"Why did you choose this major?"
"My parents chose it for me."
"I thought it was cool, but when I got into college it was totally something different."
It can be overwhelming to choose which major and school to apply to. There are over 3,000 colleges in the U.S. and if the student thinks about studying abroad, the possibilities seems endless. It is also unclear how majors can lead to future career paths. We provide guidance that connects your dream school to your dream career , and we break the process down into clear and actionable steps.
The EliteLink Education team members are leading education experts in the K-12, higher education, and professionals in various fields.
Our coaches and mentors aim to guide mentees in choosing a major and college that makes sense with their ideal career path.
We envision an environment where our mentees can choose their school and career with confidence and passion. No one should feel lost or stuck in their academic or career path. No one should say, "I wish someone could have told me sooner so that I could pick another major, go to another school, or find another job."
Our college admissions consulting and career coaching service is personalized by leading educators. The program not only helps students to receive their dream school offer but also upgrades their skills, helps them to find their passion, and navigates them towards their dream career. All our college applications consultants and mentors have had previous experience working at the top 30 universities' admissions offices. We have achieved a 100% satisfaction rate over the past 7 years.
Meet The Team
Founder & Lead Coach
Awarded as the Key Opinion Leader in Education, Serene has taught at Columbia University and New York University. She also had the experience of working in the university admissions office. Serene and the EliteLink team have helped more than 3,000 students to get into their dream schools and dream companies for the past ten years. Each of her live streaming school application workshops has more than 200k viewers. She is one of the best-selling authors of language learning. She is also a public speaker for many education conferences and was honored to deliver a speech with the former First Lady of the United States. In addition, she has designed more than 35 career training and life coaching curriculums for Fortune 500 companies. With her experience in K-12, higher education, and corporate training, she combined school counseling with career coaching and life coaching to create a roadmap for the mentees with a forward-looking vision.
Graduated from Northwestern University undergraduate school and finished her graduate study at Columbia University, May has over 16 years of experience as a former Wall Street professional. She began her career at two of the top investment banks: Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. She later managed an extensive equity short portfolio for a New York-based Hedge Fund. She has expertise in mentoring students and young professionals in the business, finance, and data science field. May Ling’s coaching expertise includes finance major and school program guiding, gamification in professionalism, personal development, and entrepreneurialism. She has worked with C-Suite executives at some of the largest firms to help them brainstorm, clarify strategy, and achieve their goals. And now, she brings her expertise to the future professionals at EliteLink Education.
Marisa De Marco-Costanzo
Marisa received a Master’s degree in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University (2007) and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology – State University of New York (2005). She holds her professional New York State teaching certification in Visual Arts (K-12) along with her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. From 2007-2014, she taught Art and Technology at a premier North Shore Long Island school district, ranked as one of the “Top 300 Public High Schools in America” (#224 out of 18,841). She has also served as a pre-college summer program professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, guiding students to develop art portfolios for future college admissions. She is a member of the International Association of Professional Writers & Editors and has written over 150 articles and essays, which can be read in a variety of prestigious publications.
Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University (2014) and a Bachelor’s degree in French Literature from Cornell University (2010). She also studied at the University of Paris as a French Literature major (2008-2009). She has taught high school English, English as a Second Language (ESL), and SAT courses at both private and charter schools in New York City. She also served as a professor at a college in Jiangxi, China. Since 2014, Andrea has been working as an education consultant, coaching students on their college application essays. She also teaches intensive writing and literary analysis workshops throughout the world and appears as a keynote speaker at educational consulting conferences. She has written and published numerous SAT and GRE books and has created an SAT vocabulary app. Her poetry and short stories have been published in various anthologies.
Lead Coach and School Consultant
Lindsey worked as an academic writing coach at the SUNNY Writing Center. She also teaches English 101 at Seoul University and has more than ten years of experience in school consulting and essay proofreading. She has a profound background in U.S. higher education and international higher education. She helps students shine with originality, creativity, and storytelling in their personal statements.
Micheal used to be an English academic writing professor at University of California, Irvine. He is the 2018 Excellence in Teaching award winner through the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA).
