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Success Stories



“My husband and I believed we could effectively guide our son in applying to universities in the USA and the UK. Although we did our best, there were some early missteps and we decided to turn to an expert in the area. We were fortunate to have Teo Salgado’s help. Teo was key to the successful outcome of the process, actually CORRECTING some of our errors. His work truly was a “game-changer.” Experienced, intelligent and professional, Teo also cares deeply about his students, and in our view that was absolutely invaluable.”

— N.C., Toronto (Canada)
Son currently at St. Andrews University (Scotland)



“I was absolutely confused about what I was going to do. I knew I wanted to apply abroad but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. And that’s where Teo came in. He helped me sort out through the rubble to find exactly what I wanted, and needed. It also helped that I was getting invaluable insight from someone who knew what they were doing and who knew about international students trying abroad. He was available at all times. I’m sure I bugged him with a hundred thousand emails about the most mundane things but he obliged smilingly every time! It was a very easy relationship and I can say that I feel like hiring VerveSmith was one of the best decisions I ever made.”

— Devyanka, Kolkata (India)
Currently at American University



“I had applied in the fall of 2016 to top US colleges but didn’t get accepted by my preferred choices. So I decided to apply again the year as a transfer. I chose to work with an independent educational consultant to help me identify the right target schools and to ensure the application was at par with what these schools expected. I wanted to increase my chances of acceptance at the desired colleges.

I felt though my engagement with Teo this was an excellent decision. He provided me with great guidance on the colleges to target based on my preferences. Most important was his outstanding coaching and due diligence throughout the essay writing process to get them to the required depth and quality.”

— Souheil, Beirut (Lebanon)
Currently at Boston University



“As I entered my senior year of high school, I was unsure about my career options and what I wanted to study at university. I couldn’t decide between medicine and engineering. Working with Teo, who is very pleasant and helpful, I discovered more about my interests and abilities. He helped me see that what I actually wanted to study was medicine. I am now very satisfied with my decision to apply to medical school. Thank you, Teo. “

— Johannes, Düsseldorf (Germany)
Currently at Universität Duisburg-Essen



“We sought out professional help for our daughter who was unsure with how to decide between different schools. The sheer amount of information and variety of schools and admission processes available was daunting. The choice of school was very important to us and our daughter and we really had no idea of where to start.

After our daughters very first meeting with Teo she became much more enthusiastic and calm about the process. He took the time to get to know her, where she wanted to go, what her skills were, and he reassured her that it was indeed possible to find just the right school for her. He provided summaries from carefully researched schools and provided knowledgeable guidance on admission processes. In the end our daughter had a choice of schools that fit her perfectly and she is now attending the school of her choice. We could not have been happier with the professionalism, care and diligence that Teo showed to our daughter and now shows to our son.”

— Scott, Calgary (Canada)
Daughter currently at University of Southern California



“My educational experience has been anything but average. I live in the United States yet have been in a French school, studying the French curriculum, my whole life. The college counselors at school did not have enough time to help me find a school that fit all of the criteria that I wanted met. So without much research, they recommended schools that fit a large variety of people.

Teo took the time to understand who I am as an individual and found schools that he and I felt would really suit me. He helped me figure out what kind of student I am, and what kind of work environment best suits me. I knew that I wanted to study science, and fishing through a plethora of schools and programs was something I needed help with.

When all of my applications were sent in, I felt confident that I had made the right choices, and had covered all of my bases. I always had someone to make sure all of my things were in order, to call if I was stressing out about a deadline, or to email if I was struggling with writing an essay. The college application and acceptance experience would have been very difficult for me, and I don’t know what I would have done without Teo’s guidance.”

— Sophie, New York City (USA)
Currently at Queen’s University



“When I decided to transfer from my Canadian university to a very different program in the US, I didn’t really know where to begin. I didn’t fully understand how to pick schools, what types of candidates programs were looking for, and which schools would be reasonable for me to apply to.

After meeting with Teo, this process became much less daunting for me. Together we were able to hone the list of universities of interest and make sure that I chose the right program for me. The personalization of the guidance provided to me is what truly made this a worthwhile process, and I am positive my work with Teo has guided me in the right direction.”

