Welcome Liz Young, College Consultant
We are pleased to announce that Liz Young has expanded her role at Educational Advocates and is now a college consultant. Liz brings over twenty years of experience working with students at both the high school and college level as an admissions consultant, writer and educator. She has been working in college admissions consulting for the past four years, following a career in academia. At Educational Advocates, Liz works with high school students, transfers, and graduate students. Liz first joined Educational Advocates last fall as a writing specialist.
Liz graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University with a BA in Classics and earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before moving into admissions work, she spent a decade as a college professor, holding positions as Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities at Wellesley College and Blegen Research Fellow in Greek and Roman Studies at Vassar College. In these roles she taught Latin and Greek as well as numerous literature courses on topics spanning Roman epic poetry to literary cognition. During this time she also served as a first year faculty advisor and guided numerous students through the graduate school application process.
Her involvement in college admissions began while at Wellesley, where she served as a faculty member of the college’s admissions committee, which she co-chaired for a year. In this capacity, she conducted a reevaluation of the college’s admissions criteria, vetted applications from across the country and helped shape a number of stand-out classes.
Before teaching college, Liz taught 9th-12th grade English and Latin at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan where she also served as a guidance counselor. Over her two decades as an educator, she has taught and mentored many hundreds of students with a wide range of backgrounds, strengths and needs – including students with mental and physical health challenges and learning differences.
Liz’s writing has been published broadly in both academic and literary venues. Poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and her first poetry collection was selected as a National Poetry Series finalist. Scholarly articles on Ovid, Vergil, Sappho and others have appeared in top peer-reviewed journals and her book on translation and the ancient Roman understanding of literary creativity was published by the University of Chicago Press.
Her admissions experience alongside her insider’s knowledge of the landscape of higher education and life-long commitment to student-centered teaching have led her naturally into her current role. She finds it immensely gratifying to support families as they navigate the college admissions process and help students craft stand-out applications while cultivating new confidence and skills that allow them to thrive in high school, college, and beyond.