Topics Cindy Can Present to Parents, Students, Schools, Groups, or Organizations:

  • College Admissions 101: A Crash Course on The College Application Process
  • College Essays and Application Writing – All you need to know to master the process
  • College Tours — Finding a School for You
  • How to Choose the High School (or College) That is Right for You
  • How to Write a Winning College Essay — Essential Tips for Your Personal Statement
  • How to Succeed in School
  • How to Interview for Colleges and Planning A Worthwhile College Visit
  • How to Get Published and Market and Promote Your Book
  • Myths and Truths of College Admissions
  • Navigating Middle School/High School/College (you choose)
  • Pursuing Your Passion — Finding A Career You Love and Making it Happen
  • Selective College Admissions – what makes it different and how can a student stand out
  • Standardized Testing – what’s new, definitions, timeline, etc.
  • The Common Core: Should you be concerned?
  • Steps to Success in High School and Beyond — The Unwritten Rules of High School
  • Study Skills — Strategies, tips, and tools you need to succeed in school!
  • Teacher Relationships and Planning for your College Future
  • Time Management and Study Skills in School
  • What Goes on in an Admission Office: How are college applications evaluated?
  • (For Parents) How to Help and Support Your Teen Through the College Admission Process
  • (For Parents) A Parent’s Guide to Study Skills and School Success
  • (For High School Teachers) How to Write Effective Teacher Recommendations (Workshop)
  • Or Any Special Requests You May Have or Combination of the Above Topics

Schools Where Cindy has Spoken or Places Where She has Conducted Workshops:

  • Alderwood Middle School, Irvine, CA
  • Aramco Services Company, Road to Success 2014 Presenter, Houston, TX
  • Assisteens of Orange County, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Tustin, CA & New York, NY)
  • The Branson School, Ross, CA
  • Carden Hall School, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar, CA
  • Contacts of Orange County, Newport Beach, CA
  • The Discovery Center, New York, NY – taught several courses
  • Foothill High School, Tustin, CA
  • Harbor Day School, Corona del Mar, CA
  • Hewes Middle School, Tustin, CA
  • Irvine Unified School District GATE Program, Irvine, CA
  • Irvine Women’s Hadassah Group, Irvine, CA
  • The Jewish Community Center of Orange County (JCCOC), Irvine, CA
  • Jewish In-Between Singles Group (JIBS), Newport Beach, CA
  • The Junior League of Orange County, Newport Beach, CA
  • Laguna Beach PTA Coffee Break, Aliso Creek, CA
  • The Learning Annex, New York, NY – taught several courses
  • Long Beach Women’s Hadassah Group, Long Beach, CA
  • Mirman School, Los Angeles, CA
  • National Charity League (NCL), Irvine, Newport Beach, Tustin, & San Clemente, CA chapters
  • National Writer’s Association, Orange County, CA Speaker and Seminar Leader
  • Newport Beach Women’s Hadassah Group, Newport Beach, CA
  • Newport Harbor High School Navigators (NHHS Dad’s Club), Newport Beach, CA
  • Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA, Santa Ana, CA)
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels, Corona del Mar, CA
  • The Pegasus School, Huntington Beach, CA
  • Sierra Vista Middle School PTO, Irvine, CA
  • Stanford Alumni Association Networking Breakfast, Orange and Costa Mesa, CA
  • Stanford University Alumni Panelist, Palo Alto, CA
  • Stanford University Reunion Weekend, Stanford, CA Panelist and Speaker
  • Stanford Breakfast Speakers, Irvine, CA
  • Stanford University Profession Women’s Association, Irvine, CA
  • Susan Miller Dorsey High School; Fox S.T.A.R. Mentoring Program, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tarbut V’ Torah Middle School, Irvine, CA
  • University High School, Irvine, CA
  • UC Berkeley College Counselor Certification Program, Berkeley, CA
  • UC Irvine Creative Writing Conference, Irvine, CA
  • University of Southern California Sorority 75th Anniversary Luncheon, Keynote Speaker, Los Angeles, CA
  • Orange County Jewish Author Festival, Jewish Community Center, Costa Mesa, CA

Quotes from Seminars, Workshops, and Speaking Engagements conducted by Cindy Muchnick, M.A.

“Thank you so much for presenting ALL day to our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. Your message was timely for this group. You did an amazing job keeping the students engaged and then adjusting your presentation in the afternoon. We are so fortunate to be able to utilize your expertise regarding how to prepare for college admissions.” Kathy Scott

Principal, Corona del Mar High School

“My colleagues all thought you did a wonderful job, very engaging, high energy and full of useful & practical tips to do well in school. They were thrilled to see the long line of students coming up to you for the book signing. I think that for sure exceeded their expectations.” Aramco Services Company

“I was fortunate to hear you speak at the Laguna Beach Schools Coffee Break. You were dynamic and I learned so much from you. If fact, I just reviewed my notes from your presentation and realized that your “voice” has been with me the entire time my daughter has been in high school. So, thank you . . . What I have learned from you has made a huge impact.” Jacquie C.

