What I Have Learned……
Brightstar Coach was created after my work with 4000+ undergraduate students (as a career coach & academic advisor) at Duke University. I began noticing similar themes that arose among the students. They were the brightest young people I’ve ever met, but in the internship and career process, fear and stress became obstacles to authenticity and productivity.
I will help you to find the best colleges for you, and get results.
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. College selection, essay brainstorming, edits and applying for results!
What Anita's Bright Stars Say:
“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.
“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!
“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!”
“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.”
“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!”