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Meet the Mentors

 Undergraduate Mentors Who Actually Get You.

Our mentors are interviewed, vetted, and onboarded through our rigorous 12 hour course before ever meeting with a student.  

College counselor Charlotte Burgess who attends UVA

Charlotte Burgess

University of Virginia

Media Studies | French

I am a junior at the University of Virginia majoring in Media Studies and minoring in French. I am from Annapolis, Maryland and my interests include singing, digital media content, boating, and fitness. Helping others has always been an important part of my life. In high school, I tutored younger students in French, Math, and English through the National Honors Society and was involved in the Student Council as Student Secretary and helped organize school events. Now at UVA I am a Personal Director and volunteer through Madison House while also creating digital news content for WUVA. My interest in helping others has led me to this amazing opportunity to help you! I know the college process is stressful with countless steps: the Common Application to fill out, writing the “perfect” college essay, and supplementaries to complete for different schools. However, I want to make this process enjoyable. Since I recently went through the college process, I have all my tips and tricks at hand and cannot wait to take this opportunity to help others tell their story and get them into their dream colleges!

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Daniel Silva

University of California, Santa Barbara

Psychological and Brain Sciences

I am a junior attending UC Santa Barbara majoring in psychological and brain sciences with a minor in applied psychology. I’m from Sacramento, California and I am interested in neuroscience, clinical psychology, and mental health/well-being. I also like to surf, be outside, and talk to people! I’ve always felt that the transition from high school to college is an unnecessarily stressful experience that leaves students exhausted and anxious about the future. My goal is to help make this experience less overwhelming after going through it myself. I want to inspire you to write passionately about your experiences without feeling the need for 60 extracurriculars and perfect grades!

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Karen Garcia

Yale University

Biomedical Engineering

I am a a member of the class of 2026 at Yale University. Currently, I am studying Biomedical Engineering as a Questbridge Scholar. I was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where I began growing my passion for STEM education. In high school, I gained extensive experience in STEM education at universities like MIT. I have been passionate about sharing my experiences as a student with other students and educators alike. I have worked as a student consultant for STEM resources in schools, and I am incredibly motivated to guide others through the college application process. I learned so much through my experience, and I would love to use my insight to help others, especially students in STEM who want to create a well-rounded application.

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Zavier Foster

Princeton University

Political Science | African American Studies | Visual Arts

I am a second year student at Princeton University majoring in Politics. I am pursuing minors in both African American Studies and Visual Arts. I am originally from Baldwin, NY. On campus I am involved with Undergraduate Student Government and the Princeton Black Men’s Association. I hold a research assistant position with the Princeton Politics Department as well as a nice little library job. In my free time I enjoy drawing, customizing shoes, listening to music, and thrifting. I believe that a truly great college essay consists of a great story and some peer-review so I’m excited to help!

College counselor Thomas Little who attends Vanderbilt

Thomas Little

Vanderbilt University

Media Studies | French

I am a sophomore at Vanderbilt University studying Human and Organizational Development and French with a business minor. ​ I am from Arlington, VA and enjoy watching Arsenal, playing soccer/tennis/golf, reading and DJ'ing in my free time. I am a transfer student, so having been through this process twice I look forward to sharing all the knowledge and tricks I learned to help you find the right fit. I look forward to working with you.

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Neha Vazarkar

University of Virginia

Commerce | Computer Science

I'm a second-year student at the University of Virginia, double-majoring in Commerce and Computer Science. Originally from northern New Jersey, I've found my home at UVA. I'm actively involved in the Cavalier Daily student newspaper, She’s the First at UVA, the Indian Students Association, and Smart Women Securities. I plan on pursuing a career in finance or consulting after graduating. I am thrilled with my experience so far at the University of Virginia, and I'm passionate about helping others navigate the stressful admissions process. I aim to assist students in crafting authentic essays that reflect their true selves and secure acceptances to their dream colleges. I'm excited to connect with high school students and guide them through their admissions journey!

College counselor Evan Farnping who attends Brown
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Evan Farnping

Brown University

Computational Biology | Entrepreneurship

Hello, my name is Evan Farnping, and I am from Lowell, Massachusetts. I attend Brown University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computational Biology and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, with an expected graduation year in 2025. As a first-generation student of color from a low socioeconomic background, I've gained valuable experience in labs, a pharmacy, as a teaching fellow, a tutor, a video editor, and a programmer. Despite my challenging upbringing, I've successfully gained admission to top schools and had fantastic work opportunities. Therefore, I aim to use my experiences and skills to help students from any background realize their potential in getting into their dream schools.