Laguna Beach High School parent

“[I wanted to let] you know what a great talk you gave to all of us ~ bravo! I love the good reminders and helpful insights you offered in regards to navigating school, homework, and social media. You are a wealth of information, and parents (myself included) are in need of support. It is so helpful to have someone with your expertise confirming what we know intuitively as parents needs to be done, but we begin to second guess ourselves. Are we being too hard? Are we being realistic? etc.? Any way, you were fantastic as a presenter, well done!  I am not exaggerating when I say how [my daughter] has independently gravitated to your words in [The Everything Guide to Study Skills], and she frequently discusses different parts with me. I love it! . . .  You’re making a difference in the world one student at a time . . . . feels good!”

H.S., Harbor Day Parent

“Muchnick urged parents to be realistic, supportive and non-judgmental. Her stance as an advocate and supporter felt like a reasonable, useful and attainable goal among the parents in the room.”

Laguna Beach Independent

“Thank you so much for sharing your time and extensive knowledge with the Harbor Day School Community this week. Everyone walked away with useful tips for their children. We are so appreciative of your being a longtime, active member of our Student Parent Enrichment community.”

K.S.

Harbor Day School Parent Education Luncheon attendee

“Cindy Muchnick was a guest speaker at my fiancée’s Stanford breakfast and she was fabulous! She was entertaining, full of information and presents to both parents and students. I think it would be great to have her speak to our students or to both students and parents! Because she worked in the Admissions Office for years and has worked with kids over the years she has great insight into the process and quite frankly how to keep it real and in perspective! She has written books on the subject matter!”

E. Bartell

Attendee, Stanford University Networking Breakfast Speaker Series

“Wow! What a wonderful presentation you gave tonight (to the Irvine Unified School District GATE Parents]! Thank you so much. I learned a lot and will try to apply as much as I can with my three kids. You have so much energy and enthusiasm. No wonder your oldest son is inspired and motivated. It is probably because you nurture that in your home. Thank you again and I hope to see you soon at another presentation of yours. Do you have any presentations for students in the near future?”

S. Ardalan

Mother of 5th & 7th graders and a University High School student

“You are an amazing woman and speaker! The topics of your book will certainly bring an “aha moment” to those who read it. You are refreshing an d engaging every step of the way. Thank you for all you do everyday and for mostly being a role model/mentor to all of us.” Harbor Day School Parent Education Committee and presentation attendee

“Coffee Break welcomed Cindy Muchnick, educational consultant, author and former college admissions counselor, to discuss how parents can support their kids through the high school years. Muchnick, a mother of four, brought a wonderful sense of practical can-do philosophies for parents as we wander the ever-changing landscape toward college, career and life. . . . Her demonstrated stance as an advocate and supporter felt like a reasonable, useful and attainable goal among the parents in the room.” Laguna Beach PTO Coffee Break

“Thank you for a wonderful presentation. The feedback from mentors has been great; and all of them have said that their mentees have already started asking questions. I am always thrilled when a presentation spurs dialogue. Can’t ask for anything more. Usually, we have to wrangle them a few times during presentations (laughter, conversations with their friends, etc.), but these guys were quiet because they were engaged and listening. Your style and your message were the right mix, you have a talent. Again, thank you for making the trek and for doing such a great job.” Cesar Alvarez

Twentieth Century Fox Attorney & Fox Mentor

“Thank you for your presence at Carden Hall. You are lovely, smart, funny, engaging . . . a wonderful speaker and I enjoyed each moment. More importantly, [Karen] LOVED everything you said and she is on her way. [She] is thrilled to work with you.” Carden Hall Parent

“Thank you so much for speaking to the girls last night at our NCL meeting. You were great, and I know the girls really enjoyed it! I have received very nice emails and comments on your presentation from the mothers. I know it was helpful to all! I’ll be looking forward to your new book out in June!” Kathleen F.

Newport Beach NCL parent

“I was at your Carden Hall discussion you conducted last night. Your presentation was absolutely fabulous and you were so inspiring, so lovely, and you hit on all key points. It was so refreshing to hear you speak . . . you were inspiring and delightful and I had to call to tell you just how much I enjoyed hearing you, even after a long day at work and carpooling!” Carden Hall Parent

“Last year I heard you speak at Hewes Middle School in Tustin and was impressed with your approach to helping teenagers understand their options and decide on a college that is best for them. [After our meeting together] He left the meeting energized and more focused than I have seen in a while.” Foothill High School Parent

“I was so impressed with your pep talk and though some of the phrases were hauntingly familiar, he seemed to be much more receptive to you than me as you would expect. During the car ride home, he actually remembered that he had some homework to do and is on the computer working on a poem for English as we speak. I have been reminding him all day that he must have some homework that he should be doing. I would have rather he did it earlier and got a good night’s sleep but I don’t want to discourage his new found motivation. I think your pep talk was so motivating for him that we should have you meet with him after his 3rd quarter grades so he can show his “improvement”. Thanks again for your help. He was very positive and happy on the way home so I think it may have worked. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.” Corona del Mar High School Parent

