Independent Educational Consultant
Elise is a scientist and word nerd turned professional writer and college coach. As a former researcher, she loves helping students ask good questions and dig into details to discover great-fit colleges, themselves, and their writing voices as they navigate admissions.
After earning her degree in geobiology from Caltech, Elise jetted off to Denmark for a Fulbright at a Danish research lab. She returned to the US to start graduate school at MIT, where she earned her Master’s in Earth Science. Since then, she’s been writing professionally about science for magazines like Scientific American, National Geographic, Quanta, Science News, and more. Elise earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA and now puts her writing experience to work helping students craft compelling college essays that are authentically theirs.
While essays are perhaps Elise’s favorite part of the application process, she also loves the research phase: helping students discover schools that fit best with their individual needs, circumstances, and ambitions. For students interested in doing research while at college, Elise can demystify the often-unspoken rules of academia and help with finding and applying to internships and other opportunities during high school. Elise has also lived several years abroad in the UK, Denmark, and Austria, and is happy to guide interested students in exploring the many exciting educational opportunities beyond the US.
When she’s not thinking about colleges or science, Elise is probably playing board games with friends or trying to learn another new language.
Elise was my heroine at App Camp. Whenver I was stuck for an essay idea she would ask great questions until I landed on a story that was perfect!
- Alexa, student
If you want to understand what real scientific research is like, talk to Elise. She had the academic and hands-on experience to help me understand what it will take to be a professional resarcher, and I am more excited than ever about my intended career path. Now I have a clearer roadmap how to get there.