Meet the Counselor

When she moved to Massachusetts from Brazil in 11th grade, Sarah quickly discovered how complicated the college admission process is in the U.S.. She made many mistakes in selecting the colleges she applied to and is extremely grateful for last minute advice from a family friend (and college counselor) that led her to apply to the only college that accepted her with the financial aid she required. Her experience has made her passionate about helping students find colleges that are a good academic, social, and financial fit for them and coaching them on how to present themselves in their best light in their college applications. She is especially interested in guiding students who are first-generation, homeschooled, military dependents, gifted, and/or have learning disabilities/ADHD.

 

As a veteran homeschool educator, Sarah is very familiar with the role homeschool parents play as their child's school counselor. As a military spouse for 24 years, she understands the unique challenges military dependents face when applying to college. And as the parent of teenagers in the high school classes of 2020 and 2022, she knows how stressful the college application process can be for the entire family and strives to help make the journey as smooth as possible.

Sarah is a lifelong learner and devotes a large portion of her time to researching colleges, keeping up with the constantly changing college admissions landscape, improving her essay coaching skills, and networking with college admissions professionals. She takes training, professionalism, and ethics very seriously. She also volunteers 100 hours a year as a college coach for low-income/first-generation students for the non-profit organization ScholarMatch.

College Counselor
Education
  • B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College

  • M.Ed. in School Counseling from UNC - Chapel Hill

  • Graduate certificate in College Counseling from UCLA

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Professional Memberships

  • IECA: Independent Educational Consultants Association 

  • NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling

  • WACAC: Western Association for College Admission Counseling

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Licenses and Certifications

  • National Certified Counselor

  • Licensed School Counselor (NC)

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Homeschooling Experience

  • 5th through 12th grades in Virginia, South Carolina, and Massachusetts

  • Planned the classes and assessments strategically, with selective college admissions requirements in mind

  • Guided eldest son in the college admissions process. He received merit aid offers of $30,000 to $41,000 a year

  • Created son's homeschool transcript, school profile, course descriptions, & counselor recommendation letter

Purpose

Right4U College Counseling exists to:

  • demystify the college search and application process and ease the stress of students and their parents

  • educate students and their parents about the various options for higher education available to them

  • support homeschool educators and military families

  • provide services that are affordable to middle-class families

Mission

Right4U College Counseling aims to provide outstanding personalized guidance to high school students to discover and apply to colleges that are a good academic, social, and financial fit, and to advise homeschool educators in how to be effective college counselors.

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