Although Cara is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, she’s no stranger to the world of college admissions, having spent seven years as a guidance counselor before she began a five-year stint as a college admissions consultant. It’s safe to say that Cara knows her way around a college list! Though Cara has extensive experience in all aspects of college admissions, including helping students find their best-fit colleges, reviewing applications and essays, and preparing students for college interviews, Cara’s calm demeanor and counseling expertise make her especially adept at deescalating stressful situations (especially when it comes to the college app process!).
When she’s not expertly guiding students through their college applications, you can find Cara skiing, reading, running, or exploring Seattle with her daughters, husband, and Henry, the family labradoodle.
Education & Experience
- M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts – Boston
- B.A. in Psychology, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
- 12 years of experience in college/guidance counseling
What are people saying about Collegewise?
Collegewise was easily one of the best things that happened to me last fall! I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Collegewise. I recommend it to any student that needs help with the process and doesn’t want to be stressed out when January comes around.
Western Washington University
There is no way I would have been able to get through the college application process without Collegewise. Collegewise helped me find my first choice school (that I didn’t really know much about at first), write an amazing essay that was reflective of me, and kept me on top of all my to-do lists.
Working with Collegewise was a very personalized experience. I felt a lot more confident about my college search thanks to my Collegewise experience.
While working with Collegewise, the stress of college applications just melted away! Although the writing and research took some time, it was absolutely worth it because, in the end, I knew I had sent in the best application I could and the college I picked would be the perfect fit for me!
Our Collegewise experience was fabulous! We highly recommend (and have referred others to) the Collegewise family.
Lorinda Krystyniak, Parent of Madison Krystyniak
Before Collegewise, I had no idea what to do with my application—or even where to start! I didn’t even know which colleges I wanted to apply to, but Collegewise’s college elimination process cleared that up completely. I’ve been accepted to five of my colleges so far, and I’m still awaiting a response from the other schools!