Samantha Geary
she/her
Samantha Geary

About

Sam graduated from Wake Forest University in 2015 with a B.A. in History (with honors) and Anthropology with a minor in Schools, Education and Society.
She then spent two years serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia (Manado and Labuan Bajo) with the Fulbright Program, where she taught 10th grade students, contributed to regional grant projects, and learned Bahasa Indonesia. For over 5 years, she served as the Director of College Access and Completion for Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, where she managed programming for over 200 11th grade– college students. During her tenure, Sam counseled over 120 students through the college admissions process, and continued to advise them during their time in college. Sam currently serves as the College Access and Success Manager for the Breakthrough Collaborative, where she creates curriculum and resources, manages research projects and communities of practice, and develops strategic partnerships in service of Breakthrough's 25 a...

Samantha helped students get into:
University of Southern CaliforniaStanford University
Princeton UniversityMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd CollegeUniversity of California, Los Angeles
University of California, BerkeleyUniversity of California, San Diego
University of Southern California
Stanford University
Princeton University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego
Samantha helps with…
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Majors & Careers
Extracurriculars
Building a School List
Transfers
College Interviews
Waitlist & Deferral Assistance
Community College
UC Schools
Common App
FAFSA
Jobs & Internships
Highly Selective College Admissions
High School Course Selection
College Applications & Essays
Admissions Timeline
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
Long Beach
6 years of experience
Spanish | Indonesian
Wake Forest University – BA | Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors) and Anthropology, minor in Schools, Education and Society
NACAC | WACAC | NCAN
Dreamers
First-Generation College Students
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Community College
Transfer Students
LGBTQ+ students
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Generous, mindful, thorough, passionate, curious

💼
First job
Swim coach

📚
Favorite book
Currently- Braiding Sweetgrass

📓
Favorite subject in school
History, Chorus

Favorite after-school activities
Community service

🎵
Favorite artist
Lil Nas X, the Wailin' Jennys, Alt J, Bad Bunny

📺
Favorite TV show
Reservation Dogs

🍴
Favorite food
Nasi Goreng!

🪄
Hobbies
Handspinning, knitting, surfing, bouldering, cooking, foraging

My process

I know from experience how stressful and overwhelming the college admissions process can feel, and through my work hope to offer support to help students and families find peace, control and maybe even some joy in the process :). Each student is different and therefore their pathway to college will be unique to them- I work closely with students and families to identify their individual goals, interests and concerns to ensure that students are aware of all of the opportunities available to them, and able to submit their best possible applications toward these opportunities. I am here to support with every step of the process, including career exploration, the college search, essays and writing pieces, demonstrating interest, filling out applications, applying for financial and and scholarships, evaluating college and financial aid offers, navigating wait-lists and deferrals, and the matriculation process.

I have significant experience working with students applying to public schools in California (UCs and CSUs), as well as extensive experience with private school admissions via the Common App. I have also worked with students through the community college transfer process. In addition to my work in college counseling, I have also counseled students applying to highly selective summer and gap year opportunities, such as the NSLI-Y program, in which I have counseled two successful applicants.

As an advisor, I am mindful of a student's background and context, and have experience working with a diverse population of students. I have extensive experience working with first-gen college students, low-income students, Undocumented or DACA students, students from mixed-status families, transfer students, BIPOC students, and LGBTQ+ students. Additionally, I speak Bahasa Indonesia and Spanish and am happy to work with families who may speak a language other than English.

Recent reviews

5.0(28 reviews)

“The best help I've ever received on any academic work in my life."

Danial A.

“thank you!"

Charlie p.

“Feedback was very helpful!"

Alima K.
Long Beach
6 years of experience
Spanish | Indonesian
Wake Forest University – BA | Bachelor of Arts in History (with honors) and Anthropology, minor in Schools, Education and Society
NACAC | WACAC | NCAN
Dreamers
First-Generation College Students
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Community College
Transfer Students
LGBTQ+ students
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Generous, mindful, thorough, passionate, curious

💼
First job
Swim coach

📚
Favorite book
Currently- Braiding Sweetgrass

📓
Favorite subject in school
History, Chorus

Favorite after-school activities
Community service

🎵
Favorite artist
Lil Nas X, the Wailin' Jennys, Alt J, Bad Bunny

📺
Favorite TV show
Reservation Dogs

🍴
Favorite food
Nasi Goreng!

🪄
Hobbies
Handspinning, knitting, surfing, bouldering, cooking, foraging
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.