College Admissions Consultant
Former admissions officer at Tufts University, Barnard College, Northeastern University, and Connecticut College
Former college counselor at the Ramaz School (NYC)
Wellesley College – Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies and Sociology
Harvard University – Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration
Why I joined College Coach:
Applying to college can be a stressful process but it doesn’t have to be. This is one of the few big turning points in life with a defined beginning, middle, and end, and you actually have some control over the result. I love being part of a family’s journey and taking the burden off the parents to keep a student on-task. My goal is for students to see this process as the beginning of self-discovery rather than an end point. If we do this right, it will serve as practice for networking in college, applying for jobs, applying to grad school…basically real life stuff. I am here to make sure that student (and parents) take this process seriously but also try to enjoy the journey, or at least learn from it.
Get to know me:
I have worked with students interested in:
|Visual and performing arts
|Large state schools
||Small liberal arts colleges
||Religiously affiliated schools
I have also worked with:
My interest in the college application process stems from my own experience navigating the college process mostly by myself, albeit with supportive but hands-off parents. I was fascinated by trying to understand how colleges know how many students to accept and why. My first job in admissions at Barnard College allowed me to supervise joint programs with the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Manhattan School of Music, while also running the tour guide programs and traveling throughout the American Midwest. In my subsequent role as Associate Director of Admissions at Connecticut College, I ran the Transfer and Return to College Program for non-traditional students. It was at Connecticut College where I got my first taste of international recruitment. Subsequently, I served as the Director of International Recruitment for ten years at Tufts University, where my focus was Asia. One of the highlights of that time was leading a three-week recruitment tour for 30 admissions officers across India. One of the aspects I loved about admissions, specifically international admissions, where there is a great deal of joint and team travel, is that you learn so much about other colleges and universities, and you realize that colleges are not competitors per se but rather institutions in search of the right student, just as students are searching for the right college. I moved from Tufts to take on the Director of Recruitment position at Northeastern University, an institution I admired from across the Charles River for a long while. And in the midst of all of this, I served as a college counselor at the Ramaz School in Manhattan for a few years, and that is why I am adamant about students fostering a positive relationship with their school counselor as they navigate this process.
Listening to Podcasts (the Moth and Fresh Air with Terry Gross are favorites); reading (Jhumpa Lahiri, Min Jin Lee and the Sunday New York Times); watching Project Runway and Top Chef even though I can neither sew nor cook; tasting every flavor of Polar Seltzer (pink grapefruit and black cherry are the best); finding quiet, hidden places in big cities (Hong Kong, Chicago, New York….) and watching (American) football (#Patsfan)
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