Dara was born and raised in the UK where she attended the American School in London. She studied American Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and received the Allan Buch Study Abroad Scholarship for achieving the highest grade in Humanities Year 1. Dara studied abroad at UC Berkeley, majoring in English. At university, Dara earned entry to several formative writing seminars that fuelled her love oflanguage and linguistics. She graduated with a First-class Honours.
While at Berkeley, Dara worked as a programme assistant at the International House, hosting a variety of international visitors to the UC campus, and organising events and activities aimed at fostering a sense of community within the university. This experience informed her strong belief in the benefits of effective mentorship.
Back in London, Dara worked in events management. During this time, she gained much experience in how to effectively support and develop the learning of student trainees. Dara has always paid acute attention to the structuring of language, and her time pursuing English as an academic discipline has equipped her with the skills needed to successfully mentor students and set them up with efficient work routines. Dara finds it incredibly rewarding to see each mentee actively enjoy the process of learning and grow to achieve tangible results.