哈佛大学 Heather

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Your Name: Heather Barclay

Current Location:  Nashville, Tennessee (Chicago time zone)

Education Background(your bachelor, master, PhD university, major and degree)

  • Masters, Harvard, European and American History
  • BA, Converse College, Double Major in Modern Languages and Religious Studies Magna Cum Laude with Honors and Honors in Field
  • TEFL 120 Hour teaching certification, The TEFL Academy

哈佛大学欧洲和美国历史硕士

匡威学院文学士,现代语言和宗教研究双主修,优等生和领域荣誉生

TEFL 120 小时教学证书,TEFL 学院

Personal Achievement: (your personal achievement, honor, awards in your academic, professional, work experiences, such as academic awards, executive experience at a Fortune 500 companies, or work experiences at university admission committee)

Executive Experience

In Education:

  • Executive Director and Chief Consultant, Ivy Guild Education (Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney, Toronto, Boston)
    • 20+ years turnkey admissions consulting services including competitive admissions strategy expert guidance; college research; personalized admissions application preparation; test prep and professional essay coaching services
    • 99%+ acceptance rate of students to at least one school on target school list
    • 1,500+ successful college admissions offers to top 50 undergraduate, graduate and MBA programs
    • Leadership mentoring; standardized test preparation; visa and college interview prep; research program/summer school/internship matchmaking
    • Communications prep and networking with top schools’ admissions teams to facilitate and bolster admissions success
    • Private school matching services; application and interview prep; academic advising
  • Teaches proprietary, customized admissions competitiveness workshops for international schools and programs around the world

Applesmart Academy International, Vice Principal and Head Teacher

  • Detailed coursework and curriculum development
  • Instructor: College Admissions Consulting, World History, AP and Pre-AP US History, AP and Pre-AP English, Ancient History, Public Speaking, Debate, Communications, Writing, IEW Writing, Phonics, Literature, ESL, and other courses including curriculum design

Princeton Academy International (Tokyo), Head Teacher

  • Responsible for managing all daily operations of the school and teaching all classes, afterschool and summer programs for elite Tokyo international school
  • Provided parent and student advisement services for early preparation towards attending world-class private schools and universities in the US

Fayston Preparatory Academy (Seoul), High School and Middle School Teacher

  • Taught high school and middle school World History, US History, Language Arts, Literature, Newspaper
  • Developed course curriculums based upon US AP/Common Core Standards and modified to the language and academic abilities of ESL students
  • Mentored students in all aspects of planning for US college admissions
  • Designed engaging, interactive classes with an abundance of technology, visuals, collaborative and performative learning

In Corporate Business and Consulting:

I have worked extensively in international business consulting in a variety of leadership capacities and have also worked in senior positions in successful start-ups such as Ecobee and Next Ltd as well as in private investment management and real estate. My most recent experience in corporate includes:

在企业业务和咨询方面:

我在国际商业咨询方面有着广泛的领导能力,也曾在成功的初创企业(如Ecobee和Next Ltd)以及私人投资管理和房地产公司担任高级职位。我最近的工作经历包括:

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Community Outreach, SkyPower Global Utility Scale Solar Corporation | July 2012- December 2014

  • Managed global CSR team to implement/monitor large-scale economic development and community engagement projects
  • High-level stakeholder engagement with Presidents, Ministers of Energy, government leaders around the world
  • Founded SkyPower’s CSR program and designed SkyPower Cares, distributing hundreds of thousands of solar lamps to students in unelectrified communities
  • Formed strategic partnerships with the United Nations and other global sustainability partners
  • Drafted press releases, marketing copy, RFPs, social media campaigns, websites and all communications related to company projects
  • Researched and drafted budgets, project plans, KPIs, risk analyses, sustainability and CSR reporting
  • Lead RFP writer for global utility-scale solar projects

In Non-Profit:

Executive Director USA, Help Heal Humanity International Educational Non-Profit | 2022-2023 (Current USA Treasurer)

Executive Director, Isthmus Canada | July 2016 – February 2017

  • Led national Canadian children’s charity that provides food for over 2,000 students weekly to increase educational outcomes
  • Coordinated 65 school programs and national volunteer team
  • Managed all financial, governance, fundraising, communications and advocacy aspects of the organization

