Since leading up The British School of Beijing’s University Admissions program in 2010, I have become a college admissions junkie—researching admissions best practices, learning about personal and career assessments, writing about the future of education, and visiting colleges all over the world (my family will confirm that I drag them to visit colleges wherever we travel).
I have been an Admissions Reader for UC San Diego, reading more than 400 applications a season to not only learn what admissions offices look for, but experience reading 6 to 8 applications an hour to see what catches my eye, what makes me remember an essay, which activities within a given application seem to help a profile and which are just fluff. And for many years in the past, I interviewed hundreds of Georgetown University applicants both in China and the US. These experiences help inform my admissions guidance.
But more importantly, I have immersed myself in understanding each of my unique students and the future they will adopt and shape. I love helping students find several great schools in which they will excel based on their interests, skills, and family’s financial needs, and then engaging students in a process to create outstanding applications that lead to admission at their top choice schools.
In helping navigate the college selection and application process, I bring my management consulting experience and exposure to various career paths. For fifteen years, I helped companies and leaders navigate their way through change in a wide range of industries at A.T. Kearney, Deloitte Consulting, and later with a small startup, Brightline Compliance (now part of NAVEX). I have also advised companies on developing an ethical organizational culture and New York City on attracting foreign business.
Outside of college admissions, I enjoy walking my dog, Otto, with good friends and their dogs, hiking, skiing, and visiting my kids in college and in their new careers. Although my early rowing successes include two national championships and a bid at the Olympic Trials, I consider one of my biggest rowing successes to be surviving the 2015 Oxford “Bumps Races” with rowers 25 years my junior. I currently “enjoy” most rowing on an ergometer or from the sidelines watching my youngest row in high school.