Mike has 25 years of experience with college admissions, first as an analyst, policy advisor, and admissions reader at Cornell University and later as a consultant. He started reading admissions in Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences and continued that role after a move to Cornell’s College of Engineering. While at Cornell, Mike worked directly with students in key roles, from being a technical advisor and mentor to the Formula FSAE Team, communications advisor to the first two CubeSat project teams, and mentor to students in the McNair Scholars program, to name just a few. He also hired students to work in his offices, giving him an insider’s view of student life at a top university. Mike feels his many experiences with students help him communicate with students and parents about university life and how it fits into a student’s overall life goals.
Since leaving Cornell, Mike has helped hundreds of students from the U.S. and abroad gain admission to top universities in the U.S., UK, and Singapore as an admission consultant. Mike has found that matching a student’s desires to what a given school offers is a key factor in admission success. Too many students pursue what they think is popular rather than following their own talents and interests. Aligning the strengths of a particular school’s programs with a student’s interests, and being able to communicate that match in terms admissions readers understand, is key to admission at higher ed institutions. When a student understands how the admissions process works, why certain schools might be a better fit for them, and what they can do to improve their chances of admission, a lot of stress simply disappears.
When not helping students, Mike enjoys amateur radio, playing guitar, and watching movies with his wife and friends. Though long retired from motorcycle racing, Mike still enjoys watching Formula1 and MotoGP and watching humanity wrestle with the problems of living in space.