Advisors

Get to know CollegeAdvisor's 300+ former Admissions Officers and Admissions Experts representing over 100 top colleges and universities.
Yale University

Originally from Delaware, Sophia attended Yale University, where she was a Global Health Scholar and studied Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Her research interests span health activism and social movements, DNA damage repair and metabolism in cancer, and bridging the gap between medical and mental health care. Sophia is currently staying in New Haven to complete her research projects before attending medical school. Sophia has extensive formal experience tutoring K–12 mathematics as well as English language and literature for intermediate non-native speakers. She also has worked with peers preparing for the SAT and MCAT. Beyond teaching, Sophia has successfully guided students preparing for the college admissions process, with a particular focus on essay review and revision. Her other strengths include biology, chemistry, and creative and expository writing. She is eager to guide students toward achieving their academic and career goals. In her free time, Sophia enjoys creating paintings and poems, running, and visiting bakeries and coffee shops in different cities.

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

As a first-generation college student and a daughter of immigrant family, I had to navigate the college process on entirely on my own. I am eager to work with students in search of extra support as they embark on a pivotal moment in their journeys. I believe in encouraging students to embrace their creativity to highlight their strengths and their stories while marketing themselves to their schools of interest. As a Michigan graduate, I am a Wolverine at heart and embrace the title trailblazer in my work with high school students everyday.

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Duke University

A Duke honors grad with neuroscience training from Stanford, I help leaders thrive in our changing world. I started my career in global education over a decade ago and have been publicly recognized by Melinda Gates and 4x NYT bestselling author Marianne Williamson for my work in education and whole-person development. My training, knowledge, and professional experience across marketing, education, and coaching make me a highly insightful, innovative, and integrative college advisor. Prior to CollegeAdvisor, I worked as an advisor in a small college advising firm, working with over 20 students on a team of advisors. Our students received admissions from Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Duke, Dartmouth, Berkeley, and MIT. I was lucky to learn the ropes from former Stanford admissions directors; entrusted with each student's applications and resumes, I realized I had a talent for showing what was unique about each student. I have become a sought-after essay advisor since. I help students get an edge in college admissions while enjoying the process and growing as a person. My students note how I help them succeed as themselves rather than striving for someone else's notion of "success" at their own long-term expense. This means that I work best with families who are interested in helping their student discover and unfold their whole selves and willing to do the challenging inner work that can entail. I'm interested in what makes you different! Fun fact: I have been fortunate to continue my involvement in higher education long after graduating. I have spoken at Duke, NYU, and Harvard conferences, served as a staff and alum career coach at UC Berkeley and Duke University, and am also a fractional executive coach to higher education professionals. These engagements give me another view into colleges and their evolving priorities. As an advisor, I am energetic, insightful, compassionate, entertaining, and rigorous. If you are willing to be seen, heard, challenged, and emboldened through the college application process, then you've found the right person. I hope I will shape your experience to be one where you can reach your goals, find your place in the world, and honor your humanity and inherent value.

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Northwestern University

I'm a proud Wildcat, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University. While at NU, I was a tour guide, and found a passion for helping students through the college application process. As an honors English student, I also worked as an essay tutor for other students on campus. Since graduation, I have several years of experience guiding high school students through the college application cycle. Prior to my time with CollegeAdvisor, I've worked as a 1-on-1 tutor in test preparation, teaching the SAT, ACT, and AP tests. I also worked with a specialized firm that helps international students through brainstorming, writing, and refining CommonApp and school-specific supplemental essays. In both of those positions, I gained specialized experience in multiple aspects of the college application process. My students in both of these areas have gone on to Ivies and Top 20 schools. I'm passionate about getting to know a student beyond the numbers and helping them find the place that will allow them to grow and thrive. I remember all too well how stressful the application process can be, and it's important to me to always let the student's passions, goals, and hopes lead our process. Outside of CollegeAdvisor, I work in the arts as a director and literary manager for theatre. I'm passionate about storytelling and using words effectively to communicate, and I bring those loves with me to college advising.

