"Shiny diplomas from shiny schools help. It's a lie to say otherwise.
But it's as foolish to accord their luster more consequence than the effort you put into your studies, the earnestness with which you hone your skills,
what you actually learn. These are the sturdier building blocks of a career."
Frank Bruni, New York Times
256,146 students from around the world applied to Ivy League Colleges
22,603 of those students were admitted 4 of those students were Felicia's
Hear Felicia Speak!
Gunn High School, May 7th, 2014
Palo Alto Downtown Public Library, May 10th, 2014
Palo Alto Downtown Public Library, June 14th, 2014
Sunnyvale Public Library Spring/Summer 2014 TBD
Why be anybody else? You will succeed by being you. Why be anybody else, when you will succeed by being you.
In your college application, you will be asked to explain who you are, what you bring to the world, and why you are applying to college. You may be required to upload an academic paper, a creative work, or a video. Hopefully, you will interact and communicate with college students, professors, and admissions officers. At each of these steps, you will be expected to be self-aware and authentic. Felicia knows you can do it! In fact, she sees the process of applying to college as a seriously fun and transformative game changer. By guiding you to learn self-presentation, research, networking, interviewing, and resetting--skills that will carry you into college, through college, and beyond--she supports you to present your best self to the world. Why be anybody else, when you’ll succeed by being you.
The college application marks an important transition. You, the high school student, are preparing to be out in the world away from home. College admissions officers are measuring, in part, your readiness for this endeavor. They want to know that once you arrive on their campus, you will be prepared to make it through the demands of being on your own, while also taking a college course load. With Felicia, you learn to see and to prepare for this first, big step into the world; you develop skills that will significantly improve your high school experience, your college applications, and your success in college. Starting as early as the freshman year and as late as the junior year of high school, Felicia guides her students to gain and practice skills that will change their lives. You learn to self reflect, to research opportunities and colleges, to mindfully engage those who will evaluate you, and to present yourself, in person and in writing, in a clear and compelling way. You then begin putting these skills to immediate use in your communication with teachers, counselors, mentors, college admissions officers, and with all those in your outreach and extracurricular activities. Once the college application cycle commences in June following the junior year, you are then already prepared to take your skills to the next level. You learn to write effective essays that highlight your core person, and you prepare to shine with clarity and confidence in your interviews. By the time you say your goodbyes to Felicia, you have not only been admitted to college, you have prepared to succeed in college and in the work place.
Your extracurricular activities reflect who you are. By choosing and developing meaningful extracurricular activities, you will expand and refine your unique character and interests. At any educational stage, Felicia can guide you with advising, self-reflection, and directed writing to help you create an extracurricular path that you can deeply care about. When you are ready for it, she will encourage you to think big, and to see each new year as an opportunity to take your interests and pursuits to the next level.
Gap year will continue to grow in popularity as students learn the importance of resetting and retooling their identities to meet the demands of the 21st century. Felicia has taken three gap years in her own life time. As a college professor, she has observed the boost in confidence and focus of students who have started college after taking a gap year. Needless to say, she is a big fan. If you are considering a gap year, Felicia can help you to assess your options and to devise a strategy for making a "year on" integral to your educational and career plans.
Felicia has advised prospective graduate students for fifteen years. Currently, she is Director of Graduate Independent Studies at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Prospective graduate students meet with Felicia to discuss their academic goals and to review the format and topical depth of their application materials. When necessary, Felicia provides editing and feedback.
Are you hoping to transfer immediately, or in your junior year? Felicia guides you to build an appropriate college list, reflective of transfer trends at each school. She supports you in the essay writing process, reviews your applications, and makes sure that you are taking every offered opportunity to stand out in your application.