Phil Sung

B.A., Stanford University
College COunselor

Jon remembers two index cards on Phil's bulletin board during college. One read, "Embrace suffering," and the other read, "Love anticipates." Phil is always ready with an honest assessment of the obstacles ahead and a logical strategy for overcoming them. He enjoys boxing because he believes you can't learn without getting hit. If there is one guy you want driving the church bus to a retreat through a blizzard with near zero visibility, that guy would be Phil: unflappable. Phil lives in Palo Alto, California, where, for the past 17 years, he has provided test prep and college consulting.

jon Perkins

B.A., Stanford University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Author/College Counselor

Jon supports Liverpool F.C. because their motto is "You'll never walk alone." If you try to merge into Jon's lane, he will usually wave you over instead of accelerating and pretending he didn't see you. Since 2011, Jon has been providing college application help to families. He lives with his wife and high school sweetheart (yes, it's the same person, so no, Jon is not a bigamist), and their two kiddos in Palos Verdes Estates, California. When Jon is not writing the next volume of Parents You're the Problem! series, he is probably playing or watching soccer.

The left picture shows Jon and Phil circa 2000 at Phil's graduation. What those future ex-pre-meds and fellow English majors didn't know at the time was that they would end up working together later. Much later. The right picture shows Jon and Phil circa 2016 outside of Hot-N-Tot in Lomita. Phil's hair isn't actually sprouting out of the top of his head; he is just standing underneath the reflection of a palm tree. Cheerful is the mood of the moment, especially in contrast with the student inside (not pictured) who had wrapped herself in a blanket to keep warm while she studied. At least once a month, Phil reminds Jon that the "study blanket" is an awesome merchandising opportunity that they continue to miss out on. At least once a month, Jon tells Phil, "Yes, yes, I know," and then takes no further action. Maybe some day.