Deema Shehabi


  • Years of experience counseling students in college admissions
  • Knowledge of a wide range of colleges and universities
  • Compassionate and caring with students
  • Creative and narrative writing coach, which includes helping students with their college essays and helping them brainstorm dramatic events in their lives.
  • Published author and experienced editor, who has written two full-length poetry collections as well as edited an anthology of essays and poems.
  • Expertise in developmental and copyediting for college essays
  • Depth of knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative factors involved in college admissions
  • Previous high school English teacher
  • Great at coaching students through college interviews
  • Helped students gain acceptance to the following universities: Brown University, University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, Emory University, UCSB, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, UCLA, Santa Clara University, Cal Poly Slo, San Diego State University, Occidental College, University of the Redlands, Haverford College, University of Michigan, Purdue University, University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Boston University, University of Portland, Whittier College, Whitman College, University of Puget Sound, Willamette University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Chico State University, St. Mary's College of California, Loyola Marymount University


About Deema

Deema K. Shehabi’s background as a teacher and editor gives her a unique ability to counsel students in college admissions. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations from Tufts University and a Masters of Science in Journalism from Boston University. Deema also received a Certificate in College Admissions Counseling and Career Planning from UC Berkeley’s extension program and has guided many students in their college application process. She became interested in college advising after working with students on their college essays as a high school English teacher. She has also assisted students with their college applications at the College and Career Centers of two large public schools. Deema is passionate about helping students find the best college for their needs based on the best-fit philosophy. She’s also an award-winning poet and published author.


  • Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations
  • Masters of Science in Journalism


  • Certificate of College Admissions Counseling and Career Planning, UC Berkeley Extension

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • Western Association of College Admission Counseling


A student’s potential lies in a duality of purpose, both in forming a distinct identity in these growth years and concurrently acquiring an evolved sense of self and place as he/she reaches fruition. My purpose is to help students achieve an actualized growth pattern while meeting intended goals. I strive to recognize and celebrate each student’s distinct character and bring out their voice in college applications. I break down the college application process into small, digestible steps and milestones and believe in providing a personalized timeline. I believe that the best years of a student’s life are the college years, and I feel honored to be part of the process of helping students find their best fit


"As my daughter was approaching her Junior year of High School, it became very apparent that the college search and application process that exists today is completely unrecognizable to what I had gone through myself as a teenager. College was a goal we had discussed as a family for years, and we had saved and planned to invest in our daughter’s future. Yet, when the time came, I was not at all prepared for the effort that is required to find the right fit for each student, nor the complexity of the college application process. "

"Working with Deema’s gentle and supportive guidance, my daughter was immediately put at ease and took ownership of the task, which in itself was wonderful preparation for college. Deema provided advice on test preparation resources and research for my daughter to create her short list of schools to visit and apply to. Her extensive knowledge of schools was invaluable in helping to create a list of schools that my daughter felt qualified for and could see herself attending. In August, before my daughter’s Senior year, Deema set up a weekly schedule and broke down the steps and goals for my daughter to complete the applications and essays without being completely overwhelmed. In doing so, my daughter was able to submit all of her applications by Oct 1, well ahead of the deadlines set forth by all of the schools. As a parent, Deema guided me through the world of FAFSA and CSS Profiles required for financial aid."

"There is no doubt in my mind that had we not had the opportunity to work with Deema on this daunting task, my daughter would not have felt so confident about her college applications and the responses she received. I highly recommend Deema’s services without reservation to any family starting this journey."

-Erin (Parent)

"From the moment my son began working with Deema, he felt a level of comfort, attentiveness, and responsiveness from her. Her presence throughout the college application process eliminated a lot of stress for my son and me, and she guided and nudged him to consider many possibilities for himself. Her ability to listen and draw out things that a parent or a teacher couldn't have were an invaluable part of the process for applying for college, but also for assessing his accomplishment and defining his next chapter. She's a wonderful support to young people in this difficult and daunting process! "

- Persis (Parent)