Meet Kristen

Kristen Newmark
College Counselor/Essay Specialist Coordinator

Kristen NewmarkBackground:

Union College – BS in Psychology and minor in Japanese

Former Admissions Counselor, Smith College
Former Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of International Recruitment, Fairfield University
Former Associate Director of College Counseling, Phillips Exeter Academy
Former Director of International Admission, Union College

I have worked with students in the following areas:

I have worked with students applying to all levels of colleges including numerous that have applied to elite schools. I have experience evaluating international applications. I pride myself on my attention to detail and ability to help students to manage deadlines. As an essay specialist, I give students the admissions perspective of the essay and help make their pieces of writing stand out in the admissions process

Why I am passionate about college counseling:

I love learning about people and about different colleges. I love college counseling the most when I can take what I’ve learned about a student and what I know about a particular college and put the two together for a perfect match. It’s especially exciting when a student visits a college that he/she is not necessarily familiar with and learns that it might be a great fit. This is one of the reasons I really stress the importance of a campus visit when I’m working with families.

Campus Bound office: 

I work remotely from my home in Longmeadow, MA reviewing essays, and will work with students face-to-face in my area of Western MA.

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with my husband and two daughters, traveling, hiking, playing the flute