Welcome to College Explored – A Message from Lora

The journey to college is a time of excitement and possibility, full of opportunities to learn about yourself and lay the groundwork for a fulfilling future. But all too often, fear, pressure and uncertainty can creep into the process, making what should be a positive experience a time of stress and discouragement. I created College Explored to offer insights and guidance to help you approach college planning mindfully, to look beyond expectations and “the old ways of doing things” to discover yourself, find your unique path, and create the educational experience that is right for who you are and who you want to become.

I am inspired by guiding students as they plan and dream for their futures. As a long-time educator and professional writer who genuinely enjoys and respects young people, my approach is comprehensive and structured, but always relaxed, creative and full of encouragement. ‚Äč

My own higher education began with a B.A. in English at UC Berkeley, followed by a M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Boston University. I later earned teaching credentials in English and Social Studies, and after sharing my deep love for literature and writing in high school classrooms for many years, became a school leader and pursued a M.A. in Educational Leadership. Ultimately, my enthusiasm for working with young people as they charted their post-secondary paths led me to a certificate with distinction in College Admissions Counseling from UCLA. 

I’m grateful to have a career where learning never stops. I visit many colleges each year and am eager to share my insights and observations with clients. I participate in professional development every month, read professional publications daily, attend annual conferences and college fairs, and am an active member of educational consulting associations. It’s wonderful to see my own learning ultimately benefit my clients as I guide them in their educational journeys.

I hope College Explored gives you a wealth of information and inspiration, and that you’ll always look back on your journey to college as one of the most rewarding times in you life.