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Rachel Mack

Rachel Mack

Admissions Expert

Rachel has more than 15 years of experience working as college admissions counselor with a Masters in Educational Counseling & Pupil Personnel Services.

Biography

About Rachel

As the daughter of immigrant parents, I understand the challenges that first-generation families face as they attempt to navigate the complex college admissions process. My goal is to help take some of the mystery and stress out of the process for both students and parents. As a high school counselor working with over 350 students, I have supported a large number of students through each step of the college admissions process. My professional training in College Admissions Advising enabled me to help develop a Comprehensive College Counseling program at the high school where I work, creating workshop series on topics such as college essay writing, building a college list and successfully completing UC and Common App applications. I also have a background in grant writing, and enjoy using my writing skills to help students craft a strong personal statement. I now supervise other college advising interns in order to increase access to free college counseling services for our school’s first-generation students.

Education

  • Stanford University, B.A. Human Biology and Social Psychology
  • Western Seminary, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, Pupil Personnel Services Credential
  • UC Berkeley Extension, Professional Sequence in College Admissions Advising

Certification(s)

  • Pupil Personnel Services (School Counseling) Credential

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • The Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC)
  • The American School Counselors Association (ASCA)

Counseling Style

I have been counseling students and families for over 15 years, and I am passionate about supporting students in reaching their post-secondary goals. I believe in encouraging students to look beyond only “name brand” colleges, and helping them find colleges that would be a great fit for their unique interests and personality. California colleges are also a special area of focus for me.

Testimonial

“Mrs. Mack is always receptive and willing to provide information or assistance to the best of her ability. A prompt, organized, and diligent counselor, she has a wealth of experience in her occupation and a heart of gold. You would be blessed to have a counselor like Mrs. Mack!”

(M. — Full scholarship to Yale)

“Mrs. Mack is a great counselor– she is approachable, patient, and always willing to answer my questions. Whether I am applying to college or scholarships she has offered me useful and friendly guidance. I am very lucky to have her as my counselor.”

(S. — Attending Amherst)

“Ms. Mack has been so kind and helpful to me for the four years that I’ve had her. Throughout my high school career, she’s always been the go-to person to ask for help or to even spark a short conversation. From course selections to college admissions, Ms. Mack gave me the best advice in every field. I’m so grateful to have such a patient and caring counselor and couldn’t have asked for more.”

(K.)

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