Honors, Awards, and Professional Affiliations

  • Full tuition scholarships plus stipends: undergraduate, Masters, and PhD
  • Harvard Alumni Association Active Member
  • Member, Harvard Alumni for Education
  • Member, Harvard Alumni for Global Development
  • Member, Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs
  • Member, Harvard Club of Middle Tennessee and Harvard Club of Toronto
  • Member, Alumnai-I Network for Harvard Women
  • Harvard Scholar- Full Tuition Scholarship, Board, and Living Stipend
  • Undergraduate- Mary Helton Dalton Scholar w/full tuition and living stipend
  • Member, UN Women National Committee
  • Former Chair, International Committee, Rotary Club of Toronto
  • Former Chair, Women’s Initiatives Committee
  • Non-faculty Advisor, Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN)
  • Educational Partner and Lecturer, University of Waterloo International Development Department

Publications

  • Author, Let’s Go Germany, Let’s Go Western Europe, Let’s Go Europe 2004)
  • Co-author, with Corrie Norman and Nancy Hardesty, “Religion in the South: Myth, Meaning, and Reality” in Religion in the Contemporary South: Changes, Continuities and Contexts
  • Co-Author, with Isaure DeBuron and John Theilmann, “Learning Across the Disciplines: A Case Study,” 1999.
  • Women and Religious Diversity in the South: Encounters with Muslim Women in the Carolinas” Pluralism Project AAR Pre-conference, November 21-22, 2003.
  • Website Design and Maintenance: “Food, Gender, and Meaning” Project (affiliated with the Harvard Pluralism Project): www.cnjg.net/pluralism. (2002)

Successful Cases: ( please write down any cases where you helped students apply to a top university successfully, and please also write down the major they applied)

I have completed over 1,500+ successful cases over the last 20+ years for all of the top schools – too many to list. In 2023-2024 admissions season, some of these include:

在过去的20多年里,我为所有顶尖学校完成了1500多个成功案例——太多了,无法一一列举。在2023-2024招生季,其中一些包括:

  • Harvard University, Masters, Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology
  • Harvard, MA, Education, Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship
  • Yale, International and Development Economics
  • Yale, East Asian Studies BA
  • Stanford, Learning Design and Technology MS
  • Rice, Applied Physics PhD
  • University of Chicago, MBA
  • Princeton, PhD, Biophotonics
  • Northwestern, MBA
  • Duke, PhD, Medical Physics
  • Columbia, Masters, Applied Physics
  • University of Southern California, MBA
  • Columbia, MS Business Analytics
  • University of Southern California, MS, Spatial Economics and Data Analysis
  • UCLA, MBA
  • Columbia, Law JD
  • National University of Singapore, PhD, Biophotonics
  • Johns Hopkins, MA, Public Management
  • UC Berkeley, MBA
  • Rice, Common App
  • NYU, Masters, Financial Planning
  • Johns Hopkins University, MS in Applied Economics
  • NYU, Film
  • Columbia University, MA in Economics
  • University of Pennsylvania, Penn Carey Law School
  • University of Southern California, MS, Applied Economics and Econometrics
  • NYU, MS, Financial Planning
  • Northeastern, MS, Economics
  • UIUC, PhD, Biophysics
  • Duke University, Master of Quantitative Management: Business Analytics
  • Boston University, MS in Financial Management
  • Carnegie Melon University, MS in Business Analytics
  • University of Wisconsin, Masters in Business Analytics
  • Emory, BA Biochemistry
  • Vanderbilt, BA Biology
  • Columbia, Film
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.Ed.
  • Yale Summer Pre-college, Writing (YYGS)
  • UNC Chapel Hill, Biology
  • NYU, Film & TV
  • University of Washington, MS, Entrepreneurship
  • UCLA, MS Quantitative Economics
  • University of Southern California, Master of Arts in Aging Services Management
  • Washington University in St Louis, Global Master of Finance
  • UIUC, MS, Policy Economics
  • Columbia, MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education
  • UIUC, MS, Business Analytics
  • USC, Business Analytics
  • Columbia, Business Analytics
  • Cornell
  • UPenn Social Justice Research Academy
  • Columbia, MS, Non-profit Management
  • Duke, MA Graduate Liberal Studies
  • Harvard, Pre-college
  • Purdue
  • VA Tech
  • University of Maryland
  • The New School
  • Emerson
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • University of Southern California
  • UPenn Pre-college
  • University of California-Berkeley, Psychology
  • University of Southern California, Urban Studies
  • Rutgers, Mathematics
  • NYU, MS in Management and Systems
  • Stanford Summer Pre-college
  • University of Michigan Ann-Arbor
  • Boston University Summer Challenge
  • USC Summer Precollege, Business
  • UCLA Tennarch Studio
  • Columbia NYC Residential Summer Program
  • Brandeis, Mathematics
  • Boston College, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Babson, Mathematics
  • UCLA Pre-college, Nanoscience
  • UCLA, Entrepreneurship Summer Institute
  • Bentley, Mathematics
  • Northeastern, Mathematics
  • Duke, Chemistry
  • Stanford, Machine Learning and Neuroscience
  • UPenn, Engineering Summer Academy
  • Johns Hopkins, MS, Education, Teaching & Global Leadership Cohort
  • Brown, Film Studies

