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
Kate Strzelecki’s admissions beginnings started in Hawaii. She first served as an assistant director of admission at Argosy University in Honolulu. Next, she spent five years as an assistant director of admission at Hawaii Pacific University with a stint based in Honolulu, and then back to those east coast winters as a regional counselor in the mid-Atlantic region. After that, Kate worked as a part-time admission reader for New York University for several years before transitioning into IEC work with an east coast firm. She counseled collaboratively with a small team of other counselors, but her superpower was working with students who transitioned or didn't connect with their previous counselor. Kate enjoys connecting students to their true interests, not what they "think" they should be interested in.
Kate earned her bachelor's in environmental science from Gettysburg College, and is currently pursuing her master's in science education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Before she found her way to college admission, Kate worked in education: first as a School Program Coordinator for the National Audubon Society, and then as an Outdoor Educator for the Arlington Echo Outdoor Center in partnership with a local school district. Then, Kate ditched those east coast winters and headed to Hawaii as a program specialist for Waimea Valley, where she developed a grant plan for the protection of Hawaiian endangered and protected species.
Although some people feel deep ties to our roots (Californians claim the best beaches and Mexican food, New Englanders claim Dunkin' Donuts and the Patriots), Kate has lived half of her life on each coast, so loves Dunkin' and California burritos both equally.
Education & Experience
B.A., Envrironmental Science, Gettysburg College
Assistant Director of Admission, Argosy University in Honolulu
Assistant Director of Admission, Hawaii Pacific University
Admission Reader, New York University
Professional Organization Memberships