Zain

College Advisor


Zain Alam is an artist and educator dedicated to helping students find their own voices and craft authentic narratives with joy in the admissions process. He has guided students one-on-one, in public schools, and remotely since graduating from Wesleyan University, where he served as a senior interviewer in the office of admissions, evaluating hundreds of applications from all over the world.

Alam’s passion for teaching is rooted in his journey to a prestigious liberal arts college from a large public, magnet high school in suburban Georgia, thanks to the guidance and inspiration of an English teacher. His teaching philosophy often translates into a teaching style that draws heavily on high-level devices like stories, analogies, and real-life experiences tailored for the student. He believes his work resembles the process of two individuals putting together a jigsaw puzzle—his guidance directing students to find and familiarize themselves with pieces that they can assemble into lasting, powerful images.

After spending a year as a William J. Clinton fellow in India, Alam completed his graduate studies at Harvard University. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


University experience

Wesleyan University
Senior Interviewer

Education

Wesleyan University
B.A.
Harvard University
MA