College counselor Naomi Tekola who attends UVA
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Naomi Tekola

University of Virginia

History | Business | Pre-Law

I'm a second-year at UVA from Centreville, VA studying History and Pre-Commerce on the pre-law track. I'm also a Posse Foundation Scholar and a current Echols Scholar. At UVA I'm DEI Chair for the Inter-Sorority Council, EESA Member, and OBOE Founder. Outside of school, I enjoy playing basketball, reading/writing, and thrifting. In high school, I did a lot of start-up and nonprofit work which has given me insight on the activities section of the Common Application and on resume building. The college application process was hard for me to navigate as a First Gen student and I would love to use my insight on resume building, essay writing, and any other general parts of the process to help students currently applying.

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Aliyah Steinberg

Cornell College

Industrial and Labor Relations | Pre-Law

I'm currently a first-year studying Industrial and Labor Relations (focusing on pre-law and sports business) at Cornell University. I’m from Long Island, NY, and I’m extremely passionate about increasing accessibility and equality in the workplace. At Cornell, I participate in Class Council, I’m the Director of Media at Cornell’s Sports Business Society, and love to volunteer. I love to plan and organize events, and have always been the “idea person.” In my free time, I love to read, play sports, go on runs, and spend time with my family and friends. I completely understand how stressful and time-consuming the college application process as I just went through it myself. From completing the Common Application and crafting the ""ideal"" college essay to tackling supplemental requirements for various institutions, it seems like the work never ends. I’m here to provide advice and help in any way I can! I’m excited to support you on this overwhelming but amazing journey towards your future!

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Jiya Manchanda

Rollins College

Philosophy | CS | Pre-Law

I am a Philosophy and Computer Science major in my junior year at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. I am originally from Mumbai, India, but I relocated to the United States a few years ago. My minor is in Ethics and I am Captain of Rollins' Varsity Debate Team; I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Philosophy (Symbolic Systems) and a career in learning design technologies. I believe that curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking are the principles that underpin innovative ideation! I am currently a research assistant at the Roman Family Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago, and I enjoy writing and reading Paul Graham's essays in my time off of work!

College counselor Andrew Tran who attends UVA

Andrew Tran

University of Virginia

Computer Science | Statistics

My name is Andrew, and I'm from Alexandria, Virginia. I am a third-year student at the University of Virginia studying Computer Science and Statistics. I love to swim, play basketball, and hike with friends, and I recently have gotten into cooking! I found the college application process confusing at first; I had no life-changing events or any special awards that could set me apart. However, I knew how to craft compelling college essays that told a story about my life, and eventually, I was accepted into schools like Brown, Duke, University of Michigan, and more. Now that I've finished the process, I want to help others achieve their dreams by helping craft their unique stories. I can't wait to streamline the process for students and provide the help I wish I had.

College counselor Diya Gupta who attends UVA

Diya Gupta

University of Virginia

Business | Global Sustainability

I am a rising second year at the University of Virginia from Los Altos, California, intending to major in Commerce and Global Environments and Sustainability. At UVA, you will find me involved in offering volunteer tax services to community members through the Madison House, conducting climate change research, mentoring incoming college students, playing intramural sports, and being involved in cultural clubs! I love being outdoors, traveling, and fashion, and am looking forward to help guide you and support you throughout this seemingly overwhelming process. As someone who recently went through the college application process, I hope to help alleviate some of your stress and give you comfort by helping you craft your applications so that they best represent the stories that make you "you"!

College counselor Rohan Dodda who attends NC State

Rohan Dodda

North Carolina State University

Computer Science |  Business Admin

I'm a second year at NC State University double majoring in computer science and business administration with a concentration in finance and I plan on working in investment banking, wealth management, or asset management post-college. At NC State, I serve as the VP of Finance for the American Marketing Association and the Director of Communications for the Financial Literacy Club. I am also very active in the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Outside of school, I am actively involved in playing badminton and playing the piano. I found the college application incredibly difficult at first, but eventually found the tips and tricks that allowed me to write compelling essays and craft a unique application, yielding acceptances into schools like UNC, UIUC, and Purdue. I look forward to working with you to create a unique college application and landing an acceptance at your dream college!

