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The Admissions Wayfinder

Your personal guide to the college admissions process.  

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The Admissions Wayfinder is your personal guide to the college admissions process.   Anna Zirkel has experience in admissions at NYU and UNC Chapel Hill and uses her expertise to help students find appropriate schools,  create passion projects, write outstanding essays, and navigate the complexities of this academic  adventure.   She offers individual counseling and small group workshops.  Schedule your free consultation today. 

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College Application Workshops

Small group workshops offer personalized attention for students.  Topics include essay writing, college selection, testing, and the Common Application 



Free Consultation

Find out if the Admissions Wayfinder is the right fit for you.  Schedule a free 30 min phone consultation today. 


Individual Appointments

Individual college counseling appointments are tailored to clients needs - offered in-person and virtual


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Experience in Higher Education

Choosing a college and completing the application process can be a challenge for students and their families. The founder of The Admissions Wayfinder has spent over a decade working in high schools, colleges, and counseling students.  She uses this knowledge to help students reach their academic goals with a holistic approach that helps reduce the stress this process can create.    


Anna Zirkel earned her B.S. in Secondary Education from Indiana University and her Master's degree in School Counseling from Hunter College in New York City.   Her broad experience ranges from working as a high school counselor at Williamsburg Prep in Brooklyn, NY to roles in academic advising at New York University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She spent two seasons evaluating undergraduate applications for the UNC Admissions Office and now helps students and families in the college selection and application process. 


She’s worked on both sides of the scholarship process, helping students apply and serving on merit-based scholarship and grant committees.   While at  NYU she was a founding creator of the Social Impact Grant that gives students an opportunity to make the world a better place.   Today, she serves as a contributing editor for College Consensus and coaches students through the college application, financial aid, and decision-making process as The Admissions Wayfinder.  

If you are looking for someone who can guide you through the many decisions in the college application process with an honest, ethical, and kind demeanor then you have come to the right place. 

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