Jay Ding (Ding Jianzhong)

Jay Ding (Ding Jianzhong)

Founder, Managing Director SUNY at Stony Brook, Ph. D

As an alumnus of the Doctorate Physics Programof the State University of New York at Stony Brook(Stony Brook University), JayDing has worked at such places as the Brook haven National Laboratory, where heconducted research with the leading scientists of the day. Having lived in theUnited States for over 20 years, he has a deep understanding of the Americaneducation system, from secondary to higher education. With years of experiencein education, his students' admission rates into not only highly ranked US schools, but highly ranked schools globally, such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Columbia, MIT, Duke, UPenn, Caltech, JHU, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Cornell, Rice, Brown, Vanderbilt, University of Washington St.Louis, Cooper Union, Babson College, Middlebury College, Pomona College, RISD and SAIC proves that he is an expertin education counseling. Despite devoting most of his time to his students,when he does find a moment to himself, Jay likes to stay active through golfingand other sports, as well as enjoy a nicemeal with his friends and ofteninvites his counsellors to join him.

Joyce Fong

Joyce Fong

Senior Counsellor

Joyce achieved the highest level on the Test for English Majors (TEM-8) and possesses excellent knowledge and understanding of the English language. She has worked in education counseling for eight years, and 7-year experiences in the field of American top-ranked college admission. Joyce has developed a comprehensive understanding of the US college application process, including standardized tests plans, extracurricular activities and application strategies, essay brainstorming and application follow-up. Her expertise is evident in her students’ admittance into such highly ranked schools as Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, Duke, Northwestern, Cornell, Rice, Carnegie Mellon, Tufts, Michigan-Ann Arbor, UCLA, Swarthmore and Wellesley. In addition, Joyce understands the obstacles that Chinese students face, so she is able to tailor her work to meet the needs of each student. What she enjoys most about this job is guiding her students to complete quality applications, which she accomplishes with patience and excellent communication skills, both with students and their parents. Joyce believes that although a student may not be a curve breaker, an extracurricular activities expert or a writing talent, with our company’s help, every student will submit a quality application and receive outstanding admissions offers.

Remona Liu

Remona Liu

Senior Counsellor

Remona has earned TEM-8 certification and has eight years of experience in the education consulting industry, 6-year experiences in the field of American top-ranked college admission,during which she has developed a thorough understanding of the unique features of the educational systems of the US, Canada, UK, AU and HK. In the past seven years, she has assisted over 120 students on their study abroad processes, providing professional advice and successfully helping them to enroll in such prestigious universities as Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, Middlebury, Rice, Notre Dame, CMU, BC, UCLA, NYU, UNC and GT, as well as specialized institutions such as Cooper Union, Parsons, Pratt, ACCD, and SAIC. Remona is a qualified education consultant, armed with professional knowledge and able to provide expert instruction while valuing her responsibility for each student. She offers a sincere attitude, and is good at observing and discovering her students’ unique characteristics, which she uses to choose the best activities, majors and universities for them. Applications for overseas study are full of challenges and excitement, and Remona is always there for her students every step of the way.

Tiffany Tu

Tiffany Tu

Chinese Counselor

Tiffany owns four years of experience in the study-abroad counseling industry. She possesses theTEM-8 certification and is familiar with the characteristics of different education systems in various countries (United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Singapore) as well as their undergraduate application processes. She is good at communicating with students, willing to promote mutual improvement in making progress together, and acts as both a teacher and a friend to her students. Seriousness is her attitude towards work, careful attention to detail is her way of doing things, perfectionism is her label, and a strong sense of responsibility is the impetus behind her workaholic nature. Outside work, she is an independent and brave girl who loves reading, watching movies, traveling solo, and enjoying every moment of life!

Sally Sun

Sally Sun

Chinese Counselor

Sally has 2-year experiences in the field of American top-ranked college admission,familiar with the application process of American University; Her active thinking mode and strong personality affinity can easily shorten the distance between her and her students; It is her strong point to listen to and tap the students' bright points. She has always insisted on the necessary skills of consultants to issue characteristic planning plans according to the characteristics of students and effectively promote the implementation of students' application programs. In addition, she is also very willing and good at being a good communication bridge between students and parents. She has helped students get to JHU, Cornell, Rice, UC Berkeley, CMU, NYU, etc.

