Melissa has 12+ years of experience in admissions and academic advising including Reader for the University of California at LA and Santa Barbara. She has also worked in college recruitment in university student services providing transitional support for admitted students.
Promoting higher education and assisting families with navigating the college admissions process is my passion! Growing up, my mother always stressed the importance of education. However, because she immigrated to the United States as a young adult, she didn’t understand all of the intricacies involved with applying to college. Her emphasis on education motivated me throughout my educational path, and once I graduated college, I knew I wanted a career supporting students on their university journey.
I am passionate about assisting and supporting students with choosing the pathway that best fits their interests and educational or career goals. I provide my students with the framework and resources necessary to make informed decisions about their educational paths.
I see my role as being an applicant’s personalized escort and facilitator of resources with the application process, however, it’s also important to me that students take ownership and make it truly their own. Every student I work with is unique and my goal is to help them highlight their attributes to make them competitive applicants while also allowing them to stay true to their individual interests and passions.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our baby girl. I love yoga, spinning, cooking, and traveling. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family and to be able to do what I love each and every day.
- B.S. in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University
- Master’s in Education from the University of Washington
- National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
- Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC)
- National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
I am so grateful to have picked Melissa to work with. She is very knowledgeable and has always gone above and beyond to answer any questions or meet any need that I have. I always knew that if I sent her an email it would be answered promptly and efficiently. I trust her with the pathway of my education…and that is saying a LOT!
Thank you Melissa!!
– Tavia Blume
“Melissa exudes all the characteristics of a consummate professional. She displays an unwavering commitment to develop her clients and help them grow well beyond the structures of an academic environment. She is a true advocate for personal development and a colleague who can work with anyone. Simply, products of her success can be measured in the achievements earned by those she advised.
I am one of them.”