John Bader has been a trusted advisor and mentor to thousands of college students, from winners of national scholarships to those who have struggled.  Here is some of their praise (quoted with their permission):

“Since the day I met you, you had faith in me and you took me under your wings, and made it your job to see me succeed…You taught me that if your mind is fully committed to a vision, and you have the faith to believe you can and the courage to act with conviction, you can conquer whatever you choose.”  — Neha

“Had it not been for your sincere encouragement, coupled with your tough love, I would have more than likely endured a college experience similar to many other students, feeling like a small fish in a big pond.  But your dedication to ensuring my success was not unique; I saw you commit your personal time and resources to many other students as well.”  — Salmah

“Even in that first conversation, you were straightforward, honest, and candid.  I admire that so much about you–you always respect students enough to giv e us the truth.  You push us to do our best… I owe you a lifetime debt of gratitude for your belief in me.  I really do.”  — Nabiha

“There are no words to express how grateful I am to you for the impact you have had on my education, and my life.” — Debalina

“Our meetings were always conversations, not bureaucratic.  We exchanged my stories for your advice, my passion for yours.  I always remember leaving with a smile on my face and the strongest zeal for performing my very best in all that I do, to think out of the box, and to return with great accomplishments to make you proud.”  — Komal

“Working with you was helpful for applying to Cambridge, and I learned principles that have been and will be usefull throughout my studies and career… Whenever I prepare for an important proposal, grant, application, or interview, I will think back fondly to that summer and remember all of your advice.”  — Jeremy

“You helped me clarify my interests and provided me the wisdom to see my academic journey in a more flexible and dynamic light that I would have on my own.”  — Kurt

“I thank you for your support of course but more for your honesty.  Without your honest advice and guidance, I would not have learned to be the person I am.  You helped me to learn about the person I could be and strive to become that person, and I cannot express how much that meant to me then and continues to mean to me now.”  — Sarah

“Your trust in me, and your desire to see me achieve what I was most passionate about, gave me the wherewithal to work my absolute hardest to complete the [Fulbright] proposal… You remained engaged and helped me work towards a goal that would have otherwise seemed unattainable.” — Jackie

“Your outlook in our many conversations gave me a fresh and thoughtful perspective that I am forever grateful for.  I witnessed the very best advising from the first day I came to you, and I have grown more and more respect for you and your mission to help students succeed… Thank you for believing in me.” — Mohammad

“I told you that I had no idea where I was going or what I wanted to do.  Instead of approaching my lack of future plans with a negative response, you told me that perhaps I was the perfect student because I was willing to expose myself to an array of different experiences.  You told me to take my time in following a path most appropriate to my interests and personality.  That was perhaps the best advice I ever received.”  — Valerie


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