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I live in North Carolina but I look through a global lens.  I am a Canadian woman of Indian descent. I lived & worked in Japan for almost 4 years. I have traveled to more than 30 countries. My passion is listening to people from a myriad of backgrounds – cultural geographical, gender, race, socio-economic — and help them to craft their unique and authentic stories. I have worked with high school students in Istanbul, Turkey, São Paulo, Brazil and all over the US. As a former marketing professional (Ogilvy & Mather, Unilever), I know brands. I understand what it takes for students to create a differentiated unique personal brand and how to tell their story through essays that resonate and align with college admissions.


Brightstar Coach Process

U.S. College Essay

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U.S. College Admission Essays and Interview Preparation

Brightstar Coach Mission:

Create a balanced, supportive  approach to the college admissions process. To meet students where they are, with who they are. Create dialogue and processes, enabling them identify their talents and skills. Give them tools to develop and tell their unique story. Help them to feel confident and drive the process. 

What Anita’s Bright Stars Say:

Jake Tomey, Apex NC, will attend Virginia Tech in 2019

Anybody who has ever met Anita knows she truly has a heart for helping others. Throughout this process, she has been not only an advisor, but also a friend and an outstanding cheerleader. Anita made the college application process seem like a breeze, and I cannot emphasize how highly I recommend her!
2019-08-09T23:52:41+00:00
Anybody who has ever met Anita knows she truly has a heart for helping others. Throughout this process, she has been not only an advisor, but also a friend and an outstanding cheerleader. Anita made the college application process seem like a breeze, and I cannot emphasize how highly I recommend her!

Megan, a senior at East Chapel Hill High School, was accepted to: University of Michigan, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UNC Chapel Hill, George Washington University, CU Boulder, Wisconsin – Madison, NC State University, University of Georgia

Anita is so much more than a college essay coach. She truly is one of the most creative and empowering people I have ever met and has pushed me to think about my life in ways I never had before. As intimidating as the college admissions process has been, with Anita’s guidance, I’ve actually found joy in writing about my experiences in creative and unique ways. Anita is not only a great editor and brainstormer, but has instilled so much confidence in me that I know I will carry with me to the University of Michigan next year.
2019-08-09T23:51:19+00:00
Anita is so much more than a college essay coach. She truly is one of the most creative and empowering people I have ever met and has pushed me to think about my life in ways I never had before. As intimidating as the college admissions process has been, with Anita’s guidance, I’ve actually found joy in writing about my experiences in creative and unique ways. Anita is not only a great editor and brainstormer, but has instilled so much confidence in me that I know I will carry with me to the University of Michigan next year.

Annabelle Monaghan, Rye, New York mom. Son will be attending Duke University, 2019.

"I’ve always thought my son is a really interesting kid, but it was impossible for me to explain why. When it came time for him to explain what makes him tick in his college application, he was equally challenged. Anita swooped in and took over. She asked him the most compelling questions and ushered him through self-exploratory questionnaires until, in a miraculous turn of events, he told his own story. Anita was able to help him hone in on exactly what it is about him that sets him apart. This was exceptionally valuable for him in the application process (he was accepted to his first choice school), but also in terms of developing his self-identity going forward. Anita is the perfect mix of smarts and compassion and I wish every child had the opportunity to work with her. "
2019-08-09T23:53:22+00:00
"I’ve always thought my son is a really interesting kid, but it was impossible for me to explain why. When it came time for him to explain what makes him tick in his college application, he was equally challenged. Anita swooped in and took over. She asked him the most compelling questions and ushered him through self-exploratory questionnaires until, in a miraculous turn of events, he told his own story. Anita was able to help him hone in on exactly what it is about him that sets him apart. This was exceptionally valuable for him in the application process (he was accepted to his first choice school), but also in terms of developing his self-identity going forward. Anita is the perfect mix of smarts and compassion and I wish every child had the opportunity to work with her. "

Beatriz Pereira do Valle Staub, . St. Paul’s School, The British School of Sao Paulo

“I am Beatriz from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Anita from Brightstar Coach helped me tremendously. As an international student, I needed help and we worked through what’s app calls which was extremely convenient for me. She organized our schedules and with her multicultural background she understood what I needed. We did excellent work together on all my work and she knew how to help me to create unique essays from scratch—with Anita’s help, I was accepted into my top choice, Duke and so many others. “

Beatriz, Accepted into: Duke, Northeastern, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, Santa Clara (with scholarship), Pomona, Pepperdine. George Washington University, Yale NUS, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), UCSD, Claremont McKenna.
2019-08-10T00:02:55+00:00
“I am Beatriz from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Anita from Brightstar Coach helped me tremendously. As an international student, I needed help and we worked through what’s app calls which was extremely convenient for me. She organized our schedules and with her multicultural background she understood what I needed. We did excellent work together on all my work and she knew how to help me to create unique essays from scratch—with Anita’s help, I was accepted into my top choice, Duke and so many others. “ Beatriz, Accepted into: Duke, Northeastern, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, Santa Clara (with scholarship), Pomona, Pepperdine. George Washington University, Yale NUS, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), UCSD, Claremont McKenna.

Justin Tucker, East Chapel Hill High. Chapel Hill, NC

"I don’t think I could have made it through the college admissions process without Anita’s guidance. Whenever I wasn’t sure what to write about, Anita would help me brainstorm for however long it took to find the perfect topic. She forced me to think about my life in ways that I never have before, which is what college admission officers want to see in your essays. Anita is definitely the most creative person I have ever met. I don’t consider myself to be a very creative writer but with Anita’s help, I was able to write outstanding essays that separated me from other applicants. However, the best thing I got out of working with Anita wasn’t any of my acceptance letters, it was that I created a lifelong friendship with a mentor who I will always be able to go to for help on really anything. I I know anyone who goes to her for college help will greatly increase their chances of getting into their dream school just like I did!"

