Meet Sophie!

Meet Sophie!

counselor profile
counselor profile

 Sophie Heller, College Counselor

Sophie Heller has always found a way to work one-on-one with students: from working in the writing center at Mt. Holyoke to teaching high schoolers in a small fishing village in Cádiz province, Spain. She was an admissions officer for study abroad programming in Spain and Latin America for American colleges and universities as well as a student advisor for the Association of American University Programs in Spain (that's 100+ programs!).

Sophie earned her bachelor's in English literature at Mt. Holyoke College. Then she switched it up with a M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury (with some time in Spain) and a M.S. in Spanish Literature from Georgetown. Sophie also earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown. During her doctoral program, Sophie taught undergraduates at Georgetown, where she regularly commandeered the library café for her office hours, and worked at the Embassy of Finland, teaching Spanish to diplomats (and picking up a little Finnish along the way). And she's a born teacher: she was twice nominated for the Graduate Student Teaching Award at Georgetown. Sophie's a Seattle native who loves a good hike or a mountain road trip, learned salsa dancing during a semester she spent researching in Bogotá, Colombia and once used her spring break to visit George Eliot's hometown in rural England. 

Sophie loves working with high school and college students because she thinks it is one of the most exciting times in life. She believes the process of choosing a college is an opportunity for every student to explore their passions, goals, and academic trajectory with enthusiasm and joy.

Education & Experience

B.A., English Literature, Mt. Holyoke College

M.A., Spanish, Middlebury

M.S., Spanish Literature, Georgetown University

Ph.D., Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies, Georgetown University

Undergraduate Teacher, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Spanish Teacher, Embassy of Finland

Nominee, Graduate Student Teaching Award at Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Professional Organization Memberships

NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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