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.

Zachary E

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in History and Political Science with a minor in Russian Language from Colorado State University; earned a Masters degree in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Security Studies (School of International Relations) and a Masters degree in Iranian Studies (School of History) from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland
HobbiesAddicted to learning by doing and exploring the world and developing connections with new people and places. Traveled to nearly 100 countries on all 7 continents. Hiking. Camping. Listening to live music. Eating delicious cuisine and cooking new recipes. Spending time with friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, managing test anxiety, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, college-level courseworkinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, International Baccalaureate (IB), non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, humanities programs, business school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, Cal State specialization, foreign college/university application process, college list building, course selection for Masters and Ph.D. programs, public health programs, law school applications, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, medical school applications, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceFormer international admissions reader on U.S. and Canadian academic credentials/transcript evaluation for University of Saint Andrews; advising university students recently returned from study and internship abroad programs on how to articulate their experience and communicate their value academically, socially, and professionally in the job search and interview process; personal statement, application essay, and statement of purpose proofreader and editor for hundreds of international and American students applying to undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. programs; public speaker on various topics regarding international admissions, student recruitment, and student affairs