Jason has a PhD from Duke University, where he acted as an admissions committee assistant. In this role, he evaluated admissions profiles, acquiring first-hand knowledge of what makes a competitive application. Professionally, Jason has over ten years of experience as an educator and counselor.
Jason is passionate about coaching college applicants because it allows him to help students in a truly significant moment in their lives. He understands that students undergoing the college application process often face a lot of stress and pressure as they navigate the complex and competitive college admissions process. As a coach, he loves providing students with the guidance, support, and expertise to reduce their anxiety and succeed.
Jason has worked with numerous candidates, guiding them through all aspects of the college admissions process, from application essays, extracurricular profiles, and interview preparation, to grants, fellowships, and research proposals. He has helped students gain acceptance into the country’s top universities, such as Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, UPenn, Northwestern, NYU, and more.
As a coach, Jason excels at helping students navigate the complex world of college admissions. He enjoys helping students determine what they want from their academic path by helping them choose their majors, build college lists, and deal with college admissions anxiety by compartmentalizing the process into manageable steps.
When Jason isn’t coaching, he likes to read weird philosophy papers, write articles on pop culture, and watch TV.
Sue has a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University, where she served on the admissions team. She has tutored over 50 students, assisting them with college admissions essays, rhetorical writing, SAT prep, English speaking and listening, and general academic guidance. Professionally, Sue has over 15 years of experience as a tutor, essay coach, and academic success counselor.
Sue is passionate about helping college applicants gain admission to their dream schools. As a first-generation immigrant and the first person in her family to attend college in the United States, she fully understands how overwhelming and lost students can feel when beginning their college admission journey. Sue feels the proudest and happy when she can demystify the admission process and help students effectively showcase their unique personal narratives.
As a coach, Sue uses her expertise to take a holistic approach tailored to each individual. She provides step-by-step guidance and organized schedules to manage deadlines and reduce anxiety. She is passionate about forming strong bonds and creating a calm, warm, and encouraging environment.
Sue has learned that a student's self-perceived shortcomings or "failures" are often the source of their greatest personal development story, which makes for a great personal essay topic. She also encourages her applicants to understand that the college admission application is not just about grades, test scores, or what's written on the resume – it is a beautiful opportunity to self-reflect and proudly exhibit your unique persona.
Sue has helped applicants gain acceptance into the country's top universities, such as Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, and the University of Michigan.
When Sue isn't coaching, she likes writing about Korean film and literature, crocheting, watching documentaries, and being a couch potato with her dog Oliver.
Jesse has a Bachelor's degree from Emory University, an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business, and a JD from the USC Gould School of Law. Drawing on his experience in higher education, Jesse has honed his skills in mentoring, coaching, and providing comprehensive feedback. He has served as the Secretary of the Student Bar Association, an Admissions Representative, and the DEI President at the USC Gould School of Law. Furthermore, he has conducted mock interviews with business school students at both Emory and USC.
Jesse's passion for guiding students through college applications stems from his personal experience. He aims to be the mentor he needed when he was a student. His greatest strength is providing thorough and constructive feedback through a comprehensive strategy. He takes pride in making his feedback easy to digest and implement. Jesse believes college admissions can be scary, but it is a manageable process with the right guidance. He is always available to provide support and can be reached via email or text.
Jesse's approach to coaching is grounded in the importance of balancing being personable and professional. He believes that the key to success in admissions is building a strong relationship with the student and providing personalized guidance. His results-oriented approach has helped students gain admission to top universities, including Emory, USC, and the University of Michigan.
In his free time, Jesse enjoys cooking, working out, and listening to crime podcasts outside of work. He is also passionate about giving back to the community and volunteered as a Pro Bono Law Clerk at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice Immigration and Human Trafficking Division.
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