After growing up in South Florida, Sasha graduated cum laude from Amherst College, where she double-majored in Psychology and Anthropology. As an undergraduate, Sasha discovered an interest and skill she had for counseling. She worked as both a Peer Career Advisor and Peer Diversity Educator, where counseled students through career decisions, graduate school applications, social challenges, and more. Her interest in helping others led her to intern at UCLA’s Psychology of Social Justice Lab, where she researched communal perceptions of domestic partner violence and began her own ethnographic research on assimilation and hegemony at Amherst College to improve student well-being.
With a love for learning, cognitive psychology, and improving student outcomes, Sasha then pursued her master’s degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Focusing on curriculum and pedagogy, her qualitative study into student learning outcomes employed cognitive and social psychological principles to improve learning and retention. It led her to become an Academic College Counselor for two years at Quarry Lane School in Dublin, CA.
After being so positively influenced by her mentors and professors throughout her education, Sasha believes wholeheartedly in the importance of finding a good-fit school that will inspire and help students grow. She joined ESM Prep to continue to guide students through the daunting college application process and excite them about the possibilities colleges offer. Outside of her love for education and counseling, Sasha works as a User Experience Designer in the Bay. She spends most of her time writing, designing, playing sports like rugby or soccer, jogging around Lake Merritt, and exploring the Bay Area.