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Danielle McColgan

BA, History, Smith College

Hi! I am a proud graduate of Smith College with a B.A. in History. I continued my involvement with Smith as a Senior Interviewer and further developed my admissions experience as an Admissions Officer at New York University. While there, I became fascinated by the diverse stories that applicants shared through their admissions essays, interviews, and other application materials. I developed a strong desire to pursue a career that would allow me to share my professional admissions insights with students.  My goal is to help applicants craft personal narratives that will allow them to be impactful candidates for admission, as well as to help them find deeper meaning in a process that can, at times, feel stressful and impersonal.

In addition to my work in admissions, I am a former Fulbright Fellow, Education Pioneers Fellow, and Program Associate at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation where I managed the operations for four selective fellowship programs designed to support graduate students and junior faculty from underrepresented backgrounds. 

My interest in working in education was sparked by my mother, Elaine, who was the first person in her family to attend college as a nontraditional student. Her career as a reading specialist who dedicated her professional life to helping students learn to love reading inspires me. My two favorite places in the world are Tam Kỳ, Vietnam and the Washington Square Park Robin Kovary Run for Small Dogs in New York City. In my free time, I love going to music festivals, spending time with my miniature poodle, and indoor cycling.