University of Texas – Austin

Hello! My name is Michelle Adebisi and I am excited to meet your advising needs. I received a Civil Engineering Degree, but I work as a Sales Engineer in the Electrical Engineering field. My previous work experiences have been in Land Development, Utilities Engineering, Roadway Design, and Oil and Gas. My advising experience started with serving as an incoming freshman orientation advisor at the University of Texas at Austin. I provided one-on-one advising sessions with incoming freshmen and discussed class schedules, major selection, student organizations, and orientation participation. I also prepared students for internship and full-time job interviews and edited their resumes and cover letters. As a second-generation college student, I am very passionate about helping students who do not have the resources they need to feel supported in their college application process. I have helped family and friends gain acceptance and enroll as a students in colleges like the University of Texas at Austin by reviewing their college essays and directing them to financial aid opportunities. I am also an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers (Life Long Member). I planned several community service events, professional networking socials, and professional development events with key industry speakers. My focus was spreading awareness of college scholarships and financial aid opportunities to underserved communities and inspiring more women to be in the STEM field.

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Hey y'all! As an avid reader, I've always appreciated the power of storytelling to inspire, educate, and change lives for the better. As a college advisor, I love helping students craft their stories into compelling, clear, and personal essays for college applications! During college, I studied animal behavior and English literature. I also worked as a writing tutor, assisting students and professors at all stages of the writing process. After college, I worked as an Americorps College Adviser where I assisted over 214 students and families during every part of the college application process. Many of my students pursued career paths in the medical field, from nursing and physical therapy to respiratory therapy and pre-med. While the majority of the students I worked with pursued a 4-year degree, I also assisted many students and their families through alternative, and just as viable paths, including the military, trade schools, and community colleges! I look forward to helping you continue your story and pursue further education after high school! Outside of my advising role, I am an aspiring filmmaker, writing screenplays, filming, and working on film sets.

Johns Hopkins University

Hi! I'm Katalina and I am a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where I studied Psychology, as well as Marketing & Communications, Entrepreneurship & Management, on the pre-medical track. A little bit about me… I'm originally from the NY/NJ area but have recently moved to the South. I love basketball and music; I played basketball very competitively for most of my life. I also play piano and guitar and love songwriting in my free time. I am very passionate about higher-education accessibility for all that are interested and want the opportunity to continue their education. For that, I am very grateful to be given the opportunity by CollegeAdvisor.com to be able to share my experiences and knowledge I have gained about college and the admissions process. It can be very overwhelming, and I want to be that guiding hand that can help you find the school that is a perfect fit for your aspirations. In my experience, I found that the college application process is a job within itself. It is a hard and challenging process. During my undergraduate years I helped many students informally with their applications, whether I was simply offering guidance or helping read over essays. In my freshman year, I participated in Blue Key Society at my school as a tour guide and "coffee chat representative", where I helped students gain a better understanding of Hopkins and what everyday life was like. I was able to connect with prospective students through various visiting days, where I offered 1-on-1 guidance. This is where my passion and drive for helping students began to blossom, as I realized I was not alone in my experience of finding the application process daunting. My goal in my advisory role is to provide a personalized application experience, with an empathetic and open mindset, by fostering a collaborative relationship, tailoring my guidance to suit individual strengths, aspirations, and unique qualities. I want to tell your story and help you show the admissions officers what makes you, you! Whether it's crafting compelling personal statements, strategizing application approaches, or providing insights into college life, I'm committed to being a supportive and knowledgable resource. The decision to apply to college is an important decision and has the ability to have a profound impact on your future. I am motivated by the opportunity to make higher education accessible to all passionate individuals who aspire to broaden their horizons. I want you to succeed, and will do my best to help you find the school that is best for you.

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I recently graduate Dean's List from Brandeis University with a BA in Public Health and African-American studies. During my time at Brandeis I was heavily involved in Jewish life, research, orientation programming, and community service initiatives. I worked with students of all ages in the local school district. After graduating I took a role at Big Brothers Big Sisters running a mentoring program for high schoolers. The program focused on building meaningful relationships with an emphasis on college and career readiness. I created programming to guide students on making college lists and thinking about areas of study. This experience emphasized the importance of relationship in building when making big decisions- like college planning. I then went on to spend the next few years working as an Admission Counselor at Brandeis University followed by Olin College of Engineering. In these roles I was able to guide prospective students and applicants though the application process and beyond. I would advise students on essay topics and the extracurriculars section, offering guidance on how to make their application represent them the best. I gained an understanding of the entire admission process from beginning to end, seeing the areas where students can shine most. This experience could be stressful for some students but continuing to communicate with one another made all the difference. I now work as a Client Success Manager at a remote software company guiding our clients on best practices and troubleshooting the product. I love being able to guide and teach people everyday and I'm excited to continue that journey here. When not working at the computer, you can find me cooking, playing tennis, reading or going for a long walk.