As a professional trainer and university educator, he have mentored and trained over 3,000 project leaders from over 1,000 companies and 37 countries. He has taught over 200 courses in Leadership, Project Management, and Agile Methodologies and developed the curriculum for two university-level programs in project management and Agile methodologies.
He is a popular speaker at industry and educational events where audiences seek his perspective on leadership, innovation, self-development, and the perils of human obsolescence.
Leah Rae Lichtenberger
Leah worked as a vice principal for a private high school in Virginia. She had more than fifteen years of experience teaching and coaching K-12 students and college students. Leah can help students identify their needs for applying to different school programs. She also has expertise in guiding students to apply for scholarships.
Essay Writing Coach & Proofreader
Vibhakumari’s rich research and writing background and significant teaching experience in English education provide her with a keen eye for editing and proofreading and make her an exceptional resource for writers wanting to improve their skills. Vibhakumari attended Pace University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature in only two years and subsequently completed a Master's degree in Adolescent Education concentrating in English. She advanced her education by completing her Doctorate in International Education at Northcentral University. Many of her students have been accepted to competitive schools such as Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, and Columbia University. Vibhakumari is passionate about the English language and enjoys teaching students about the writing process.
Lead Mentor for Industrial/UX Design Major
Yuna has rich and international industrial design experience. She finished her undergraduate studies in the top #1 university in China, Tsinghua University (Bachelor of Industrial Design). She continued her studies at Pratt Institute, New York ( Master of Industrial Design), Keio University, Japan ( Media Design major), Royal College of Art, London (Global Innovation Design major.) Served as industrial Design and designer for Indeed, UTO-work, Moret Group, and other companies. The excellent products designed include suitcases, bags, toys, furniture, smart speakers, ergonomics office chairs, etc. She now coaches students to prepare art portfolios for school and job applications with her successful learning and design experience.
Broadway Star Coach
Alan Ariano is a renowned broadway and TV actor. He was the lead actor in many Broadway shows such as The King and I, Miss Saigon, and Allegiance. He is also in the TV show Law & Order. He has years of experience of applying the acting and storytelling skill into training young students who are interested in acting and music performing. His workshop and coaching brings transformative influence on the participants' development in art performing majors and career.
School Consultant & Academic Coach
Huay studied education at UCLA for her undergraduate program and taught in high school in New York. After years of experience teaching in K-12 school, she continued with two master programs in education and linguistics from New York University and a doctor program at University of California, Santa Barbara. She has expertise in guiding students writing college application essays, selecting the right major and school programs.
School Consultant & Mentor for Business Major
Sue Yang is an excellent consultant for students who are interested in business major. With years of experience working in prestige consulting firms she combined the real workplace and industrial trend to guide the students to choose the right majors and applying business schools. Her career coaching session is also beloved by the students and young professionals.
School Consultant & Mentor for PR/ Media Major
Key has five years of work experience in a top International PR company before starting her education career at EliteLink Education Team. She understands the industrial needs for media and public relations-related majors. She can guide the students interested in those areas to find the most suitable school program and mainly coach the students to understand the career path in these majors. With her guidance, students can be well-prepared for their dream school program's admission process and career development.
Star Mentor & Student Advisor
Over 18 years, Lynn, previously as a Director of Business Development and her extensive experience with Marketing and Sales along with her solid background in international education, has enlightened the managerial perspective and provided keen judgment of the global community. She has successfully grown her business thanks to the consistency of referrals and repeat business with her diverse clients. She has expanded her strong base of loyal clients from China to the US, as well as Canada. As a longtime New York City resident, Lynn is highly regarded in her service of the Manhattan area. She is driven to continue offering excellent service and looks forward to working with you.
Star Coach and Test Prep Expert
Graduated from NYU education program Nicole is a New York State certified teacher and test assessment researcher. She has been teaching at EliteLink for five years and help many students to improve their test performance. She is also an experienced academic advisor for students' school application.
Jessica Adriana Li
Jessica has been a trusted confidant, accountability coach and strategist for over 20 years. As she progressed in academia and her finance career, she naturally became the School Consultant and Life Coach for her students, teammates, professional peers and friends. Graduated from NYU Stern, Jesica has been worked in Goldman Sacks and different hedge founds. Along the career development she discovered that coaching is her true passion.