Providing an invaluable service to students around the world, Carpenter launched askjohnaboutcollege.com in April in order to give students and families the benefit of his experience and support.
Carpenter answers questions covering the A to Z of college applications around the clock through email, telephone, texting and instant messaging.
“I have the best job in the world,” he said. “I work with great kids and get to answer questions all day. I’m a terrific additional resource for them, the one person they can go to with absolutely any questions. I can give them the best advice.”
Currently based in the US, his career has included working in American and international schools in Asunción, Santiago, Istanbul, London, Munich and the US, guiding students and their families through the university application process. Carpenter aims to help all students who can benefit from his experience, both near and far.
“When I was overseas, a lot of students there had no one to help them through the process,” said Carpenter. “It doesn’t matter where the students are from or what passport they have. There is one process they have to go through. I can help them with all aspects of that process.”
The students who seek Carpenter are just as diverse as the programs and schools that they are interested in and parallel the reasons behind their interest in studying in the US.
Students abroad who seek Carpenter’s services include children of expats who want to return to the US, as well as European national students who have studied at international high schools, boarding schools and local private and public schools in their home countries.
“I’m a big fan of going to college in the States,” he said. “The system is a lot more flexible and open to students changing their minds about academic majors without having to start over or lose time. The support services on campus, career advising, housing and residential life programs are all really good.”
Carpenter charges a one-time sliding fee that gives families and parents the flexibility to contact him whenever they have questions depending on their needs.
To prepare his students for the long road ahead, Carpenter offers a wide range of services, including application planning, help with essay writing, test planning and preparation and advising on costs and financial aid.
In addition to taking the necessary standardized tests for US college admission, Carpenter is also well versed about the language requirements for students coming from foreign school systems.
The prime time for students to work with Carpenter is in their second-to-last year of high school or gymnasium to ensure there is enough time to thoroughly evaluate all possible schooling and testing options, but he is prepared to work with all students whenever they are ready.
“My services are really meant to give families an additional resource when they need it, allowing them to have the confidence that they have explored every option of overseas study in the US for their children,” said Carpenter.
A significant part of the work together is to create a list of schools that meet the student’s interests and needs while simultaneously offering the greatest chance of admission.
Carpenter works with each student to help them identify individual and long-range goals related to choosing the colleges and universities where they will apply.
“Kids are so different,” he said. “I work with students to look at schools where their chances of admission are strong.”
As Carpenter pointed out, the sheer volume of forms, paperwork, details and requirements is a challenge for even the most determined and organised of students. Consequently, parents often have no idea where to begin for information or for help.
“For expat parents whose children attend American-style schools, sometimes that means having a second resource to consult with privately and completely separate from the school’s counselor,” he said.
He added, “For parents of children in local gymnasium or other national schools, it means having someone who understands the system advising their children to make informed choices and good decisions.”
The best way to contact John Carpenter is through his website askjohnaboutcollege.com.