Mentoring Young Leaders



– Preamble
– Exceptional student outcomes
– Right now, you are probably a bit stuck
– Our top-notch, strategic, 1-on-1 mentorship
– Some resources




Motivated high school students dream of enrolling in great colleges and, ultimately, thriving in amazing careers and living fulfilling lives. But most young people feel angsty or lost, and high achievers are often stressed out or anxiety-ridden. They need high-quality, third-party guidance to unleash their full potential, actualize their best selves, and achieve the greatest outcomes.

Gaining admission to elite competitive colleges is about the QUALITY of the academic and personal story, character, and storytelling that match the target schools’ mission and goals. Booksmart students with high test scores and grades, and lots of activities, are a dime a dozen. Unfortunately, the vast majority of college applications from driven students get denied by most elite colleges, and COVID-19 has made the college process even more daunting and anxiety-filled.

Led by founder and Chief Mentor Jason Ma, ThreeEQ is Gen Z’s foremost mentor and coach for (Ivy League and highly competitive) college admissions, next-gen leadership, personal and school life, and high-end career prepositioning success.

We have inspired and provided 1-on-1 guidance to numerous high-achieving high school students, enabling them to achieve great results in top-tier college admissions, live more happily, and transform upward—with pragmatic emotional, social, and leadership intelligence (“3EQ”) for greater impact and long-term gains (and without the usual stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation!).

Today, we at ThreeEQ are proud to maintain a 100% success rate (defined by outcomes that our students and their parents are happy about) with coachable, committed, high-achieving students in selected client families.

That said, ThreeEQ understands EXACTLY how Ivy League and highly competitive colleges make their admissions decisions. Our students cherish our mentorship and guidance throughout the complex college planning, application, and admissions process.



While many students and parents are obsessed with the partly media-induced college admissions hype (we call it “college admissions myopia”), our work is MORE PROFOUND and BENEFICIAL than just helping you get into college. College ISN’T your destination. Rather, it’s PART of your JOURNEY. College is a steppingstone to greater career and personal success!

We genuinely care about our students’ academic, personal, and career growth, as well as their contributions, skills, identities, relationships, and happiness, both now and for years to come. 

Our exceptionally effective, highly personalized, empathetic, 1-on-1 mentorship method is more beneficial, powerful, and life-transforming than any other college counseling program! With our guidance, you will achieve great results in college admissions and position yourself as an up-and-coming, impactful, compassionate, next-gen leader who thrives with less stress and anxiety. You will also experience more ease and happiness—in college and the real world. 

Often, students and parents don’t realize how powerful our distinctive 1-on-1 mentorship is until they start working with us. With our guidance, families achieve great outcomes, gain peace of mind, enrich relationships, and mitigate the risk of (major) opportunity loss—all with sound family values. 

Start early, reduce stress, achieve greater success, and live more happily!


Testimonials from some (former) students of Mr. Ma and his teams


Exceptional Student Outcomes


Over the past 13 years, Jason Ma and his teams have provided 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring, transforming the lives of hundreds of teenagers (including Mr. Ma’s own two Gen Z daughters!). The students’ results include admission to Ivy League and highly competitive colleges and universities, fulfilling college lives, high-end internships and career prepositioning, and other leadership and personal milestones. 

Today, we at ThreeEQ are proud of our 100% success rate (defined by outcomes that our students and their parents are happy about) with coachable, committed, high-achieving students in selected Private Client families.

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The following are some of the great outcomes that our high school students and college applicants have achieved:

High School Students
College/University Students
Hundreds admitted to Ivy League universities, other elite private universities and colleges, and top public universities.

See list below.*

Rewarding internships, first jobs, and career pathways at Google, Apple, and various notable companies.

More optimized academic curriculum, school-year and summer activities, social lives, and well-being as competitive college students.

Happier lives in high school, without the high stress and anxiety that many competitive high school students and college applicants experience.

Deeper relationships with and appreciation for parents, teachers, peer leaders, counselors, employers, and other influencers

Happier lives in college and the real world, without the high stress and anxiety many students experience.

Deeper relationships with and appreciation for parents, professors, employers, significant others, peer leaders, mentors, and other influencers.

