Let's face it -- whether applying to middle school, high school, or college, the admissions process can seem daunting, impersonal, and labyrinthine.


Fortunately, there is an art and a science to it! 

I believe that the admissions process can be a phenomenal opportunity for self-discovery. After working together, students consistently report feeling more confident; they understand themselves better and like themselves more. (Many even admit that applying to schools turned out to be a lot of fun!) They learn to self-advocate, strengthen their writing, and devise organizational systems that work for them. These skills apply across contexts and far beyond the admissions process. 

Results-driven and process-oriented, my approach centers on fit. This revolves around two questions:

1) Is the student an excellent fit for the school? AND 2) Is the school an excellent fit for the student.

It is a two-way street. It is not about getting into a school; it is about getting into the right school for him/her. It’s important to get and tell a full story.


Taking into account both the big picture and the details, I help students and families to navigate the process from the initial brainstorming to the final decision. Specifically, I assist with: 

  • Common Application

  • Strategy and Timeline

  • Organizational Plan and Prioritization 

  • School List

  • Research

  • Personal Statement

  • Supplemental Essays & Short Answers

  • Portfolio Creation

  • School Visits

  • Interview Preparation

  • Letters of Recommendation (How and whom to ask)

  • Final Review

  • Decision-making (i.e. Choosing the right school for you once the results are in!)

Contact Me

Based in San Francisco, I work with clients in-person and remotely all over the world. 

Tel: (617) 513 - 7355 / Email: 


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