I am doctoral candidate in the field of Urban Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. My research focuses on Urban Change in Africa and the socio-spatial dimensions of the built environment. I hold a Master's Degree in Urban Studies from University of New Orleans (2015) and a B.A. in Philosophy & Fine Arts from Brandeis University (2006). I served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana from 2009-2012 and recently returned from a year abroad as a Fulbright Grantee (2019-2020). I have a passion for helping students from all different kinds of backgrounds gain confidence in expressing their ideas through writing and achieving their higher education goals. Past advisees have been admitted to: Stanford, UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Northwestern, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, USC, among many other top colleges and universities!
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University of California – Berkeley
Hi there! My name is Zoe (she/her/hers). In high school, I participated in dual enrollment, which eventually helped me graduate with two AA degrees and start college with junior status. I later went to UC Berkeley and graduated in 2018 with a BA in anthropology. As a college student I was unsure about the type of career that I wanted, so I joined a lot of student clubs, enrolled in random classes, and gained a variety of skills. I loved traveling so I studied abroad for a summer in Spain and a year in Australia, doing internships in both countries. I am passionate about educational equity and passing the torch to help future generations. I have worked with CollegeAdvisor.com for two years and I have advised clients who had a variety of academic interests. Some of the colleges that my previous clients have been accepted to include UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Duke Kunshan University.
Hi! I’m a Stanford undergrad, and so happy to be here. I have offered my college-app services to hosts of family members and friends, and look forward to expanding my outreach to the world. I strongly believe that writing and thinking are identical processes, and want to help students write better, think better, and achieve their dreams all at the same time.
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Hi, nice to meet you! I'm a 2019 graduate from Cornell University where I studied Industrial and Labor Relations and minored in Business and Inequality Studies. As a student, I worked at my school's Office of Career Services where I reviewed resumes and cover letters, and conducted mock interviews. I thoroughly enjoyed helping my peers obtain their dream internships and full time jobs, and am looking forward to helping you in your college search!
Hello! My name is Mariko and I graduated from Yale University in 2021 with a double major in the History of Public Health and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. I'm also enrolled in the dual BA/MPH program at Yale's School of Public Health, where I'm getting my Master's in Public Health through the Social and Behavioral Science department with a concentration in U.S. Racial Health Justice. Originally from Los Angeles, California, and I play water polo for Yale's women's team and conduct historical research on medicine and the slave trade. I also serve on the USA Water Polo Racial Equity Task Force and have been involved with Yale's Afro-American and Asian American Cultural Centers throughout my time in college. I was accepted regular decision with a "likely" letter to Yale, and was also a recruited two-sport athlete in high school.
Hi! My name is Lara, and I'm currently a sophomore at Harvard College studying Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Psychology. I grew up in a small town in South Africa, with a graduating class of only 25 people (including myself!) and know firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate the college application process without the help of an academic advisor. Because of this, I am passionate about helping students from under-resourced high schools aim high and succeed in gaining admission to the colleges of their dreams! I am also excited to share my experience of being on a pre-med track at college, pursuing research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, being a STEM major, and engaging in various forms of volunteerism.
Hello! My name is Laura and I'm senior at Harvard studying English with a secondary in Education Studies. I just completed my senior thesis about the representation of gifted orphan children in children’s literature. I love both critical and creative writing, and when I don't have my nose in a book, I can be found onstage. I've performed in shows with the American Repertory Theater, the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. I am super passionate about arts education, as evidenced by past work with the American Repertory Theater and The Acting Company, helping to develop programs and curricula to teach Shakespeare in New York City public schools. I'd love to talk about the arts or humanities, help develop your essay, or find you the perfect school!
Hi! I'm an economics and political science major at Columbia University. My main extracurricular activities in high school include college prep programs and community service. In my spare time, you'll find me listening to podcasts and exploring New York City. As a firm believer in higher education, I'm eager to propel you towards your college dreams. From crafting a compelling personal statement to navigating admissions interviews, I'm determined to guide you along every stage of the process. I've also had various college counselors and mentors in the past, and am more than happy to impart what they've taught me along with sharing my own experiences!
Penn State University
Hey! My name is Isabella and I am a rising Junior Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering double major with a minor in Entrepreneurship at Penn State. At Penn State, I hold several distinctions, including being a member of the honors college(Scheyer), the honors engineering scholars program (Leonard Scholars), and a recipient of the Provost Award. Professionally, I worked at SpaceX as an intern for my gap semester in the spring. This summer I am interning for Lockheed Martin Space. During my senior year application cycle, I gained admittance to several top universities, listed on my profile. I also earned several national, regional, and local scholarships including the Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship, and I have totaled over $150,000 in scholarship money to date. One of my areas of strength is scholarship applications and essays, both specific to a university or in a national or local application. I also thoroughly understand how to frame a college application in the best way possible by creating cohesive activity descriptions, essays, and short answer responses. I have worked with students in the Pittsburgh area and with International students. This is my first year with CollegeAdvisor, and I’m so excited to help students meet their goals!
Hi! My name is Hannah Cho, and I graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's in Industrial and Labor Relations and am currently pursuing my Master's in Business Administration at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell as well. I am part of the Cornell Bridge Program, a 3+2 Bachelor's/MBA accelerated program. Post-grad, I will be working at a middle-market investment bank. While at Cornell, I worked as a research assistant for four years, focusing on the immigrant experience. I also worked in the career services office in the ILR School where I reviewed cover letters and resumes, conducted mock interviews, and assisted with career fair events. In my free time, I like to bullet journal and dabble in calligraphy.
University of Pennsylvania
Hello! I am student at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania studying Finance and Entrepreneurship Management. In high school, I was heavily involved with the start-up space as a founder, and I would especially like to share my experiences crafting my college application with business school applicants. I also can help you shine through your essays and identify your unique theme. At Penn, I am involved with two consulting clubs, the Students Federal Credit Union, a Venture Capital Diligence Team, and the Wharton Undergraduate Cohorts System. I'm super excited to work with you to help you get into the college of your dreams!
I am a nontraditional student; when I graduated High School in 2015, I decided to enlist in the armed forces instead of heading directly to college. I worked two jobs, a myriad of clubs/volunteer organizations, and I was in the top ten of my class, but I still was not accepted into my dream university. Instead of settling into a college that I was unhappy with, I decided to enlist in the armed forces. I served honorably until 2019, when I made the tough decision to apply to colleges as a full-time student. I applied to four colleges with no hopes of being accepted into any of the Ivy Leagues, and surprisingly enough, I was. Three of them welcomed into the class of 2023. Two years later, I am an upcoming Junior studying Chemistry in the hopes of finding a career in forensics.
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Maria Acosta Robayo
Hello! My name is Maria and I'm a May 2020 graduate from Harvard, where I was on a pre-medical track and studied Sociology/Global Health Policy. I've worked for 3 years in college advising doing essay revisions/interview prep, guiding students through the application process, and giving talks at high schools about financial aid/admissions at Harvard. I'm currently doing cost-effectiveness analysis for a healthcare institute in Boston, and enjoying working from my family home in sunny Miami. I look forward to helping you successfully navigate the college application process!
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