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At Collegewise, the core of the work that we do with families is recognizing that this isn’t just about college. It’s about making sure our students know what classes make most sense for them and their goals, which activities will allow them to thrive, what summer opportunities will help them grow, and how college fits into that broader picture of who they’re becoming. A college counselor, at their best, helps you navigate every piece of that journey. And that’s what we do, every day.
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 where she received a grant from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation for a report on immigration. She taught at UC-Irvine while pursuing her Ph.D.
Students she's worked with recently have found their college match at places like Univ of Washington, NYU, Georgetown, Dartmouth, Bucknell, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Northeastern, Oregon, UCLA and UC Berkeley.
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.