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Our Counselors

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TJ

Counselor/Tutor

TJ has been advising, consulting, and tutoring students in the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the last ten years, giving him an intimate knowledge of the area and its student population. TJ has successfully guided hundreds of students through the ever-confusing labyrinth of college admissions and high school curriculum. Having studied in prestigious institutions himself, TJ understands the rigorous preparations that are needed to not only gain admissions, but also to succeed once the student begins his/her studies. TJ has master’s degrees in biochemistry and public policy from UCSF and Columbia University, respectively. TJ has also earned a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. In addition to his extensive technical expertise, TJ’s ability to empathize and relate to students has garnered praise and trust from both students and parents.

Education

MA, Columbia

BS, UCSF

Major

Public Policy

Biochemistry

Language

English

Korean

Counseling Since

2009

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Luke

Counselor/Tutor

Born and raised in Palo Alto, California, Luke ventured to the East Coast for two years at Harvard College before transferring to Stanford University, where he earned his B.A. in English. Since 2003, he has helped hundreds of students achieve academic excellence. An expert in SAT and ACT prep, he has helped students increase, on average, 200 points in SAT and 4 points in ACT. A seasoned college counselor, he is particularly proud of the many students he’s helped gain admission to colleges which they thought were beyond their reach, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Brown, MIT, and many others. He believes studying and college planning should feel empowering and efficient, and works hard to give his students a sense of personal mastery and independence. 

Education

BA, Stanford

Major

English

Language

English

Counseling Since

2003

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Ji

Counselor

Ji received her Ph.D. in education from USC. Ji’s research focuses on understanding and assessing how students succeed in college. Ji has published in peer-reviewed journals, including Higher Education, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of General Education, Innovative Higher Education, and Journal of International Students. Applying research to practice, Ji started advising students since 2010. She is passionate about helping students not only get into but also succeed in college. Before coming to the U.S., Ji was a college English teacher, and received her BA and MA in English from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China.

Education

PhD, USC

MA, BA, HUST, China

Major

Education

English

Language

English

Mandarin

Counseling Since

2010

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Cammy

Counselor/Tutor

Cammy is a lifelong educator and earned her BA in Communications (UCLA), EdM (Harvard University), and JD (Loyola Law School). She applies the skills and knowledge she has acquired over 30 years in the field of education. She has served as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in K-12 schools and universities and reviewed thousands of college and graduate school applications. Cammy has helped countless of students and their families successfully navigate through the maze of the college admissions process and gain acceptance to top private and public colleges of their choice. Cammy also specializes in interviewing prep for college and graduate admissions and mentoring students in their transition from high school to college. 

Education

EdM, Harvard
BA, UCLA
JD, Loyola Law

Major

Education
Communication
Law

Language

English
Mandarin

Counseling Since

1996

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Lucinda

Counselor/Tutor

Lucinda is a graduate of Milton Academy and The University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, she earned a bachelor’s degree in French literature, graduating with honors. After college Lucinda entered the book publishing industry in New York, working for companies such as W.W.Norton, Doubleday, and HarperCollins. She is a published translator from French to English of works of fiction and nonfiction. Lucinda has taught ESL and worked as an essay coach since 2017. Writing is her passion, and she is dedicated to teaching her students how to write winning, distinctive essays for both college admissions and competitions.

Education

U Penn

Major

French Literature

Language

English
French

Counseling Since

2017

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Kate

Counselor

Kate received her undergraduate degree from University of New Hampshire, where she majored in Theatre and minored in Visual Arts. She went on to earn an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University, and an MFA in Film Production from Boston University. Kate works as a graphic designer and a filmmaker, and her feature film and short films have won multiple awards at domestic and international film festivals. Kate uses her background in film production, design, and the visual arts to help students improve their art portfolios and perfect their multimedia assets to strengthen their college applications. 

Education

BA, UNH

EdM, Harvard 

MFA, BU 

Major

Theatre

Arts in Education

Film Production

Language

English

Mandarin

Counseling Since

2011

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Sukyoung

Counselor

Sukyoung became fascinated with the admissions process while working at the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions office while she was a student there. After graduation, she worked in finance and entrepreneurship and sold her first company at the age of 25. She has earned a certificate in college counseling from UCLA Extension with distinction and is currently a masters candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduate research assistant with Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is deeply committed to college access and success and helping students on their journey to becoming happy and intelligent adults. Sukyoung loves working with middle and high school students and helping them find the right passion projects that will set them apart. She understands the stress that young students may be under and strives to help them find balance while encouraging the importance of mental health.

Education

BS, BA UCLA

Ed.M, Harvard

Major

Biology, Anthropology

Language

English

Korean

Counseling Since

2016

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Liu

Counselor

Born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Jacksonville, Liu attended a public school for a year in Chengdu, China and private school in Florida before applying to Phillips Academy Andover in 2015. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 2020 in the top of his class cum laude and now is back in Providence studying Environmental Science and East Asian Studies at Brown University. Liu has helped many students and peers younger than him develop a well-rounded, personal, and passionate narrative to achieve their goal of admission to top colleges and private schools. With plenty of recent experience increasing standardized test scores, interviewing effectively, and editing and crafting excellent essays for independent high schools and colleges, Liu is friendly and ready to help students upgrade their applications.

Education

BS, Brown

Major

Environmental Science

Language

English

Mandarin

Counseling Since

2020

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Geoffrey

Counselor

Geoffrey received his degree with honors majoring in Communications from Northwestern University. He is a professional in the entertainment industry as a writer, producer and director. He was nominated for an Emmy Award and creates films and television series for networks like The History Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS and many more. His work has been displayed at The Museum of Modern Art in New York as well as being featured in international film festivals. Geoffrey has taught Speech Communications, Theater and Art Education at the collegiate level. Geoffrey tutors students in the humanities with an emphasis on history, writing and art. He also helps students to improve their private school and college application essays as well as aid in creating compelling stories for multimedia assets for their applications.

Education

BP, Northwestern

Major

Communication

Language

English

Counseling Since

2022

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