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I can help with all questions related to education, including college admissions related questions. I can also help in the areas of motivation, learning strategies, and topics that may be categorized under educational psychology. However, don't expect me to have the secrets to getting into your school of your dreams, because they don't exist. I can provide answers to help you better navigate through our educational system in the US. I cannot answer questions related to international educational systems and policies. My expertise is mainly in the areas of letters, arts, and sciences, with specialty in pre-health. Humanities and the arts are beyond the scope of my expertise.

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I have been an educator for over 12 years and have experience at various levels. From multiple subject elementary substitute teacher, single subject science middle school teacher, undergraduate academic advisor, and most recently administrative director at small private graduate school. I've also taught adult learners in the area of food safety guidelines and practices. My experience has mainly been in higher education, both undergraduate and graduate in the natural sciences.


AERA(American Educational Research Association) NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions) IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)


BA Psychology, Master of Education Higher Education Administration, Doctor of Education Educational Leadership & Educational Psychology, UCLA College Admissions Counseling Certificate Program

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Adir01/01/16101010Very valuable and sincere response
Michael08/10/14101010Thank you very much Dr. Kim!

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2016-01-03 still confused:

There are no shortcuts to discovering one's "click" but being very honest with one self and family is a good start. I understand the dilemma with regard to parents. You know what I advise my students when

2016-01-01 Lost:

Interesting question. I was a strong student in high school, went to UCLA for undergraduate education as a "premed", meaning I was interested in pursuing MD.  It was my first time living apart from parents

2016-01-01 Lost:

I see. Your words are very true, and I do remind students that they are choosing not only a job or a career, but a lifestyle!    There are also strong cultural forces that are involved and thus must be

2016-01-01 Lost:

Dear Adir,    I can only imagine the distress you must be going through. It would be very helpful for you to immediately seek out professional help to assist you through this difficult time. I work  with

2014-02-26 College Advice:

Hi Eileen,    Always great to hear from such motivated individuals such as yourself!    You ask very common questions, so it's not a surprise.  I know you're not the first nor the last.  Here are some


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