“I attended your talk at Pegasus yesterday and wanted to say that you spoke beautifully and I was absolutely enthralled with your presentation. Short, sweet, wonderful and full of enthusiasm. I have five kids that have attended or are attending Pegasus. I am so happy they brought you to speak. I just had to call to say how much I loved hearing you it was very enlightening.” message on my answering machine from Emily K., Pegasus School Parent

“Thank you for a wonderful presentation on “High School Survival” last week at Our Lady Queen of Angels School. I know my son learned some good tips to start off on the right foot as he beings high school next year, and I reviewed some of your points with my freshman daughter, too. I hope Our Lady continues to offer your talk to the eighth graders on an annual basis.” Our Lady Queen of Angels 8th grade parent

“Cindy . . . You are amazing! And I am speaking with absolute sincerity. Your information was so valuable and you are such a great speaker. Thank you again for letting me hear your presentation. I learned so many valuable tips to pass on to my girls that will really make a difference for them! . . . Your presentation is a good, strong step in the right direction for me to get started [helping my daughters]. You awakened my awareness in just how important those high school years are in leading to the right college down the road. Thanks!” Harbor Day Parent

“Great talk today at school!!  I actually think that Harbor Day should have you come speak every year as the information that you give is so helpful to parents.”

Harbor Day Parent

“Thank you again for speaking to our eighth graders and parents today at Our Lady Queen of Angels. You were wonderful and I hope we started a tradition!” Sherri G.

Our Lady Queen of Angels Parent

“Thanks, Cindy, for an informative and helpful evening! You were really able to condense an enormous amount of information into a short amount of time. We will definitely use your handouts and guidelines during what will be a crucial year. We’re so glad we attended the class!” Maura M.

parent, University High School

“I enjoyed and valued last night’s seminar! …Thank you ever so much! You are a terrific energy!” Judy N.

parent, Troy High School

“It was certainly a pleasure meeting you last night. Had we met a year ago I would have hired you on the spot! Where were you? My daughter felt the lecture was informative (and made her realize that although she felt she was on track – she has much more to do). This is such a nerve-wracking process for both parents and teens and it is a far cry than anything we had to experience going to college almost 40 (ouch) years ago.”

Janis C.

University High School parent

“It was a real pleasure listening to your wonderful tips on high school at the session in Carden Hall. My daughter and I were greatly touched by your level of knowledge.” Carden Hall Parent

“Thank you Cindy so much for last night. You gave such valuable information and I am sure the student’s heads are spinning. I look forward to doing something in the summer for the teens. Thanks again!” Audra Martin

Teen, Tween & Young Adult Director, Jewish Community Center in Orange County

“Thank you so much for speaking to our 9th grade NCL group. We had a ton of fun and learned some valuable information about our future. Thanks again.” Hope S. and 9th Grade

Tustin NCL Ticktockers student

“Great presentation today! Thank you for your time! I will be keeping your info for sure! I will be sharing your info with my husband who I wish could have been there to hear you. Thank you for your time”

Eileen N.

Hewes Middle School parent

“I attended your talk last night at Carden Hall. I wanted to let you know how helpful I thought your talk was and how much I appreciated what you had to say. Thank you.”

Leslie F.

Carden Hall Parent

“Coffee Break welcomed Cindy Muchnick, educational consultant, author and former college admissions counselor, to discuss how parents can support their kids through the high school years. Muchnick, a mother of four, brought a wonderful sense of practical can-do philosophies for parents as we wander the ever-changing landscape toward college, career and life. . . . Her demonstrated stance as an advocate and supporter felt like a reasonable, useful and attainable goal among the parents in the room.” Laguna Beach PTO Coffee Break

“Thank you for a wonderful presentation. The feedback from mentors has been great; and all of them have said that their mentees have already started asking questions. I am always thrilled when a presentation spurs dialogue. Can’t ask for anything more. Usually, we have to wrangle them a few times during presentations (laughter, conversations with their friends, etc.), but these guys were quiet because they were engaged and listening. Your style and your message were the right mix, you have a talent. Again, thank you for making the trek and for doing such a great job.” Cesar Alvarez

Twentieth Century Fox Attorney & Fox Mentor

“Cindy Muchnick was a guest speaker at my fiancée’s Stanford breakfast and she was fabulous! She was entertaining, full of information and presents to both parents and students. I think it would be great to have her speak to our students or to both students and parents! Because she worked in the Admissions Office for years and has worked with kids over the years she has great insight into the process and quite frankly how to keep it real and in perspective! She has written books on the subject matter!”

E. Bartell

Attendee, Stanford University Networking Breakfast Speaker Series

“Muchnick urged parents to be realistic, supportive and non-judgmental. Her stance as an advocate and supporter felt like a reasonable, useful and attainable goal among the parents in the room.”

Laguna Beach Independent


Media

Laguna PTO Coffee talk: “A Parents Guide to Study Skills and School Success: How to Support Your Child and Help them Navigate School”, 10/2012
Harbor Day School Lunchtime Study Skills Talk 2.0, 10/2014

Harbor Day School Presentation: “A Guide to Study Skills”, 11/29/2012