Stephanie Barrett graduated from Bard College in 2012 with a BA in psychology, as well as a Globalization and International Affairs certificate. Stephanie has always had a passion for education. However, her dedication to the field began as an undergraduate when she worked at her school’s admission office as an Admission Assistant and Tour Guide. After graduating, Stephanie spent 3 years as an Admissions Counselor in the Bard College admissions office, where she evaluated thousands of applications from students all over the world. She brings to AIM real world experience and sense of what makes an application compelling in competitive situations. Passionate about student success, Stephanie is fulfilled by helping students find their right fit college and maximise their potential in the admissions process.



Kara graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Psychology, and then completed her MA in Graphic Communications Management from New York University. A former full cycle Recruiter, Kara sourced and staffed candidates for companies such as Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Hewlett Packard, before segueing into Education. During her time as College Counselor at Campion College in Kingston Jamaica, she played a key role in guiding students as they navigated the admissions process – writing recommendations, college selection advisement, essay editing, organizing College Talks, representing the school on local and international campuses and advocating on behalf of the students with the institutions. In her spare time, she loves to write and spend time with her loved ones.

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Anika Smith

Anika works with students to improve their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills in Spanish in preparation for the SAT Subject Test. Anika graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Her passion for the language, literature and culture, motivated her to live and work in Spain and other bilingual settings, consequently achieving fluency. Upon graduation, she worked in the hospitality industry in Miami before returning home to Jamaica, where she transitioned into the field of learning and development. She currently works with the US Peace Corps as a Training Specialist, designing and executing interactive training programs for American Volunteers. Most recently, while serving with Peace Corps, she earned an MBA with distinction from the Mona School of Business (UWI). In her free time, Anika enjoys travelling to little known scenic spots in Jamaica and around the world.


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