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The team from CollegeCalm has been reducing family stress while helping students find the right school since 2009.

Our Philosophy

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

Roxana Dommer

Roxana Dommer

San Carlos

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.

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I have a BA from Georgetown University and an MA in Education from Stanford University. As a native of the Bay Area, I attended several local schools, including Nueva, Castilleja, and Menlo School. I currently live in San Carlos with my husband, two children, and our two rambunctious bulldogs.

Jenny Dumas

Jenny Dumas

San Carlos

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.

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My undergraduate degree is in Social Work and I completed my Masters in School Counseling in 2007, while coaching field hockey at the collegiate level. My experiences as a two-sport athlete, college coach, and counselor have allowed me to explore a large number of colleges all over the United States. I am an east coast native and I love all things active: yoga, hiking, and sports. I currently live in Santa Clara with my partner and our twins. 

Dafna Adler

I have worked for the past 12 years as a counselor at a competitive public high school in Silicon Valley, where I’ve enjoyed engaging with diverse students to realize their college dreams. My college guidance background includes all aspects of the process: identifying what is important for each student, compiling a list of matching schools, planning college tours, editing essays, completing applications, and all the details in-between. I wholeheartedly believe that every student can find the right colleges through a process of reflection, research, and hard work, and I aim to support every student in their individual journey to get there with a minimal amount of stress.

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 My undergraduate degree is in French Studies, including one year of studying abroad in Paris, and I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2006. Professional development is incredibly important to me and I have attended numerous counseling conferences, events, and workshops, including the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions and the Verona Counseling Institutes conference in Italy. I have also visited 90+ colleges and universities, both domestically and abroad, and continue to visit as many new places as possible each year. My personal passions include baking and all things food-related, travel, foreign languages and cultures, yoga, and writing. 

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