The IvyWise Team
Principal College Admissions Counselor
Former Admissions Officer at Stanford University
Kelly is a former Admissions Officer at Stanford University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission.
At Stanford, Kelly served as an Admissions and Diversity Officer as well as International Center liaison, working both in undergraduate and graduate admissions in the School of Education. Kelly previously served as an Enrollment Manager at California College of the Arts, a college counselor at an independent college preparatory high school, an academic advisor at University of San Francisco, and an independent college counselor. Kelly has also taught art, art history and English in Italy.
Kelly earned her BA in art history and fine art at UC Davis and an MA in Museum Studies, Italian Studies and Photography in Florence, Italy.
During Kelly’s career in admissions, she reviewed thousands of applications from around the world as well as the US, in all majors, as well as in specific art programs, including BFA and MFA. Given Kelly’s broad background in the arts, she also brings niche expertise in developing and reviewing visual art portfolios, not only for arts-focused students but also those seeking to submit optional portfolios to highlight their creativity to enhance their applications to other programs. Kelly enjoys working with students interested in the social sciences, education and the arts, where she can provide first-hand knowledge and application of these areas.
Kelly is a student advocate and educator first and foremost, so her counseling approach is focused on helping her students engage in the self-discovery process, to go beyond what is expected of them, and get passionate about their roles in shaping their future. Kelly has found a particular interest in guiding students who struggle to find their path, encouraging them to understand and reveal what makes them distinct, adding color, curiosity, and creativity to their applications so they can connect with admissions officers.
As a creative expressive and linguist/language teacher, Kelly prides herself on devising innovative ways to make her students shine and communicate their ‘specialness,’ demystifying the admissions process to make it more of a creative journey together.
Kelly jumps at the chance to travel whenever and wherever she can, but when she’s not flying around the globe you can find Kelly volunteering with refugees transitioning to the US and teaching Italian. She is still an active writer and artist, working mostly in photography and poetry, and is currently teaching herself to play ukulele.
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San Francisco, CA