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You’ll see unmatched admissions results and submit a compelling application ahead of deadlines when you work with a Collegewise Los Angeles counselor. Just follow these five steps to proven success:
1. Find the Right Counselor For You
2. Thrive in High School
3. Create a Strategic Admissions Plan
4. Apply to College!
5. Make Your Final College Decision
I had a fantastic experience with Collegewise! The whole process was smooth, and because of my counselor’s help, I am going to my top choice college! My counselor guided and advised me from beginning to end, whether I was exploring different schools, writing essay drafts, or perfecting my final application.
My counselor has inspired me beyond the scope of high school and college. Not only did he help me find the perfect place to spend the next four years of my life, but he also taught me so many lessons and skills that I will continue to use in building my future. His advice will stay with me forever.
Working with our college advisor was the best decision we made as a family. Our counselor was able to craft a realistic but aspirational college list that resulted in a high acceptance rate. She listened to this parent’s hopes and fears and answered every call, text and email.
GINA, PARENT OF ALLY
CollegeWISE’s name fits. Our counselor left both of our girls in awe. They started off early and in a panic. By the end they were headed to their dream schools.
KATY, PARENT OF KATHRYN
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
As a former admissions officer, our counselor was able to quickly read my son’s application and provide insightful comments. The end result? AdMITted in December and comMITted in April to his top choice school.
It was actually my counselor who introduced me to the school I would end up attending. She helped me to better understand myself and the type of school I wanted. Through Collegewise, I was able to write an essay that I was proud of, and I received help in navigating the crazy world that is college applications.
Kirsten's expertise in the world of college admissions means that families typically enroll early in high school to ensure that they get a spot on her roster.
She is the former Executive Director of Parents Education League of Los Angeles and a popular speaker in Los Angeles schools and community rooms.
Her students have recently found their college homes at Georgetown, Berkeley, UCLA, Wesleyan, Barnard, USC, Stanford, Duke, Cornell, NYU, Carnegie Mellon, and Washington University (to name a few).
Kim's dedicated, ongoing leadership in her community and her study of education research and policy has helped area families navigate the confusing and challenging landscape of college admissions.
She was a post-doctoral researcher at UCLA’s Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies; she’s taught at UC-Irvine while pursuing her Ph.D.—where she received a grant from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation for a report on immigration.
Students she's worked with recently have found their college match at places like Michigan, Oberlin, Santa Clara, Wisconsin, George Washington, Purdue, Sarah Lawrence, SMU, and Oregon.
Kim has always found a way to advocate for others and is at her best (and happiest) when helping people. That’s why being a college counselor is more than just a job for her—it’s a calling!
Kim earned her bachelor's in psychology, graduating cum laude from the University of Michigan before becoming an AmeriCorps volunteer for an elementary school program serving inner-city students. She then took her passion for helping others to the next level by heading off to law school and earning her JD at the University of Southern California.
View Kimberly's full profile here.