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Kristine Sawicki

College Admissions Consultant

Admissions Experience:
  • Former admissions officer at Stanford University
  • Former admissions officer at Reed College


  • Reed College – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Background: I grew up in California and attended a big suburban public high school. For college, I chose Reed in Portland, Oregon, where I studied psychology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience. After a year working as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Sciences University, I switched my professional objective and taught at both the middle and high school levels and coached women’s cross-country. Eventually I made my way to admission work and spent the next eleven years at Reed, culminating in a year as Acting Dean. I later moved to California and spent a few years in the Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admission, where I continued to work directly with students both domestic and international.

I have worked with students interested in:
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pre-med
  • Accelerated medical - BS/MD
  • Pre-law
  • Business
  • Visual and performing arts
  • Music
  • Theater Dance
  • Art
  • Computer science
  • Honors programs
  • Ivy League
  • Large state schools
  • Small liberal arts colleges
  • Two year colleges
  • Research universities
I have also worked with:
  • Athletes
  • International students
  • Students with learning differences
  • Non-traditional students
  • Transfer students
  • First-generation students

Why I joined Bright Horizons: College Coach allows me to combine the aspects I loved most about working for Reed with what I loved most about working for Stanford. At Reed we were called admissions counselors, not admissions officers, and my role was as a counselor. Our admissions process emphasized the potential in applicants, and I worked closely with students, discussing fit in our conversations. At Stanford I was more of an educator, and my presentations and conversations strove to break down the process and explain how an individual application is evaluated and a class is crafted. At College Coach I get to be both counselor and educator – I work closely with students to help them see their potential and understand institutional “fit”, while bringing understanding to the admission process. By engaging students in a thoughtful college application process, the conclusion can have multiple positive outcomes: self-discovery, pride in the applications that are submitted, and acceptance to an institution that fits.

Hobbies: Baking fruit tarts, picnicking in parks, crafting cards, discovering new graphic novels, and running with dogs.