Curious about the life and times of our spectacular admissions consultants? Please enjoy our newest blog series in which we interview the fabulous people who make up the Accepted.com staff. Next up is…Marie Todd.
Accepted: Where and what did you study as an undergrad?
Marie: I studied Communication Arts with a minor in Cultural Anthropology as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego (Muir College).
Accepted: Where do you currently live?
Marie: Currently I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have also lived in San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Madison, WI, and Philadelphia, PA.
Accepted: Can you share 3 fun facts about yourself?
1. I have traveled to: Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Israel, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.
2. I went scuba diving on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef prior to El Nino.
3. I went skydiving over Lake Taupo in New Zealand.
Accepted: Can you walk us through the experiences that led you to become an admissions consultant?
Marie: I have always gravitated toward working with students and parents in educational settings. During my time in college, I was an Orientation Leader, Resident Advisor and Assistant in the Academic Advising Office.
My professional experience is primarily in higher education in capacities that allow me to work closely with faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. These roles include: academic advising, teaching, and mentoring. I took several years off to be home with my children and indulge in school-related volunteer activities.
Beginning in 2009, I spent five seasons reviewing applications for undergraduate admissions to the University of Michigan. Becoming an admissions consultant brings my work experience around full circle. Now I have the opportunity to work with and guide students as they approach the undergraduate application process.
Accepted: Do you hold any graduate degrees?
Marie: MS, Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Accepted: What’s your favorite thing about consulting/editing?
Marie: I like helping students and their parents to gain a better understanding of how the college admissions process works. I also enjoy guiding students as they craft their essays to better represent their unique voice and perspective.
Accepted: What are your top 3 admissions tips?
1. Identify appropriate range of schools that are a good fit for you and will help you achieve your long-term goals.
2. Start working on your applications early to allow time for reflection and revision.
3. Ask for help when you need it!