And many more…

Degree application can mentor:

All degrees. I have decades of experience mentoring students in all types of degree applications including highly technical and specialized graduate studies in the US, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Australia, and European universities. I specialize in extremely complex Ivy League+ graduate applications and personal statements, MBA, and other specialized applications and admissions interviews.

所有学位。我在美国、加拿大、英国、香港、澳大利亚和欧洲的大学指导各种类型的学位申请,包括高技术和专业的研究生学习,有几十年的经验。我擅长极其复杂的常春藤盟校+研究生申请和个人陈述,MBA和其他专业申请和招生面试。

Majors can mentor:

All majors and disciplines. I have successfully mentored students in all majors and disciplines in drafting essays. For extremely technical STEM PhD personal statements at the graduate level (for example optics/bioengineering), I conduct extensive research on the discipline-specific components.

所有专业和学科。我曾成功指导过各专业各学科的学生撰写论文。对于非常技术性的STEM博士研究生阶段的个人陈述(例如光学/生物工程),我对学科特定部分进行了广泛的研究。

Application Advice: ( please give some advice to our students on our students’ application, US studies and life and other aspects)

My advice is to consider educational consulting earlier in your educational trajectory, start your applications early, and work with an extremely honest and reputable consultant with a proven track record and verifiable credentials. Do not rule out extremely competitive schools like Harvard and Yale just because your GPA isn’t perfect; American schools are seeking much more than a perfect GPA in a candidate. Work with those who have attended these schools, know their admissions teams, and are prepared to coach you in all aspects of the admissions process because they have walked in your shoes and know how to guide you.

Right now, there are many educational consultants who claim to be experts but take shortcuts by using pre-written essay templates or ChatGPT to generate essays. Either of these will be immediately rejected by admissions who are able to detect AI and plagiarism, and I have unfortunately seen students fall victim to these types of fraud. Your admissions consultant should be writing your essay from scratch with extensive customized research on the programs and your detailed background.

Additionally, I recommend that you take risks and try new things throughout your educational journey, getting involved in lots of different projects and experiences around the world. Whereas the top Asian universities are primarily concerned with your academic performance and GPA, American schools each have their own proprietary, often secret ranking system for considering all aspects of a student’s life. They are interested in all your passions and quirky interests far beyond your academic preparedness. I can offer you many tips and tricks to help you diversify your background to tell an interesting and compelling story.

Further, be vulnerable in your application. Articulately sharing obstacles you have faced or aspects of your character that you have worked on is an effective way to demonstrate that you have a growth mindset and have cultivated the resilience to thrive in a university setting.

At the Masters and PhD levels, the strategies are slightly different in writing your personal and research statements; they should be extremely precise, specialized, well-researched, and tailored to the exact program you are applying to. In all types of programs, the more you can demonstrate a track record of original research, community advocacy and proven leadership, the stronger your application will be against a global pool of highly talented candidates. Masters and PhD students (especially in the STEM fields) should also discuss F-1 Visa interview and border crossing strategies with their consultant and consider additional interview preparation. Current policies in the US are making it more difficult for some international Chinese students to get through the border even once they have been successfully admitted into the top universities. By having a strategic plan and communications interview script in place prior to your F-1 interview or flight, you can avoid the risks of getting stuck in an uncomfortable or disappointing situation with immigration.

