Annie's experience includes six years as Associate Director of Admissions in the Undergraduate Admission Office at Stanford University as well as two years of financial aid advising at Stanford. In addition, she was Associate Director of College Counseling at San Francisco University High School. Annie has designed and taught undergraduate courses at both Stanford and the University of Michigan, and served as an academic advisor to Stanford undergraduates throughout her years as Associate Director.
Annie graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in political science, and was a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan before becoming a mom to two fantastic kids who steered her commitment to education in a direction that better suited them. She served on the board of their private school in San Francisco for seven years, four of them as Board President. Annie's ten years as an admission director, high school college counselor, academic advisor, and instructor of undergraduates at Stanford and Michigan have given her uncommon insight into the kinds of challenges that present themselves to bright, accomplished young people as they approach adulthood.
Annie founded AdmissionWise to provide thoughtful, compassionate, and expert guidance — beyond the conventional wisdom — to students and their families as they navigate the process of applying to college.
Marshall joined the AdmissionWise team in 2011, and heads up essay development. He has B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in history from UC Berkeley and has spent more than twenty years teaching at the high school and college levels — most recently on the faculty of the History Department at UC Berkeley, where he taught courses in American cultural and intellectual history. He is the author of Coming to Terms with Democracy: Federalist Intellectuals and the Shaping of an American Culture and several articles on early American history. He also worked for several years as a freelance writer, producing student resources and teacher support materials for use in high school and college classrooms.
Marshall's years in the classroom have given him an understanding of the demands on both high school and college students. He has a particularly keen understanding of the pressures students face as they apply to college during a busy senior year. As a writer, he recognizes good writing, and as a teacher, he knows how to bring out the best in students as they write their college essays.
Logan received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. Previously he graduated with a B.A. in English from Princeton University. At Michigan, Logan taught literature and writing courses for six years and was awarded the university's Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award and the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching Composition. His writing has appeared in Tin House and online at The Atlantic, The Awl, Salon, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Joyland, and Broadly.
Logan guides writers in finding and articulating their own passions in their own styles. He believes that the most compelling stories are the ones we don't realize we need to tell — or the ones that we're too afraid to tell. His goal is to give students the confidence and inspiration to bring those stories to light.
Jamel has B.A, M.A., and M.Phil degrees from Columbia University, and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was a Dean's Graduate Fellow. Most recently, he was the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. In addition to years of experience teaching undergraduate literature and creative writing at Columbia, Iowa, and Wisconsin-Madison, he has worked with high school students as an Upward Bound counselor and an English teacher at the Trinity School in New York. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, Gulf Coast, and with Graywolf Press.
Jamel believes that writing is a process of discovering the story that absolutely needs to be told. As a former academic counselor, and an experienced teacher on both the high school and college levels, he has an acute understanding of how to encourage students to find and articulate their most urgent and interesting stories.
About College Consulting
If you have top-notch college counseling available at your high school, you can and should make good use of your college counselor. Unfortunately, it is more likely that you are one of 300 students assigned to a college counselor whom you have met once, or that the basketball coach has recently morphed into the person who advises students about their college options after practice.
As public school funding for college counseling has eroded, students have lost a valuable resource. Some high schools no longer employ administrators familiar with admissions and financial aid availability at private colleges. Many high schools handle the dearth of funding by choosing to focus scarce resources on admission to large state universities, often at the expense of maintaining accurate information about admission to the nation's private colleges and universities.
AdmissionWise is about access to expert college guidance. We work directly with you and your parents from as early as your sophomore year of high school. As a former admission director and financial aid advisor at Stanford University, Annie shares her expertise with your family, helps you explore a wide range of private and public colleges and universities, and ultimately whittle your choices to a handful of schools where you would thrive. Find out more about our admissions services.