Your College Bound Advising Team

College Bound Advising helps students get curious about college and gives them the tools to get organized for a manageable – and maybe even fun! – experience getting there!

one to one counseling

Eydie Balsam, Founder

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Our Founder, Eydie Balsam's Approach To College Admissions Counseling Is Changing The Game.

By combining her professional expertise in social work and education, College Bound Advising Founder and Director Eydie Balsam brings a compassionate and innovative perspective to guide families through this pivotal stage.

This personal perspective allows her to provide guidance that addresses the academic aspects of college admissions and nurtures strong communication and collaboration between parents and their children.

Eydie’s academic background includes a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. These qualifications, combined with her Certification in College Counseling from UC Irvine and membership in the National Association of College Counselors, Independent Educational Consultants Association, and Higher Education Consultants Association, provide her with a comprehensive understanding of the academic, emotional, and social aspects involved in the college admissions journey.

As a mother of three young adults, Eydie intimately understands the dynamics and complexities of the parent-teen relationship during this transformative period. 

When she’s not working – or actively parenting – Eydie loves to walk her dog, Yogi; read her stack of books (mostly non-fiction social science or history); write her blog for College Talk for Moms; and think about ways to build her Head Toward College Foundation. 

Learn more about what Eydie loves most about her work in her 

National Association for College Admissions Counseling Member Spotlight!

CBA Team Members

Jen Hagopian

Jen Hagopian is a senior college admissions advisor at College Bound Advising. She is entering her 10th year as a school counselor/college admissions advisor at Acton Boxborough Regional High School.

Jen has collaborated with college admissions representatives and high school counselors, presenting at the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC) Annual Conference. Jen has also served as a volunteer at the Boston National College Fair. 

Jen has a B.S. in Psychology from Union College (NY) and her MEd in School Counseling from Salem State University.

Senior College Admissions Advisor
Nicole Karp

Nicole has spent much of her career creating reporting and training content, writing in a clear and engaging way. When working with students on their essays, Nicole pays attention to both the small details and the big picture; she is a stickler for grammatical accuracy but also reminds applicants that this is an opportunity to show admissions officers a perspective beyond grades, scores, and extracurriculars.

Nicole has a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from Baruch University’s Zicklin School of Business. She is the mother of two teenagers and when she is not contending with their laundry or helping them with homework, Nicole can be found listening to podcasts, going on long walks, and trying out new restaurants.

Shewta Bhatt

Shweta Bhatt is a consultant, speaker, writer, and artist who serves as a guide for those who want to harness their voice. After spending six years in finance, Shweta realized her true calling was in helping people find more compassion, connection, and resilience within themselves as they navigate significant life changes. She has gathered over 500 hours serving as a coach for high schoolers and beyond to finesse their writing and narrative skills. Featured on WBGH, USA Today, and National Storytelling Network, she uses the craft of storytelling, public speaking, and writing to share her art with the world while creating spaces for all to come into their own. Find her work through @beadsofshwet and shwetabhatt.com

Essay Specialist
Sky Calderon

Sky Calderon has a B.A. from Denison University. In her undergraduate career, she was a peer mentor and teaching assistant for first-year students. She is a lifelong learner who believes in the value of investing in your education.

As a first-generation college graduate, Sky is fueled by her passion for educational equity. Sky uplifts mentorship and collaboration. As a recent college graduate and current student, she knows that college is a period of transition. She recommends incoming students take every opportunity to meet new people and try new experiences.

Sky will be working primarily with our students at Working Towards Change, our student volunteer initiative.

Marketing & Communications Team
Denise Harrison

A marketing and communications professional with over 25 years of experience. Denise has a diverse background in marketing with such brands as CHANEL, Estée Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger, The Art of Shaving and health & wellness brands. 

Denise is a great addition to the dynamic group at College Bound Advising. She brings a unique perspective to the world of college consulting as an expert in market trends, consumer behavior, and effective storytelling.

She also has two teenagers—one currently in college and another preparing for their application journey, so possesses firsthand knowledge of the challenges and aspirations families face during this pivotal time. 

She is an avid runner, having completed 56 half marathons and does some of her most important creative thinking while walking or running. She is also very into photography and spends a lot of her free time on the baseball field cheering on her son and taking photos.