Navigating the college admissions process can be anxiety ridden and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. At Aspire, we break the overwhelming process into manageable pieces and keep our students and their parents organized. We identify colleges at all competitive levels, and their available academic resources that match the student’s academic, social and personal goals.
At Aspire we understand that many students are not traditional learners, and students with different learning styles face extra hurdles when it comes to applying to college. We believe that in order for non-traditional learners to be successful in college they need to be fully aware of their learning strengths and challenges. We guide our students through a process of self discovery, empowering students to become strong self-advocates, ultimately setting them up for success in college.
The transition to college can be challenging and demanding. Student’s are experiencing a new found independence in a new environment with less structure, while taking a challenging course load. At Aspire, we work with college students in the months leading up to and throughout their freshman year, guiding them through their transition, so that they can maximize their potential.
No two students are alike, and we know that college and academic planning needs vary from student to student. At Aspire, we individualize and adapt our programs to meet each student’s needs. If a student requires a service different than what is offered in one of our standard packages, we will make it work.
Linda Becker guides students to become confident learners by helping them recognize their strengths and talents. By boosting self-determination to confront hurdles, students build resiliency to overcome academic setbacks. Because of the individualized attention her students receive, Linda is able to identify a range of colleges that match their academic and interest profile.
Linda became interested in higher education when she began researching colleges and universities in 2012. She has been mentoring adolescents in various non-profit organizations since 2007, which led to the decision to create Aspire College Consulting, combining her love for working with teens and higher education.
Linda began her career as a financial consultant at Arthur Anderson & Co. She went on to become an industry analyst, identifying investment opportunities for Travelers Property & Casualty and Conning & Company, where she developed her research and analytical skills. College is an investment, and strategically identifying the right fit for a student is not dissimilar from Linda’s experience identifying strategic investment opportunities in the business world.
Linda earned a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a member of the varsity field hockey team. She received an MBA with high honors from the University of Connecticut. Linda is currently a candidate for the Independent Education Consultant Certificate from the University of California, Irvine and is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.