When applying at the Ivy League+ level, it is also important to realize that you are up against the top students from throughout the world: Olympic athletes; children of royalty; students who have started their own companies or non-profits that are already changing the world. There are strategic factors that we can highlight to substantially improve your changes of admission, but at this level there are also factors at play that have nothing to do with you or your qualifications in regard to how these schools choose applicants. Politics also shape school admissions policies heavily from year to year. This is why it is also essential to have a carefully planned and researched diversity of schools in your application portfolio. Working with a knowledgeable consultant, we track all these trends, statistics, and strategies and can prepare you with the latest admissions recommendations. Overall, working with knowledgeable experts can make the complex admissions and immigration process substantially more enjoyable and less stressful.

我的建议是在你的教育生涯中尽早考虑教育咨询,尽早开始你的申请,并与一个非常诚实和有信誉的顾问合作,这些顾问有良好的记录和可验证的证书。不要仅仅因为你的GPA不够完美就把哈佛、耶鲁等竞争激烈的学校拒之门外;美国学校对申请者的要求远不止完美的GPA。和那些上过这些学校的人一起工作,了解他们的招生团队,并准备在录取过程的各个方面指导你,因为他们站在你的立场上,知道如何指导你。

现在,有许多教育顾问声称自己是专家,但却走捷径,使用预先写好的论文模板或ChatGPT来生成论文。其中任何一种都会被能够检测出人工智能和抄袭的招生人员立即拒绝,我很不幸地看到学生成为这类欺诈的受害者。你的招生顾问应该从头开始写你的论文,对项目和你的详细背景进行广泛的定制研究。

此外,我建议你在整个学习过程中冒险并尝试新事物,在世界各地参与许多不同的项目和经历。亚洲的顶尖大学主要关注你的学习成绩和平均绩点,而美国的学校都有自己专有的,通常是秘密的排名系统,考虑学生生活的各个方面。他们对你所有的激情和古怪的兴趣感兴趣,远远超出了你的学术准备。我可以给你提供很多建议和技巧,帮助你多样化你的背景,讲述一个有趣和引人注目的故事。

此外,在您的应用程序中易受攻击。清晰地分享你所面临的障碍或你所努力的性格方面是一种有效的方式来证明你有一个成长的心态,并培养了在大学环境中茁壮成长的韧性。

在硕士和博士阶段,写个人陈述和研究陈述的策略略有不同;它们应该是非常精确的、专业的、经过充分研究的,并且是针对你申请的具体项目量身定制的。在所有类型的项目中,你越能展示出原创性研究、社区倡导和成熟的领导力,你的申请就越能在全球众多才华横溢的候选人中脱颖而出。硕士和博士生(尤其是STEM领域的)也应该与他们的顾问讨论F-1签证面试和过境策略,并考虑额外的面试准备。美国目前的政策使得一些中国留学生即使已经成功进入美国顶尖大学,也很难通过美国边境。通过在你的F-1面试或飞行之前有一个战略计划和沟通面试脚本,你可以避免在移民中陷入不舒服或令人失望的情况的风险。

当你申请常春藤盟校时,同样重要的是要意识到你的对手是来自世界各地的顶尖学生:奥运会运动员;皇室的子女;那些已经创办了自己的公司或非营利组织,正在改变世界的学生。我们可以强调一些战略因素,以大幅改善你的录取变化,但在这个层面上,还有一些因素在起作用,这些因素与你或你的资格无关,与这些学校如何选择申请人有关。每年,政治也在很大程度上影响着学校的招生政策。这就是为什么在你的申请组合中仔细规划和研究学校的多样性也是至关重要的。我们与一位知识渊博的顾问合作,跟踪所有这些趋势、统计数据和策略,并为您提供最新的入学建议。总的来说,与知识渊博的专家合作可以使复杂的入学和移民过程更加愉快,压力更小。

Personal Introduction: ( please give a introduction about yourself, for instance, you could mention your education background, personal life, your work experience, your hobby, even your related experiences with China or Chinese students, anything you would like to share with our students)

Having worked with Chinese families and taught in elite private international schools in Asia for many years, I am uniquely familiar with the specific challenges and concerns that Asian families face in both the Chinese and US educational systems. As my husband is also Asian, I know first-hand how much care and sacrifice Asian parents often invest in their children’s education, and how deeply parents are eager for their children to have a better life through the possibility of an elite American education. Since my parents also sacrificed everything for my private education when I was young, it means the world to me to have the opportunity to work with students at the most important time in your lives. I take this responsibility extremely seriously, as if your students are my own children.