Joshua Ford attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar in the Honors Program. Upon graduating, he received a Fulbright scholarship to study entrepreneurship in Mexico. He spent several years as a management consultant before moving to startups. He previously worked for Candid and Uber before becoming the CEO & Founder of HipTrain. HipTrain was acquired by FORME which Joshua helped bring public on the NASDAQ exchange in April 2023. He now serves as the Global Head of Redesign Health.

University of Texas – Austin

As a seasoned college advisor, I bring 3 years of experience guiding students toward their academic and professional goals. My expertise lies in helping individuals navigate the complex college admissions process with a focus on personalized strategies that align with each student's unique strengths and aspirations.

Key Highlights:

🔍 In-Depth Admissions Knowledge: I stay updated on the current trends and prerequisites in college admissions, ensuring my clients receive timely and pertinent guidance.

🌟 Proven Track Record: Over the years, I have successfully assisted numerous students in gaining admission to their dream schools. My approach combines a deep understanding of academic requirements with a keen insight into each student's passions, resulting in tailored and impactful applications.

🤝 Personalized Guidance: I believe in fostering strong, one-on-one relationships with my clients. By getting to know each student on a personal level, I can provide targeted guidance that goes beyond mere academic advice. I am committed to helping students discover their strengths and develop a clear roadmap for achieving their academic and career aspirations.

💡 Holistic Approach: Recognizing that the college journey is not just about academics, I offer holistic support that encompasses personal development, goal setting, and life skills. My goal is to empower students to thrive not only in their academic pursuits but also in all facets of their lives.

🚀 Passion for Empowering Futures: What drives me is the belief that every student has untapped potential waiting to be discovered. Witnessing their growth and success fuels my passion for this work. I am dedicated to empowering each student to take charge of their future and reach heights they may not have thought possible.

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My name is Idylla Louis and I will be your advisor. I currently hold my Bachelor's Degree from Providence College and my Master's from Harvard University. Beyond that I have over 5 years' experience in mentoring high school students. My career in education and mentorship began in my undergraduate year with programs at my university that allowed me to connect with students looking for extracurricular opportunities and since then have followed me until my post graduate years. Since receiving my Master's I have pivoted to private sector work, specifically in Private Banking. I have also been working more freely as an educational consultant for k-12 students.

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Hello! My name is Heidi McClure and I have spent the last 18 years as a School Counselor, supporting students in grades 6-12. Much of my experience has been as a High School Counselor and College and Career Coordinator, helping students identify and pursue their goals beyond high school. Helping students find, apply, and get into schools that are a great fit for their academic and personal profile has always been my favorite part of my job. I am passionate about supporting students to both identify the best fitting colleges and craft their application story to gain admittance to the school(s) of their choice. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Colorado College and hold dual master’s degrees, in School Counseling and School Administration, as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. In addition to having experienced the benefits of both a small, liberal arts college, and a large public university for my own education, I have had the opportunity to visit many colleges both in the United States and abroad. As a result, I am knowledgeable about a wide array of post-secondary opportunities and their application processes. During my time as a School Counselor, I have advised thousands of students through the college search, selection, and application process. I have also had the opportunity to forge relationships with several College Admissions representatives from whom I have gleaned valuable insight about the college admission process. I enjoy being able to share these insights with the students and families that I work with to help as we craft an application strategy. The most important part of the advising process, for me, is ensuring that each student’s unique lived experience is told through the various application components that they submit. As an advisor, I feel successful when a student looks at their application package and sees their voice amplified and their story captured within it. With the increasing complexity of the college admissions and application landscape, the experience that I bring helping students navigate not only the Common Application, but the Coalition, University of California, QuestBridge, and UCAS applications, as well as Apply Texas, ensure students will receive tailored support no matter what schools they ultimately apply to. I recognize that each student has a unique application journey, and I am thrilled to partner with students and their families to understand and applaud the work that you’ve already put in, while crafting a plan and strategy that will help you get where you want to go. It is this level of personalization and my commitment to each student I work with that has helped the students I’ve worked with see extraordinary admissions results. Some of the schools that students I have recently worked with have been accepted to include Princeton, Rice, NYU, Colorado College, Wellesley, Scripps, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, Stanford, and Washington University in St. Louis.

