Casey holds a Bachelor's degree from NYU and has over 20 years of experience as an educator. Professionally, Casey is an Adjunct Theatre Professor at Miami Dade College, instructing virtual and in-person courses on Theatre Appreciation, Voice for the Stage, Introduction to Stage Management, and Playwriting.
Casey is passionate about coaching college applicants because her personal experience with the college application process when she was a student was both productive and positive, thanks to the assistance of her own college prep coaches. She strives to emulate that same commitment, enthusiasm and resounding work ethic to her current professional work.
Casey's strength as a coach lies in her ability to support candidates throughout each step empathetically. She is determined to help every applicant succeed and is particularly confident in her coaching skills for preparing candidates for college interviews and auditions.
With a proven track record, Casey has coached candidates accepted into prestigious institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University and NYU.
In her spare time, Casey enjoys archery, swimming, reading nonfiction books, and traveling internationally. She is also a dog lover and enjoys spending time with her furry friends, Brando and Blue.
Shane has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, where he graduated with Honors. During college, he mentored students navigating the challenging college admissions process. Since then, he has also produced various informative articles and YouTube videos that break down admissions theory for a wider audience. Shane has helped dozens of students achieve admission to their top-choice schools.
As a coach, Shane's greatest strengths lie in breaking down the application process into manageable steps. He also excels at helping students craft a compelling application narrative, ensuring that the resulting essays showcase the best version of the student. He recalls how intimidating the college admissions process was and appreciates being able to help students navigate it in a structured and informed manner. He finds seeing students accomplish their goals rewarding, particularly if they seemed distant at the program's start.
He firmly believes that having a strong personal story is crucial to standing out in a crowded applicant pool. With Shane's guidance, students will gain the tools they need to create a cohesive and memorable application to help them achieve their academic goals.
Shane's dedication to helping students navigate higher education has resulted in dozens of successful admissions to the top universities, including the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and Emory University.
When he is not coaching, you can find Shane cooking, watching old movies, and spending time with his cat, Mirna.
Laura holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Master of Arts from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Laura has also served as an Alumni Interviewer, conducting interviews for prospective students. She has helped many students gain admission to top-tier schools, including Tufts, Harvard, Northeastern, and UCSD. Professionally, Laura has served as an International Proogram Specialist at NASA.
Her greatest learning from this experience is that applicants can spend so much time trying to fit into a mold of what they think an admissions team is looking for that they need to remember to value what they already have. The things that make them a different kind of candidate, things that they constantly try to make up for, are the part of them that has the most value to a program or school community.
Laura understands the immense pressure students face during the application process and has developed effective strategies for managing stress and staying grounded. One of Laura's greatest strengths is her ability to help students articulate their unique strengths and accomplishments. She strives to act as a supportive mirror, helping applicants see themselves in a new light and present their best selves to admissions committees. She is highly adaptable and tailors her approach to meet each client's specific needs. Laura values regular feedback and makes adjustments as necessary to ensure that students are making progress toward their goals.
As a coach, Laura excels at helping applicants who may feel stuck or overwhelmed with the application process. She understands that applying to college can be daunting, and her role is to help applicants see the light at the end of the tunnel. She keeps students positive while validating what a challenge this can be. Laura aims to remind students that the application process is the first step in their next big adventure. Too often, the process can lead to burnout in students who are already working hard in other areas of their life. Thus, she aims to get applicants into great colleges and ensure they start at their dream school with energy and excitement.
In her free time, Laura enjoys pursuing her passion for improv and teaching. She is also an avid outdoors enthusiast and loves to explore new cities, whether by mountain biking, diving, or simply strolling around town. When the weather isn't conducive to outdoor activities, she is content to spend time at home with a beloved pet and a good movie.
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