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100 N. Lincolnway
Suite B
North Aurora, IL 60542

1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

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Not sure where to start?  You’re not alone.

Choosing a major, finding a college, writing your essay, filling out applications, and navigating the financial aid process can be overwhelming and time consuming.  At Lighthouse College Planning, our goal is to assist you with these tasks and to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible.

Our college planning counselors...

  • Work with you one-on-one
  • Offer career and goal counseling, as well as academic counseling
  • Assist you with researching and narrowing career options
  • Help you with college/university selection and course selection
  • Prepare you for college visits and meeting with academic advisers
  • Help you draft personal essays and develop a resume
  • Provide workshops on various college planning topics
  • Prepare you for college entrance exams

Lauren Benters, M.A.


(630) 907-9830

(630) 907-9831

Lauren Benters has enjoyed being a school counselor since 2010 and is grateful to serve her students and families. She has presented at the Illinois School Counseling Association conference and...

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Erin comes to Lighthouse with great enthusiasm for this field of expertise. With four children of her own and her oldest daughter recently graduating from Boston University, the subject of college planning is near and dear to her....

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“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

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Kathleen Mixan enjoys helping students and student-athletes navigate their way through the college application process; she has been a part of the Lighthouse team since 2012. Kathleen has gladly stepped into the role of Lead...

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Paige McConkey has a Masters in Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University, after completing her BA in psychology from Aurora University. Paige is an alum of the college planning program here at Lighthouse and is...

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Ryan has been a high school counselor in the Chicago area since 2008. Through his experiences, he has developed a special interest in topics related to college and career planning and enjoys guiding students and families through the...

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