I look forward to getting to know your students and supporting you throughout the college application process!

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Hello, my name is Hattie, I am a U.S. Rhodes Scholar and I recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a master’s in politics (comparative government). Before attending Oxford, I graduated summa cum laude from South Dakota State University in 2021 with bachelor’s degrees in political science, global studies, and Spanish, where I was a Fishback Honors College Scholar and received a full scholarship. I also previously served as a fellow to the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship at Princeton University, the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship in Jordan, and the U.S. Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program in Morocco. I possess extensive experience as an academic, admissions, scholarship, and career advisor to students. Previously, I advised students applying for national scholarship opportunities such as the Truman, Rhodes, Gilman, and Marshall scholarships. I provided these students with personal statement advice, application editing, objective setting, and interview guidance. During my undergraduate studies, I also served as a peer advisor to first- and second-year students where I supported 50+ students a year in realizing their education and career objectives. Finally, I am a committed peer educator and I hold extensive experience tutoring undergraduate students in Arabic, Spanish, English, statistics, research methods, and other areas within the social sciences. My mission while advising is to help students tell their unique stories and achieve their personal goals. I understand that the college admissions process can be challenging to navigate, and I bring a supportive, adaptable, and optimistic mindset to guide students and their families on the college journey. I am currently working in Geneva while studying for the U.S. Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT). My love for international affairs and politics began back home where I was active with the South Dakota World Affairs Council. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, sewing, robotics, reading, and spending time with friends.

University of California – Berkeley

I am a proud former first-generation college student who is now a first-generation professional. I have 6+ years of professional experience working with students and their families to navigate the higher education system. I recently (within the last 5 years) obtained a master's degree in education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from UCLA. I attended University of California, Berkeley for my undergraduate education and my major was Psychology with a minor in Chicano Studies. My passion is to assist students and their families on their higher education journey. A skill I feel I have while working with students is truly listening to their wants and needs and adapting my advising from there. I approach my work by honoring my students' lived experiences. On a one-on-one basis I’ve assisted with creating college school lists, academic road mapping, how to choose and change a major, financial aid, and career prep. Outside of student affairs I enjoy reading, cycling, and spending time with my family and friends.

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Johns Hopkins University

Hi everyone! My name is Anya and I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Leadership Studies. At Hopkins, I was on the varsity women's tennis team, president of my acapella group, and co-president of the student-athlete advisory committee. Additionally, I was a chair in the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference, a sorority sister in Alpha Phi, and in honor societies including the Order of Omega and TriBeta National Biology Honor Society. Finally, I was involved in biomedical research and heavily invested in the college careers of over 50 freshmen as a teaching assistant in courses including introductory chemistry, chemistry lab, and oral presentations. In these positions, I have had the privilege of engaging with students from diverse backgrounds, each with ambitious goals and compelling personal narratives. Having gone through athletic recruitment and both college and medical school applications, I hold a deep appreciation for mentorship and the means through which it facilitates an easier navigation of a convoluted application process. I am so excited to meet our enthusiastic students, help them conquer college applications, and see them achieve their goals!

Drexel University

Zehra is a seasoned college counseling practitioner with over 15 years of international education experience with a Master’s degree in Higher Education. In her last role, she managed the U.S. Department of State EducationUSA college advising program and worked with students from over 20 nationalities with their applications to U.S. universities. Most recently, Zehra served as an External Admissions Reader for UCLA where she evaluated 500 applications. Zehra is a subject matter expert on American college admissions landscape and have helped hundreds of families in their journey of applying to universities, presented workshops in international conferences, visited over 80 U.S. college campuses and presented at several higher education conferences. She is an active member of NACAC, IACAC and IECA. Her favorite part of the application process is helping students prepare college essay drafts and brainstorming fun topics!

