My college search process began in a haphazard way, but I was lucky to have a college counselor who did a very effective job of guiding me towards colleges that would be a good fit for me both as a student and as a person. The University of Chicago was my first choice, and while they made me sweat a bit (ask me about it!), that was ultimately where I chose to attend. I planned for a career in science journalism but graduated in the middle of the Great Recession, which narrowed my prospects. Fortunately for me, this led to a job in communications at an independent school, which is where I discovered my love of working with high school students. While earning my master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University, I took on various roles, including journalism teacher, soccer coach, advisor, and college counselor–but the last one is what stuck. College counseling combines my expertise in advocacy and marketing with my passion for working with students. When my husband’s job took us to Florida for a few years, I had the opportunity to see the other side of the process as an assistant director of admissions at the University of Florida–an invaluable experience. However, I really missed working closely with students and being in a school environment, so ultimately returned to the high school side. My goals as a counselor are to help students find a college that fits them on all levels–academically, culturally, emotionally, socially–and to help them feel validated, affirmed, and empowered through the process of telling their unique story.