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Julia M.

Julia M.

Education: B.S. Hospitality Administration, Cornell University
Ed.M. Higher Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Certificate in College Counseling, University of California, Los Angeles

Admissions & College Counseling Experience: Admissions Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
College and Career Counselor, Public and Private High Schools in Los Angeles, CA

Background: Julia’s career spans years of college counseling in public and private schools, college admissions experience at MIT, extensive volunteer work with underserved students, and working as a college consultant for The Princeton Review. She has visited over 200 colleges and universities, counseled over 1,000 students on the college process, and taught classes in all aspects of college preparation to high school students and parents.

Why college admissions counseling? "I absolutely love teenagers! Yes, their parents may think I’m crazy, but I have a special connection with these young adults. I raised two teens of my own, so I know what it’s like to parent kids in this topsy-turvy time of their lives. I view myself as my students’ guide as they embark on the incredible adventure of college! Yes, it is an adventure, and I make sure to share this excitement with my teens. I think it helps to get them through the more stressful components of the college process. I am so proud and honored to be invited (virtually) into “my kids’” homes and lives. It’s a privilege that I never take for granted."

For fun: "When I lived in Los Angeles, I was an avid rock climber and distance ocean kayaker. The silence and beauty of the mountains and the ocean soothe my soul. Now that I’m in DC, my fun consists of touring this exciting city. The memorials fill me with pride and emotion for those who sacrificed their lives for our country. I love hanging out with my daughter Hannah, who lives nearby. I also enjoy reading while snuggling with my dog Leo (who has visited many of my college meetings!)."

Reena K.

Reena K.

Education: B.A. Anthropology, Brandeis University
M.A. Applied Psychology with a Counseling and Guidance Concentration, NYU Steinhardt School of Education

Admissions & College Counseling Experience: Brandeis University International Business School;
Columbia University/Barnard College/Jewish Theological Seminary Dual Degree Programs;
Rutgers University; The Pingry School College and Career Counselor

Background: Reena began her admissions career as a work-study student in college, where she loved her admissions experience and was great at connecting with students. After graduation, she stayed at Brandeis where she was first exposed to the field. From there, she consciously chose to work at different types of institutions so that she could give families as many different perspectives as possible. She has represented individual schools for more than a decade, and has served as Director of Admission twice, while also working one-on-one with students. Once she decided to work exclusively with students and families, she knew she had made the right choice, so that rather than presenting just one option, she could share a range of opportunities.

Why college admissions counseling? "Everyone always says, ‘If you had two students exactly the same…’ but no two students are ever the same. Students all have different perspectives and unique goals, and it is a privilege to share their journeys. And, there is nothing in the world like being the ‘first phone call’ when a student learns his or her application was accepted by a school."

For fun: "Eat! Inadvertently embarrass my twin teenagers. Binge watch Grey’s Anatomy. Travel."

Angelica (Angel) J.

Dr. Angelica (Angel) J.

Education: B.A. Political Science, Syracuse University (Sociology and African American Studies minors)
M.Ed. and Ed.S. School Counseling, Georgia State University
Ph.D. Education, The George Washington University

Admissions & College Counseling Experience: Student Retention Specialist, Syracuse University
Graduate Admissions Reader, Georgia State University
School Guidance Counselor and College Counselor

Background: Angel was a school counselor for 5 years before switching to college admissions counseling because she wanted to dedicate her time to helping students find the best fit colleges.

Her strengths include assessing students' needs, recognizing their strengths, and encouraging them to be the absolute best versions of themselves.

Why college admissions counseling? "Going to college is a dream for most students and I love being part of making that dream come true. There is no better feeling than hearing back from a student who has just been admitted to his or her top choice school! Especially when the student didn't expect it! I believe in students and I love helping them reach their greatest potential."

For fun: “ I love to travel, especially for good food! I have been to 15 countries so far and I’m looking forward to eating my way through the rest of the world!"

Donna M.

Donna M.

Education: B.A. Economics, San Jose State University
M.A. – Counselor Education with an emphasis in College Counseling/Student Personnel, San Jose State University

Admissions & College Counseling Experience: College & Personal Counselor, Archbishop Mitty High School
Admissions Officer, University of California, Berkeley
Recruitment/Admissions Officer, University of California, San Diego
Admissions Counselor, San Jose State University

Background: Donna has worked in admissions for colleges such as UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Stanford, and San Jose State over the past 20 years. As an Admissions Officer she helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college process. Donna has presented at conferences, community-based organizations, and schools on the details and intricacies of college admissions and what colleges look for in their applicants. As a past academic advisor for the San Francisco Forty-Niners Football team, she assisted players and their families with their educational plans to complete their degrees.

Why college admissions counseling? I truly enjoy helping students through the sometimes challenging college admissions process through counseling and advising. Families are often surprised about what is needed to apply, the work that can be done ahead to make the student a better applicant, and how many different colleges they have access to as a prospective student. My goal after speaking and working with families is to make the process a bit easier to understand.

For fun: I enjoy watching movies, T.V. shows, and spending time with my family and friends either traveling, eating out, or just being together.

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