Zee Santiago is a Director of FutureReadyNYC Advising in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness for the New York City Department of Education. A proud graduate of New York City Public schools, he has been an educator for a decade and a half. After being awarded a full tuition scholarship through the Posse Foundation, Zee graduated from Trinity College with his Bachelor's in Anthropology, in 2012 he earned his Master's in American Studies while serving his Alma Mater as an Assistant Director of Admissions. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as the Director of College Counseling for CollegeBound Initiative at Collegiate Institute for Math and Science in The Bronx. Aiding students to enroll and secure financial aid at a myriad of colleges and universities, Zee Santiago is an active member & former board member of NYSACAC, NECBAC (New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College), and a passionate college access professional.

University of California – Los Angeles

Hello, my name is Yesenia. I was the first in my family to attend college. I went to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated with a degree in Psychology with a minor in Labor and Workplace Studies. I then earned a Master's Degree from California State University, Long Beach in Counseling - Option in Student Development in Higher Education. I am passionate about helping students with their higher educational goals to ensure they are able to get accepted, attend, and ultimately graduate from college to obtain a fulfilling career. For the past 10 years, I have been working in college access and success programs and have served hundreds of students with their college-going journey! It would be a pleasure and a privilege to support you in your goals. Let's work together to make that goal a reality!

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University of California – Berkeley

I am a first-generation Latina college graduate and I hold my B.A. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). I have held positions as a College Advisor, Student Services Advisor and Academic Mentor where I have advised students with the college application process in both 1-1 and group settings (virtual and in-person), organized and coordinated college access and leadership workshops to support students and families from diverse backgrounds, and supported with post-secondary education and career planning. As a first-generation student, I was never exposed to resources to support me with the college access process. This taught me how to seek out resources on my own, which supported me throughout my time at university. After graduating from UC Berkeley, I further developed my passion of helping others because I believe everyone should have equitable access to attain higher education. I believe everyone has a unique story to share and with my passion to support and experience in advising students, I am excited to get to hear our students' stories and continue advocating and ensuring students receive the support needed to attain higher education.

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New York University

Hello! My name is Victoria Li, and I am a current third year student on a five-year BA/MA dual degree studying Education Studies/Social Policy with a minor in Public Policy and Management. My interests particularly lie in finding the intersection between the economic inequities in education, social impact, and business. On campus, I am involved with 180 Degrees Consulting NYU, EmpowerED Consulting, and intramural volleyball. I have been private tutoring in demographics ranging from elementary schools to prospective college students for over 3 years. I have expertise with students interested in business and humanities, essay writing, standardized test prep, career advising, and interview prep. Since high school, I also have had a lot of experience with tutoring international students, particularly helping with college applications and visa complications. I can speak Mandarin, Shanghainese, and English. I got accepted into NYU ED II and Rutgers. Some colleges that my students who I have tutored have gotten into Cornell, Yale, Wellesley, USC, and UCSB.

University of California – Berkeley

I hold a B.A. in English from the University of California - Berkeley and a Masters degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University where I graduated at the top of my class, Phi Alpha, and received the Outstanding Student of the Year and the Macro Student of the Year awards, respectively. My professional experience includes development work in Paraguay for the Peace Corps, literacy promotion within the Washington, D.C. Library system, and a consultant role in Academic and College Counseling. I have worked with students as young as eleven years old and their families to compose four-year high school plans replete with classes, extracurricular activities, and SAT prep schedules, and modifying them as needed throughout the student's high school career. I check in with students on their progress, help them select a major that meets the student's goals, and ensure the student's preparedness for the pursuit of that major in college admissions. Students I've worked with have pursued majors such as Business, Computer Science, Education, Photography, Urban Planning, Pre-Med, Engineering, Animation, and Psychology, to name a few. Working with young people to help them identify their passion and pursue it brings me great joy. I enjoy facilitating conversations between parents and their children about goals and career plans. College Admissions does not have to be stressful or confusing. Everything, in the end, will be okay. It is never too late to side step, change course, or start over. It might just look a little funny.