Stanford (BA), Yale (Ph.D.)
Major and PhD: Political Science
Minors: Ethics, Psychology
PERSONAL UNIVERSITY APPLICATION EXPERIENCE
Schools Accepted Into (Undergrad):
Stanford, Duke Engineering (full merit scholarship), Columbia Engineering, Rice Engineering (10k scholarship), Washington University in St. Louis, etc.
Schools Accepted Into (Ph.D.):
Yale (full scholarship), University of Pennsylvania (full scholarship), UCLA (full scholarship- the Diversity Scholarship to top 4 applicants)
AREAS OF EXPERTISE IN COLLEGE
Throughout undergrad and my Ph.D. work I studied political theory with a focus on modern identity politics and “intersectionality.” My thesis work focused on crisis management and how identity studies can inspire better disaster management practices, i.e. under hurricanes.
After my time at Yale I spent 7 years working for a financial research company (GLG) where I developed the firm’s entire job training, onboarding and diversity and inclusion strategy.
Most recently I was named the 2018 “America’s Greatest Thinker” by winning the Great American Think-Off, a public debate competition.
UNIQUE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCES
Debate was my primary focus and I treated it like a varsity sport. I enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and competing nationally -- I placed in the top 20 in speaking and performance at the National Tournament of Champions and qualified to NSDA Nationals (1st in state) in both Lincoln-Douglas debate and Senate Student Congress.
I also won or placed in quite a few essay contests at both a local and national level and was featured in my hometown’s newspaper my senior year for one of them.
WHAT COLLEGES SEEK
Selective schools want applicants who will help them form the most diverse, interesting and impactful class. I help students focus on identifying what they WANT to do and market those efforts in a way which top colleges find appealing.
Started and coached two speech and debate teams in California both of which won the national championship post tenure
Stanford Writing Committee, worked with Dean of Writing on curriculum
Boothe Prize winner from Stanford Writing Department for top freshman paper (published)
HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Essay contests: won 5 awards and published in newspaper
Debate: Lincoln-Douglas (top 20 nationally, qualified to Nationals) Speech: Extemp, Original Oratory, Student Congress (Nationals qualified)
Computer Science Team (ACSL)
COLLEGE ACCESS CONSULTING EXPERIENCE
Over the last 20 years of consulting my students have gotten into:
Undergrad: Harvard, Stanford (4 students), MIT, U.Chicago, Columbia (full scholarship), Wharton
Law/JD: Harvard, Yale, Stanford | MD/Med School: Yale, Stanford, Harvard + 7 year programs (MD/MBA)
MBA: Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Wharton, Harvard | PhD: Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford, Yale, MIT
I coach my mentees to become “compelling” to admission committees by focusing on activities that they love doing and marketing that experience strategically.