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
Kim has always found a way to advocate for others and is at her best (and happiest) when helping people. That’s why being a college counselor is more than just a job for her—it’s a calling!
Kim earned her bachelor's in psychology, graduating cum laude from the University of Michigan before becoming an AmeriCorps volunteer for an elementary school program serving inner-city students. She then took her passion for helping others to the next level by heading off to law school and earning her JD at the University of Southern California. Between classes, she managed to earn a Public Interest Law Foundation Grant and the LACBA Pro-Bono Award, participated in the Post-Conviction Justice Project, facilitated adoptions of foster children, and founded the Animal Legal Protection Society (phew!).
After graduating from USC, she worked in the large law firm world in both LA and NYC for several years before heading back to her roots and working at the Children’s Law Center, where she advocated for at-risk children separated from their parents through the Dependency Court System. Kim was also a volunteer attorney, fighting for the appellate rights of convicts who couldn't afford their own legal appeals. After navigating the complex school system in Los Angeles with her own children, she discovered she had a knack for helping friends find the “right fit” school and decided to leave lawyer-ing behind in favor of earning her college counseling degree from UCLA. Kim has an amazing way of connecting with each one of her students to bring the very best out of them. She absolutely loves helping her students in this process of self-discovery as they find their way on their path to college.
Kim was an undefeated debate champ in 10th grade, reads tons of books, and is an avid animal lover who has fostered too many homeless pets to count. She puts a lot of time, care, and love into everything she does to make sure it’s just right, and that attention to detail is what makes her an excellent college counselor.
Education & Experience
B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan
J.D., University of Southern California Law School
Certificate of College Counseling, UCLA
President of the Board, Friends of the IHP
Attorney, Children’s Law Center
Certified Law Clerk, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Certified Law Clerk, United States Attorney's Office
Award Winner, Public Interest Law Foundation Grant and the LACBA Pro-Bono Award
Participant, Post-Conviction Justice Project
Founder, Animal Legal Protection Society
Professional Organization Memberships