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Natalie Tedards
University of Chicago
Hello! My name is Natalie, and I can’t wait to start working with you! I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2020 with my BA in Comparative Human Development. While at UChicago, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome through the Gilman Scholarship, and this upcoming year I will be returning to Italy to teach English on a U.S. Fulbright scholarship! Over the last five years, I have worked in a variety of roles supporting students in the college application process: teaching a 6-week crash course in applying to college to rising seniors in a college-prep program; working in a Chicago high school as a College Advising Corps advisor; and, just this past summer, supporting a UChicago alumnus apply to medical school. Give my history, I have experience advising at all stages of the college application process, and I am particularly well-versed in essay-editing and navigating financial aid. My advising style is focused on building a college list around discovering your personal college “fit” (from academics to community to financial aid) and then bringing your individual story to life in each part of your application. Working together, I hope to answer your questions, create a game plan, and ultimately ease your stress as you move through this exciting process!

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Nora Blake
New York University
College Access Advisor with five years of experience as an advisor, two years as a prospective student, and endless years as a student navigating higher education! Feel free to send me a message and set up a time to check in on Zoom. I can't wait to help you on your college admissions journey!
Raveen Sharma
University of California – Berkeley
Hello! My name is Raveen. I received my BA in Film from UC Berkeley and my MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. I have been actively working as a counselor in K-12 schools for close to 10 years. As a counselor in the field, I work with students every day to achieve their post grad goals. I have spent close to 20 years working in various roles in the film industry and would love to share my experiences with any students interested in the arts!

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Rishi Mahesh
Northwestern University
I love to strike a balance of being lighthearted and easygoing, while staying ambitious and critical. I specialize in essay writing and how to craft your admissions story.
Ryan Afreen
University of Pennsylvania
I am an aspiring physician, educator, and social entrepreneur, interested in the intersection of medicine, business, and education. A rising junior at UPenn and an independent researcher, completing my BA in Neuroscience before matriculating at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I have cumulative years of experience in education consulting, helping students navigate their passion and highlight their uniqueness on paper. The college application process can be a fun, daunting, and challenging experience. As a college advisor, I ensure that every student feels welcomed, included, and has a success story to this rigorous journey.
Irving Hernandez
Texas A&M University
Howdy! My name is Irving Hernandez and I graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors in Animal Science. I grew up in Brownsville, Texas in a low income community where I was helped by a college advisor. My college advisor had such a great impact in me that I decided go back to my hometown and provide college assistance to the same community I grew up in. This was the best choice I ever made and doing so I helped many hundreds if not thousands of students achieve a college acceptance. I see a my own self at a young age figuring out the arduous process of college admissions by myself and know exactly how to help. My other passions include ranching, sports, outdoors, and cooking. Fun fact about me, after I graduated college, I moved to Montana and worked at a large cattle operation as a cowboy for a year before returning to Texas.
Janice Kim
Cornell University
Hello! I graduated from Cornell University in 2020 with a BS in Biology and minors in Policy Analysis & Management, Business, and Law. I currently live in NYC and work as a Finance & Operations Management Associate in the healthcare sector. Over the past 6 years I've had experience as an SAT tutor, mentoring first-generation college students through a peer mentor program, editing college application essays, and working with prospective high school students as an advisor in my college's admissions office. I can't wait to get to know you and help you and your loved ones navigate the application process!
Jessika Baral
Washington University in St. Louis
Jessika is a first year medical student at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2021 with a degree in Biology and Double Minors in Computer Science and Math. She loves mentoring students and looks forward to helping them pursue their passions both in academia and outside of it! Her interests include dance, mental health counseling, computer science, and painting.

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Jillian Jolly
Yale University
Hello, my name is Jillian Jolly and I'm currently a rising junior at Yale University! I am a prospective Psychology major, a pre-med student and I also plan to receive a certificate in Education Studies. On-campus, I have served as the City Chair for the Yale College Council City Team and as a finance manager for the YCC UOFC team, as well as a member of a number of other student organizations. I am very passionate about health disparities, societal injustices, and increasing educational access for students in socioeconomically depressed areas. I plan to either become a doctor or an attorney and one day start an organization that focuses on researching disorders/issues that affect minority groups and finding ways to combat them. I am really excited to work with, guide, and help you all find your dream schools!

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Ka’Rin Long
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Hello all, I am entering my 4th of year of working as a college advisor. I love building relationships with students and making their dreams come true. I was a Sports Admin major in college but soon after graduation I fell in love with this line of work. I believe in each of you.
Ryan Morillo
Harvard
Hi everyone! I'm a junior at Harvard University pursuing a degree in English & Theater, Dance, and Media (TDM) with a secondary in Psychology. My primary interests lie in the fields of entertainment and law. As a first generation Latinx student, I am very passionate about demystifying the college application process and helping you get into the college of your dreams!

