The FLEX Team

Meet the Team

Corbin Chu

Master Consultant

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Corbin graduated from Williams College with a degree in Comparative Literature, certificate in
Spanish, and concentration in Africana Studies. He has more than ten years of experience
counseling students from middle school to applying for medical school. Having worked at his
college’s Writing Center, at a local high school, and at a test prep academy, he also brings
multiple years of teaching experience to the FLEX team.

Corbin is a caring, yet firm, counselor who believes in his students’ potential to become effective
thinkers and doers as globally-aware citizens. His approach is methodical, creative, and
strategically personalized to each student’s needs and goals. Additionally, having grown up in a
multicultural family in the San Gabriel Valley, Corbin gets along well with students and families
who are from diverse backgrounds.

He has advised students who gained admission to: all the Ivy League, University of Chicago,
Rice, and all of the UC campuses, as well as selective engineering and business programs, in
addition to helping them earn millions of dollars in scholarships and grants.

Those who know Corbin think of him whenever there is good sushi. When not advising students,
he can be found traveling across the globe or brushing up on his Japanese and French.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to top 20 universities and liberal arts colleges
  • International students and families new to the U.S.
  • Students interested in STEM, business, or liberal
    arts majors who want to highlight their personalities
  • Students who are unsure of what they want to
    major in when they go to college

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish
  • Hokkien/Min Nan Dialect

Education

  • Williams College – BA in Comparative Literature (Spanish Certificate, Africana Studies Concentration)

Dan Kwon

Principal Consultant

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Dan has over 7 years of experience working with students interested in a wide range of schools. A Bay Area native, Dan graduated from Mission San Jose High School. While at the Santa Clara University School of Law, Dan was a Judicial Extern for a United States District Judge. Prior to joining FLEX, he worked at a speciality scientific instrumentation technology company.

During his collegiate years, Dan played volleyball for both UC Berkeley and SCU earning a League Championship and 2nd Team All-American Honors. He later he went on to coach at Mission San Jose High School and Archbishop Mitty High School, earning league, section and state championships. Dan also co-founded and directed a successful junior club volleyball program that earned multiple JO bids.

Dan’s students have been placed at top-caliber universities, including all of the Top 20 private schools.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to highly-selective schools
  • Students seeking admission specifically to the Ivy League
  • High-level students
  • Athletes

Language(s)

  •  English

Education

  • UC Berkeley – BA in English
  • Santa Clara University School of Law – JD

Jaimie Joo

Associate Consultant

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Since her days as an undergraduate, Jaimie has had an insider’s perspective of the college
admissions process at the University of California system. She has worked as a Campus
Representative in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and as an Academic Advisor in the
School of Humanities at UC Irvine, where she gained invaluable insight into the admissions
and counseling process. Because of these experiences, Jaimie understands the importance of
fit when selecting and applying to colleges. Additionally, she has been able to work with a
diverse group of students, including international students and first-generation students.

With all of her students, Jaimie strives to help them gain entrance to a college or university that
will not only set them up for career success, but will also help them find joy in learning. She
hopes she can help her students feel empowered in their own skills and abilities.

Jaimie is also a FLEX College Essay Specialist, which allows her to bring out her students’
most authentic and compelling selves. She has a proven track record in producing high-quality
storytelling with her students and finds that writing is a necessary strength for any major.

In terms of admissions, Jaimie has worked with students who have been granted admission to
John Hopkins, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine.

During her free time, Jaimie volunteers for an Asian American art collective. She enjoys
reading, writing, and talking about pop culture.

Languages

  • English (native proficiency)
  • Korean (conversational)

Education

  • UC Irvine: MA in Art History
  • UC Irvine: MA in Art History with a minor in English

Judy Liang

Master Consultant

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Judy has over 18 years of experience as an educator, working with students spanning preschool to high school graduates. A native of the San Gabriel Valley, she graduated at the top of her class from La Canada High School and went on to earn her BA in Social Studies. magna cum laude, from Harvard. There, she was awarded the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Travelling Fellowship to teach English at a private boarding elementary school and magnet high school located on the outskirts of Beijing.

