Dr. M leads a team of distinctive mentors who bring decades of teaching, admissions, and writing experience to their work with Blue Stars students. She selects academic counselors through a rigorous application process (very much like an admissions journey) that includes several essays and interviews. After getting to know each finalist well, she chooses those most qualified to put her high-performance, holistic methodology into practice. Dr. M then personally trains each counselor through an in-depth apprenticeship program. As a team leader, she makes sure her staff remains up-to-date on the latest admissions trends and news. She and her team collaborate closely as a group, exchanging information and insight, on a regular basis.

As a result, Blue Stars counselors are not just outstanding editors and mentors. They are also superior strategists and life coaches who excel at helping students find their unique path to college while gaining confidence and calm along the way. It is with great pride that Blue Stars introduces Full-Service Counselor Lynelle Kerstine.

Lynelle Kerstine Blue Stars Admissions Consulting

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Lynelle Kerstine has served as a Penn alumni admissions interviewer for many years, a role providing her with insight into what Ivy League schools look for in their candidates. Lynelle’s admissions expertise likewise stems from her consulting role at WriteGirl, where she successfully guided students in building well-researched college lists and writing winning personal essays. While there, Lynelle revamped the admissions program by creating new workshop curriculum, greatly increasing student participation and outcomes.

Unique about Lynelle is the way her experience as an award-winning marketing executive at MGM and New Line Cinema, where she spearheaded multi-million dollar ad campaigns, provides that extra strategic edge when coaching her students. Lynelle’s writing talents additionally span genres from children’s books to creative copy for companies like 20th Century Fox, Sony Entertainment, HBO, Warner Bros., Mattel, and Skechers.

Lynelle enjoys helping teens discover their unique interests and convey those revelations through writing that reflects their own voice. Always the marketer, Lynelle recognizes how the power of strategic communication and a carefully curated presentation can make all the difference in a college admission. Lynelle is a huge movie fan. When she’s not coaching or writing, Lynelle enjoys live theater, swimming, and traveling.

What is the most important piece of advice you have for 2022 college applicants? 

Give back to the community. Colleges love engaged, active young adults who respond to current concerns. They see it as a sign of a future professional who will make a difference in the world.

What’s your favorite writing tip?

When drafting your personal narrative, write long. That means, ignore the word count for now and record as much detail on your topic as possible, including meaningful anecdotes, vivid descriptions, in-depth thoughts, and personal feelings. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to cut to word count once all of your content is laid out!

If you would like to receive one-on-one personalized help in college counseling from Lynelle or any of our college counselors, contact us today!
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