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Sarah Nollenberger
North Carolina State University
Sarah is an educator and college access professional from Eastern North Carolina. Growing up, she was an avid reader and so she followed that passion to college by pursuing her BA and MA in English Literature. Sarah has worked with students as a college advisor for three years, helping students get accepted to a wide variety of public and private schools across the country, including many top 50 universities. She especially enjoys working with students on building solid college lists and crafting the perfect application essay. In her free time, she likes to garden and spend time with her husband Will and their two dogs: Ashe and Juniper.
Shannon Kennedy
Penn State University
After 7+ years at Northwestern University in admissions, I wanted to more directly help students apply to college. With experience at University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology in addition to NU, I started counseling students in 2016. I have advised dozens of students individually and as a high school college counselor. My advisees have matriculated at the most selective institutions and a wide range of colleges across the country and internationally. I live in the Chicago area and enjoy encouraging houseplants to flourish almost as much as I enjoy working with high schoolers poised to change the world!
Shannon Ross
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
I worked as a College Advisor for the National College Advising Corps for two years before pursuing my Masters Degree and beginning work full time at the collegiate level. During my time as a college advisor I was able to learn a great deal about the college admissions process (including the common application and coalition application), financial aid, scholarships, residency (if your state has that) and more.
Sophie Norton
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Hi there! My name is Sophie Norton and I am a 3-year veteran of the college admissions advising and editing process. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Political Science in 2017, so I love discussing and dissecting the argument, context, and purpose behind each essay I craft with a student. I am a lifetime Chicagoan, which makes me particularly attuned to the pressures and needs that affect urban students during this exciting and formative process. Besides working as a tutor and college counselor, I have worked in the fashion, non-profit, and ice-cream-shop worlds. I'm so excited to work together and see what we can create!
Stephen Irving
Yale University
I graduated from Yale in 2019 with a degree in Psychology am passionate about education. After graduating, I worked in both renewables and education before going back to school to pursue a Master of Management at Duke University. I specialize in writing and helping students create a consistent and coherent narrative to effectively share their story through their application.

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Suzanne Saco
Boston University
Hey there! My name is Sue and I have been in the higher ed realm for almost 5 years now. I received my undergrad dual degree from Boston University, majoring in International Relations and Sculpture. I am currently working on an MS in Data Analytics and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. During the day I work as an Enrollment Manager for the Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs in Washington, DC. In my spare time I go to museums and train my 3 month old dachshund puppy, Papaya, to be a good girl.
Theodore Longlois
Harvard
Hi, y'all! I grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. At Harvard, I majored in Folklore and Mythology with a minor in Spanish and Global Health and Health Policy. I was president of Response Peer Counseling, vice president of Harvard College Debate Union, and treasurer of Advocating Success for Kids. I was also a supervisor at Harvard Square Summer Homeless Shelter. I have ten years of experience as a teacher and tutor, including serving as a peer tutor and library educator at Harvard. After graduation, I taught high school debate and was a college advisor with Impact America, an AmeriCorps program. I also taught debate for Smith College. I then went on to teach debate at Success Academy Harlem North Central Middle School, one of New York City's top charter schools. I am currently a rape crisis advocate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and am a member of the ACLU of Alabama's Smart Justice Organizing School. In my free time, I volunteer as a mentor with Trans Mentor Project, work on mutual aid projects across Alabama, and go hiking.

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Trinith Radhakrishnan
University of California – Los Angeles
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Neuroscience from UCLA with a focus on pre-medical sciences. During my time at UCLA, I have been extensively involved in clinical research, leadership, and mentorship. As your advisor, I can help you navigate through your extracurricular activities, write compelling college essays, and craft a unique and cohesive application in order to get into top universities. I am particularly apt at working with students who are on the pre-med track.

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Taylor Thomas
University of Florida
My name is Taylor Thomas and I am a proud Gator Girl! During my time at University of Florida, I was involved in social justice, fashion/arts and community service organizations and held multiple leadership positions throughout that time. I have a background in college advising and have managed the college application process for over 200 highschool students. Some highlights of mine is assisting students obtain the Gates Millenium Scholarship, Questbridge Scholarship, successfully navigate the unique Academic Common Market process and telling student's stories to be great candidates for top schools. Additionally, I am well versed in the financial aid side of the college application process as I worked in the financial aid office in unergrad for 4 years. Lastly, I will work to open student's minds to broaden their horizon and become interested in schools that may have not been on their initial radar.

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Wendy Muskat
Case Western Reserve University
I am an experienced college advisor and retired history and economics teacher. Working with students to further their education is a passion of mine; my goal is to help make you a confident successful applicant.