Judy’s experience with her own three daughters, combined with her elementary and high school teaching experience, as well as her counseling experience at FLEX, allows her to observe the educational spectrum from birth to high school graduation. She strives to help families and students make informed choices and attend a university that best fits their talents and personality.

Judy’s college placements include but are not limited to Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Princeton, UChicago, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and NYU.

During her “free time,” Judy is busy taking care of her three elementary-aged daughters. When she has time to herself, she loves to exercise, eat out with her husband or friends, and serve the special-needs adults at the church she attends.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to highly-selective schools
  • International students
  • Transfer students
  • Connecting students with local groups and businesses
  • Crafting effective college application essays

Language(s)

  • English
  • Mandarin (basic conversation)
  • Taiwanese (basic conversation)
  • Spanish (conversational)

Education

  • Harvard University – BA in Social Studies, magna cum laude
  • Cal State LA – Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, K-8
  • UCLA – M.Ed in Educational Administration, Preliminary Clear Administrative Credential

Paul Lin

Principal Consultant

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Paul has 22 combined years of teaching and counseling experience, 12 in a university setting and 10 in the college prep and educational consulting industry. He is a former professor in American Cultures and Asian Pacific American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, and has also taught courses and advised students at UC Irvine. He has also delivered numerous conference papers around the country and has published a scholarly article on James Joyce and Irish colonial subjectivity.

Given his extensive experience, Paul has a deep understanding of what colleges are looking for in a student. As an admissions consultant, he takes a direct, honest, and strategic approach with his students. His objective is always to guide students toward the college that’s right for them – rather than just the highest-ranking one – because he believes doing so will better set them up for future success.

Paul’s college placements include but are not limited to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, UPenn, Cornell, Duke, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and Carnegie Mellon.

During his free time, Paul likes to travel, eat good food, and learn about wine.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to highly-selective schools
  • Students seeking admission specifically to Cornell, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, or UC Irvine
  • Underrepresented students
  • Transfer students
  • Students who have experienced personal challenges in their lives
  • Crafting effective college application essays

Language(s)

  • English

Education

  • Cornell University – School of Criticism and Theory, with distinction
  • UC Irvine – PhD in English (ABD), emphasis in Critical Theory
  • UC Irvine – MA in English
  • University of Southern California – BA in English (Honors), cum laude, minor in Art History
  • University of Kent at Canterbury, UK – University Diploma, with merit, in English and American Literature

Tiffany Lu

Principal Consultant

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Tiffany has been with FLEX since 2007, where she started as a science and math instructor. Her previous work experiences include positions in land development, children’s ministry, and oncology research.

While Tiffany has guided hundreds of students to top-caliber schools during her tenure at FLEX, she most enjoys finding the best fit school environments for each individual student. She encourages students to focus not only on application strategy and outcomes, but also on personal growth through the application process and on long-term goals beyond the undergraduate years.

An avid reader, Tiffany is always up for a good hike and enjoys noodles of all shapes and sizes.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to highly-selective schools
  • Students interested in STEM subjects
  • International school students
  • Scholar athletes
  • Digital humanities
  • Motivational challenges
  • Building personal narratives

Language(s)

  • English

Education

  • Stanford University – BS in Biology, minor in Economics
  • Westminster Seminary – MDiv in Counseling and History

Meagan Mason

Associate Consultant

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Meagan studied Communications at UC Davis, where she learned the importance of knowing one’s target audience and crafting an effective and compelling message for them. For the past 6 years, she has advised and mentored a diverse range of students — from high school to transfer students — through the college application and essay writing process. She worked as a program director for a leadership development program at Saint Mary’s College in California, educating 250+ students in the East Bay Area. And at UC Davis, she held a research position in the Economics Department, where she worked closely with the Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs and gained valuable experience as a project management intern for the biotechnology firm Amgen.

Meagan has first-hand experience at both private and public college institutions, so she has a strong understanding of how important fit — size, location, culture, and major — is when making that all- important college decision. As an Admissions Consultant, ACE Assistant Program Manager, and College Essay Instructor, she takes a hands-on approach, expertly guiding her students through the complicated and often stressful process of applying for college. As a result, Meagan has had great success helping students write essays that are distinctive, compelling, and reveal their true passions and identities.

