A graduate of New York University and the University of Maryland School of Law, Valerie brings to her mentoring decades of experience as a tutor, writer, editor, and translator, fluency in Russian and French, familiarity with Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, and Georgian, as well as her firsthand experience at NYU, George Washington University, Yale University, Occidental College, and the University of Maryland. She has coached, encouraged, and inspired students from California to New York, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Valerie uses her linguistic and cross-cultural experience to help US students, first-generation Americans, and international clients find the right ways to demonstrate their unique qualities to university admissions teams. Her clients have been accepted to schools around the United States, including Northeastern University, Tufts University, Middlebury College, and the Monterey Institute, as well as small liberal arts colleges and state universities.
Although applying to colleges can be an intimidating and anxiety-provoking experience, Valerie’s students have remarked that her belief in their abilities minimized their stress, kept them on track, and made the process enjoyable and successful. (That also makes the work fun and rewarding for Valerie.)