More positive, powerful mindsets, direction, strategies and execution, and soft skills More positive, powerful mindsets, direction, strategies and execution, and employable soft skills


* These schools include

    • Amherst
    • Barnard
    • Boston College
    • Boston U
    • Bowdoin
    • Brown
    • Caltech
    • Cambridge (UK)
    • Carleton
    • Carnegie Mellon
    • Claremont McKenna
    • Colgate
    • Columbia
    • Cornell
    • Dartmouth
    • Duke
    • Emory
    • George Washington
    • Georgetown
    • Georgia Tech
    • Harvard
    • Harvey Mudd
    • Haverford
    • Imperial (UK)
    • Johns Hopkins
    • MIT
    • NYU
    • Northwestern
    • Oberlin
    • Oxford (UK)
    • Pomona
    • Princeton
    • Purdue
    • Rice
    • Stanford
    • Swarthmore
    • Tufts
    • UC Berkeley (Engineering, etc.)
    • UC Davis
    • UC Irvine
    • UCLA
    • UC San Diego
    • UC Santa Barbara
    • UChicago
    • UFlorida
    • UMichigan, Ann Arbor
    • U North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • U Notre Dame
    • UPenn/Wharton
    • USC
    • UT Austin
    • UVirginia
    • UWashington
    • Vanderbilt
    • Vassar
    • Wake Forest
    • Washington U in St. Louis
    • Wellesley
    • Wesleyan
    • Williams
    • Yale

Ask yourself: “Do I want to achieve great results, unleash my full potential, be happy, and secure my bright future—starting now?”


Right Now, You Are Probably a Bit Stuck


You want to enroll in a great college and hone strong EQ, but don’t know how BEST to do so—EVEN IF you are attending a private high school or have an outside counselor, and certainly if you are attending a less-resourced public school.

The elite college admissions process is daunting and hypercompetitive during the best of times. COVID-19 has added to the stress and anxiety levels of both students and their parents.

Class of 2021 high school seniors (Class of 2025 college applicants) will likely experience an especially competitive application season and lower admit rate. Gap year students abound during the 2020-21 school year, and these already admitted students will want to enter college as freshmen during fall of 2021.

We often hear about supposed shoo-ins (who aren’t our students) getting rejection letters even though they are top students at private schools. Even ambitious students from wealthy families can lose out on opportunities because they haven’t received high-quality, third-party mentorship EARLY enough.



Those who do get in must be fine, right?

Actually, many students at Ivy League and other competitive colleges face high stress and anxiety—or even depression. (Read Penn ranked highest out of the Ivy League for mental health—with a D+. Also, view The myth of the Ivy League.) 

Why is this? Back in high school, these students worried about college admissions but didn’t build strong emotional, social, and leadership intelligence (“3EQ”) with high-quality, third-party guidance. We call this “college admissions myopia.” Now they face incessant competition and “imposter syndrome.” 

A strong, positive growth mindset, key soft skills, and sound habits take time to develop. You might enjoy Jason Ma’s fairly evergreen, related Forbes articles, College Apps: Stanford, Anyone? and Why to Start Preparing for College in Sixth Grade, as well as his critically acclaimed book, Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers.

The good news? Regardless of your situation, we can create a plan to help you and guide you to achieve success with greater impact and long-term gains (and without the usual stress and anxiety!). Consider this: The above results are what we help our students authentically achieve. If we can do it for them, why can’t we do it for you?


Our Top-Notch, Strategic, 1-on-1 Mentorship


ThreeEQ’s exceptionally effective, strategic, transformative, time-tested, personalized, 1-on-1 college and career counseling includes and integrates mentoring for next-gen leadership, school and personal life, and career prepositioning success. With sophisticated, real-world wisdom, we show you where the Future of Work and Education is REALLY headed. We will help you:

  • Hone your growth and contribution mindset, academic and nonacademic strategies and execution, and soft skills and talent for greater impact and long-term benefits.
  • Build an attractive story, prepare your storytelling, and present competitive and compelling college applications that maximize your chances for admission to your dream schools, while minimizing stress, confusion, and anxiety.

In ThreeEQ’s 1-on-1 mentoring method and process,

  • 3EQ = Pragmatic emotional, social, and leadership intelligence
  • 4S = Visionary story and character, emotional and mental state of mind, soft skills and talent, and strategies and execution



Throughout your college planning, applications, and admissions process, ThreeEQ will wholeheartedly and meticulously mentor and guide you, 1-on-1, to STAND OUT and build inner and outer strength. We will help you:


  • Hone your interconnected “4S” and “3EQ” as defined above. It’s best to start this process early in high school, or even middle school—but better late than never!
  • Develop a strong college search/planning, applications, and admissions strategy.
  • Strategize and perform well on your term-to-term, year-to-year academic curriculum while sharpening your study skills. Your transcript is a key component of your college application!
  • Strategize the what, when, and how to best prepare for college admissions standardized tests—the SAT, the ACT with Writing, and the SAT Subject Tests. International students attending high schools in which English is not the main language of instruction must also take the TOEFL. Most effective test prep and academic tutoring specialists are outside of private college counseling places. We guide you in selecting the best ones based on your situation, as needed.
  • Strategize and do well on activities in school, in your community, and even at home. Imagine you are a movie star making your next film, to be released before your high school graduation. How will your school-year activities reflect your authentic story, talent, and character?
  • Strategize and do well in summer activities. Many achievers thought their summer plans were sound only to find that these plans were subpar parts of their stories. How will your summer activities reinforce your story or talent?
  • Build and manage key relationships in your complex world.
  • Build a strong résumé (CV).
  • Research and visit colleges (in person and online) smartly.


