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Sea Change

The name Sea Change was inspired by a desire to be part of a positive change in the way we launch our teens into the adult world. By helping them to shift their focus away from rigorous scheduled benchmarks and the goal of getting into the "best" school, we can help our youth to find good fit, expand their horizons and take charge of their own fabulous education.

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The Sea Change philosophy

At Sea Change, we help students find, apply to, and choose colleges that fit them academically, socially, and financially. We reduce stress by managing the process. We work with high school students and their families; college transfer students; and those applying to graduate programs in STEM fields. When students attend colleges that fit, they can fully engage in their experiences and thrive throughout their college years and beyond.

“I listen carefully and actively; I research and communicate in depth; I change perspectives, unveiling new possibilities; I empower students to take charge.” – Laura Penvenne, PhD, Founder, Sea Change College Consulting

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For the Student

We will help you identify and clarify your ideas about what you want out of college by assisting you to:

  • Create a list of colleges to which you would like to apply;

  • Make a plan and schedule the tasks necessary for the application process;

  • Organize the information on which you will ultimately make your decision.

The last few years of high school are important as you learn who you are and what inspires you. Prepare for the college application process:

  • Participate in your community;

  • Practice focus and time management;

  • Learn to advocate for yourself;

  • Interact with adults who can offer you guidance.

Sea Change will help you to find an educational experience that fits. The aim is not to make you look like someone you are not but to help you shine as yourself.

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For the Parent

We will guide your child and you smoothly through the college application process. A good college fit and stress reduction for your family are our primary goals.

The value of a college education is in the development of a lifelong learner. The value is in the transition to adult life with a safety net and it is in the broadening of perspective that comes with experiencing a new environment without parents. Of course, a college education also serves as:

  • Training for a career;

  • Preparation for graduate school;

  • Attainment of a credential.

However, this training and preparation is really the structure within which the more important work proceeds.

With this in mind, Sea Change provides an unbiased, confidential and knowledgeable perspective on the college application and decision process.

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For Transfer

Attending community college? Considering college attendance after a period in the work force? At Sea Change we are sensitive to the concerns of transfer and non-traditional-age students. We have expertise with…

  • Articulation agreements and transfer guarantees;

  • Identifying colleges friendly to transfer students;

  • Scholarships and programs for non-traditional students;

  • Helping you tune your writing for the college application process.


If earning a Bachelor’s degree is your dream, don’t let worries about your path or your age get in the way. At Sea Change College Consulting, we are here to help.

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For Grad School

You’ve been asking yourself… Is graduate school right for me? How do I pick the right program? We understand that you’re well on your way to knowing yourself and that what you may need is a guide. If you are considering graduate school or a professional program, Sea Change can help with…

  • Master’s versus PhD – making the right decision;

  • Choosing the best fit in a graduate program;

  • Understanding grad school funding and financial aid;

  • Mastering the timing game;

  • Crafting a compelling personal statement.


At Sea Change, we can help you build a graduate school plan that works for you We have particular expertise with science and engineering programs.

Laura Jean Penvenne

Laura is a University of California educated college planner. She has been a small business owner, a writer & editor, and a scientist. Laura's strengths are in the synthesis of information from many sources, careful listening and clear communication.


  • UC Irvine - Certificate, Independent Educational  Consultant

  • UC Santa Barbara - PhD, Geological Science

  • UC Santa Cruz - BS, Earth Science, Honors


  • College Planner

  • Small Business Owner

  • Technical Writer

  • Science Journalist

  • Geophysicist

We adhere to IECA's "Principles of Good Practice."

About Laura
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