Melissa has been an education consultant for the past six years, a writing coach for the past ten, and has worked for several college prep companies. She believes that encouraging students to self-reflect about their thoughts, emotions, and interests is key to creating an authentic and powerful admissions profile. From medical school to business school, undergrad and prestigious summer research opportunities, Melissa has extensive experience coaching students throughout the admissions process. She has helped students acquire acceptance to their top choice schools, including Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, Stanford, Cornell, Princeton, Wesleyan, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, and NYU.
Melissa graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania where she attained a Bachelors Degree in Cognitive science and minored in poetics. She then went to graduate school at Columbia University where she acquired a Masters Degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. Melissa has worked in biotech, consulting, children's media, and theater. Additionally, Melissa has created purpose and creativity-driven curricula for various schools and media companies such as Riverdale Country School and New Balloon. Currently, she is a professor at Columbia University where she teaches a class on the cognition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Additionally, she co-founded her own startup, Affectifi Inc., a Social Emotional Learning consulting and technology company. She hopes to create a paradigm shift where science-backed emotion knowledge and deep reflection are at the core of our education systems.
Melissa has her own sketch comedy group and she is often performing at The People's Improv theater and in various plays around NYC. She loves writing poetry, philosophizing, aerial dance, and yoga. She is working towards both a yoga and clinical psychology certification.
Melissa wants to help you unearth the bits of poetry in your life and realize your infinite potential!