Great Expectations only hires a mere 1-2% of its applicants — our staff is made up of the most experienced, educated, friendly, and charismatic education experts out there.

Yolanda W

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Psychology from the UC Berkeley; earned an M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University
HobbiesTraveling, movies (Sci-Fi in particular), poetry, spending time with family and friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengths4 year high school planning, extracurricular and summer enrichment planning, resume building, major and career pathways counseling, organizational skills, college tour and fly-in program coordinationmanaging test anxietysummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, journalism programs, humanities programs, business school applications, Cal State specialization, college list building, film programs, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, arts & music programs, business programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization
Related ExperienceDirector of a college access program at UC Los Angeles; developer of student support programs to improve student retention and success; experience working with Dreamers; high school college counselor; professional member of NACAC

Yoona C

Academic TutorCollege CounselorFounder's CircleTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English Literature (with a specialization in Creative Writing) from UC Los Angeles with a minor in German
HobbiesEating, drinking, making merry, then exercising and eating broccoli to balance things out
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math, Essay), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEELiterature
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General Strengthsacademic writing, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworkinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, interview skills
Related ExperienceTest prep and academic tutor (all levels), writing/composition and grammar instructor at Santa Monica College; former UCLA peer tutor, former member of UCLA Campus Events Staff; college counselor with track record of coaching successful applicants to UC system; understanding of individual UC schools, experience with UC Regents scholarship program; received fellowship for a workshop in conjunction with LACMA, received fellowship for an advanced course at the UCLA Special Collections Library; continued education through UCLA Extension