Educational Consultant Katy Baytosh
Featured Professional Series: The second Monday of every month, we feature one of our favorite educational consultants, psychologists, or professionals in a related field. We ask everybody the same five questions, designed to show you why we like them and to help you decide whether they’re a good fit for your needs.Deep knowledge of the college admissions process is probably the most desirable train in an independent college counselor, and Katy Baytosh of Baytosh College Advising has deep knowledge from pretty much every angle: high school, college, teacher, administrator, parent, consultant, etc. She’s generous with her time for underserved students, and goes out of her way to help her colleagues.
How did you get into this field?
In my 25 years as an educator and administrator at both the high school and college level, I was always helping my students with the college process: essay writing, identifying schools, financial aid information, etc. After training to become a College Advisor through coursework at UC Irvine, volunteering, and my work with a number of pro-bono clients, I opened my practice, and I am thrilled to serve students from all backgrounds with a wide range of interests and goals.
What do you love about the work?
I know it may sound cliché, but I love helping kids find colleges that are a great fit! By getting to know them, I am able to recommend colleges they may have never heard of, encouraging them to think beyond the usual collection of schools to uncover schools where they will grow and challenge themselves.
Why do people hire you?
My approach is multi-dimensional, addressing academic, cultural, and financial variables that all play a role in locating a great fit. I strive to make the college process as stress-free as possible while being realistic and supportive. By demystifying the process, I can save my families time and money because I have extensive knowledge of schools, admissions criteria, and understand the ins and outs of the process. I am committed to keeping up with colleges by visiting dozens of institutions a year, meeting regularly with Admissions reps, and learning from the experiences of my colleagues, students, and families.
How do you feel about study skills?
I think that study skills and habits can make or break a student’s college experience. Knowing how to study and be organized is key to being successful. Studying smart and managing one’s time is critical.
What’s your favorite piece of advice to give students?
Keep an open mind, let yourself grow and change through this process, and recognize that great college experiences come in all shapes and sizes. Educate yourself about colleges and their benefits; the more you remain open to places, the greater your chances of finding a school that is a great fit!