It felt like we sent Blake on a journey in a faraway land, and he got a tour guide who told him what paths to try and which to turn away from. Not having been in this strange land ourselves, as parents, our greatest fear was we would give wrong directions. Great experience, comfortable for Blake from start to finish!
BILL, PARENT OF BLAKE CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
Collegewise helped make my daughter’s college application process smooth and painless. In the end, my daughter was accepted to and will be attending her first choice school, USD. I could not be more thrilled for Alana, and I owe so much to Collegewise for making my daughter’s dream school a reality!
TORREY, PARENT OF ALANA UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
Collegewise provided me with a better understanding of the college application and decision process than I thought possible. Collegewise’s guidance throughout the process allowed me to really figure out what I was looking for in a college, while also maximizing my options.
ISABELLE SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
I would often be stressed about what I needed to get done or about how things were turning out, but every time I walked out of the office, I was so at ease. I think the most important part about being at Collegewise was how personalized the process was, and how much care and time and effort went into me specifically.
EMMA UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Going to my meetings at Collegewise never felt like a chore, but more as something to look forward to! Everyone in the office is so friendly, willing to help, and made for such great motivators and supporters when it came time to fill in apps and write essays. 10/10!
EMILY BOSTON UNIVERSITY
The college application process is confusing and tedious, and Collegewise really helped with that process. It was reassuring to go over my application with my counselor so that we could make sure that I had a better chance of getting in!
KYRA VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
Albany Vega has been focused on college admission, counseling, and access since her college days as a first-generation student. That led her to earning her master’s in Education, Culture, and Society (where her thesis was titled "The Middle of Nowhere: College Access for 1st Gen, Low Income, Rural Students").
Albany has served as a College Completion Success Coach for CollegeTrack, a national organization focused on supporting students from 9th grade through college graduation, and as an undergraduate application reader for both UC Berkeley and Stanford University. For the last 3 years, Albany has been the College Access, Persistence, & Success Director for C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California. She counsels her own caseload of students, in addition to planning a 7-day college tour for rising juniors, a 7-day college summit for rising seniors, a bootcamp to support students in the transition to college, and a partnership with LAUSD to host and produce the College Day conference for hundreds of LAUSD students.
Albany earned her bachelor's degree from UCLA (go BRUINS) in Comparative Literature, with minors in Education Studies and Chicana/o Studies. She loves exploring LA, dancing (bachata classes currently and has been previously certified to teach Zumba!), and was recently selected as Rising Professional of the Year by her sorority, a national Latina-based organization.
Education & Experience
B.A., Comparative Literature, UCLA
M.A., Education, Culture, and Society
College Completion Success Coach, CollegeTrack
Undergraduate Application Reader, UC Berkeley
Undergraduate Application Reader, Stanford University
College Access, Persistence, & Success Director, C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California
Professional Organization Memberships