College counselor Dani Magbanua who attends UChicago
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Dani Magbanua

University of Chicago

Anthropology | Linguistics

I’m currently at the University of Chicago studying Anthropology and Linguistics, but I’m originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Outside of academics, I love to express myself creatively through all forms of visual arts, teaching myself how to play different instruments, and learning more about/sharing my Filipino-Puerto Rican culture. I truly believe that a great essay can be written on any topic, so I’m excited to work with you and see where your ideas will take you.

College counselor Anna Makover who attends UVA

Anna Makover

University of Virginia

Environmental Science | Economics

I am a second year at the University of Virginia double majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Thought & Practice and minoring in Economics. I am a member of the Women's Club Lacrosse team at UVA and I am our social media chair. In high school, I was captain of my varsity lacrosse team, a member of the track team, and lead many local initiatives related to solving environmental issues. During my college application process, I gained experience and knowledge applying to an array of schools across the country. Throughout high school, I was determined to get accepted to top universities and spent a lot of time working towards this goal. I am excited to have the opportunity to share what I have learned through my own experience in order to help students succeed in the college application process.

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Barron Nguyen

Stanford University

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Hey! My name is Barron and I am a sophomore student at Stanford University. I am planning to major in the Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) with a possible minor in physics, focusing on astrophysics when I graduate in 2026. I grew up in the East Bay of San Francisco, so I’ve always loved hiking and taking walks in the foggy mountains around the bay. I especially love the ocean and beaches along the coast and you can always find me hanging around state parks and beaches in my free time. For the past few years I have been working in the planetary sciences, geophysics and astro subfield. My research has always been very fulfilling personally (who doesn’t love studying black holes and planets?)!

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Aaliyah Kahoohanohano- Davis

University of Arizona

English

I am a sophomore at the University of Arizona. I am an English major with a minor in Adolescents Community Education, and I hope to teach post secondary English upon graduation in 2026. Apart from my studies, I love to sing and have found a great passion for Collegiate A Cappella, which has garnered me important relationships and taught me to be courageous in sharing my talents and passions with others. Being from Hawaii, diversity has always been very important to me. Specifically, I find great significance in supporting and advocating for otherwise underrepresented groups of people. As such, with the college application process, I hope to share with students the benefits of expressing their unique backgrounds and cultures.

College counselor Danielle Lancaster who attends Bowdoin

Danielle Lancaster

Bowdoin College

Economics & Government | Urban Studies

I am a rising sophomore at Bowdoin College double majoring in Economics and Government with a concentration in International Relations and minoring in Urban Studies. At Bowdoin, I am highly involved in Bowdoin Student Government, this past year as the Class of 2026 treasurer and next year as the Chair of the Treasury. I also have experience interning and doing research in the realms of sociology, government, and finance. I am originally from Jupiter, FL, and, in my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, traveling, and reading. I know that this process is often overwhelming and frustrating, but I am here to make it as smooth and stress-free as possible. Throughout high school, I found myself interested in many different areas of study, which ultimately shaped how I approached the college process. In total I applied to 18 schools, only discovering exactly what I wanted after learning more about myself through the application process. We will work together to make your essays unique and showcase your story in a creative way. I am excited to help each student find their perfect college match, a place where they can truly see themselves thriving over the course of four years!

College Counselor Shane Sugden who attends UVA

Shane Sugden

University of Virginia

Politics | Business | Pre-Law

I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a rising second-year in the class of 2026 at the University of Virginia, planning to study Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law or Commerce and minor in Entrepreneurship. Outside of my rigorous academic schedule, I am the co-founder of the Tidewater Solidarity Bail Fund, Resident Advisor, executive member of Profit with Purpose, Outdoors Club, and Beta Theta Pi. My hobbies are soccer, tennis, rock climbing, weightlifting, and photography. I am excited to share my experience with the college admission process and help you show your voice to college admission officers.

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Spencer Benjamin

University of California, San Diego

Economics | Technology Management

I am a rising senior studying Economics and Technology Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am originally from Marin County, California, and in my free time I enjoy rock climbing, hot yoga, cooking, and traveling whenever and wherever possible. I work both on my college campus as a Financial Administrative Assistant and as Financial Assistant for a non-profit that helps cancer patients. I plan to continue in finance, tech or consulting after graduation, but have always been interested in helping others through my work. As a first-generation college student, I was also once daunted by the task of applying for colleges, and I am extremely driven to use my experience and expertise to make this process as easy as possible for others.

