Meet the founder of Admissions Thinker, a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience guiding Asia-based students and families through the college admissions process. An alumnus of Tufts University and the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her MBA, her background in US education coupled with her status as an Independent Educational Consultant from UC Irvine, brings credibility to her role.
Her professional journey spans three decades in global marketing and communications, including tenures at Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay, Nabisco, and Micron Technologies. Drawing from this rich tapestry of experiences, she excels at personal branding, narrative crafting, and the development of impactful applications.
A mother who has successfully guided her two sons through admissions at esteemed institutions like Yale, UCLA, Emory, and Purdue, she comprehends the importance of finding the right college "fit". Her personal experiences fuel her dedication to helping each student discover their unique strengths, and define their path to achieve their aspirations.
Approachable, collaborative, and committed, she the perfect partner to accompany you on your admissions voyage.
Nicole has been in Communications in Asia for 25 years and loves to write—in fact, she’s the author of 11 books and has professionally copyedited or proofread more than a dozen manuscripts for Wiley Publishing, so she knows her stuff. She is here to make the essay process as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for both students and parents. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her approachability makes her a natural fit to work with, and her smile lets you know you’re going to make it through this!
Nicole taught Writing for Communications at NUS for several years (where she was nominated for Best Teacher by her students) and is well-versed in students’ writing issues. Her work in communications strategy and execution means she’s adept at synthesizing information quickly and pulling out key messages. And her work as an executive coach and trainer has honed her ability to deliver constructive feedback in a way that supports the coachees and enables them to see things differently.
Celebrating 25 years in Singapore, Nicole, a graduate of Northwestern University, is married to a Singaporean and has two girls in Singapore secondary school, so she knows where kids and parents are coming from.
Meet Vikas, your coach for career strategy with diverse global experiences and profound business insights. A Singapore native and alumnus of the Singapore American School, Vikas continued his journey to UCLA in the U.S., majoring in Business Economics and undertaking internships at prestigious organizations like McKinsey, Micron, and Amgen.
Launching his career at Bain & Company, Vikas spent four enriching years as a management consultant and interviewer, gaining unique insights into recruitment and business strategy. Pursuing an MBA at Yale, he further diversified his industry exposure, with a summer internship at Amazon and providing career guidance for fellow students on strategic job applications and interview techniques across a variety of sectors, including finance, technology, and consulting.
For the past five years, Vikas has honed his skills in career guidance, interview strategy, and preparation, aiding aspirants looking to venture into diverse career paths. Now based in NYC, he's nurturing his entrepreneurial ambitions.
With his rich professional background and industry-wide knowledge, Vikas is ready to assist you, whether you're a high school student considering your career options, an undergrad, or a budding professional. Trust Vikas to help strategize your career trajectory and unlock your potential.