Frank Cai

Frank Cai

Chinese Counselor

Frank has 5-year experiences in the field of top-ranked college admission. He instructed students in AP, IB, A-Level and other education systems in course selection, activities and application for study abroad. He believes that the planning of studying abroad is a whole-process planning and management, not a temporary project of taking one step to another, opening a road when encountering mountains and building bridges when encountering water. Different plans, different lives, everything is predicated, and not predicated is to waste, especially in studies. He will look at problems from the perspective of students and parents, and provide every student with the most suitable planning plan. His expertise is evident in his students’ admittance into such highly ranked schools as Harvard, Yale, Duke, Cornell, UC Berkeley, UCLA, CMU, HKU and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Chinese, Toronto, Imperial College London, University of London, etc.

Zoe Zhang

Zoe Zhang

Chinese Counselor

Zoe achieved the highest level on the Test for English Majors (TEM-8) and possesses excellent knowledge and understanding of the English language. She has 4-year experiences in the field of American top-ranked admission. Particularly familiar with the characteristics of the education system of American private high schools, and familiar with the entire process of American undergraduate application. The work is rigorous, meticulous, and organized, and I like to communicate with students. Because of my strong empathy ability, I can quickly gain the trust and dependence of students. I believe that completing the Meiben application with students is an interesting experience and a process of mutual growth and mutual achievement.

Kelly Zhao

Kelly Zhao

Chinese Counselor

Kelly has earned TEM-8 certification and has 5 years of experience in the education consulting industry. familiar with the application process of most English-speaking countries, such as the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia and other countries. Her expertise is evident in her students’ admittance into such highly ranked schools as Harvard , Cornell , Vanderbilt , UC Berkeley,USC, CMU, Tufts, Imperial College London, London Politics and Economics. She believes that studying abroad planning is a profession that requires super patience and a high sense of responsibility. It needs to be able to discover problems in a timely manner and provide corresponding solutions through candid and effective communication, and to be able to play a positive guiding role in the life of students that make her happy.

Tim Yang

Tim Yang

Chinese Counselor

Tim graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor Degree in Computational Linguistics and Economics. He is familiar with the U.S. undergraduate application procedure as one who had ever completed the entire process. Tim likes to help students to clarify and solve the difficulties in the process of carrying out their planning. With his love of reading history, social science and popular science books, as well as enjoying the fun of studying digital marketing and copywriting, Tim can tailor plan for each student accordingly and guide students to enrich source materials from a marketing perspective. Tim always encourages students and has been very supportive because he realizes that students have enormous potential in their lives and will change the world in the long run. He believes the goal of education counselors is in pursuit of self-cultivation by helping others succeed. In his spare time, Tim is passionate about volunteering, hiking and bicycling. He is also a stargazing and bird-watching enthusiast.

Alexander Guerin

Alexander Guerin

Senior Essay Specialist; JD at Harvard Law School; BA in History with a Minor in Chinese, University of California, Berkeley

During his four years of study at the University of California, Berkeley, Alex worked extensively with the university’s Chinese student body, and helped found the local chapter of a Chinese-American friendship organization called Project Pengyou. He also worked and volunteered in a variety of educational roles, including teaching at a high school for immigrants and one-on-one SAT tutoring. During his summers, he studied Chinese at both Beijing Normal University and Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University. After graduating from Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in history and a minor in Chinese, Alex moved to Hainan, where he taught in the international department of one of the province’s top high schools and also worked part time to help students prepare applications to colleges in the United States. Since joining Princetonow in 2016, Alex has worked tirelessly to ensure that his interactions with students are characterized by cordiality, efficiency, and mutual respect. So far, he has successfully helped students to be admitted to schools like UPenn, NYU, and HKU. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, jogging, and Indian food.

Isabel Wang

Isabel Wang

Senior Essay Specialist; New York University, BA

A native New Yorker, Isabel spent her childhood flying between China and the United States. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin, with an in-depth understanding of Chinese and American culture. An avid reader, she received a full score of 800 in Reading on the old SAT and possesses an excellent command of written English. In addition, she is an experienced traveler and international volunteer, having traveled to over 30 countries and patrolled beaches at night to protect sea turtles as well as recorded the behavior of migratory birds on tidal mudflats. Her extensive interests and hobbies, combined with her rigorous work style, attentive listening, and all-round encouragement enables her to shorten the distance with her students. For any new ventures her students are willing to pursue, she offers her full support in providing assistance and suggestions, guiding students to reach their best potential. So far, she has successfully helped students apply to schools including Rice University, UCLA, Wake Forest University, NYU Stern, Boston University, Cooper Union, and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Caryn Schwartz

