The IvyWise Team
Principal College Admissions Counselor
Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Stanford University
Mike is a former Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Stanford University and previously served as a part-time reader for New York University and at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
During his time at Stanford, Mike conducted presentations on Stanford admissions, college search and admission case studies at high schools and nonprofit organizations throughout California, the Midwest, and the Great Plains. Mike also coordinated Stanford’s uber-selective transfer admission program, creating the office’s first transfer handbook, leading local outreach and marketing efforts to community colleges.
At NYU, Mike read domestic and international applications for all schools, including engineering, arts, and business, giving him unique insight into how a wide variety of applications are evaluated at one of the top universities in the US. Prior to his experience at NYU, Mike also evaluated undergraduate and transfer applications and admissions interviews for UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
Mike started his postsecondary education in community college, then transferred to the University of California-Berkeley, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with minors in business and public policy. He also holds a master’s degree in education from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, where his studies focused on college access and success.
After Harvard, Mike served as the Director of College Guidance at a private high school in New York City and worked closely with students and families from diverse backgrounds throughout the college admissions and financial aid processes. Later, Mike moved to Portland, Oregon, where he worked at a college providing holistic advising (academic, financial and career) and teaching first-year success and career exploration courses to first- and second-year college students.
As a counselor, Mike is most excited to help students find their own voice, tell their unique and inspiring stories through their college essays, and build a path towards their dreams. He believes the student-counselor partnership is critical for a successful experience, so he strives to build trust and rapport with students, actively listen and encourage students to take ownership of their college process and harness their strengths and interests to tell their unique and compelling story in their college applications.
Mike has a passion for travel and has visited 69 different countries and 45 states in the US – and counting! In his spare time, you can also find him cheering for the Lakers and Dodgers, listening to podcasts on basketball, politics, finance, and personal development, and indulging in Asian culture and food (sushi, curry, anime and Korean dramas are among his favorites.)
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Los Angeles, CA