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Cindy is a graduate of Stanford University with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Art History and a master’s in Liberal Studies. She is a former Assistant Director of Admission for the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. She has read and evaluated over three thousand applications for college admission to competitive colleges. Cindy is the co-author of The Best College Admission Essays (ARCO/Peterson’s, 1997). Her recent titles include: The Everything Guide to Study Skills: Strategies, Tips, and Tools You Need to Succeed in School (F&W Media, July, 2011); Straight-A Study Skills which is co-authored by her son (Adam’s Media, December, 2012); and The Everything College Checklist Book (F&W Media, April, 2013). Her newest book, Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More than Just the Essay (Peterson’s Publishing, September, 2014) is on sale now. In her book research, she personally interviewed the Deans of Admission of: Amherst, Bates, Bucknell, University of Chicago, Columbia, Duke, Grinnell, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, Occidental, University of Rochester, University of Southern California, Stanford, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, Wesleyan, Williams and Yale. She has also written five other books published by Simon & Schuster and Random House.

While at Stanford, Cindy worked as a campus tour guide and a volunteer student coordinator in recruiting admitted students for the Office of Undergraduate Admission. She next completed her Masters Degree at Nova Southeastern University. As an admission director at IIT and University of Chicago, Cindy read and screened applications, interviewed prospective students, recruited and served on the admissions committee to evaluate borderline applicants and appeals cases. She also taught SAT preparation classes for the Princeton Review and later worked as a high school teacher at a private college preparatory school, The University School, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

For the past fifteen years, Cindy has run a private educational consulting/college counseling business. She personally privately counsels middle school through twelfth grade students. She works with her students on high school guidance, focusing on course selection, study skills and time management, and also she teaches seminars and leads workshops on how to be successful in high school. Until 2011, Cindy assisted students in all aspects of the college application process including essay writing, interview preparation, how to obtain positive teacher recommendations and academic, extracurricular, and summer planning among other things. Cindy works with all levels of students from the highest achievers to the least motivated finding ways to connect and succeed with a client base that possesses a wide range of academic abilities. Students she has worked with have been admitted to: Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Yale, MIT, Duke, Wesleyan, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, Vassar, all UC schools, Johns Hopkins, The Claremont Colleges, Brandeis, Columbia, NYU, and USC among others. She spent the past 20 years working and raising her family in Newport Beach, CA and has recently relocated with her husband and four children to the Bay Area and lives in Menlo Park, CA.

Cindy has conducted numerous study skills and essay-writing workshops across the country and speaks locally and nationally to both parent and student organizations. You can read more about topics that she presents under the speaking tab on this website. Please contact her to learn more about how to have Cindy speak to your group.