Why college counseling? Teens and young adults are faced with several choices and challenges - personally, socially, and academically. One of the most difficult decisions they will face is "what will I do with my future?" With the majority of high school graduates choosing higher education, the process of getting there becomes more competitive and complex each year. Planning for college, and the eventual process of choosing one school, can be intense and overwhelming for a student and their family. After an decade of experience working with college-bound students, visiting campuses, and networking with college admission professionals, I have built a strong practice in helping students find a best fit. With that, I am excited to share my diverse knowledge of college admissions and the ever-changing trends that will impact you.
My own college experience. After several college visits, I was certain I would attend a school in my home state of Pennsylvania. It wasn't until those applications were complete and mailed that I learned about West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. While the option of a large, state school wasn't on my radar, I was open to making the visit. I'll never forget my first steps on the campus and the moment I realized I found my best fit. During my visit, I received an acceptance and became a 'Mountaineer'. While it was a quick decision, I believed wholeheartedly that it was the right decision for me.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Communications. As an active member of Chi Omega sorority, I held several executive positions within the chapter and learned the essentials of leadership, collaboration, and professionalism. I received national recognition at the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega, and was later elected to organize and execute the year-long recruitment efforts for all sororities at WVU. As a senior, I was selected as the 'WVU Greek Woman of the Year'. My affiliation in the Greek system was a unforgettable and rewarding experience that has continued to deliver benefits to this day.
My professional experience. Following college, I settled in central New Jersey and began my Master of Arts in Counseling at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. During my graduate education, my first opportunity to work in academic and college counseling was presented. As a Transfer Counselor at a community college, I advised hundreds of students through the process of choosing a 4-year college to continue their studies. My role included course advising, college and career counseling, and the planning and delivery of workshops focused on the college admission process. To better help my students, I began visiting dozens of colleges and learning the intricacies of college admissions. After several years in this position and the completion of my graduate degree, I was ready to take my knowledge and skills to the next level.
My unique experience led me to a highly esteemed position as the
College & Career Counselor at a Blue Ribbon regional high school. With a population of 3,000 students, I am responsible for providing students and their families with the necessary resources for success in the college planning and admissions processes. As the College & Career Counselor, I develop and facilitate college planning seminars and annual events devoted to the needs of students and their families. Personalized sessions dedicated to college and career planning are an essential part of my day. As an integral part of the school community, I serve as a college counseling liaison for counselors and staff, providing resources and support in my areas of expertise.
I have visited almost 300 college campuses across the country and connected with admissions counselors from those schools. I am devoted to learning more about college admissions each day so I may best serve my clientele. My professional affiliations include local and national school counselor associations, including the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) where I am currently serving a second 3-year term as a Delegate to the National Assembly and a 3-year term on the Member Relations Standing Committee. I am also an active member of the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) where I have served as an elected High School Representative, Chair of the Professional Development committee, Chair of the Fiscal Oversight Committee, and Coordinator of the Summer College Bus Tour for counselors. I present annually at state and national conferences, and I have served on multiple advisory boards for college admission offices.
Achieve. I created Achieve as a way to provide support to families in my local area and beyond, through Skype and phone. Planning for college and making a final choice on one school is a tremendous process for a student. I am here to ease the process - with organization, guidance, and understanding. I look forward to working with you - helping you achieve your college goals.
I live in Hunterdon County, NJ with my husband and two daughters. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking/baking, and traveling.