The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of EXPERT is “having, involving, or displaying special skill or knowledge derived from training or experience.”
Wikipedia defines EXPERT as “someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain.”
You may be asking yourself, "So what makes Jamie an expert?"
- Her years of experience? Really? It merely indicates years on the job!
- Her certification? Really? It means she can pass a test!
- Peer identification? Really? She is on the Board of Directors of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) but that just means she is popular and a good volunteer!
- MBA after her name? Really? She is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of IECA but that just proves she understands accounting! (It could easily stand for “mop, bucket and Ajax!”) She does have a Bachelors and a Masters in Business Administration from Marshall University so she should be able to understand financial aid!
- Factual knowledge? Really? Just ask her something about a college and she can recite stats off the top of her head. But that just means she has a good memory!
- Number of clients? Really? She works night and day so she should be able to counsel hundreds of students in a year!
- Talk Radio? Really? She does a live call-in talk radio show called “Ask the Expert” that she has done for over 10 years. But even she doesn’t understand why people want to listen to her “twang”!
- Public speaking? Really? That just means that she can make even dull, boring material entertaining!
The answer as to what makes Jamie an expert in educational consulting is two-fold:
First, she can differentiate among her clients who are involved in the college admissions process. No two students are alike in Jamie’s eyes, even siblings. Each student has his or her own little light that she helps to shine!
Second, she does it consistently. Year after year, she helps hundreds of families answer the questions they need to know about college. Families from around the country seek her out to assist them with this very important decision concerning their two most precious assets - their children and their money.