Caryn Schwartz

Senior Essay Specialist;

Caryn earned her B.A. from Vassar College in English and Chinese. While in college, she worked in Vassar’s Writing Center, helping classmates revise school assignments, grad school applications and more. Soon after graduating, she moved to Shanghai and began working in the college consulting industry. In the eight years since, she has worked with high school, undergraduate and MBA applicants. Her former students have gone on to enroll in schools including Dartmouth, Duke, Swarthmore, Notre Dame, Cornell, Pomona and many others. All told, she spent five and a half years living and working in China, with stints editing for the People’s Daily and Penguin Random House’s North Asia office. These days she is based in NYC. She believes the best essays often revolve around the most unexpected topics, and her own personal statement was about a particularly traumatic haircut.

Eleanor Liao

Eleanor Liao

Senior Essay Specialist; University of Chicago

Eleanor graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in Comparative Literature and French, and a minor in Creative Writing. Since 2016, she began editing college essays as a freelancer and has assisted several students from her high school, who eventually became her fellow students at UChicago. Passionate about intercultural exchange, she interned at China Radio International as a social media editor in 2017, producing Facebook posts that communicated an insider’s vision of life in China to the rest of the world.Most of all, she is a fiction writer, currently working on a novel experimenting with memory and the intangible encounters between people. Her favorite authors include Charles Baudelaire, Virginia Woolf, Marcel Proust, Lu Xun, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, among many others, whose works continue to inspire her writing. Intrigued by the variety of people’s lives, which form the basis for the great body of literature, she loves to gather stories of young aspiring students. Now graduated with extensive experience in both academic and creative writing, she is ready to help them enhance their story-telling to build a persuasive personal image for college application and embark on their academic journey abroad.

Seph Zhang

Seph Zhang

Senior Essay Specialist; Columbia University, MA; Northwestern University, BA;

Seph graduated from Northwestern with a double major in Mathematics and Statistics, with a minor in Psychology. She is a graduate student at Columbia. In college, she provided college counselling services to low-income students, and volunteered as an instructor on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Her students have been admitted to UChicago, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, etc. She scored perfectly on the reading portions of the SAT/SSAT/GRE. Johns Hopkins once offered her a generous scholarship for applied math. She has experience in STEM as well as the humanities. She is passionate about philosophy and history. An avid reader, she spent most of her free time in college reading and organizing book clubs when she was not doing math. Her favorite philosophers include Nietzsche, Freud, Fanon, and Bataille. Her teaching methodology emphasizes the role of philosophy and logic, which are tools to reach a cathartic moment in a narrative. She is creative, empathetic, and down-to-earth. Her conversations with her students range from sharing her own childhood experience to intensive philosophical discourse. She encourages her students to be bold and sincere, to write an essay that really moves people.

Bree Zhang

Bree Zhang

Senior Essay Specialist; Brown University, Bachelor of Psychology, Expected

Bree Zhang is a junior at Brown University, studying Psychology, conducting research on child development, while preparing for dental school. As President of Class of 2022 and an Orientation Welcoming Leader, she is passionate about creating community, nurturing leadership, and fostering connections. Her various experiences working in the healthcare field as a surgical assistant and dental assistant provide her unique insight into the clinical field, patient-centered care, and endemic public health issues, leading her to service-oriented activities: volunteering as a dental assistant at the Rhode Island Free Clinic and providing music therapy to patients at the Cancer Center in the RI Hospital. With her skills in drawing, painting, composing music, and playing the Guzheng (performed 5 times in Carnegie Hall and 2 times in the Met Museum of Art), Bree has explored the world and her identity as a Chinese-born-American through creative endeavors (www.breez-world.com), and she seeks to integrate healthcare with music and art therapy in the future to bring a smile on more people’s faces.

