College Planning and Guidance
Essay & Activity Brainstorming & Planning
Application Project Management
Course Selection Advising
Meet Your Team
Marisela Gomez has been involved in the higher education industry for over 15 years. She has read over 20,000 applications during her time as an admission counselor and enrollment manager at her alma mater, Santa Clara University. Her experience, as a first-generation student and admission officer, has enabled her support families understand the admission process with confidence and inspiration.
Marisela is an expert in the college admission/financial aid field. She has been invited to speak all over the Bay Area, other parts of California, and out of the country. She has been an invited guest at several Univision (Hispanic Television Network) programs and radio stations, and interviewed by local newspapers.
"Every student can be inspired to take action, work with our team to create a personalized college plan, and stay focused through the admission process."
— Marisela Gomez, College Advisor
Ever since she earned the nickname “Colleen the Question Queen” on a fourth-grade field trip, Colleen has loved asking questions and finding answers. In college, she majored in Classics, which gave her the chance to read the Iliad five times (and learn how to pronounce Aristophanes). After graduating magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago, Colleen went on to earn her master’s degree in English from Boston University.
Colleen returned to the Bay Area in 2010 and started teaching SAT and ACT prep classes for local students. While she relished correcting grammar for a living, Colleen always preferred conversations about college to Critical Reading passages. She began working as a college essay specialist in 2012 and gets to put her questioning skills to good use every day, helping students discover and articulate who they are and what they’re looking for in their college experience.
Western Associations of College Admission Counseling
National Association of College Admission Counseling
What Families are Saying
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE
Marisela truly understands the admissions process and knows about a lot of colleges; as such, she is a remarkable guide to the college choosing process! My son applied to many schools we'd never heard of before, and these are schools that Marisela suggested we consider and that we visited and loved! She spent a lot of time with my son helping him with his essays, and given his acceptance rate, it enhanced his chances.
Marisela made me feel at ease knowing that I would not have to learn everything myself to help our granddaughter through the process and fill in the gaps her high school didn't provide. Having Marisela help us through this was the best decision we made! She helped make an admissions plan including a realistic list of schools: both far reach and those with a good probability of acceptance.
CAL POLY SAN LUIS OBISPO
Marisela was friendly, approachable, easy to talk to, and knowledgeable.
I got into almost every college I applied to and was extremely satisfied with the experience. I will definitely encourage others to do this because it made the whole application process so much easier.