Accepted to Wisconsin, Miami and off to play basketball at Swarthmore!

2019-08-10T00:04:18+00:00
"I don’t think I could have made it through the college admissions process without Anita’s guidance. Whenever I wasn’t sure what to write about, Anita would help me brainstorm for however long it took to find the perfect topic. She forced me to think about my life in ways that I never have before, which is what college admission officers want to see in your essays. Anita is definitely the most creative person I have ever met. I don’t consider myself to be a very creative writer but with Anita’s help, I was able to write outstanding essays that separated me from other applicants. However, the best thing I got out of working with Anita wasn’t any of my acceptance letters, it was that I created a lifelong friendship with a mentor who I will always be able to go to for help on really anything. I I know anyone who goes to her for college help will greatly increase their chances of getting into their dream school just like I did!" Accepted to Wisconsin, Miami and off to play basketball at Swarthmore!

Ria Nicholls – Mother and Banking Executive, Charlotte, NC.

"Anita was a gift to our family through the college application process. She helped to reduce anxiety and eliminated stress from the process. She helped my daughter to unleash her creative thoughts and create a narrative that would resonate with college admissions. She helped her to build outlines and create a strong, logical narrative. Margot (my daughter) thinks Anita is amazing and made all the difference in making the process work for her. She has been accepted to UC Boulder, her top choice ...and will be attending in the fall!"
2019-08-10T00:06:37+00:00
"Anita was a gift to our family through the college application process. She helped to reduce anxiety and eliminated stress from the process. She helped my daughter to unleash her creative thoughts and create a narrative that would resonate with college admissions. She helped her to build outlines and create a strong, logical narrative. Margot (my daughter) thinks Anita is amazing and made all the difference in making the process work for her. She has been accepted to UC Boulder, her top choice ...and will be attending in the fall!"

William Wright-Swadel, Assistant Vice President Student Affairs & Executive Director, Duke University Career Center, Durham, NC

"Anita Stockmans has been a valued Colleague at Duke University for more than 5 years. She has become a trusted advisor to me and a go to referral for students and families in need of a career and educational guidance. In my experience, she is one of the best career advisors & coaches with whom I have worked, across seven academic institutions including Duke, Harvard & Dartmouth. In her work, Anita combines knowledge, insight, empathetic and direct advising with a commitment to exceptional service."
2019-08-10T00:08:01+00:00
"Anita Stockmans has been a valued Colleague at Duke University for more than 5 years. She has become a trusted advisor to me and a go to referral for students and families in need of a career and educational guidance. In my experience, she is one of the best career advisors & coaches with whom I have worked, across seven academic institutions including Duke, Harvard & Dartmouth. In her work, Anita combines knowledge, insight, empathetic and direct advising with a commitment to exceptional service."

Dora Pekec, East Chapel Hill High School senior accepted to University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, Emory University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, Claremont McKenna College, UNC Chapel Hill, McGill University, and Sciences Politiques University. 

"Besides being a brilliant, caring, and kind person, Anita is a fabulous, thorough, and responsive essay coach and college prep counselor. She pushed me to think about my passions and activities in a way that no one else has. Because of Anita, I was able to deeply brainstorm and then easily put my thoughts onto paper to craft essays which were not only filled with heart, but incredibly clearly my own voice. With test scores and GPA's becoming increasingly inflated in the college admissions world, it is more crucial now than ever to have strong, unique, and thoughtful essays. Anita will most definitely set you apart!"
2019-08-10T00:09:33+00:00
"Besides being a brilliant, caring, and kind person, Anita is a fabulous, thorough, and responsive essay coach and college prep counselor. She pushed me to think about my passions and activities in a way that no one else has. Because of Anita, I was able to deeply brainstorm and then easily put my thoughts onto paper to craft essays which were not only filled with heart, but incredibly clearly my own voice. With test scores and GPA's becoming increasingly inflated in the college admissions world, it is more crucial now than ever to have strong, unique, and thoughtful essays. Anita will most definitely set you apart!"

Lauren Sterns, Woodside High, Redwood City, CA.

"I applied to two competitive colleges under "early action" (Loyola Marymount and Chapman in California) and was accepted into both business schools with Anita's help on my common app and supplemental essays. I felt like Anita  really cared about my success, and having her by my side allowed me to submit my applications with confidence."
2019-08-10T00:10:42+00:00
"I applied to two competitive colleges under "early action" (Loyola Marymount and Chapman in California) and was accepted into both business schools with Anita's help on my common app and supplemental essays. I felt like Anita  really cared about my success, and having her by my side allowed me to submit my applications with confidence."

Jane Ross, President – Former Senior Partner, Ogilvy & Mather Advertising

"I had the great pleasure and privilege of working with Anita as she and her team did market research for us. If Anita were a brand, she would be: smart, witty, dedicated, reliable, passionate, creative and funny. A giver of brilliant insights. An all 'round fabulous person."
2019-08-10T00:11:30+00:00
"I had the great pleasure and privilege of working with Anita as she and her team did market research for us. If Anita were a brand, she would be: smart, witty, dedicated, reliable, passionate, creative and funny. A giver of brilliant insights. An all 'round fabulous person."

Mikayla Mcdaniels will attend NC A&T university

I loved working with Ms.Anita when I was applying to college. She made the whole process of applying to college much easier for me to understand and get done. She helped me pick out the right colleges for me and how to write in a way that would appeal to the college.
2019-08-10T00:25:59+00:00
I loved working with Ms.Anita when I was applying to college. She made the whole process of applying to college much easier for me to understand and get done. She helped me pick out the right colleges for me and how to write in a way that would appeal to the college.