Meagan has successfully helped students gain admission to Princeton, Brown, UPenn, USC, Michigan, Tufts, United States Military Academy Westpoint, UIUC, Purdue, The Claremont Colleges, Santa Clara, as well as all the UC campuses.

During her free time, Meagan enjoys running, playing sand volleyball, watching NCAA college basketball, and dishing out new recipes.

 

Education

  • University of California, Davis – BA in Communications Studies

Justin Obcena

Master Consultant

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With over 10 years of teaching experience in higher education, Justin knows what it takes for students to succeed and thrive. After receiving his BA from UCSB, Justin went on to earn his MA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Justin has also enjoyed his time at the University of Cambridge and Columbia University. Privileged to travel to over 25 countries, Justin brings a unique global lens to the work that he does: seeing problems from multiple angles and finding new solutions and insights.

Justin’s mentoring experience includes roles in student affairs, research assistantships, university teaching, as well as serving as a resident advisor, where he helped freshmen navigate the crucial transition to college life. At FLEX, Justin has worked as an essay specialist in addition to his position as an admissions consultant. Justin’s mentoring style is one of tough love and high expectations. He calibrates his feedback accordingly while still pushing each student to be the best versions of themselves. Justin’s students can expect honest, prompt, and detailed appraisals that will push them past their comfort zone so that their college applications can shine.

Justin’s students have been accepted into schools such as: CalTech, UCs, Dartmouth, MIT, Columbia, USC, John Hopkins, NYU, Swarthmore, and Washington University in St. Louis.

When he isn’t mentoring students, you will likely find Justin engrossed in books, savoring delicious food, watching an NBA game (go Warriors!), or jamming out to show tunes.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission into highly selective, research-oriented universities and programs
  • Students seeking to build a strong research profile
  • Students specifically targeting UCs
  • Crafting exceptional scholarship and admissions essays
  • Social sciences/humanities students, especially those interested in sociology
  • Students managing and navigating adversity
  • First-generation college students
  • Students who are driven to do social justice/activist/community work

Education

  • B.A. Sociology – UC Santa Barbara
  • M.A. Sociology – UC Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D. Coursework & Research – UC Santa Cruz

Daisy Oliver

Master Consultant

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Daisy Oliver has 17 years of higher education and career counseling experience, 10 in a university setting and 7 in the college admissions consulting industry. She is a former UCLA Admission Officer — specializing in freshman, transfer, and international admissions — and has reviewed almost 20,000 UCLA freshman and international student applications. Over the last several years, she has delivered hundreds of presentations and workshops to thousands of students and parents in the US and China.

Daisy has also worked as a Community Director in UCLA Residential Life and as a Career Counselor at Long Beach City College, where she gained experience in program and project management, community organization administration, strategic planning, executive coaching, and leadership development. She is an advocate in workforce development, preparing generations of youth and young adults for various career pathways.

As an Admissions Consultant, Daisy has extensive insider knowledge of what colleges look for in students. She has helped thousands of students from various backgrounds thrive in collegiate settings. She takes an honest, clear, and intentional approach with students. Her desire is to connect them to various resources and guide them to the college that best matches their personality, dreams, and career aspirations.

Daisy’s college placements include but are not limited to all of the UC’s, USC, UPenn, Duke, Stanford, Columbia, Tufts, NYU, University of Chicago, Northwestern, WashU, BU, and Emory.

In her spare time, Daisy serves as Strategic Planning Chair of a non-profit organization in south central Los Angeles, enriching the lives of youth and families through education, mentorship, and travel. She also enjoys tanning at the beach, playing the guitar, and exploring new restaurants.

