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
Sara Llansa has been impacting students since day one: after spending three years teaching her own ESL classes for adult learners while at Brown, Sara took a position as an adjunct faculty member in the English department at the Houston Community College. But a year later, Sara turned her focus to supporting high school students and didn't look back.
Sara spent a year as a Freshman Seminar Instructor and Summer Opportunities Coordinator at YES Prep in Houston and then transitioned to EMERGE, a college readiness organization within the Houston Independent School District. They began with four students in one high school, and now serve 1,000+ students across 42 high schools in Houston. Sara has worked her way up to Director at EMERGE and is unofficially known as the "O.G." She supports her own caseload of students, in addition to training everyone from her own team to district employees. Outside of EMERGE, Sara is the co-chair of the Brown Alumni Interviewing Program in Houston and a member of TACAC's Admission Practices committee.
Sara earned her bachelor's in Education and International Relations at Brown University and went on her earn her master's in Human Dimensions of Organizations at UT Austin. Sara is fluent in Spanish, a legit hiker (she just did her second 14er in Colorado!) and knows the lyrics to pretty much every song. She also may be the first Collegewise employee who was a Tetris child prodigy.
Education & Experience
B.A., Education and International Relations, Brown University
M.A., Human Dimensions of Organizations, UT Austin
Freshman Seminar Instructor / Summer Opportunities Coordinator, YES Prep, Houston TX
Director, EMERGE, Houston Independent School District
Co-Chair, Brown Alumni Interviewing Program, Houston TX
Professional Organization Memberships