— Ryan, Edmonton (Canada)
Currently at Emerson College



“When I decided to study in Canada, we approached Teo to provide guidance for school choices, study plans and communication support with the universities that I was going to apply. Teo was so successful in all of the above and guiding me in the right direction, that I got 100 % success rate in all my applications (University of Toronto, Queens, UBC, Trent, Bishop’s, University of Kings College, Dalhousie & Mount Allison) and scholarships from many of the schools that I applied. I believe to have Teo was one of the most correct decisions we have made, and my mother is right in calling him “the Great Canadian College Counselor.”

— Sami, Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Currently at Mount Allison University



“Writing Graduate School applications can be extremely hard! Trying to stand out from the hundreds of other applicants while selling yourself in just the right way to match a program is a skill that takes years to develop. After many rejections, I chose to work with Teo to put my best foot forward – and it worked! There is an art in selling oneself that can feel unnatural for most people. Having an expert there to extract key points about myself and highlight those points in my Letter of Intent was essential to my acceptance at U of T. I could immediately tell that Teo knew what he was doing when we sat down and started reviewing my writing. Huge improvement! I believe his help made all the difference.”

— Charlie, Toronto (Canada)
Currently at University of Toronto (Engineering)



“As a high school student, choosing a career path was something I was anxious about, especially in grade 12. However, I felt that working with an independent educational consultant would offer me the opportunity to receive professional advice. Working with Teo, I was able to gain a clear idea of what I wanted for my future, my goals and ambitions. Specifically, what I wanted to study and what university would best suit me and allow me to grow both academically and socially. Overall, working Teo, I was able to confidently choose a career path and university. With his help, I was able to gain a professional perspective on ways to successfully take on my post-secondary studies and establish the foundation for my career path.”

— Alexandra, Toronto (Canada)
Currently at University of Waterloo



“Teo had very important knowledge, advice and insight to offer.? He was great to work with, always helpful and positive. It was very reassuring to have him on board!”

— Connor, Toronto (Canada)
Currently at St. Andrews University (Scotland)



“I worked with Teo on the university search process. He helped me find the university, and program, that is the best fit for me. The selection of universities he presented were carefully chosen to match my interests, personality, character and lifestyle. He thoroughly explained application processes and guided me through all challenges of selecting a university. Along with his depth of knowledge, he was patient and considerate with me, clearly understanding who I am. I would definitely recommend Teo and his services to students in need of help finding a university.”

— Ken, Toronto (Canada)
Currently at University of Toronto (Music)



“We had recently repatriated and had issues having our child’s overseas educational certificates recognized by Canadian universities.
As our child attended a top ranked secondary school and achieved fantastic grades, we were shocked. We decided we needed someone to navigate the bureaucracy.

Teo responded within a day even though he, himself, was out of the country. After thoroughly reviewing our situation, Teo was able to use his contacts and advocate on our behalf resulting in a placement offer. We were thrilled with the outcome.”

— Maria, Toronto (Canada)
Daughter currently at McMaster University



“Guidance departments at public high schools are overloaded and ill-equipped to provide students with the time and quality of information that we received from a private consultant. With his deep knowledge about current programs and cultures at Canadian universities, Teo was able to work with our son to determine which schools would be best suited to both his interests and his learning style. Teo was able to answer all of our questions, or could use his broad network of contacts to obtain the information we asked for. I would recommend Teo for any student. The investment is well worth it for such an important decision, and for the peace of mind that we have done everything possible to set our son up for success..”

— Nadine, Oakville (Canada)
Son currently at Western University



“We decided to work with Teo because we felt the school advisors were more focused on getting all the kids on their roster into Universities rather than the quality of the outcome. The process we had to work through with Teo, helped our son narrow down career choices and match them to the best fit universities. He grew in confidence through the process and ultimately was accepted by all bar one of his preferred choices and is now looking forward to joining his first choice.”

— Sarit, Hong Kong
Son currently at University of British Columbia