Without online tools to research schools, our family embarked on summer college trips from Long Island in our white Oldsmobile Delta 88. Our navigation was powered by printed routes from AAA to towns like Lewisburg, Lancaster, and Bethlehem, with some big cities mixed in. I was only 16, and to me, these trips were (almost) as enjoyable as seeing the Mets at Shea Stadium. These campus adventures featured student tour guides who walked backward and narrated the story of their college. Religiously I brought home college brochures to study. I enthusiastically shared my newfound knowledge with friends hoping they would follow my advice and attend college with me.
The first steps I took on South Mountain inspired me. I was awed by natural beauty, ivy-covered buildings, and steep hills. Lehigh’s business school, alumni network, small student body, and location piqued my interest. I found my best-fit college! I carefully completed the Early Decision application with my Cross pen which was a Bar Mitzvah gift. I dropped the completed application in the mail.
My dream of attending college came true when my acceptance arrived via postcard in my mailbox. Although Lehigh’s brochure was great, my education was even better. Professors kept me on my toes and inspired me to love learning. I personalized my education by combining an accounting major with a journalism minor. Tapping into my love of sports, I leveraged my work-study to lead the basketball stats crew and travel with the teams to colleges up and down the eastern seaboard. I co-founded the largest club on campus to enhance the student game day experience. I even served as Sports Editor of the Brown and White, where I was responsible for the sports section of the semiweekly newspaper.
Lehigh enabled me to launch my business career at leading companies: Deloitte, Estée Lauder, AT&T, and FP&L. I even returned to campus to earn a free MBA and serve as a Graduate Assistant in Athletics. Amazing mentors across my career guided me through roles including Financial Analyst, Product Manager, and Marketing Director. Always a student of the game, I learned skills that are now the foundation of how I serve my students, such as researching, analyzing data, brainstorming, motivating teams, and managing deadlines.
Today as a business owner, I share my love of colleges with the next generation. I teach them to learn about themselves, target their best-fit college, and prepare for visits, interviews, and auditions. My students serve as CEOs of their team, while I manage the planning process and make recommendations along the way. I inspire them to find their own voice to communicate who they are and who they want to be. I motivate them to do their best, compose memorable essays that tell their stories, and open doors. The bottom line, my students are poised to thrive in college. They are excited to step on campus in the fall and are well prepared for their freshman writing seminar.
I may have less hair and some of it’s grey, but I still study colleges and enjoy touring campuses. Now my dream, along with my wife Wendy and son Justin, is to help guide students to their best college fit, encourage them to dream big and work hard, and watch them thrive.