Advisors

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Jason Milan
Middlebury College
Jason brings over five years of experience mentoring dedicated students to gain entry to elite undergraduate programs that truly match their personalities, values, and goals. Having studied screenwriting at Middlebury, Jason is a storyteller: he helps students communicate identities, showcase passions, and define ambitions compellingly while staying authentic & confident. It's deeply meaningful to him to guide a student to produce a project or essay they’re truly proud of, or achieve hard-won recognition in their field. He has worked with students across the world and across the USA, and understands how to guide students from diverse backgrounds through the personal growth so vital to US college admission. Jason’s students now attend or have graduated from colleges in the Ivy League, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the Universities of California, top Liberal Arts Colleges, and elite engineering & business programs at universities like NYU. In his free time, Jason loves to travel, write stories, read novels, play ultimate frisbee, and roast coffee.

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Jessica Eller
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
I am a Senior Advisor with admissions experience looking to help students make their college dreams a reality. As a seasoned College Advisor who has also evaluated college applications, I have seen both sides of the process and want to help you skillfully convey your talent and passions in your applications. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, listening to hip hop, rap, and R&B, as well as cooking and baking.

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Jessica Strawn
James Madison University
I graduated from James Madison University in Virginia with a B.A. in history in 2013. Before going to graduate school, I worked at the Notarial Archives in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the only archive devoted to notarial records and land deeds in the entire country since Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. to function under civil law rather than common law. The archive also housed architectural drawings which inspired me to pursue historic preservation at the graduate level at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I missed New Orleans and later attended the University of New Orleans (UNO) for a graduate degree in history. While attending school at UNO, I began working on Freedom on the Move with Cornell University and continue to work on the project from my home in New Orleans.

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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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Katherine Sollazzo
Northeastern University
Katherine has been working in college counseling/advising for over 10 years.  Additionally, over the last two undergraduate admissions cycles, Katherine has been a reader for Northeastern University.  She studied History, Education, Family Studies and School Counseling. Katherine grew up in New England and currently lives in the NYC metro area with her family.

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Katherine Hanna
University of California – Irvine
Hello! I graduated from UC Irvine in 2015 where I double majored in Social Ecology and Psychology & Social Behavior and obtained my master's degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA in 2018. In addition to being a senior advisor at CollegeAdvisor, I am also an assistant director of pre-professional advising at USC! Over the past six years, I have helped more than 50 students through the college applications process and my clients have gained admission to dozens of top schools including UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Stanford, and Columbia. I’m excited to work with you to demystify the college applications process and help you build and execute your smartest, most successful college application strategy.

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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.

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Ryan Morillo
Harvard University
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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Ryan Patel
Syracuse University
Hi! I worked as an Assistant Director of Admission for USC and an Admissions Intern for Syracuse University, and now I'm a student at UCLA. I speak 5 languages and I love traveling in my free time. I want to learn about your passions and what motivates you so that we can craft a story to help you shine through your applications and stand out as a quality candidate!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Sierra Zwilling
Ohio State University
Sierra Zwilling has over a decade of experience working in selective college admissions, undergraduate recruitment and college student development. She has led large teams of college recruiters, supported college student-athlete recruitment programs, reviewed thousands of college applications and coached hundreds of college students to plan for their future and land their dream jobs. The first in her family to attend college, Sierra earned a B.A. in Criminology and Sociology from The Ohio State University and is working on a second degree from Ohio State - an M.A. in Public Policy and Management. She currently works as a College Advising Manager for a nonprofit in her hometown, helping high school students who will also be the first in their families to attend college understand all their options and gain admission to the right school for them. She's excited to put her knowledge, experience and passion to work for YOU and help you and your family navigate the college search, application and decision process as a member of the CollegeAdvisor.com team.

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