Our experts include former members of admissions, professional and award-winning writers, former university and high school teachers, admissions interviewers, recruiters, and strategists. We have graduated from the top universities in the world and come from diverse backgrounds. We love our work and are dedicated to providing remarkable service to help you identify, pursue, and achieve your dreams.

Momo

Momo originally hails from Tokyo and was salutatorian at Palisades Charter High School. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale College in 2004, where she was a Robert C. Byrd Scholar.

Momo received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She was Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and practiced corporate law at the Tokyo and Los Angeles offices of Latham and Watkins LLP. She has advised CEO’s and Fortune 500 companies on billion-dollar deals, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, securities litigation. She also volunteered on pro bono matters related to adoption, disability and workers’ compensation. Momo brings such experiences to help students think about long-term goals and positioning themselves to find the right career and the right college for that career.

At Wise World Prep, Momo oversees operations and has worked with hundreds of students to pursue their dreams. She especially enjoys the process of working closely with students to identify and write their most compelling stories. During her free time, Momo is a volunteer college counselor at Palisades Charter High School, where she advises students on the college application process.

Wes

Originally from Oklahoma, Wes has over 20 years of experience in counseling students on college and graduate school admissions as well as career and life goals. He also taught literature at Harvard for six years, winning the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching numerous times.

Wes graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Psychology, where he was elected First Marshal (President) of the Class of 1994 and awarded the Francis Burr Prize for excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics. He also rowed for the championship-winning Harvard Lightweight Crew team.

After graduating from Harvard, Wes traveled to Ghana after being awarded the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. He taught in a remote village school and volunteered in a rural hospital. In 2004, Wes earned an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in England. In addition to rowing for Trinity Hall, Wes also represented Cambridge in the 2004 Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Croquet match. Drawing from his extensive experiences, Wes specializes in advising international students and recruited athletes.

Yoona

Yoona graduated magna cum laude from UCLA where she studied English Literature, German, and Creative Writing and received fellowships to study at LACMA and the UCLA Special Collections Library. She has taught and tutored writing at Santa Monica College, was the head editor at a small publishing company, and has written and edited professionally for several companies. She has been helping students achieve their educational dreams and goals for over 14 years. Helping students identify and gain confidence in their unique talents and characteristics is her passion. Outside of Wise World Prep, she loves trying new foods, learning cosmetic chemistry, and tinkering with formulation.

Julian

With over 15 years of experience in college admissions, Julian has served as an admissions officer at Amherst College, a college counselor at several U.S. high schools, and an independent consultant to numerous students and families. He enjoys helping students tell their stories in the most captivating way and uses his positive attitude, efficient workflow, and diverse experience to help families embrace the admissions journey with a greater sense of calm and understanding. Originally from Los Angeles, Julian earned a B.A. from Amherst College and his passions outside of education include writing and entertainment, especially stand-up comedy.

Eliza

A graduate of Harvard College, Eliza earned her B.A. in Theatre, Dance, & Media and minored in African American Studies. With a gift for storytelling, she loves to read, write, and teach her students about how to weave compelling narratives that capture the essence of their life experiences. When she is not tutoring, Eliza can be found acting or running marathons.

Tiyhannah

Tiyhannah is originally from Florida, but she decided to venture out to the West coast to join our team after she got her degree in Economics from Yale University.  During college she helped run the newly founded Book Exchange for the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and worked at the front and back end of business administration, from front desk customer service to helping CEOs best plan future ventures. Beyond working with our operations, Tiyhannah loves to perfect new recipes, find a good anime, chat for hours about life philosophies, and simply enjoy the outdoors.

Tricia

Tricia grew up in New Orleans and attended Tulane University, where she studied French with a minor in Film Studies. After college, as a recipient of the Escadrille Louisiane Scholarship sponsored by the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana and the French Consulate, Tricia spent a year in Rennes, France, teaching English while exploring the rest of France and Europe in her free time. Upon returning to the states, Tricia spent a year coaching soccer and mentoring under-served youth in New Orleans through AmeriCorps and Coach Across America. Tricia has a strong administrative background as well as experience working in education, film, and photography. She moved to Los Angeles in 2016 and in her spare time she loves to travel, play soccer and enjoy the outdoors with her husband Douglas.

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