Our Mentors

Hong Ta

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Hi! I’m Hong, and I’m a student at the University of Puget Sound as a Politics and Government and Spanish major! I am a Matelich scholar, which is their full-ride scholarship given to two students in the Class of 2023, and am really excited to help you build a great application for your dream college! 


I have experience as a college and career mentor, and have edited college essays, resumes and cover letters. As a senior, I was so overwhelmed with how to apply to college, and want to support you for this important time in your high school career.

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Nick Tran

Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer

Hey! My name is Nick, and I’m a student at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) as an Industrial & Operations Engineering Major with an interest in business and entrepreneurship. In my free time, you can find me flying, traveling, or playing tennis.


For you new applicants, there’s a lot of new info coming at you, but no worries: I’m here to support you through it all, from your personal statement to your scholarship apps. Looking back at my senior year, there’s a ton of advice I want to give my past self - so instead, I’ll give it to you!

Caroline Tran

Mentor, Graphic Web Designer, Marketing Committee

Hi there! I’m Caroline and I’m an undergraduate at Stanford University majoring in Computer Science. I love math, and I also love to draw!  I like to watch movies with my dog and cook up tasty meals in the kitchen! 

Jumping head first into college as a first-gen student, I’ve experienced all the confusion you can think of! It is scary and definitely overwhelming. As a tutor and mentor for many years, I've learned the importance of listening. I understand. I am here for you, and I am so excited to help you tell your story! 


Naba Deyab


Hi! I'm Naba and I'm a Milstein student at Cornell University, where I'm pursuing a dual-degree in Computer Science and Business Economics. I know many of the fears and uncertainties that students who are navigating this on their own face, and I also know how to tackle the indecisive nature when it comes to writing all those essays. I can't wait to get to know you and help you every step of the way. 

Rani Woerner

Mentor, Marketing Committee Chair

Hi! My name is Rani, and I'm a student at the University of Michigan studying Data Science. I learned a lot when I applied to college, and I hope to share that knowledge with you so that your application process is as stress-free and as successful as possible.


Amrit Singh

Mentor, Finance Committee

Hi, my name is Amrit and I'm a sophomore at UW Tacoma  and intend to pursue a degree in Computer Science. Take on College played a crucial role in my college application process, so I am very excited to turn around and help other people going through the same thing!


Steph Glascock


Hi! My name is Steph Glascock and I'm excited to help with the college navigation process! I'm a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Government and I plan to go to law school after graduation. When I was applying to college, I really benefited from peers reviewing my essays and helping me select schools that truly fit my interests. I'm excited to help you in this process!


Lisa Young

Head of Pre Med Mentorship Program and Grant-writing Committee Chair

Hi there! I’m Lisa, and I'm a senior at the University of Washington, pursuing Molecular Biology and Psychology. I am eager to help support you all through your journeys in high school, college, and beyond!

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Jeremy Boyle


I'm a student at the University of Texas Austin pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Besides engineering, I have a love for education and working with local youth, especially supporting their STEM endeavors. I believe everyone has their own original story to explore on their college application, and I'm here to help you tell that. 

Bill Young


Hi! I am Bill and I am majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of Washington. I am currently working as a research assistant studying natural genetic variation in fruit flies to help target treatments for Alzheimer’s. Outside of school, I love swimming, reading, and hiking.  


Sara Rodriguez

Staff Manager and Mentor

Hello! My name is Sara and I am an undergrad at UC San Diego pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. I am from Palm Springs, CA so naturally I spend my nights hiking and my days avoiding the 110+ degree weather. I love espresso, chatting with literally everyone, and watching 2000s T.V. dramas. I am so excited to get to know you and help support you in any way I can through your application process!

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Capriana Jiang


Hi! My name is Capriana and I'm a junior majoring in biology and on the pre-med track at the University of Puget Sound. I currently volunteer at a free clinic in Tacoma where I help doctors with patient intake and translate for medical Chinese and Spanish. In my free time I play lacrosse, beekeep, sew, and run my small business where I buy and sell vintage and antique quilts!

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Theresa Tran

Social Media Manager, Marketing Committee, Finance Committee

Hi! I'm Theresa and I'm an incoming junior at Raisbeck Aviation High School. I'm not too sure what career path I want to go into, but I have been interested in biology and technology. I'm excited to keep everyone updated through our social media platforms!


Smriti Lamichhane


Hi! My name is Smriti and I am a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. I love riding my bicycle, napping, and binge-watching David Dobrik vlogs. As a first-generation student, I understand how confusing and overwhelming applying for college is. So, I am excited to help you alleviate some of that stress. Take it easy, you got this!


Selina Franovic

Administrative Director

I'm a first-gen student at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. I'm studying Industrial and Operation Engineering and pursuing the International Minor for Engineers. My family is from ex-Yugoslavia, so I love traveling to Europe to visit. I speak five different languages! 


Nehema Kasriuki

Graphic Designer

Hi my name Is Nehema! I am an art and design student at the University of Michigan who is passionate about making design that brings joy and playfulness into our everyday lives. I am super into illustration and graphic design as well as UX/UI design. When I'm not painting or coming up with cool design ideas, you can catch me with my nose in a book and trying to keep my numerous plants alive.

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Dave Young


I'm a first-gen sophomore at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. I'm studying Industrial and Operation Engineering and pursuing the International Minor for Engineers. My family is from ex-Yugoslavia, so I love traveling to Europe to visit! I speak five different languages and I plan to study abroad next year. 


Jazmine Bailey


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Nancy Bui



John Dinh


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