Executive Director of Collegewise Academic Services
- Summa cum laude graduate, NYU
- M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, UT Austin
- Former Pre-Law Advisor and Career Coach, UT Austin
- B.A., Psychology & Music, UNC Chapel Hill
- M.Ed., Higher Education Administration, UT Austin
- Former Admissions Counselor, UNC Chapel Hill and UT Austin
- Former Student Development Specialist, UT Austin
- Former College Completion Coach, College Forward
- 5 years of experience working in higher education
- M.Ed. Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- B.A. Communication, University of Arkansas
- College Counselor, Cathedral Catholic High School, San Diego
- Senior Admissions Counselor, University of Arkansas
About Collegewise Austin
Austin students have found a second home—fully stocked with snacks, candy, stress balls, and bean bag chairs—in our Collegewise Austin office since we opened our doors in 2014. Seniors celebrate the completion of college apps by signing our chalkboard wall and banging the Collegewise gong, and the Austin counselors unwind by taking frequent trips to local coffee shop Brentwood Social House.
If you’re looking for counselors who take the time to make authentic connections with their students and who can inject some sanity into the admissions process, look no further than Collegewise Austin. Welcome home.
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What are people saying about Collegewise Austin?
Not only did my Collegewise team strategically highlight my personal skills so I could be a competitive candidate, they also encouraged and supported me in such a way that instilled confidence. They helped to make sure that I stayed on track, which turned a high-stress process into one that was completely manageable.
University of Texas at Austin
My counselor provided me with all the tools I needed and helped make the entire experience manageable. While it’s true that the application process can be rather stressful, Collegewise made everything easier and also helped me find excitement in it.
I don’t think many parents can come up at the end of the whole college application/acceptance experience and say that they thoroughly enjoyed it! Well I can! Nicole loved every single minute of dealing with her counselor, as did we. The process with Collegewise is one that I highly recommend to all parents and students!
Sonia Phocas, Parent of Nicole Phocas
University of Miami
I went into the process unsure of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go. From the essay edits and brainstorming sessions, to college/career research and the creation of my resume, my counselor has helped me every step of the way. I was accepted to many schools I never thought I would be able to get into!
The University of Virginia
We really enjoyed and valued working with our counselor and her team. The Collegewise team had the data and the facts as well as the personal experiences, which enabled us to focus on what was most important with confidence we were helping our child be as competitive as possible for the schools he chose to apply to.
Kathy Bennett, Parent of Sean Bennett
Our counselor provided invaluable assistance to our daughter in so many ways, from selecting schools to editing essays, from managing deadlines to encouraging an over-achieving daughter to find life balance. Whether you sign up as a freshman or as a senior, this service is worth every penny and then some.