I really didn't know what I wanted to do when I was in high school. At one time, I thought I wanted to be a chef but then I became concerned I would take something I loved to do, turn it into "work" and would somehow hate it. My parents expected me to go to college but I honestly didn't know what I would study. When it came time to apply to college, I pretty much followed the leader and applied to the same colleges my friends applied to, and ended up at UT Austin. UT was a great school but having a math class with 500-600 students in it was not a good learning environment for me and I struggled. I wish I had had a counselor to help guide me to a school that was a good fit for me. Now as an adult, having visited lots of schools both in Texas and out of state, I have figured out the type of school I would have done better at personally, and use this knowledge to help students. Working as a college and career counselor in the high schools helped me bring that knowledge base to my students. I love helping students find that perfect college. I have 16 years experience in public education and 8 years experience as a college and career counselor in public schools, including The Liberal Arts and Science Academy in Austin, Tx (ranked #1 high school in Texas by Niche), Richard King High School, and London High School.
I have spent 12 years as a high school counselor and college and career counselor. I also has experience teaching at the secondary level. I hold a Masters Degree in School Counseling.
My organizational skills and detail-oriented approach have proven successful in helping families navigate the world of college admissions. My college consulting service begins with interpreting data from PSAT, SAT, and ACT testing and the high school transcript, and an in-depth conversation with both the student and parents, which is a key element in identifying the best college match. Throughout the process, I provide guidelines and structure for families to find the ‘best fit’ college choices. I have guided numerous students and their families through the complex college admissions process.
The cornerstone of my informative college consulting service is the first-hand knowledge of the unique characteristics of and varied programs offered by the colleges I suggest. With ongoing visits to college campuses across the country, I keep current with admissions practices and standards as well as discovering hidden gems. I also advise international and expatriate students with college placement in the U.S., counsel adults returning to college and teach college admissions workshops.
I continue my professional development by attending national and regional conferences and workshops on college admissions. I am an IECA Member, NACAC member, and member of TACAC.