Mentoring Young Leaders



Today, high school students are faced with more online/smartphone distractions, choices, uncertainty, and angst than ever before, while still trying to discover or develop their passions, talents, and direction. Meanwhile, elite college admission is getting increasingly hypercompetitive.

Layering the unavoidable and daunting emotional and social challenges common in their life stage, teenagers feel that preparing for college and tackling young adult responsibilities has never been more difficult. A large portion of students are over-stressed, lonely, depressed, or lost. Parents are concerned about, if not terrified for, their children’s future. Teachers are very challenged (and often under-appreciated). Elite colleges are evermore selective in admits.

As a high achiever, how would you learn effectively, get good grades with a rigorous curriculum, score high on (outmoded but still counted) standardized tests, and engage and contribute in meaningful activities during school years and summers? How would you clarify your own direction, strengthen your growth mindset and soft skills, experience less angst and stress, and discover and build better relationships in school, in the community, and at home?

How would you build and communicate very well an authentically strong story and character attractive to top colleges and universities? How would you get admitted to great, best-fit colleges and universities?

How would you successfully transition into and do well learning, connecting, achieving, and growing in college with positivity rather than mental issuesand become better leaders and human beings with sustainable happiness along the way?

To what extent does the above resonate with you?
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Our Solution; The Best Outcomes for You

Testimonials LoveEnter ThreeEQ, led by Founder, CEO and Chief Mentor Jason Ma.

At ThreeEQ, we inspire and guide select Gen Z high achievers to get admitted to elite/Ivy League universities, to transform into skillful and solid leaders, and to pave successful career paths so that their wealth, health, and happiness will be above the fold among their driven peers. Testimonials abound.

As a foremost, compassionate college counselor and career/life success mentor blessed with an uncanny ability to motivate, inspire, and help high-achieving high schoolers, Mr. Ma will lead our tight-knit team with focus and passion in helping you achieve great outcomes in today’s fast-changing, information-inundated, and stressful world.

We feel your pain but are excited about your opportunities and future. Through our best-in-class, personalized, 1-on-1, strategic, pragmatic, and nurturing success mentoring process, you can transcend your difficulties and excel in key areas of your life. During these critical years through high school, we inspire and focus on expanding your horizons and straightening and shortening your paths to success.

For most high-achieving high school students and college (transfer) applicants, admission to great colleges and universities is the end goal. Indeed, we guide high achievers like you to strategically plan, execute, maximize your chances for getting admitted to dream and best-fit colleges and universities, and make the right choice.

However, we believe that admission is merely a stepping-stone to greater success. Our personalized, 1-on-1 success mentoring is designed not only to help you achieve strong college admissions results (given enough time to guide you) and rise as successful next-generation leaders, but also to transform you into the best version of yourself and help you reach more sustainable joy in your life.


Watch Jason Ma’s inspiring mini-masterclass on “Preparing for Middle/High School, College, Career, and Personal Success” at a special event just for Mr. Ma in front of caring, successful parents. This event was enthusiastically sponsored and organized by the Harvard Business School (HBS) Association of Northern California and co-sponsored by the
Harvard Club of San Francisco
– Harvard Club of Silicon Valley
– Stanford GSB Alumni
– UC Berkeley Haas Alumni Network Silicon Valley Chapter
Wharton Club of Northern California


We have personally and successfully guided 1-on-1 and transformed the lives of numerous college/university students and young professionals/entrepreneurs through the years. Our former students can be found working at renowned enterprises, nonprofits, and startups, working in government, and attending top schools.


Ivy League, MIT, Stanford, & UC Berkeley Class of 2021 Admissions Results

ThreeEQ is proud to have helped 97% of our college applicant students get admitted to one or more of their top choice schools. ThreeEQ’s exceptional track record includes helping numerous high achievers get admitted to their share of all of the elite US colleges and universities—all eight Ivy League schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn/Wharton, Princeton, and Yale), Stanford, MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UChicago, Duke, Northwestern, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Carnegie Mellon, Williams, Pomona, and all other elite US undergraduate institutions. With Mr. Ma’s guidance, a number of students were also admitted to elite UK universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, and others.

We are grateful that our students include Mr. Ma’s own two high-achieving, compassionate daughters, Sabrina and Lydia, who graduated college and high school, respectively in 2018. After getting admitted to a few Ivy League universities, UC Berkeley, and other top schools, Sabrina chose Georgetown University and enjoyed her 4 years there. Their next chapters? Sabrina begins full-time work as a Web Solutions Engineer at Google headquarters back in Silicon Valley. Lydia is a freshman at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, to which she was admitted Early Decision. They both have long-term aspirations to the C-suite.

In addition to helping you get admitted to great, best-fit colleges and universities, our unusually effective success mentoring process for you integrates Mr. Ma’s extensively proven and pragmatic framework of emotional, social, and leadership intelligence (“3EQ“) and genuine story, (emotional) state of mind, strategies, skill sets, and visionary direction (“4S“). Decent IQ matters, but practical “3EQ” is necessary for high school stars. 

We have helped produce extraordinary results in many students—results that cannot be replicated in traditional private, boarding, and public school settings. Our holistic service works especially well for high achievers who desire a stronger competitive edge or clearer direction.


Watch some of the student testimonials for Mr. Ma


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Becoming an Even Sharper and Stronger Student

High school is a time for self-discovery and personal development, as well as academic achievement and success. We ensure that you will enhance both your academic performance and practical emotional, social, and leadership intelligence during these four years — over and above what you are or are not getting at your public, private/prep, or international school.

