My focus here is on larger issues in the college admission world. See my column about college admission directed at parents and students at Forbes.com.
I have over thirty years’ experience as a high school English and theater teacher, college counselor, and college admission officer (Amherst College). Since 2007 I have worked with underserved students and the teachers/counselors who serve them. In May 2011 I became Program Director at Chicago Scholars. In January 2014 I left to develop a community-based program providing free college information and counseling to low-income and first generation-college students. I currently consult with different groups.
I conduct independent research about college admission, bringing my experience on both sides of the desk to bear when I write or provide counsel. My background in anthropology and theater helps me understand cultural differences and speak comfortably to many different audiences.
I’ve helped community groups and schools including Chicago Scholars, La Casa Norte, Casa Central, the Korean-American Resource and Cultural Center, Latinos Progresando, and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, understand the college admission process so they can help their students plan for college success.
I’ve written for NACAC‘s blog, Admitted. You can read my entries as well as some of my colleagues’, here. Click here to read one of my entries in the New York Times‘s blog, The Choice. I’ve been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Journal of College Admission and other periodicals, and have been quoted in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. I contributed a chapter about writing the college application essay to NACAC’s 3rd edition of its college counseling textbook. You can follow me at Forbes.com, where I write a column about college admission. I’ve been a featured speaker or panelist at many conferences around the country.
Chicago is now my home but I’ve lived in New Orleans; Princeton, NJ; Pottstown, PA; Baton Rouge, and Amherst, MA. I received my BA from Amherst College and an MA from Princeton University in anthropology as well as an MA in theater from Northwestern University.
When I’m not immersed in the college admission process, I’m reading, exploring Chicago, at the movies or theater, or traveling. I tutor high school students from underserved communities. I am currently writing a book about college admission that will be out when I’ve finished it and found someone willing to edit and publish it.
I have a limited number of private clients, whom I see by referral only.