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Allison is a Taylor Swift fanatic, so much so that her T-Swift fanaticism takes biographical precedence over the fact that she (Allison, not Taylor) is a proud 2005 graduate of the University of Redlands where she not only studied English and creative writing, but also worked as a barista at Starbucks. After graduation, Allison told Starbucks, “We are never ever getting back together,” and spent two years as a University of Redlands admissions officer. There she personally reviewed over 1,000 college applications, often while drinking Starbucks coffee as opposed to making and serving it. Since joining Collegewise in 2007, Allison has personally helped over 300 students find and apply to the right colleges. She also directs our Orange County office and is a certified Collegewise “Master Counselor” who trains new counselors in the Collegewise ways. When she’s not counseling, Allison enjoys watching bad TV, crafting, and doing virtually anything else that is not camping, this being the case since she and her fiancé's torrential rain-soaked Santa Barbara trip of 2011, the invitation to which Allison clearly “Should’ve Said No.” (This concludes the T-Swift lyric portion of her bio.)
college counselor & essay specialist
Chelsea is a proud University of Michigan graduate and an ardent supporter of Wolverine football. She is also a loyal subscriber to People Magazine and regularly devours celebrity gossip, so it’s not at all unusual to hear her say things around the office like, “Beyoncé is having an ‘Angelina moment,’” "Kendall Jenner’s closet is giving me style envy,” and “Michigan rules!” After graduating with a degree in film and video studies, Chelsea got her master's in education from USC and a certification in college admissions counseling from UCLA. How did a Wolverine so brazenly consort with the Trojans and the Bruins? By taking solace in the fact that neither school was Ohio State (Wolverines and Buckeyes don’t exactly play nicely together). In between celeb-gossiping and football-watching, Chelsea has worked as a counseling intern at Beckman High School and Tarbut V’Torah Jewish Community Day School. She is also an LA Lakers fan and aspires to one day be photographed courtside carousing with her favorite celebs.
College Counselor & essay specialist
Back in high school, Breanne worked at Baskin Robbins where she could scoop ice cream with both arms simultaneously, a feat that earned her much acclaim in her hometown of Upland, California. Upon graduation, she turned down lucrative full-time job offers from several nationally-ranked ice cream establishments who were eager to capitalize on her scooping stardom, choosing instead to enroll in college, more specifically, Miami University, not to be confused with the University of Miami, which is why the school officials refer to their institution as either “Miami University of Ohio” or “Not the University of Miami!” After winning a collegiate national championship in Mock Trial, Breanne graduated with degrees in English and creative writing, enrolled in UC San Diego’s college counseling certification program and went to work as a recruiter for Miami where she visited high schools, spoke with interested students and often said things like, “NO—we are NOT the University of Miami! What is WRONG with you people!?” Today, she is both an essay specialist and a full-time college counselor at Collegewise, a closeted World of Warcraft gamer, and not-so-closeted fan of the Real Housewives franchise (with strong opinions as to the relative merits of each cast and storyline). She also has a horse, “Sassy,” who is apparently aptly named.
managing editor & College Essay Specialist
Mamie is a graduate of UC Riverside, where she earned both a B.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing. She's held several jobs in her lifetime--dance instructor, news clerk, wedding coordinator, and copy editor are a few of the hats she's worn--but she most enjoys her annual "summer job" at Collegewise, where she helps students find their best stories for college application essays. Having written hundreds of essays herself, Mamie was thrilled to join the Collegewise team in 2007 and has since worked with more than 120 students. If you have a brainstorming session with Mamie, she'll likely ask you to describe yourself in 3-5 words and list your birth order. If she were asked to do the same, Mamie, a typical first-born, would choose the words animated, imaginative, and grammatically correct. "Grammatically correct" is putting it lightly, by the way; she once shielded her young daughter's eyes in punctuation horror while passing a local shop whose sign above the door read, "Jean's Gift's." Mamie also memorized Walt Disney's opening day speech when she was eight years old and can still recite it on command.