Through our personalized guidance, you will sharpen your study and at-home habits, build better time and stress management skills, select a rigorous and balanced course load, enhance your GPA, participate in meaningful extracurricular activities (including relevant competitive summer internships for which we provide choices and guidance), and strengthen communications and people skills. We motivate and inspire you to think beyond the classroom and shape you to become a more purposeful and mature person, creative and critical thinker, communicator, and leader astute in both strategy and execution.

Developing Leadership, Communication, and Interpersonal Skills That Help You Stand Out

Part of our mission is to empower and groom new generations of effective young global leaders worldwide. High school is the perfect time for you to start building an impressive resume of work and volunteer experiences and achievements. We help you utilize your school years and extended school breaks (e.g. summers) effectively to gain lasting leadership experiences. Our emphasis on helping students tap into their IQ and upgrade EQ is unparalleled: we help you excel academically but also improve your relationships with your peers, teachers, coaches, and parents. We guide you to become a genuinely interesting, thoughtful, highly engaged individual who will make a difference at your future university or liberal arts college and in the real world.

We also work closely with you to help you build strong personal qualities and skills in communication, relationship building, critical and creative thinking, time and conflict management, and leadership, ultimately enabling you to thrive in the classroom, in the field, and everywhere in between. Such communication and leadership abilities cannot be conjured up “just in time” during the senior year. Learning to speak, write, self-talk, and lead effectively is a slow-cooking process that spans a few years, not popcorn-quick microwaving.

Planning For and Applying to Elite US and UK Colleges and Universities

“But Mr. Ma, isn’t it too early for kids to begin the college planning and application process?” a few well-intentioned parents asked. Not necessarily.

In May 2010, our founder and chief mentor Jason Ma interviewed ten high school seniors who had gone through an excellent college planning and applications guidance program at his previous company and were admitted to Ivy League schools, Stanford, MIT, UChicago, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, and other top schools. Mr. Ma asked as part of the interview: “What would you advise rising seniors and younger students?” Nine of ten students responded with something like: “If I could have started earlier, I would have done so. The college app season was (very) stressful. Students, start earlier! Don’t procrastinate!” It is wise to start early with truly expert guidance.

Applying to top-tier US colleges and universities can be a confusing, complex, and highly competitive process for many, including achievers. And applying to elite UK universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge (“Oxbridge”), isn’t easy as well but not as complex as the very elite US universities. Parents and students often don’t know what they don’t know. Reputable schools avoid cookie-cutter students who offer no more than perfect grades and test scores. The most selective schools seek standouts or great fits and (sadly but surely) reject the vast majority of high achievers with strong academic performance and/or lots of extracurricular activities.

Fortunately, our time-tested, personalized, holistic, strategic, pragmatic, and nurturing college planning, applications, and admissions process guidance and life coaching help you realize your authentic best and full potential, prepare well for and present highly compelling applications, maximize chances for admission to your dream and best-fit schools, and make the right college choice. We guide and coach you, whether you are introverted or extroverted, to positively and authentically maximize your overall competitiveness academically and personally. Through the entire college/university planning, applications, and admissions process, we wholeheartedly and meticulously guide you to:

  • Enhance significantly, if not optimize, your mindset, skills, visionary direction, goals, strategies, tactics/how-to’s, purposeful activities, and execution (this purposeful, holistic, and detailed process with 3rd-party guidance should start early in high school, if not in middle school)
  • Plan for rigorous but balanced academic course loads, term to term, year to year
  • Learn how to earn stronger or better grades in school
  • Strategize on why, when, and how best to prep for the SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and AP or IB exams
  • Select a manageable list of reach, probable, and solid schools
  • Decide whether or not to apply Early Decision or (Restricted) Early Action
  • Put together a strong resume or CV
  • Craft tons of authentic and cogent personal essays, long and short, that represent the best of you, to all the target schools. This complex subprocess is often underestimated by even most high-achieving students and parents. With our foremost and compassionate expert guidance, we’ll help you big times and you will experience an inspiring and profound self-discovery and accelerated growth process.
  • Complete strong application forms (we’ve found that even most high achievers make serious mistakes; luckily our hawkeyes have caught them!)
  • Secure strong recommendation letters from teachers (or professors for transfer applicants), school counselors, and if appropriate, other third parties
  • Prepare appealing (visual or performing) arts supplement(s), if applicable
  • Apply for merit-based scholarships, if appropriate (ThreeEQ Private Client families typically do not qualify for need-based financial aid!)
  • Prepare effectively for in-person, phone, or Skype/online interviews
  • Make certain your whole shabang looks great (you probably aren’t aware about a common cause for rejections!)
  • Respond to application wait lists
  • Decide the optimal university or liberal arts college at which to enroll (matriculate)

And once again, high achievers, we sincerely and strongly advise for you NOT to attempt to do all of this yourself without high-quality 3rd-party guidance from ThreeEQ or another truly expert party… if you do care about your results/outcomes and well-being!


IN SUM, our Private Client students and parents enjoy minimizing opportunity costs and pain, maximizing success and gains, and getting the peace of mind and certainty by taking advantage of our preeminent mentorship. With our guidance, you will set clearer direction, achieve great results in college/university admissions, and transform into the best version of yourself.



At ThreeEQ, because we dedicate our time and attention to only a high-end clientele, please be aware that our defined and holistic acceptance process for new Private Clients is highly selective. If you desire to be a coveted ThreeEQ Private Client student, please grab your parent(s) and submit a simple APPLICATION!