“Counselors tap on the hands-on skill and knowledge accumulated by the Founder who has read, reviewed, and evaluated over 28,000 applications while at Harvard University"



The broad-based knowledge amassed by the head of Beacon Star through an educational career spanning several decades sets its educational services apart. Counselors tap the hands-on skill and knowledge accumulated by the Founder who has read, reviewed and evaluated over 28,000 applications while at Harvard University. 


Beacon Star counselors work together to ensure that the application process is smooth and that the student feels supported from the beginning to the end. By knowing the student and their strengths as an applicant, counselors will help guide the student to being one of the distinguished and successful applicants in the different application pools selected.


There is a free exchange of information among counselors to help students achieve successful admission to their preferred schools.


Michael worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions at New York University from 2004-2007 before joining his current post as Director of College Counseling at a New York City private school.  He is formerly an executive board member of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling and he works as the JV Boys Basketball Team at his high school.  With 12 full years of admission experience, Michael is passionate about working with students of all backgrounds.


Nick has been a college counselor for over thirty years at two outstanding high schools in Westchester County, New York. He was Director of Guidance at both schools and has helped to place more than a thousand students at colleges and universities all over the USA and internationally.  Nick's philosophy is to find the right fit school for each student and he truly believes that the college application process does not have to be as stressful as some people suggest.  In fact, he thinks it can be fun as students discover more about themselves, their strengths and goals.


Lisa has been active in the college counseling world for 20 years, primarily of the New York Association for College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC) and was awarded the association's President's Award in 2008. Lisa was elected to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Board of Directors in 2006 and served a three-year term. 

Lisa has been a member on advisory panels for The City University of New York and The College Board, as well as several state and national committees. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the transition to post-secondary education and has been interviewed by The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS's "Up to the Minute," US News & World Report, The Daily Beast.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, American Airlines' in-flight magazine, Bloomberg.com, education.com, businessweek.com and many other publications. 

Lisa graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in English and Government and received a Master's degree in Journalism from NYU.  

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Adriana graduated from Wellesley College and has in-depth knowledge of the college application process, both from working with prospective students and applying to college herself. She strives to help students to put their best foot forward on their applications so they can achieve their academic and professional dreams. She has lived in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and enjoys working with students from all backgrounds. 


A summer ‘Mystery Internship’ program brought Annie, a First-Year student at Yale-NUS College all the way from Singapore over to Beacon Star in Taipei, Taiwan. Having gone through the entire College applications process herself just a year ago, she was able to provide precious insights from the perspective of a College student and with that in mind, created our current official Beacon Star website. Her two-month long internship was according to her “Hands down the best working experience ever!”


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