With over fifteen years of school counseling and college admissions experience, my intent is to help students, in tandem with their support network (i.e. parent(s), teachers, and school counselor), navigate the complexities of the college-going process. Our work together may include making informed academic choices, exploring your student’s future and their options/interests, creating an individually tailored college application list, and feeling confident as college applications are sent.
Many students can become “stuck” in their academic lives. They can lack motivation because of boredom, uncertainty, loss of individual creativity, school-based anxiety … the list of reasons kids disengage can seem endless! Together, we’ll work to recover their love of learning (or at least try to make it more tolerable) and chart a more successful and rewarding path to their goals.
How wonderful it is to have so many academic choices – charter schools, online courses, home school, early college…
Yet, sometimes having all those choices can feel overwhelming. First, we’ll roll up our sleeves and review (or create) your student’s current course schedule. Then, we’ll explore how other educational opportunities might complement or enhance what they’re already doing and create a plan from there.
Exploring for the Future
With diverse experience as a high school counselor and a college internship coordinator/career advisor, I can help with the research and planning for your student’s life after high school. This may include creating a list of “right-fit” schools (both academic and financial), navigating the college search and application process, athletic recruitment, job/internship options, gap year (both formal and informal), and any other items related to personalized future planning for your child’s young adult years.
Throughout my partnership with students, I aim to increase their self-awareness and empower them to make informed decisions. Together, we explore their strengths, perceived barriers, and their ideas of personal “success.” We also discuss how they envision their future unfolding and the steps required to reach short and long-term goals.
One size does not fit all. My passion is finding creative ways to supplement, enhance, and expand upon the “traditional” educational pathways. I am upbeat, supportive, encouraging, and reassuring, and I believe these traits enable me to connect quickly and build strong relationships with students and families.
Originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, I attended the University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate and stayed in New England. I earned my M.Ed. in Educational Counseling from the University of New Hampshire. I then served as a high school counselor and school counseling director, a collegiate career advisor and internship coordinator, and a school counselor at an online public charter school. I currently complement my Strategies for Success work as a seasonal admissions application reader for Boston University and as an essay specialist with College Essay Guy.