I remember how difficult the college application process was when I was in high school. I was overwhelmed by the number of choices, all of the different applications and what I needed to do in terms of financial aid. There are a lot of great high school counselors, but I did not have one of them.
I was at the receiving end of some poor advising and it cost me time and money. (Even if you have one of the great counselors, Washington State has one of the worst counselor-student ratios in the United States.) As frustrating as my experience was, it sparked a drive in me to help other students. I decided that no matter what the arena, I wanted to go into some sort of educational advising.
I worked as a private college admissions advisor for a few years and then as an international student advisor at a community college. I returned as a student to higher education and completed a Master’s degree in Education in 2012. Rather than returning to a college position, I reopened my practice as an independent college admissions advisor.
I live in the great City of Mukilteo with my husband and two Golden Retrievers. I am an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo. Working with students and being involved in my local community is where I thrive.