College Access Program Specialist
CollegeBound Foundation — Forest Park Senior High School (MD)
What drew you to the world of college admission counseling?
I got into the world of college admission counseling because I love working with young people. I was in the AVID program as a high school student and had a great AVID teacher and school counselor who both helped me navigate the college application process. I enjoy helping students just as my teacher and counselor helped me.
What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of the job is when students get an acceptance decision and getting to read their college essays. I love seeing how happy the students get when they’ve received an acceptance and I love learning about each student’s story.
How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC has been extremely helpful in the trainings they promote in their weekly newsletters. I sign up for a new training at least once a week because the content is interesting and relevant.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
I think the biggest challenge facing our profession today is securing enough financial aid to help low-income students attend college. Not all students have the opportunity to become involved in a plethora of activities after school. Sometimes they have to work to provide for themselves or their families, or sometimes their school does not have many after-school opportunities outside of athletics. Additionally, due to students having to work or not having the proper academic build-up from an early age, by the time they realize how it important it is to get good grades or become involved in school it is too late to qualify for scholarship opportunities. My average and sometimes top-notch students get into four-years and want to go, but often do not have the funds to afford it.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I love hiking, dancing, reading, cooking, and watching movies.
What five words would you use to describe yourself?
Driven, optimistic, realistic, honest, and caring.
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