Makenna’s favorite part about working at College Prep 360 is getting to know her students, helping them identify areas of interest that may not have been available at their high schools, and articulate their beliefs and goals in college essays. In her role as a college counselor, Makenna draws from her experience in the Princeton University Office of Undergraduate Admission, where she read and evaluated over 2,500 applications. At Princeton, she was the team leader in the admissions office for New York, Delaware, Michigan, and New Hampshire and was on the committees for students from the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast as well. She gave weekly presentations about what Princeton has to offer both on Princeton’s campus and at high schools and conferences. Additionally, she managed the office’s social media channels and was project manager for the Speaking of Princeton student blog.
Before joining the Admission Office, Makenna earned a Bachelor’s in French Language and Literature at Princeton. She wrote her senior thesis about the comparative role of socioeconomics in the Ivy League and the Grandes Écoles in France and translated her thesis into French. While at Princeton, she also served as a Peer Career Advisor and Peer Academic Advisor, where she learned that she loved student advising.
When she is not advising College Prep 360 students, Makenna is working part-time on her Master’s in Genetic Counseling and for the crisis hotline in her county in New Jersey. She also leads a grief group for 1st to 3rd graders who have lost a parent or sibling at an organization in New Jersey. In her free time, Makenna enjoys spending time outdoors and visiting new cities!