  • Determine a manageable list of reach, probable, and solid schools.
  • Decide whether to apply Early Decision or (Restricted) Early Action.
  • Write up to DOZENS of authentic, powerful, personal essays, including Personal Statements, “why this school” essays, and other types of writing that represent the best of you. The QUALITY of your story, character, and storytelling, which include your topics and approaches and which must match the target schools’ mission and goals, will set you apart! Often, high achievers (far) underestimate this complex, time-consuming application core component/subprocess. We’ve provided 1-on-1 guidance to hundreds of students in writing thousands of great essays. We’ll help you brainstorm, comment on, and edit your repertoire of app essays until they represent your authentic best!
  • Secure powerful recommendation letters from teachers and your school counselor, as well as additional, influential third parties. There are wise, ethical ways to maximize the quality and effect of this key application component.
  • Complete strong college application forms. We’ve reviewed thousands of Common App forms, school supplement forms, and independent app forms from nearly 100 upper-tier colleges and universities. Our hawk eyes catch the mistakes that even most high achievers make!
  • Prepare appealing (visual or performing) arts supplements, if applicable.
  • Prepare for alumni and campus interviews.
  • Ensure that the application to each of your target schools looks great, maximizing your chances for admission!
  • Apply for merit-based scholarships, if appropriate.
  • Continue honing elements of your “4S” and “3EQ” that need improvement.


  • Provide compelling and timely updates.
  • Strategize your summer after high school graduation. Except for 2020, it may be your most fun one yet!
  • Respond compellingly to any application waitlists.
  • Choose the optimal school in which to enroll (matriculate)!
  • Continue honing elements of your “4S” and “3EQ” as necessary, through college and beyond!


IN SUM, by taking advantage of ThreeEQ’s foremost, compassionate, 1-on-1 mentorship, our high-achieving students maximize their wins and successes, minimize their pain and opportunity losses, and achieve certainty and peace of mind. With our guidance, you will set a clearer direction, prepare wisely, achieve great results in college admissions, preposition yourself for competitive college life and career paths, and cultivate stronger, next-generation leadership and employable soft skills early on—while transforming powerfully upward and unleashing your full potential.

Start early, reduce stress, achieve greater success, and live more happily!




Ask yourself: “Do I want to achieve great results in college admissions, unleash my full potential, be happy, and secure my bright future—starting now?”

If the answer is yes, we’ll happily set aside 45-60 minutes for a complimentary strategy call with you and your parents. We will discuss your past, present, and hopeful future, and see how we can help you make your dreams a reality. This call will be the most meaningful time you will spend preparing for the future. We can connect through phone or in our online Zoom room, where we can all be physically present despite being in different locations worldwide.

To schedule a complimentary strategy call, please go to ThreeEQ.com/applyThere, you’ll see a calendar of available time slots. Pick a time that works for you and your parents. Note that ALL decision-makers must be TOGETHER in the call. Then submit the simple follow-up form to mutually prepare for the call—and let’s talk!



Some Resources


  • Watch or listen to ThreeEQ CEO/Chief Mentor and Young Leaders 3.0 acclaimed author Jason Ma’s inspirational interview with Family Office Association Chairman Angelo Robles titled “Jason Ma, Next Gen’s Foremost Mentor for College Admissions, Leadership, and Life Success” on the Angelo Robles Podcast on Apple PodcastsSticher, Spotify, or iHeartRadio.
  • Listen to Jason Ma’s energizing interview with Silicon Valley Insider Show Host Keith Koo titled “Chief Mentor of Next-Gen Leaders, Jason Ma” on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. Gen Z and elder high achievers must navigate effectively in their ever-changing, hyper-competitive worlds in the “New Normal.” Mr. Ma shares patterns observed and actionable insights on how to adapt, win, and grow, as well as what “college admissions myopia” and “raising your delta” mean.


  • Watch ThreeEQ CEO and Chief Mentor Jason Ma’s inspiring masterclass “Preparing for High School, College, Career, and Personal Success” in front of a packed audience of high-achieving parents (C-suite/senior executives, entrepreneurs, and investors) and some students. This private event, for which Mr. Ma was the sole speaker, was enthusiastically co-sponsored by
  • Read Mr. Ma’s Forbes articles on elite college prep and admissions, next-gen leadership, innovative higher education, and entrepreneurship (1.5+ million views and counting).
  • Get Mr. Ma’s highly acclaimed book Young Leaders 3.0: Stories, Insights, and Tips for Next-Generation Achievers.
  • Tell your parents that they are welcome to join our Parents of Driven Students private group on FB.



ThreeEQ is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).