 

Areas of Specialization

  • Underrepresented students
  • Transfer and international students
  • Students who have overcome challenges and obstacles
    in academics and their personal lives
  • Helping students write compelling college essays
  • Students seeking admission to Top 50 colleges,
    including the UC’s and private universities

Education

  • University of Southern California – Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • University of California, Los Angeles – BA in Psychology (Honors), minor in Education

Ben Robbins

Principal Consultant

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Ben has been in college admission consulting since 2015, but his interest in the nexus between high school and college started during his time at Yale. His published senior thesis explored the local cultural factors that affect the college application behaviors of rural high-achieving students in Nebraska, his home state. In addition to his work as an admission consultant, since joining FLEX he has served as a College Essay Specialist, ACT/SAT Curriculum Developer, and all-around verbal instructor. He is currently the Director of Admissions Consulting, managing both the NorCal and SoCal Consulting teams.

Between his time as an undergraduate at Yale and his years of consulting experience, Ben knows what sets apart the most competitive applicants for elite colleges, among others. With his background in teaching and creative mindset, he helps students to understand how they can explore different interests deeply. Ben is very intuitive and puts even shy or nervous students at ease.

Ben’s college placements include but are not limited to Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Rice, Pomona, Brown, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, NYU, UCLA, and UC Berkeley, as well as selective Aviation and Art programs.

Ben enjoys keeping up with family and friends around the globe (London to Singapore!), singing in a men’s chorus, and understanding the stories all around him.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to highly-selective schools
  • Students seeking admission specifically to Yale, Cornell, Brown, NYU, UC Berkeley, or UCLA
  • Humanities and Social Science students
  • Transfer students
  • Students needing guidance with high-level writing in college application essays

Language(s)

  • English

Education

  • Yale University – BA in Sociology (Intensive)

Bernadette Saldana

Associate Consultant

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Bernadette has been working with high school and university students for 10 years. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential and has taught English in countries such as China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. Since 2010, she has worked with students in Southern California as a piano and violin instructor. Prior to joining FLEX, Bernadette counseled international high school students on navigating the college application process in the US.

Growing up in Southern California, Bernadette understands the difficulties and challenges coming from a high school in California. As an admissions consultant, she takes an honest, holistic, and nurturing approach. She works collaboratively with parents and students to help students get into their dream school and to find the best fit for them.

During her free time, Bernadette enjoys listening to music, playing the piano and violin, and watching movies.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission specifically to the University of California
  • Students who have experienced personal challenges in their lives
  • International students
  • Crafting effective college application essays

Language(s)

  • English

Education

  • University of California, Irvine – MA in Teaching
  • University of California, Irvine – BS in Biological Sciences

Sunny Song

Master Consultant

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Sunny has been with FLEX since 2013. Prior to that, she served as an admissions counselor at Shepherd University and also worked for a non-profit organization developing English language teaching materials for underprivileged children around the world. While completing her master’s program at Biola University, Sunny spent two years in China as an English language teacher and counselor for less fortunate high school students.

As a counselor at FLEX, Sunny’s goal is to help students find the right college by navigating them through high school and the college application process. In doing so, she strives to be a nurturing mentor who encourages students to grow in all aspects of their lives. Sunny believes that the high school years are an important time for students, not only to prepare for college academically but also to grow holistically so they can become more independent and responsible and eventually be prepared to leave their parents’ nests.

Sunny has assisted students interested in Health, Business, Journalism, Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Arts, Education, and more. Her college placements include but are not limited to Princeton, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, USC, University of Michigan, University of Texas-Austin, and all the UCs.

In her free time, Sunny enjoys doing simple sewing projects, spending time with family and friends, and hiking at Big Basin Redwoods Park.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission into health-related majors (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, sports medicine/kinesiology)
  • Underrepresented students
  • International students
  • Students who have experienced personal challenges in their lives

Language(s)

  • English and Korean

Education

  • UC Berkeley – BA in Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Biola University – MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Anjali Vaswani

Master Consultant

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For the past 6 years, Anjali has helped students of all backgrounds navigate the admissions process
successfully. She is a former Bruin Ambassador and worked on staff in the UCLA Office of
Undergraduate Admissions for three years. In this role, she gave presentations on UC Admissions,represented UCLA at college fairs, and assisted prospective students in the application process. Additionally, Anjali served as an Arts Ambassador for the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture Office of the Dean, where she worked with prospective and admitted students to promote art majors within UCLA.

