Between them, University of Mary Washington’s Melissa Yakabouski and Sarah Lindberg hold a half-century of college admissions experience.

Both recruited as admissions counselors upon earning their own bachelor’s degrees, they work together to break the often-perplexing college application process into bite-size pieces prospective students and their parents can easily digest. Take, for example, their “pizza” analogy, where the crust, sauce and cheese are fundamental ingredients for students vying to get into the school of their dreams, and the toppings add flavor and flair.

During Virginia College Application Week – hosted Oct. 23 through 27 by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) – participating high schools aim to increase students’ access to college by helping seniors apply to at least one postsecondary institution.

And this team of two is here to help by tackling a few of families’ most pressing questions.

“It can seem like a daunting task,” Yakabouski admits of the maze of steps to admission. But there is hope. “One of the biggest misperceptions of parents is that there is a lock-step process that you have to follow, but that isn’t the case. There’s more than one way to approach this.” Read more.