Virtual Lunch & Learn: Using College Admissions to Set Students Up for Long-Term Success

Date & Time

Friday, May 24

11:30am - 1:00pm



This presentation is for parents, professionals, and students interested in learning about important strategies and a unique perspective on the college admissions process. Each year, applying to colleges seems to be more competitive and students are under more pressure to keep up with all the expectations for getting into a good college.

Sumaiya Olatunde from H2D Counseling will discuss useful tips for tackling college applications as well as practical solutions for reducing stress for teens and families during the admissions process.

In this session, you will learn about:

• College Applications: the purpose, the process, myths & mistakes, the perfect essay, the competitive applicant, and the decision
• A Caregiver’s Role in College Admissions
• A General Timeline
• Becoming College-Ready
• Stop the Stresses!
• For Parents: A Brief Talk about the Money
A moderated Q & A session will follow the presentation.

About Our Speaker:

Sumaiya Olatunde, MA, MS, NCC is the owner of H2D Counseling, LLC, which supports neurotypical and neurodivergent students from PreK to graduate school. She has worked with hundreds of students and families nationally and internationally. Her expertise as an Educational Consultant spans nearly three decades in admissions counseling, academic advising, financial aid counseling, and career counseling. Sumaiya is also an Educational Advocate for K-12 and higher education students needing help with issues related to IEPs/504 plans, admissions, and standardized testing accommodations. She deeply enjoys working with students, problem solving on complex cases, and helping to make education more equitable for all.

Sumaiya has a background in research and community organizing, she is a certified crisis counselor, and she holds degrees in molecular biology, African American studies, anthropology, and counseling. She has received prestigious fellowships from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, McNair Scholars Program, and American Association of University Women. She is a Professional member of IECA, COPAA, LDA, NACAC, WISER, and xMinds. Sumaiya is the parent of a neurodiverse 2nd grader whom she considers to be her greatest joy and accomplishment. Sumaiya has a forthcoming article addressing parents on similar topics in college admissions that will be published in the July issue of Washington Parent Magazine.

Event Location

Zoom - A link will be sent to you once you register