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Master College Admissions Counselor

Former Admissions Officer,
Occidental College

Juaquin specializes in students applying to competitive and/or highly selective schools, students seeking help to uncover their passions, students interested in liberal arts, international students, student athletes, artists, transfer students, and underrepresented students.

Juaquin is a former Admission Officer at Occidental College in Los Angeles and senior interviewer at his alma mater, Wesleyan University

As an Admission Officer, Juaquin worked with students from across the US and most recently advised international students on the highly selective admission process. He was on the College Fair Board for the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and has presented on various college admission topics at regional and national conferences.

Juaquin has a passion for college admissions that led him to develop and direct the college counseling department at a leading independent private school in his hometown of Albuquerque, NM for 10 years. He is committed to increasing access to education and is currently the founder and Executive Director of a college access non-profit organization.

As a former member of the Call to Action Board on diversity for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Juaquin has over 13 years of experience helping all types of students find their voice. In recognition of his outstanding college counseling, Juaquin received the Yale Educator of the Year Award.

Juaquin speaks Spanish and was a Division I recruited college athlete who swam Division III in college. Juaquin has returned to the pool, after a 12-year hiatus, to train and compete both nationally and internationally in US masters and international swim meets.