Sandi began her stint in higher education by earning a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach followed by a master’s degree in education from USC. She recently crossed over to the Trojans’ biggest rival when she returned to school to earn her certification in college admissions counseling from UCLA. She roots for each school equally.
After a successful career in publishing, which included launching a magazine and working as the managing editor for 10 years, Sandi returned to her roots in education. Prior to joining Collegewise in July of 2015, she worked in the counseling office at Orange County School of the Arts. It was then that Sandi realized she wanted to help high school students of all GPAs and test scores find and get accepted to the colleges of their dreams. While Sandi works with all students, she has extensive experience helping students research, apply to, and audition for schools within the performing arts. She was an active volunteer with the Orange Unified School District for 15 years while raising two boys and seeing them off to college. When she’s not counseling students or attending Broadway musicals, you can find Sandi watching any and every reality show related to dance.
Education & Experience
- Certificate in College Counseling, UCLA; M.Ed., USC; B.A. in Child and Family Development, CSU Long Beach
- Member of NACAC, WACAC, and IECA
- Experience working with performing arts students headed to college
Professional Organization Memberships
What are people saying about Collegewise?
Working with Sandi was wonderful! Her enthusiasm for my college application and decision-making process was palpable. I’m so grateful to her for being a neutral voice in what can often be a worrisome, confusing process. When it came time to make my final decision on which university to attend, Sandi knew just what questions to ask as well as the most important elements to consider when making this big life decision. I wholeheartedly recommend working with Sandi—she’s passionate about your college journey from start to finish!
Before Collegewise, I was afraid of the college application process—I had no idea what to do or where to even begin. Working with Sandi was exactly what I needed! In every step of the process, I was ahead of all of my friends. For me, the college application process was gratifying and fun! I honestly don't know if I would’ve gotten into my top school if it weren't for Sandi. I grew so much and I landed at my dream school. Thank you!
We wouldn’t have been able to manage this process without Sandi’s guidance! College admissions has changed so much and is so stressful and overwhelming, as parents, we wouldn’t have had the time (or knowledge) to steer our son through this process. Sandi got to know our son, helped him narrow down school choices, and provided him support through every step. We’re incredibly pleased with the acceptances and financial aid offers he received!
Cynthia Santos, Parent of Mason Santos
We absolutely adored Sandi! She was truly an inspiration to be with, is patient, and keeps your child’s spirits high. We looked forward to each and every visit with her! She kept my daughter on-track, motivated, and driven to get to the college of her choice. We wouldn’t have made it without her and are so appreciative of her time and efforts. She was truly the other parent for me…I can’t thank her enough!
Jean Shahdadpuri, Parent of Anushka Shah
Our daughter was full of anxiety and had no confidence in her college application after three years of hard work. She was also not opening up to discuss the majors or the colleges she was interested in. We searched for professional help and luckily, we found Sandi! Sandi spent quality time with our daughter, helping her to understand herself and refine her college list. After a few sessions, we found our little girl had gained back her confidence and comfortably communicated with us about her application progress. My daughter was accepted to a top-choice college on her list with Sandi’s help!
Cathy Huang, Parent of Nadine Bao
Carnegie Mellon University
Sandi was amazing, always on time, a great personality, very encouraging and knowledgeable. But most of all she helped my daughter understand who she was and where she wanted to study by suggesting schools that were not even on her radar. I never had to worry about deadlines, as Sandi was always on top of everything.