I am a former Assistant Dean of Admission in the Undergraduate Admission office at the University of Virginia. During my seven-and-a-half years there, I read thousands of applications to the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, and School of Architecture. For three years I coordinated the selection of Echols and Rodman Scholars (in the College and in Engineering, respectively).
I loved the difficult work of admission because of the stories I was privileged to read. I was also liaison to the fine arts, theatre, and music departments for students who submitted samples of their work.
I was trained as a flutist, violinist, and singer and my first two jobs were at an art college and a music college (in recruitment and admission at Savannah College of Art and Design and as assistant to the Dean of Faculty at Berklee College of Music).
I have also worked on the other side of the desk as a college counselor at three international high schools (in India, Switzerland, and the US). I’ve helped students apply to colleges all over the world and have expert knowlege of Canadian and UK admission.
I have volunteered as an admission advisor and writing coach with community organizations in DC, and have helped international students apply for financial aid.
I earned my BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Virginia and taught three IB English classes.
I enjoy working one-on-one with students the most, especially helping them brainstorm and craft their essays. I have written enough counselor recommendations to fill a very large book, and have given workshops at two national conferences on writing the counselor recommendation. I’ve also coached teachers on writing recommendations.
In my spare time, I sing soprano in a semi-professional choir and write. I’m proud of being selected to attend the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference at Middlebury College in 2010 as a non-fiction contributor,and hope someday to contribute another memoir to the genre of woman-goes-to-India. I grew up in western North Carolina and, despite many moves, haven’t lost my Southern accent.