As an admissions advisor at University of Chicago, AJ specializes in admissions to top ranked colleges. AJ has worked as a college admissions counselor on both the East and West coasts at elite private high schools.
I have worked as a college counselor for over 10 years at two selective private schools on both sides of the country. I currently serve as the Associate Director of College Counseling at a top-50 nationally ranked high school. My students have attended a range of colleges around the world, and my first priority is always discussing colleges that make the most sense for each applicant. Before my work on the high school side, I worked at a liberal arts college for five years, reviewing applications from students in regions in California, New England,and New York City. I also spent a significant amount of time working as a College Coach and Writing Coach for College Summit, which is geared toward providing college access to first-generation students from inner city populations.
From the first time I meet with a student, my effort is fully focused on helping him/her feel comfortable in a process that can sometimes seem daunting and stressful. Breaking down the next steps and focusing on the task at hand makes individual progress more approachable and enjoyable than looking at applying from a big picture approach.
In my free time, I enjoy running, watching sports (especially baseball), going on hikes, traveling, and playing with my dog, Guinness.
- BA English Literature – Denison University
- MA Higher Education Leadership – University of San Diego
- College Counseling Certificate – University of California, Los Angeles
- NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
- WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling)
- ACCIS (Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools)
“Thank you so much for all of your help and guidance over the past few months. You certainly made the process much easier and worthwhile, so thank you again! I am looking forward to the results we will see in the next few months.”
“I just wanted to write you to say a BIG thank you for all your help over the past couple months. You’ve been absolutely the best counselor possible, and have done an amazing job with everything.”
– Nick (student)
“Thank you for all that you did for me over the summer and this year. You have made this whole experience very easy for me, and it is for that I am very thankful.”
– George (student)
:”Thank you so much for all that you have done for Hannah (and us) in her college application journey. We are very grateful to you!”
– Bridget (parent)
“Thank you for the help these last few years. I could not be more happy with my college decision. Your guidance was so helpful during the application process and I could not have done this without you.”
– Katie (student)
“I want to sincerely thank you for the guidance that you’ve given me. While it is your job to support me through the college process, it is not at all in your job description to talk to me over the phone at weddings or look over my umpteenth draft of the exact same essay. You are a wonderful, selfless person. My gratitude is completely ineffable, as I owe so much to your dedication and support. You have both believe in me and supported me to the fullest, and for that, I am grateful. To me, you’re the college sensei. Thank you for everything over the last two years. You’re the man, AJ.”
– Nikhil (student)
“Thank you so much for supporting and guiding me through the college process. Without you, I’m sure that I would not have achieved what I did. I always appreciated your no-nonsense, to the point, and reassuring voice. In a process filled with rumors, misconceptions, and bad advice, you were my go-to guy for some real talk. The college process has been a long, wild ride, but thank you for the constant reassurance and guidance along the way. Without your help, I would have gotten lost.”
– Charlie (student):