Jonathan Arditi

Jonathan Arditi

Essay Specialist;Brown University

Jonathan Arditi has advised and edited essays privately since 2018 and is passionate about combining applicants' STEM interests and life narratives into compelling essays. He studies Computational Biology at Brown University as a member of the Program in Liberal Medical Education, which guarantees him acceptance to the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown after completion of his undergraduate degree. Regarding matching students to editor expertise, he wrote his own essays on biology and medicine as well as theater, music and writing, and he loves relating these topics to personal experiences. He was accepted to Yale, Princeton, UPenn (especially the Life Sciences and Management program), and Brown (especially the Program in Liberal Medical Education), so he has a solid understanding of what those schools want to see in applicants' essays. He is also an a cappella singer and a classically trained pianist, and enjoys theater, writing, and cycling. Jonathan is thrilled to join the PrincetoNow team and help the next generation of scholars achieve their dream schools.

Miriam Alvarez-Rosenbloom

Miriam Alvarez-Rosenbloom

Essay Specialist; Columbia University

Miriam has been editing admissions essays, news stories, and academic papers for three years. When applying to Columbia University, where she was accepted early, she wrote her personal statement about her microwave, and loves to guide students in writing compelling and engaging essays that combine deep meaning with interesting topics. She is currently a sophomore studying Comparative Literature and History, with interests in East and Central Asian history, WWII, diaspora studies, and the role historical narratives play in modern life. On campus, she is an editor of the Columbia Journal of History and the treasurer of Columbia Tae Kwon Do. She also has a strong interest in culinary history and spends much of her free time cooking and baking.

Cher Hu

Cher Hu

Essay Specialist; Columbia University

Cher is a rising junior at Columbia University double majoring in political science and economics. At Columbia, she founded the student advocacy group, Criminal Justice Coalition, that organizes 30+ students to impact criminal justice issues such as mass incarceration through volunteering and raising awareness. She is interested in how mindful leadership can unite people to make a positive social impact. She previously won the Robertson Scholars Program, a full ride, leadership-based scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke. Professionally, she is the Vice President of Consulting at Columbia Consulting Group. This summer, she will join Sprint as the IoT Strategy Intern. She likes to run, eat ice-cream, and pretend she could cook.

Susan Li

Susan Li

Essay Specialist; Columbia University

Susan has worked as an essay specialist since 2019 and has advised dozens of students in secondary and post-secondary admissions along the way. Her students have earned acceptances from Oxford University, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, and others. Having applied as a Biochemistry and Creative Writing double major, she now studies Political Science and Anthropology at Columbia University. She is involved as a Staff Writer at the Columbia Spectator, Senior Editor at the Journal of Politics and Society, and Executive Board Member of the Asian American Alliance. A nationally published poet, she has received recognition for her creative writing from the National YoungArts Foundation, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Smith College, Hollins University, Columbia College Chicago, and Penn State, among others. She is passionate about the arts (particularly visual arts and writing), humanities, interdisciplinary studies, climate justice, and civic and community engagement. She loves helping students craft compelling narratives, and is excited to help young scholars achieve their dreams alongside the PrincetoNow team.

Michael Jin

Michael Jin

Essay Specialist; University of Queensland Australia,

Michael is a one and a half generation Chinese Australian immigrant currently pursuing his studies as an Architecture undergraduate at the University of Queensland Australia. Graduating from Trinity Lutheran College in 2018 with a focus towards literary analysis as part of its English & Literature extension course, Michael is passionate about narratives that inspire and promote self-reflection. His Favourite Authors include Jacques Derrida, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Joseph Heller and Jack London. From previous experience in preparing students for IELTS speaking and writing exams Michael has observed that students often ‘clutter up’ their content with redundant ideas and rhetoric, and add unnecessary details that only serve to check boxes and do not contribute to an engaging narrative. He therefore believes that students should be guided in structuring their ideas to ensure a coherent train of thought. An Avid hiker and traveller with a love for travel stories, humorous anecdotes, ancient architecture and far flung locations, Michael is always seeking new experiences, new cultures and new aesthetics.

Kathy Lee

Kathy Lee

Senior Essay Specialist; Cornell University, MD Candidate; Princeton University, BA

Kathy graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with departmental high honors in Chemical and Biological Engineering, and certificates in Materials Science and Engineering Biology. After graduating, she worked for two years in strategy and economic consulting, where she specialized in writing reports on the network effects and monetization models of software companies. She also interviewed on behalf of Princeton during that time. Katherine is currently studying medicine at Cornell Medical College, and expects to graduate with an MD in 2019. Her research interests include infectious disease screening and public health advocacy. She is currently working on a project involving crowdsourcing to improve health engagement in cities across China. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing fiction and playing music. Her previous experiences in editing essays and interviewing students have inspired her to continue teaching and working with students. With her education background and passion for writing and counselling, Katherine looks forward to helping students with their college application essays.

