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Verónica Leyva

Verónica is a college counselor at Collegewise and has a gift for empowering her students to follow their curiosity, set big goals, fail, and persist with projects that fuel their passions. When she’s not in the office, you’ll likely find Verónica in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, tending to her many thriving plants, or playing fetch with her dog.

Course Selection

Spring Break College Visits: Are They Worth It?
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By Verónica Leyva
March 23, 2022 | 5 minute read

Spring break is a great time to visit colleges. Whether you’re near or far from home, the time off of school can be great for touring colleges while students are on campus. But, much like...

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Summer Planning

Explore and Give Back This Summer
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By Verónica Leyva
June 9, 2021 | 4 minute read

I have a lot of conversations this time of year with students who want to make the most of their summer. A lot of them are wondering how to impress colleges with academic or extracurricular...

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What Colleges Look For

Major Myths, Busted
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By Verónica Leyva
February 10, 2021 | 8 minute read

In my first year as a college counselor, I met a student – let’s call her Kamila – who was adamant about studying medicine, and she shaped her list of colleges based almost exclusively on...

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Book Recommendations

Cultivating Curiosity as a Reader: 12 Contemporary Fiction Books for Students
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By Verónica Leyva
November 11, 2020 | 5 minute read

My favorite books are the ones that make me feel right at home in someone else’s shoes. I love reading fiction and historical fiction because of how the characters open up my world to their...

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