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Anita Gajula, College Counselor

Anita Gajula has spent her entire career in service of students—as a student affairs professional at Macalester, as an academic advisor at U Chicago, as a College Admissions Advisor both in her own practice and in other firms, and now as a Collegewise counselor. She’s helped hundreds of students through the college admissions process, whether it be through test prep, college application management, or essay support.

Anita earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Williams College and went on to earn her master’s in student affairs and academic support at the University of Michigan. She now resides in Chicago with her family. Anita has a knack for building relationships quickly and making seemingly unrelated connections between people and ideas, which comes in quite handy when she’s helping students identify and apply to their best-fit schools.

In addition to supporting “big kids,” Anita is a leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Pre-pandemic, Anita was working towards her black belt in taekwondo (inspired after her kids earned theirs), and she’s kept herself busy during the pandemic with her new pup, Pongo.

Education & Experience

B.A., Psychology, Williams College

M.A., Higher Education, University of Michigan

College Admissions Adviser, Cappex/EAB, Chicago, IL

Coordinator, Service Learning, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL

Founder, College Prep Mentoring, Downers Grove, IL

Academic Adviser, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Assistant Director, Campus Programs, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

Assistant Director, Multicultural Center, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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