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.