Welcome to Much Wiser Now—a monthly digest spotlighting our amazing Collegewise counselors through the eyes (and words) of their stand-out Collegewise alums.
This month, we’re featuring Noor Haddad a college counselor and former international programs and test prep expert. Noor was busy last year, working with nearly 30 seniors, and all of them went on to their best-fit schools, had amazing experiences, and are “Much Wiser Now” because of their time with Collegewise. But don’t take our word for it…
"I'm personally someone who worries about—well everything—so you can probably imagine that applying to college freaked me out," says Selin Dogan, now a student at UCLA.
"I think my head would have exploded if I had to do this on my own, but Noor made me feel at ease—I knew she'd make sure I was putting my best work into my applications. I felt like I could get every single one of my questions answered, and, even though I got accepted into my top college, Noor helped me feel comfortable with all my target schools...she showed me that there are other amazing colleges out there—other than UCLA."
Malia Darby, student at UC-Irvine, emphatically agrees that Noor helped her with narrowing down best-fit choices for her.
"If it wasn't for Noor, I wouldn't have fallen in love with UCI! She made me so excited about my next four years! I was introduced to so many new schools and programs, and I feel like I made the right decision for me."
Current UC-Santa Barbara student, Chloe Ruffier, knows first-hand the dedication Noor shows to her students.
"I would not have the college and life plan I have today if it weren’t for Noor," says Chloe. "I'm the oldest child in my family, so the college application process was completely new to me and my parents. Noor provided me one-on-one help to apply to all of my choice schools and scholarships...while still allowing me to balance school, extracurriculars, and sports."
Jonathan Logrippo, a former student of Noor and current student at Babson College, says that Noor actually made the college application process exciting...
"If someone were to explain to you all of the little intricacies about applying for college, your heart would probably stop due to stress, but Noor made the whole experience painless and actually fun. She was patient and focused on my success, so when it came down to it, my list of colleges felt so well-rounded and well-suited for me. The only problem I ever had is that I had a tough time deciding where to go due to all of the school options we came up with!"
A good problem to have, Jonathan!