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Anika Nallur

Georgia Institute of Technology

Business Administration

I am currently a freshman at Georgia Tech majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategy & Innovation and minoring in Law, Science, and Technology. I understand the pressures of the college application process, and I am eager to share the skills and lessons I learned through my own journey with you as navigate the stresses of this time.

College counselor Jillian Tabone who attends UofA

Jillian Tabone

University of Arizona

Speech Language Hearing Sciences | Communication

Hi, my name is Jillian and I am from Orange County, CA. I am currently a Junior attending the University of Arizona and planning to graduate in 2025. I am majoring in Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Disorders and minoring in Communication. I specialize in creative writing specifically building essays that are unique and tell each student's story. I used College Contact when I was a high school senior, so I am proud to now give back by being a counselor on the platform! I have been very involved throughout my high school and college career participating in theater, dance team, honors and AP courses, philanthropy, mentorship programs, and leadership positions. I would be honored to take part and help you throughout your college application journey!

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Emefa Dake

Harvard University

Economics | Global Health | Health Policy

I am a freshman at Harvard University concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy and lanuage citation in Spanish. I was raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and my family is originally from Ghana. I am affiliated with Harvard African Student Association, was selected for Harvard Undergraduate Economics Association, and am a writer for the Harvard International Review. Furthermore, I am a mentor with the Recently Immigrated Term-Time Enrichment program and I also am an Instructor with The Academies by Harvard Student Agencies. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching action movies and shows. I am excited to use my diverse background to create a positive and engaging learning experience. The college application process tends to become overwhelming and I would like to help alleviate some of that stress. Additionally, I want to ensure that your application remains your application and shows how amazing YOU are!

College counselor Chhavi Nahata who attends Stanford University

Chhavi Nahata

Stanford University

 Psychology | Creative Writing

As a rising sophomore at Stanford University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing and Performing Arts, I spend my time learning about peer counseling, soul-stirring storytelling, and the importance of connection in Latin dance. I discovered my love for writing at the age of 13 when I started working on my first teenage romance novel and since then I have penned 2 novels and a journal. I have experience in fiction and non-fiction writing, focused on characterization, emotional quotient, travel, dance, food, and stimulating all five senses. Working with an editor has helped me improve my editing and proofreading skills which I’ve used extensively to help friends and family edit their own college essays based on the requirements of various top-tier colleges. For me, writing is a poignant form of expression that tells more than just a story. I believe in keeping the soul and voice of the writer intact and I want to help you get into the college of your dreams by being true to yourself. Stanford taught me that nothing can ever stand between you and your dreams if you are truly passionate about something. I'll never forget the moment I received my acceptance letter and I want to help students experience that life-changing moment.

College counselor Kathryn Codiamat who attends Rice University

Kathryn Codiamat

Rice University

 Biochemistry | English

Kathryn is a third year undergraduate at Rice University, pursuing a dual degree in Biochemistry and English. As a former military child, Kathryn has called a number of places home, including New Jersey, Japan, and San Antonio. In her spare time, Kathryn is an avid reader and professional shower singer. She is extremely excited to start working with you to get into the college of your dreams!

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Annabelle Boatwright

Rollins College

English | Writing

I grew up in Marietta, Georgia and I will be spending the rest of my junior and senior years at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. After graduation, I plan to go on to graduate school and become a professor! During high school, I had gone through a home education program, and that made it difficult to apply for college. It took a lot of work to figure out what I needed to get done but in the end, I found my hard work had paid off. Now I want to help others on their paths to college and help to make it just a little bit easier!

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Kate Hafer

Wake Forest University

English | EVSC | Counseling

I am a junior at Wake Forest University majoring in English with minors in Environmental Studies and Counseling (also titled Health and Human Services). I am from Berks County, Pennsylvania. In my free time I enjoy hiking, backpacking, skiing, and reading. At Wake Forest you will find me involved in many different areas on campus ranging from Alpha Kappa Psi (business fraternity) and Alpha Delta Pi (sorority) to working for Campus Recreation in the office of Outdoor Pursuits. The commonality between all of my involvements is that in each area I am able to connect with, build relationships with, and help others. That is why I am here to help you! After recently going through the college admissions process, applying to 17 schools, writing over 40 essays, and finally being accepted into one of my dream schools, I want to help you in your process. It can certainly be a daunting undertaking that is unique to each applicant. I want to build a relationship with you, so that I can best help you get into schools where you will not just succeed, but thrive. I could not be more excited to work with you and am honored to be part of this important and exciting time in your life!

