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
With over 25 years in education, Karen has served in the classroom, in the admission office, in the development office, as a dean, as a head of school, and as a university instructor. Karen is known for helping students develop confidence while in an academically rigorous environment. She finds joy in helping students position themselves well for college applications and in supporting their own discovery of just how great they are and what they have to offer a college environment.
She is also skilled at supporting students with timelines and structure, breaking down large projects into small, manageable chunks, all with an encouraging smile. She guides two-year research and writing project for Juniors and Seniors at an IB school and translates these same skills to supporting the college application process.
After growing up in New York City, she attended Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and understands the urge to check out faraway places when on the college search. (Her own daughter is at University of Texas in Austin, so she also understands the urge to stay close!)
She holds an MA in Communication Studies and Rhetoric from University of North Texas and has taught as an adjunct in the Honors College in the same department. Karen also designed and implemented the department’s Capstone project: a required project-based course for college seniors that prepares them for their next steps.
Karen is an amateur potter, active listener, busy reader, and Corgi chaser. Her home is filled with happy houseplants and yummy cooking smells. She also welcomes a solid nap.
Education & Experience
M.A. in Communication Studies, University of North Texas
B.A. French, Trinity University
College Counseling Certificate, UC San Diego
Professional Organization Memberships