Meet Jessica!

Meet Jessica!

counselor profile
counselor profile

Jessica Nelson, College Counselor

Although Jessica may tell you she accidentally fell into a career in college admissions when she accepted a temporary position at a small liberal arts college back in 2006, her admissions career started long before that when she was a tour guide at Miami University (yes, the one in Ohio!). That temporary position turned into seven years in college admissions spanning from the beaches of Florida to the mountains of Vermont. During this time, she worked with traditional first year students, transfer students, international students, and everything in between. 

After her time in admissions, Jessica sharpened her college counseling teeth at Landmark College, the premiere college for students that learn differently. While there, she counseled students through every step of the transfer process, and became certified in career counseling. At Landmark, she launched Landmark College Works, a campus employment program for students with learning differences that was recognized by the National Student Employment Association in 2017 for innovation in student employment. Before joining Collegewise, she read applications for Georgia Tech.

Jessica has experienced a little bit of everything in the college world, and it definitely informs the way she works with students. She attended big universities for her undergraduate and graduate work, she has worked at the smallest liberal arts colleges, and taught classes at multiple community colleges and state universities. Her top goal when working with students is to make the unmanageable feel manageable, and help students recognize their inherent strengths and how to leverage them in the application process. She also brings a good dose of humor and empathy to all that she does. When not working with students, Jessica might be playing chauffeur to her kids, feeding her backyard chickens, leading a PTA meeting, on the hunt for vintage treasures, or trying to talk her partner into watching just one more musical. 

Education & Experience

Former Application Reader for the Georgia Institute of Technology  

Former Associate Director of Career Connections at Landmark College

Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Marlboro College

Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Eckerd College

M.A. in Communication Studies, University of Iowa

B.A. in Speech Communications, Miami University 

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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