At FLEX, Anjali is both a Master Admissions Consultant and the Supervisor of the Southern California College Essay team. Her approach is strategic and creative in nature; she takes time to understand her
students strengths and weaknesses in order to make sound decisions throughout high school, and works to build well-rounded profiles that highlight her student’s unique personalities for college admission. Anjali believes there is a best fit college for everyone, and she is dedicated to helping each student find their next academic home.

Anjali’s college placements include but are not limited to Stanford, Yale, Amherst, Emory, UC Berkeley,
UCLA, UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, USC, Georgia Tech, University of Michigan, NYU, and Boston University.

In her free time, Anjali seeks out all things food and dance. Bonus points for activities that include both!

 

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to any UC campus
  • Developing creative and effective college essays, especially with students who are not strong writers
  • Students looking to build performing/fine arts portfolios
  • International students
  • Students who are in need of more hands on support

Language(s)

  • English

Education

  • UCLA – BA in Performing Arts (Dance), minors in Psychology and Arts Education

Wilson Vu

Master Consultant

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Wilson launched his career in higher education as one of the founders of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where he recruited students as a Senior Admissions Officer for undergraduate admissions and worked as an Academic Adviser. He recently worked in admissions at Harvard, where he helped prospective students through the admissions process for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Dance Center. Currently an Alumni Admissions Ambassador for Harvard, Wilson is still providing guidance to students interested in the university. He has worked with thousands of domestic and international applicants and transfer students and has a deep understanding of higher education.

During his time at USC, Wilson also provided career counseling, professional development opportunities, and networking events (with over 200 employers) for undergraduates as the Head of Staff for USC Kaufman’s Career Services Office. Wilson is active in the realm of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, where he served as an advising member at both USC and Harvard and has presented at numerous conferences and hosted workshops.

In his new role at FLEX, Wilson is excited to use his expertise in the field of college admissions and education to guide families through the admissions process. Wilson has experience with helping students gain acceptance into USC, Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, Stanford, Columbia, WashU, and Northwestern.

Wilson is also a professional dancer and choreographer who performed works from celebrated artists and dance companies such as Santa Barbara Dance Theater, UCSB Dance Company, Harvard Ballet Company, UNIQLO, Solange Knowles, and the Super Bowl.

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admissions to highly-selective colleges and universities
  • Students seeking admissions to ivy leagues
  • Students interested in the visual and performing arts
  • Helping students find the perfect “fit” for college
  • First generation and underrepresented ethnic minority students
  • Students and parents seeking a more hands-on approach and guidance

Language(s)

  • English
  • Vietnamese

Education

  • University of California, Santa Barbara – BA in Psychology & BFA in Dance
  • University of Southern California – MS in Psychology
  • Harvard University – Ed.M. in Education

Jay Zhang

Master Consultant

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Jay has over five years of experience working as a consultant in college admission. He has previously served as a volunteer reader and interviewer for the UCLA Alumni Scholarships Program. In addition, Jay is a certified Strong Interest Inventory counselor who can help students discover and explore their interests to determine possible majors and careers.

Having gone through the process himself, Jay understands the difficulties and challenges coming from a competitive high school in California. As an admissions consultant, he takes an informative and nurturing approach. Jay aims to work collaboratively with parents and students to craft an individualized plan to help students get into their dream school or program.

Jay’s college placements include but are not limited to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Caltech, UChicago, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Dartmouth, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Emory, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Boston College, Michigan, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and all the UC campuses.

During his free time, Jay likes to run, watch movies with friends, and discover new food to eat.

 

Areas of Specialization

  • Students seeking admission to highly-selective schools
  • Students seeking admission specifically to the University of California
  • Students seeking admission to BS/MD or BA/MD programs
  • International students
  • Transfer students
  • Independent High School admissions

Language(s)

  • English
  • Chinese

Education:

  • University of Southern California – MS in Global Medicine
  • University of California, Los Angeles – BS in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, minor in Chinese