About Nita June

About Nita June Santa Barbara College Counselor

My Work

As an independent educational consultant (also known as an independent college counselor and mentor), I approach my work as a guide in a "choose your own adventure" novel, with the "adventure" being the future and the "novel" being life. This adventure is a serious and important one, not to be taken lightly. And it is process that can certainly have lightness and--yes, even joy--in it!

I work with students from start to finish of the college admissions process. I am not just a college counselor but I am essentially a coach, mentor, "fairy godmother auntie" and teacher rolled into one. While I don't make dreams come true with a swish of my wand, I do help to make my students' dreams clear and the application process be one of straightforwardness and ease.

My Mission

...is to support every student in reaching their highest potential - to support them in becoming confident in heart, conscientious in mind, caring in spirit, and successful and happy on their chosen vocational path.

I am passionate about teaching and supporting young adults to find their respective way in the world. As a teenager, I sought this kind of guidance and did not find it. My longing for a coach and mentor on my path to adulthood was the inspiration for the work I do today as an independent educational consultant.

I hold a Bachelor's degree Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College, and I followed this course of study with a Master of Fine Arts from Naropa University. After five years as a high school teacher, in 2012 I began focusing on college counseling, tutoring and mentoring, and have completed the highly regarded Independent Educational Consultant Certification course through UC Irvine. In 2018, I became a full member of HECA, the Higher Educational Consultant's Association.

In addition to guidance work, I am a theater and film director, a runner and cyclist, an outdoor enthusiast, a puppy mama, and a true lover of all things creative.

About Jennifer McElroy - Writing Coach

About Nita June
Jennifer McElroy has had a love for the written language since as young as she can remember. As a product of the military, she moved around a lot, so retreating to her own books and stories provided connection to something bigger. 
Jennifer graduated with honors from The University of North Texas with her B.A in News-Editorial Journalism in 2013. Since then, she has traveled around the world teaching English and Journalism, all the while documenting her travels through her creative writing blog. Most recently, she was a teacher/mentor for Fusion Academy in English, Language Arts, Journalism, and SAT/ACT test prep. 
She can't wait to work with your student in investigating their own stories and path forward. Sometimes we all could use a little help uncovering our own intrinsic genius. 

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