My counselor, Judy, was always a source of guidance and support during my college application process. She was not only there to push me to put forth my best effort and to be proactive when writing essays, but also there as someone who cared and who listened. Never once did I feel that my voice was diminished, but rather, we brainstormed and discussed in such a way that I was able to dig deep to find the moments that mattered most to me.
ANAÏS BROWN UNIVERSITY
My experience with Collegewise was absolutely wonderful! The thing about the college admissions process is that it is unique to everyone, and each person has a different approach that works best for them. Collegewise, unlike many other companies, is quite flexible and understands that. Collegewise is fantastic because they don't believe in following a traditional pathway or recommending the same approach for each student. My counselor, Judy, was very thoughtful about the best approach for each student. She took the time to understand my exact intentions, and she also helped clarify them along the way. I am very happy with my experience with her, and I definitely recommend her to anyone who wants help with this process.
ANONYMOUS STANFORD UNIVERSITY
We are thrilled that Antoinette got into Olin College of Engineering. She was also accepted to five of the seven institutions she applied to, giving her plenty of choices. The best part of working with Judy is that she broke down the application process into multiple manageable deadlines so the whole process wasn’t overwhelming. Antoinette respected Judy’s guidance and input, and the whole process was calm and positive. Antoinette felt accountable to Judy for making deadlines and revising her application essays, which took a lot of pressure off of us as a family. As a parent, I was able to be more of a coach and cheerleader, rather than being a taskmaster.
ANNE MARIE, PARENT OF ANTOINETTE FRANK W. OLIN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
Judy struck the perfect balance to make me feel comfortable and genuine about the writing I was putting out. She edited and suggested a lot of changes but still respected my voice and helped me stay true to it. It was clear from our meetings that she paid attention to my interests and personality, which only made her advice that much more helpful and applicable. Judy's patience and continual insistence motivated me to finish everything on time, and her guidance was a constant source of support and inspiration throughout the process.
DANIEL UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
It has been a great pleasure working with Judy. She guided us step by step during my daughter's college application process. I highly recommend Judy for anyone looking for great support and resources when applying to college, especially if you are new to this like us.
MICHELLE, PARENT OF KATHERINE DUKE UNIVERSITY
Judy’s career in admissions began at her alma mater, Yale, where she worked as Assistant Director of Admissions and reviewed applications from seven states. She later earned her master’s degree at Stanford’s School of Education, where she also took courses at the Graduate School of Business. Throughout her career, Judy has held various posts in education, from a stint as Principal Analyst at the UC Office of the President to her more recent position as a college counselor and essay coach. Judy also enjoyed helping her own sons successfully navigate the admissions and athletic recruiting processes. Working with Judy means partnering with a true admissions expert; her years working in admissions and university administration give her a depth of knowledge that allows her to manage the application process with ease and clarity.
When she’s not expertly advising students on all things college admissions, you can find Judy busting a move at her hip hop class (though she’ll be the first to tell you that she’s intermediate at best) and testing out her foreign language chops (she’s a native Cantonese speaker and has studied Spanish, French and German). Judy is also an expert traveler, having been born in Hong Kong and raised in NYC’s Chinatown. She later lived in San Francisco and New Haven before settling down in a small town in Connecticut.
Education & Experience
Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Yale University
M.A. in Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University
Former Principal Analyst, UC Office of the President, Student Academic Services
Professional Organization Memberships