Katie began guiding high school students over ten years ago while attending Columbia University, as a resident advisor for Columbia’s summer high school program. After graduating from Columbia with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics, she joined Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking division in New York, where she honed her analytical skills and attention to detail, but missed working with students.
In 2012, she moved to Beijing to study Chinese language at Tsinghua University’s Inter-University Program (IUP) and achieve working fluency in Mandarin. Upon completing IUP, she transitioned into a full-time career in education.
Since then, Katie has worked with over 400 American and Chinese students as Resident Director for CET Academic Programs’ Intensive Chinese Language program, Associate Director of Student Life for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University, Director of Residential Life for the Middlebury Interactive Languages Beijing Academy, and an admissions consultant for students applying to US colleges and universities.
In August 2018, she moved back to the US with her husband and their orange tabby cat, Huang Di. From her home base in Bellevue, WA, she specializes in advising high school students and their families in preparing for and successfully navigating the US college admissions process.