- Collegewise Master Counselor
- Certificate in College Counseling, UC San Diego; B.A. in English, Miami University
- Government Relations Committee Chair, Western Association of College Admissions Counseling
- B.A., California State University, San Marcos
- M.Ed., University of South Carolina
- Former Admissions Counselor, University of South Carolina
About Collegewise Mission Viejo
Since our Mission Viejo office opened in 2014, we’ve worked with more than 300 students and advised on an exponentially greater number of college applications. Students ring small bells for each application they submit, practicing for the final large bell on our wall that they ring once they have completed all of their college applications. This milestone is thoroughly documented with enough photos and videos to sufficiently embarrass each teenager.
We also decorate for almost every holiday and season using festive lights and wall decor! At Collegewise Mission Viejo, we think that applying to college should be a fun, exciting time for students and parents, and we want every aspect of our office to reflect that philosophy.
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What are people saying about Collegewise Mission Viejo?
We love Collegewise. The best part for me, as a mom, was that I never had to bug, push, or prod my kid to get everything turned in and completed. His counselor was on top of everything! She really worked with our son to create a customized plan for him, which wasn’t easy since even he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted.
Lisa Fahey, Parent of Jack Fahey
San Diego State University
Our experience with Collegewise was exactly what we were looking for: a positive, informative resource with a fantastic counselor who took the time to really get to know our daughter and tailor her approach to colleges so that she could find the best fit. It made the whole process less intimidating and, dare I say, fun.
Patrick Lee, Parent of Krysten Lee
Point Loma Nazarene University
The whole Collegewise experience was amazing! My daughter has great grades and the anxiety to go with it. Our counselor made the process fun and stress free. She helped my daughter narrow down school choices and then helped with every single step of the process. I highly recommend this program. We are amazingly satisfied!
Sheila Van Buskirk, Parent of Lindsay Dreyer
University of Oregon
Nick was admitted to 10 of the 11 schools that he researched and applied to. We could not be more pleased with the process. His counselor set deadlines and worked very hard to keep Nick on schedule. The BEST part is that we did not need to badger Nick AT ALL. Our house remained stress free and argument free.
Kirsten Penrose, Parent of Nicholas Penrose
Colorado State University
I can’t imagine the last year without Collegewise! The first time I came into the office, I was looking ahead at the college process as daunting, but it was clear after my first meeting with my counselor that we were going to have fun. Collegewise made finding the perfect college efficient, exciting, and loads of fun!
I would recommend Collegewise to anyone and everyone. This was by far the best investment we made during our son’s high school years. Our counselor was a perfect fit for our first son and has already established a great relationship with our second. She has a great way of making the college prep work less daunting.