment or “Failure,”…now what?

Anyone who attended college and is honest with themselves can recall a time, or perhaps quite a few times, when they experienced academic disappointment or even worse (cue the theme song to Jaws)…”FAILURE”! Perhaps you remember a time when you bombed an exam, did not pass a class, or fell short in making the Dean’s…

A Major Decision

The cost of a college education is exorbitant, the amount of information and number of opportunities available to students can be overwhelming, and the national four-year graduation rate is a meager 45%. One key contributor to students not graduating “on time” is the decision about a major.

Reflecting On The Fall Semester and Identifying Behaviors to Support Spring Success

For many, the beginning of the new calendar year means making resolutions and setting goals. While they can be motivating and productive for some, too often they are short-lived and, before long, people settle back into old routines and habits. There are many theories as to why this happens. I attribute it partly to the…

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