Kristen Senior is the founder of The Brass Ring. She graduated from Kenyon College (A.B.), Illinois State University (M.A.), and Marquette University (PhD), spending her junior year abroad at Oxford University in England. She has taught high school and college writing and literature and worked in the field of educational publishing as an editor and writer at McGraw-Hill and Shakespeare Squared. Kristen is a life-long learner and considers herself a “student of colleges.”
Kristen loved Kenyon as it was the perfect fit for her, but her freshman roommate transferred to a large state university after one year. When Kristen taught at the university level, she found that many students were unsatisfied with their college choices. As a high school teacher, she saw how challenging the college search process was for her seniors.
Knowing there had to be a better way, Kristen graduated from UCLA’s Certificate in College Counseling program with Honors and started her educational consulting business in 2012. Her priority is to help students learn about themselves, identify their interests and possible future careers, and find the “best fit” college that will help them thrive. Additionally, she understands how challenging it can be for parents to launch their children into the world. Her approach to college counseling often focuses on the entire family. She routinely meets with students and keeps parents in the loop with regular emails and phone calls. She can offer students and families a comprehensive college search experience, as Kristen consults with financial aid and test preparation experts.
Kristen is a member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), the nation’s most respected professional organizations for college counselors.
She has a wonderful husband who also graduated from Kenyon and three hilarious children–a college freshman who looked at dozens of art schools before picking a small film department in a “rah rah sports and fraternities” kind of university, a high school junior who is just starting her college search process and who doesn’twanttotalkaboutitrightnowOMG, and a middle schooler who wants to design video games one day and star on Broadway the next. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, molecular gastronomy, going to the movies, traveling, and playing with her labradoodles PB and Jay.