Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Ian Watson, Director of College Counseling

Ian Watson is the Director of College Counseling for Campus Bound. Learn more about him in this Staff Spotlight.

BA, University of Colorado, Boulder
MA, University of Colorado, Boulder


More about Ian:

Prior to joining the Campus Bound team, Ian worked on both sides of the admissions desk dating back to 2004. Formerly in admissions at Wheaton College and in college counseling at independent schools, Ian has counseled students of a wide range of backgrounds and interests.


In His Own Words:

My approach to college counseling:

“Helping families navigate the college search, application, and decision process is tremendously rewarding for me. I enjoy each step of the operation, from identifying colleges to reviewing supplements. The journey, more often than not, is illuminating for both the student and parents in transformative ways that lead to positive growth no matter the outcome.”


Things I love most about the process:

“One of my primary roles at Campus Bound is to support students and their parents through the college search and application process.  Navigating the ever evolving and complex landscape of college admission can be an exciting, intimidating, overwhelming, affirming, and rewarding experience all at the same time.  I relish the opportunity to work with families who want to better understand this landscape and who want to make informed decisions throughout process.  Regardless of whether a student arrives with a clear sense of where she/he wants to attend school or doesn’t have any idea beyond the fact that college is the next step, it is always an adventure.”

How I enjoy spending my spare time:

“Away from Campus Bound, I cherish any time spent on two wheels.  Growing up in Colorado, I was surrounded by people who prioritized outdoor activities, and riding a bike in the woods or open space fit the bill perfectly for me.  Since moving to Massachusetts, I’ve happily found a vibrant cycling community filled with a diverse group of folks in a place with equally diverse terrain to ride (lucky me!).  Of course, reading a good book or eating a tasty meal aren’t bad ways to pass time, either.”