Don’t worry. We’ve got this.
The team from CollegeCalm has been reducing family stress while helping students find the right school since 2009.
At College Calm, we love getting to know our students, listening to their stories, learning what motivates them, and helping them find their voice. We consider it our job to reduce the stress and confusion students and families feel during the college application process. Our personalized approach creates a comfortable environment where we focus on student’s strengths, validate their experiences and build their capacity to calmly and effectively complete their college applications.
We do not view high school and the college process as a means to an end, but rather a time when students can learn about their academic assets and personal interests. We challenge students to think about what they can learn about life through the college process, and encourage them to dream about their futures. We believe students need to start the process early enough to give themselves the time to be (or learn to be) pro-active, organized, and thoughtful. By the end of the process, we want our students to find a college where they will thrive, not just attend.
Meet the Team
I founded College Calm in 2009 because I believe that the college process can be an empowering experience for high school students. My background in education and admissions provides me with the unique combination of knowledge and tools to help students complete the college application process. As an application reader in the Stanford University admissions office and an admissions counselor at Santa Clara University, I read and evaluated hundreds of undergraduate applications and have first-hand experience in recognizing what makes the best applications rise to the top. Throughout my 20+ years in education, I have tutored students in reading, writing, math, and executive functioning skills.
I have dedicated my career to supporting students through academic transitions. I was a high school counselor for ten years, most recently at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, CA. I worked with diverse groups of students which helped me understand how competitive and stressful the college process can be for all students. From creating a college list to writing college essays, I enjoy helping students find their own path and identify their authentic self. I pride myself on being able to help students recognize their strengths, set realistic college goals and make an organized plan to complete each step of the college research and application process without stress.
My diverse background in education provides a unique perspective on the college admissions process. Having evaluated hundreds of candidates as an application reader at Stanford University’s admissions office, I have key insights into what determines a successful application. I have extensive experience in both educating and advising high school students as they prepare for the next steps in their education. I was the 10th employee at Khan Academy as well as a founding member of an innovative cased based school (School for Ethics and Global Leadership) where I served as Director of Admissions and Calculus teacher. My experience also extends to working with high school students with emotional issues and learning disabilities at the Second Nature wilderness therapy program.