Areas of expertise: Boarding school admissions, college admissions, political science
B.A. International Studies, UC Irvine; Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning, UC Berkeley
Ryan earned his B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine. As an undergraduate, he focused on American Politics and interned at the United States Congress. Based in San Francisco, he has worked with over a hundred students and helped them get into the college of their dreams. His experience helps him understand the struggles that students deal with on a daily basis. By assisting students to recognize their strengths and overcome their weaknesses, Ryan strives to show students how to successfully reach their academic goals one step at a time.
Ryan is a former admission representative at Fay School, a prestigious junior boarding school in Massachusetts. He is also an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
Founder & Educational Consultant
Areas of expertise: SAT, Biology
B.S. Biology, UCLA
Matt Shen is a SAT instructor who works with students of all different backgrounds and ability to help them achieve a score that best reflect their academic ability. Matt understands the immense pressure and stress that students bring into the classroom and strives to provide a productive learning environment that serves as a respite from the traditional classroom setting. Matt is currently a Freshman Biology student-teacher at Mills High School. Matt holds a BS in Biology from UCLA and is currently pursuing a Single Subject Teaching Credential at San Francisco State University.
Area of expertise: Environmental Studies, urban planning
B.S. Conservation and Resource Studies, Minor in Geographic Information System (GIS), UC Berkeley
Ethan strongly believes in the potential for higher education to change lives – his years at UC Berkeley are still with him in his everyday life in the form of his passion for sustainability and his partner of many years. Ethan studied the broad field of environmental problem solving, focusing specifically on the role food, cities, and ethics influence environmental issues. After working at an international environmental non-profit after graduation, Ethan dove into the world of education to make a more tangible difference in the lives of students.
After two and a half years as a private education advisor, Ethan is pursuing his own education once more, this time by traveling across Asia and the Middle East for one year. He is eager to utilize the lessons he learns during his trip to inform his decision to pursue a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning.
Area of expertise: Math
B.S. Mathematics, UCLA
Soo believes mathematics could be a tool that can be used to understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. Unfortunately many students often get intimidated by math, and Soo works with students from various backgrounds to overcome that fear and find joy of problem solving. Soo supports girls and women in STEM field as well and believes anyone can pursue STEM major. She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from UCLA and tutors students in SAT mathematics and high school math courses.
Area of expertise: US boarding school admissions, photography
Film, UC Berkeley
A third generation boarding school graduate of Fay School and The Lawrenceville School, Douglas studied film and video at UC Berkeley. Winning a scholarship to an MIT Film workshop brought Douglas back East. He stayed, apprenticing and free-lancing in NYC and eventually opened his own studio on Fifth Avenue where he produced award winning creative projects for Levi’s, Sony, Nikon, Vogue, Microsoft.
Bodies of his work have been published by simon & schuster, popular photography magazine & nikon corporate. he’s lived and worked in asia for over two decades, including hong kong (cathay pacific in-flight videos), bangkok, jakarta and singapore (esl motivational workshops, storytelling, brand development). he’s obsessed with exploring and sharing experiences related to culture, motivation and creativity.
Advisor ( US Boarding School)
Area of expertise: business
Student Mentor - New York University