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I advise students on defining success for themselves and then planning its attainment.
In most cases, this means I’m guiding ambitious, talented high schoolers through the challenge of applying to college. My unique background in standardized test preparation, college and life counseling, and writing and editing gives me the ideal skill set to guide students to top-tier colleges and success beyond. My students have gone on to essentially all competitive undergraduate programs – Stanford, Northwestern, Vassar, Harvard, Columbia, Amherst, Wellesley, Rice, Yale, Swarthmore…all of them – and a wide range of graduate programs – pharmacy at Michigan, MBA at MIT, PhD at Columbia, MD at the University of Washington, and PhD at Emory. My professional memberships include NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling), IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association), and MACAC (Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling), where I serve on the Admissions Practices committee and the Inclusion, Access, and Success committee.
I look on my work as much more than utilitarian admissions advice. Education is a piece of life, and guiding students on self-awareness, critical thinking skills, and the development of a value system is really my goal. Serving as a mentor in these areas is both exciting and an honor.
I limit myself to working with a small number of select students, ensuring a personal working relationship from start to finish.
• The University of Chicago, M.A. – December 2008
• Claremont School of Theology, M.Div. – May 2007
• Northwestern University, B.A. – June 2003
• Nine years guiding roughly 400 students to their dream schools
• Three years as Chief Editor of a leading college application company
• Four years as undergraduate admissions interviewer for UChicago and Northwestern
• Eight years teaching SAT and GRE standardized tests
• Informal editing of three novels, including two New York Times bestsellers
• Member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling), IECA (Independent Educational Consultant Association), and MACAC (Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling)
Of my qualified students (3.8 GPA + 2250 SAT I, 1540 new SAT I, or 34 ACT applying to 10 or more schools):
• 79% have been accepted by a Top 10 US News school
• 98% have been accepted by a Top 15 US News school