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
Hanifa has been passionate about higher education since deciding to be a professor at age 13. After an amazing journey as a student at Swarthmore College (bachelor’s degree) and Columbia University (two master’s degrees), this passion shifted to a lasting commitment to helping others access and make the most of their own life-changing college experiences. For over 15 years, Hanifa has taught and counseled every kind of student, from high schoolers across the United States and around the world to Ivy League college students to nurses struggling to balance schoolwork with saving lives during a pandemic. As an instructor and advisor at colleges like Columbia University and the George Washington University and a college counselor for several years, Hanifa has helped over 1000 students accomplish their goals on their paths toward academic and career success. Most of all, she loves learning about and supporting the fascinating interests and passions that make her students excited about their futures.
Hanifa’s work with students on both sides of admissions decisions drives her college counseling approach, which is to help students prepare to not only get into colleges that match their strengths and needs, but also to thrive in those places. Taking time to get to know each student, Hanifa applies a strengths-based perspective to help students to maximize the unique talents and perspectives they already bring to the table. Hanifa has guided students to discover and express the best versions of themselves as they gain admission into colleges that are excited to welcome them, like the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Cornell University, UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Emory University, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Oxford, and many more.
When not counseling students to greatness, Hanifa enjoys hanging with her own crew of four kids, forcing her friends to partake in online personality quizzes, breaking rules in the kitchen, and trying to find out if love really is blind on Netflix.
Education & Experience
MA and MPhil, Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University
BA, Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College
Certified Career Services Provider, National Career Development Association
15 years of academic counseling and coaching experience
Extensive experience working with International Students
Professional Organization Memberships