Meet Samantha

Meet Samantha

counselor profile
counselor profile

Samantha Joustra, College Counselor

Sam Joustra has spent the last ten years working in admission, first at Hampshire College, then Vanderbilt with stints in both undergrad and graduate admissions, and most recently at the University of Michigan where she read 2800 applications just this year. During her senior year of college, she got her first taste of college counseling as an intern at Bryn Mawr School for Girls and never looked back.  

Sam earned her bachelor's in French and English from Goucher College and then her master's in higher education with an emphasis in enrollment management from Vanderbilt University. She’s an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC). In fact, Sam was recently awarded the Rising Star Award during MACAC's virtual conference.

Sam’s counseling style is thoughtful and supportive, and that it comes from a genuine desire to want to get to know my students as people first: what they love learning about, what they enjoy doing in their free time, and what makes them tick. She hopes to help them learn about themselves throughout this process, but also make it fun so that self-discovery doesn’t feel like work.

When she's not thinking about great fit colleges, you might find her updating her color-coded spreadsheets (please ask her about the 590 restaurants she catalogued and visited while living in Nashville), absorbing quality content (Love Island and true crime podcasts), and eating Jeni's ice cream. 

Education & Experience

B.A., French and English, Goucher College

M.S., Higher Education emphasis in Enrollment Management, Vanderbilt University

Admissions Intern, Bryn Mawr School for Girls, Baltimore, MD

Undergraduate Admissions, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN

Undergraduate Admissions, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Rising Star Award, MACAC

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

MACAC: Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling

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