College Admissions Consultant
Former admissions officer at University of Southern California and American University
Pitzer College – Bachelor’s in Media Studies (minor in Gender & Feminist Studies)
American University – MBA
Why I joined College Coach:
As a senior in high school, I feel like I did the college application process all wrong. I didn’t have any real direction, and yet the path I took still brought me to a wonderful college. Working in higher education now, I see what incredible opportunities students have at colleges across the country. I know that the college process can seem like there are so many moving parts, but what awaits students at the end of this lengthy experience is incredibly exciting. I joined College Coach because I love working with students and families and helping them navigate a process that can be confusing to those who are unfamiliar with it. College admissions makes much more sense to me now than it did as a seventeen year old. I love helping students set goals, seeing them put in the work, and celebrating their successes with them.
Get to know me:
I have worked with students interested in:
||Small liberal arts colleges
|Visual and performing arts
I have also worked with:
||Students with learning differences
Before my professional career in admission began, I worked as a student tour guide and Admissions Fellow at Pitzer College. After I graduated, I started my career as an Assistant Director of Admission at the University of Southern California, where I worked with students applying from the East Bay, West Los Angeles, Connecticut, and Colorado. After four years at USC, I moved to Washington, DC to work for American University and attend graduate school part-time. As an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at AU, I worked with students from my hometown of Los Angeles and parts of the Midwest and the South, sat on our office’s hiring committee, and worked with transfer students from the military.
Yoga, spin class, reading, enjoying all that Los Angeles has to offer, while also trying to visit all 50 states
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