My education took me all over the world, providing me the opportunity to learn over five languages; conduct original research in the Vatican archives in Rome; be an archeologist in Israel and a museum curator in Cologne; and experience countless cultures and disciplines that enabled me to develop a myriad of skillsets that ensured I have been successful in senior positions in global consulting; non-profit; renewables; finance; and many other sectors. I earned my Master’s at Harvard and pursued my PhD at the University of Toronto for a number of years before getting headhunted out of the program to work at a global Fortune 500 consultancy. Thereafter, I have had many personal and professional successes that have enabled me to cultivate the wisdom and professional prowess that I bring to educational consulting. I have climbed Kilimanjaro; been stung by a poisonous insect while swimming in piranhas in the Amazon jungle; and dove with great white sharks in South Africa. I’ve given speeches at the United Nations and tossed students under tables during earthquakes in Tokyo. Through the process, I have learned how to tell a good story (and how to draw them out of even my most reluctant or introverted students, reminding them of their own greatness and potential).

Career-wise, I left the corporate world a few years ago because I am more passionate about mentoring and guiding students into capable and articulate future leaders with the skillsets to realize their full potential. My consultancy is location-independent, so I enjoy traveling the world during the off season to experience new cultures. I currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband and Siberian husky/velociraptor of destruction, Lyla. When not editing admissions essays or coaching interviews, I can often be found teaching AP courses and writing labs or running educational non-profits to empower future students to lead with integrity and vision. I believe wholeheartedly in the potential and possibility of every one of the thousands of students I have taught. Determined and unstoppable, I will move mountains to help my students fulfill on their deepest dreams.

我曾与中国家庭一起工作,并在亚洲的精英私立国际学校任教多年,对亚洲家庭在中国和美国教育体系中面临的具体挑战和担忧非常熟悉。由于我的丈夫也是亚洲人,我亲身体会到亚洲父母在孩子的教育上付出了多少关心和牺牲,以及父母是多么渴望他们的孩子通过接受美国精英教育的可能性而过上更好的生活。由于我的父母在我小时候也为我的私立教育牺牲了一切,所以在学生生命中最重要的时刻有机会和他们一起工作对我来说意味着世界。我非常认真地对待这个责任,就像你的学生是我自己的孩子一样。

我的教育把我带到了世界各地,让我有机会学习五种以上的语言;在罗马梵蒂冈档案馆进行原创性研究;在以色列当考古学家,在科隆当博物馆馆长;并经历了无数的文化和学科,使我发展了无数的技能,确保我在全球咨询公司的高级职位上取得成功;非营利组织;可再生能源;金融;还有许多其他领域。我在哈佛大学获得硕士学位,在多伦多大学攻读博士学位,之后几年被一家全球财富500强咨询公司挖走。此后,我取得了许多个人和职业上的成功,这使我能够培养我为教育咨询带来的智慧和专业能力。我爬过乞力马扎罗山;在亚马逊丛林中与食人鱼一起游泳时被有毒昆虫蜇伤;在南非与大白鲨一起潜水。我在联合国发表过演讲,在东京地震时把学生扔到桌子下面。在这个过程中,我学会了如何讲一个好故事(以及如何从我最不情愿或内向的学生中激发他们的故事,提醒他们自己的伟大和潜力)。

在职业方面,我几年前离开了企业界,因为我更热衷于指导和引导学生成为有能力、善于表达的未来领导者,他们的技能集可以充分发挥他们的潜力。我的咨询公司是独立于地点的,所以我喜欢在淡季周游世界,体验新的文化。我现在和我的丈夫以及西伯利亚哈士奇/毁灭迅猛龙Lyla住在田纳西州的纳什维尔。在不编辑入学申请文书或指导面试时,我经常会教授AP课程、撰写实验论文或运营教育非营利组织,以帮助未来的学生以正直和远见领导。我全心全意地相信我教过的成千上万的学生中的每一个人的潜力和可能性。决心和不可阻挡,我将移山,帮助我的学生实现他们最深的梦想。