Biyang Wang

Biyang Wang

Senior Essay Specialist; University of Chicago, MA; Princeton University, BA

Biyang’s passion for writing began at an early age when she discovered how words have the power to inspire dreams. She has over six years of experience helping students craft college essays that reflect his or her own unique personality. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University, she followed her passion to complete her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. As a licensed therapist, Biyang helps students to self- reflect and derive meaning from their personal stories in order to touch their readers. She emigrated from China to the U.S. when she was 9 years old, and thus has a unique understanding of the courage and hard work it takes thrive in a new environment - which at first feels scary and overwhelming. In the process, her students not only achieve their dream schools but also realize their assets and ambitions.

Michael J. Jordan

Michael J. Jordan

Senior Essay Specialist; Senior American Journalists, Media Consultant

Michael J. Jordan is a longtime American Journalist, Communications Consultant and Storytelling Specialist. Based in Beijing, Jordan derives his Personal Essay strategies from 20 years as a Foreign Correspondent – reporting from 30 countries, mostly in Eastern Europe and Southern Africa – and 14 years as International Educator, on four continents. Germany’s Deutsche Welle published his storytelling methodology in its training handbook. His educational philosophy can be described as “holistic,” as well. In fact, it combines three principles: 1) Simplify and Demystify; 2) Show, don’t Tell; and 3) Learning by Doing. Jordan has also taught at three of China’s finest universities: Renmin University, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Hong Kong Baptist University, where he’s a seven-time Visiting Scholar. As Communications Consultant, his advocacy ranges from HIV orphans and maternal health in Africa, to worker’s rights and environmental protection in China. China Daily recently featured his Environmental Storytelling project for Chinese youth.

Christopher Broughton

Christopher Broughton

Senior Essay Specialist; Columbia University, MA; Notre Dame University, BS

Upon finishing his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame, Chris continued his education at Columbia University where he completed his master’s degree in East Asian Studies. Throughout his time at university, he maintained an emphasis in the sciences and literature. In addition, his strong writing skills have allowed him to successfully tutor students to complete high-quality essays. This expertise of writing, combined with Chris’ easy-going, understanding, and caring personality, has helped many students with their college-essay writing; his students’ successful admissions into top-ranked schools such as Cornell, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, and Middlebury show his mastery. Taking a break from studying when he can, Chris loves to travel.

Natalie Houchins

Natalie Houchins

Senior Essay Specialist; Northwestern University, School of Communication, BA

Natalie graduated from Northwestern University with honors in 2014 with a BA from the School of Communication. After graduating, she began a career as a writer and writing consultant, working for Amazing.com as a technical writer, and helping independent authors write and publish memoirs. She began editing college essays in 2015 as a freelancer, and continued that work until she was hired by Great Expectations, a tutoring company in Los Angeles specializing in the ACT, SAT, and AP exams. She worked there for almost a year focusing on test prep, until she returned home to her native Austin, Texas. Currently she is writing non fiction for various online platforms, developing her technical writing skills, and is active in the filmmaking community in Austin, producing a feature film that she wrote. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, playing trivia, and spending time with her family. She is passionate about helping students communicate effectively and reach their personal academic goals, and is excited to return to the world of college essay editing.

Abby Kurzman

Abby Kurzman

Senior Essay Specialist; Harvard University, Master of Journalism; University of Michigan Ann Arbor, BA

A published journalist, Abby Kurzman holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an M.A. in Journalism from Harvard. She worked for many years as a marketing writer in the travel industry and now she works as a writing tutor and editor. She helps students with grammar, syntax, organization, clarity, and brainstorming. While she’s fastidious about good grammar, she can also help you unlock your creativity and find your voice, as well as captivate and impress your audience. Abby finds assisting students with their application essays especially rewarding because she is helping people realize their dreams. Her former clients are students and graduate students at Harvard, Yale, Wellesley, Wesleyan, JHU, Tufts, USC, NYU, BC, BU, Northeastern, U Texas-Austin, Tulane, Bates, and more. That said, Abby will tell you there are many excellent colleges and universities — including some you haven’t heard of — where students can receive great educations; it’s all about the effort put into it.and finding the right fit.