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Indira Thodiyil

Williams College

 Classics | Art History

I am a junior at Williams College studying Classics and Art History. Coming from New York City, I attended an all-girls school and developed a strong background across humanities and STEM, with a focus on biology and environmental science. As a student-athlete on the Women’s Soccer team, I have enjoyed many sides of the Williams community. On campus, I am also an active member of our investment group and consulting firm, where I most recently have led an account to develop an electric vehicle fleet transition plan for the college. Balancing my interests has shown me how different disciplines can intersect in exciting ways. Only recently removed from the college process, I can understand the pressure to stand out and convey your unique experiences compellingly. Drawing from my diverse academic background and personal experiences, I can provide valuable insight to help you shape an authentic, persuasive narrative that captures your individuality and potential. I’m here to help you navigate this important stage in your journey!

College counselor Alex Laredo who attends UVA

Alexander Laredo

University of Virginia

 Business | Commerce

Hi! My name is Alex Laredo and I am a 3rd-year student (junior) at UVA studying Commerce. I am on the Club Tennis Team at UVA, in both a social and business fraternity, as well as an active member of the Student Council just to name a few of the things I do around Charlottesville. I grew up in Vienna, VA, and will be graduating from UVA with a Bachelor of Commerce in the Spring of 2025!

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Elaine Peterson

Pace University

Acting

I am a transfer student in my second year at the SANDS College of Performing Arts at Pace University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for Film, Television, Voice-overs, & Commercials while minoring in Psychology and Business graduating in 2026. Having been through the application process and audition process twice, I know the process for both first year and transfer students alike and those interested in the arts. I enjoy composing, exercising, and learning more about my Puerto Rican roots especially when I am back on the island. On campus, I am a part of the Sigma Delta Tau chapter as the Sisterhood Director and act as Production Assistant in film projects.

College counselor Gloria Kim who attends Cornell University
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Gloria Kim

Cornell University

 Economics | Finance

Hi! My name is Gloria Kim and I am from Long Island, New York. I am a rising junior at Cornell University, under the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, seeking a concentration in finance and business analytics. At Cornell, I hold the position of VP of Operations/Previous Social Chair of Forté at Cornell, a preprofessional organization focused on educating and empowering women in business. Outside of school, I enjoy hobbies such as working out, traveling, and going on Trader Joe's runs! As a First Gen student, I found it challenging to navigate the college application process alone. However, College Contact (previously named Smith Education Consulting) helped me tremendously throughout the process and I was able to gain admission into my top schools! Now, I hope to use my knowledge and experience to assist more students in pursuing their dreams of getting into their desired schools. Look forward to working with you!

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Chelsea Andriano

Texas Tech University

Economics

I am a junior at Texas Tech University majoring in Economics. I am pursuing minors in both Organizational Leadership and English. I graduated from Midland College with an Associate’s degree in General Studies. On campus, I play the Violin with the TTU Celtic and Sinfonietta Orchestras. I am also a member of the Tech Leadership Institute, and the Tech Economics Association. I enjoy traveling, hiking, and trying new foods. I am happy to help with your college journey!

College counselor Juan Ma Lugo who attends University of Pittsburgh

Juan Ma Lugo

University of Pittsburgh

 Industrial Engineering | Econonics

My name is Juan Ma Lugo and I am a rising third year Industrial Engineering student with a minor in economics at the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently a researcher in the engineering department. I grew up in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and when I was 15, I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico. I am trilingual (Spanish, English and French), love to travel, play sports, read and hang out with my friends.

College counselor Jake Elias who attends UVA

Jake Elias

University of Virginia

 Business | Statistics

Hi! I’m Jake Elias, a rising second-year with my studies concentrated in commerce, statistics, and economics at the University of Virginia, from Bethesda, Maryland. I’m a passionate athlete on the club roundnet team and a dedicated member of the sports business club as well. My interests include real estate, hockey, weight-lifting, and cooking. I’m incredibly excited to provide my expertise and help you discover and be admitted to your dream school!

College counselor Mira Karande who attends Bowdoin College

Mira Karande

Bowdoin College

 Math | Physics