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
Cecilia Grano De Oro has worked with hundreds of students as a school-based college counselor at The Sagemont School, Scheck Hillel Community School, and North Broward Preparatory School. Prior to joining Collegewise, Cecilia served as an educator and counselor coach with Breakthrough Miami, a national CBO.
Cecilia earned her bachelor's in psychology from the University of Miami, and she went on to earn two master's degrees in education: one in mental health counseling, and one in higher education administration. And this fall, she's on track to earn her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Leadership. Cecilia's worn a lot of hats in education: first in regulatory and ethics work at the U Miami School of Medicine and Harvard's School of Public Health and graduate student advising and programming at U Miami. She's also very involved with the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling as a mentor and faculty member, and was a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling's Inclusion, Access & Success standing committee.
Being a first-generation college student was a huge milestone for Cecilia, and her passion for college admissions counseling stems from her own experience. Her approach to working with families is largely based on how college transformed and shaped her life, and her intent is to support students in pursuing opportunities that can have the same impact on them.
When she isn’t counseling, Cecilia enjoys spending time with her boys Cameron and Aiden, as well as learning new recipes, practicing hot yoga, and watching reruns of her favorite TV shows, commercials included!
Education & Experience
B.A., Psychology, University of Miami
M.A., Education - Mental Health Counseling, University of Miami
M.A., Education - Higher Education Administration, University of Miami
Counselor, The Sagemont School, Weston, FL
Counselor, Scheck Hillel Community School, Miami, FL
Counselor, North Broward Preparatory School, Coconut Creek, FL
Educator and Counselor Coach, Breakthrough Miami, Miami, FL
Regulatory & Ethics Work, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Regulatory & Ethics Work, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Graduate Advisor, University of Miami, Miami, FL
Mentor & Faculty Member, SACAC
Inclusion, Access & Success Standing Committee Member, NACAC
Professional Organization Memberships