About Admission Sense

About Admission Sense

Hello there, high schoolers and parents! Looking for expert college and educational counseling that’s all about YOU? Admission Sense is here to make your journey stress-free and rewarding!

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  • We’re not your typical college admissions advisors. We’re trained school counselors who put your socio-emotional needs first. No false promises or games – just personalized guidance to find YOUR fantastic fit!

  • Get 1-on-1 counseling, expert college admissions advice, college essay instruction, assistance with college list development, extracurricular activity advising, interview preparation, and more! With 25+ years of experience, we know the ins and outs of the admissions process. And we know teenagers!
  • Parents and guardians, we’ve got your back too. Let’s collaborate to make this journey enjoyable (yes, we think it can be) for everyone.

  • Embrace the adventure of college admissions and career planning with confidence, humor, and empathy. Reach out today! Have a look around our website and drop us a message for your initial consultation.

Message from the Founder

Hi There!

As a school counselor and educational administrator for 25 years, I’ve witnessed the college admissions process evolve with technology and information overload, leaving people feeling overwhelmed.

That’s why I designed a college advising program that’s both educational and empowering. We’ll guide you through the application process, help you make informed choices, and help you build a balanced college list based on your interests and criteria.

From high school course planning to college interviews, we’ve got you covered. We’ll tackle assignments way ahead of time, leaving no room for stress.

In addition, we’re trained writers who will teach you essay-writing strategies that you’ll take with you to college and beyond! In most high schools, personal essay writing is treated like an unsolved mystery. However, in our one-on-one sessions, you’ll master advanced writing techniques and elevate your skills to a college level. Let’s tell your story with an angle and narrative that truly shines.

But it’s not all mechanics; we want you to be YOU. Our goal is to build a supportive relationship, so you can be your authentic self. No judgment, just trust and respect.

We’re here to provide the structure and understanding you need to let your best self shine through. Let’s tackle this college journey together.

With care and respect,

Sara Haberman

Sara Haberman founder of Admission Sense

Sara Haberman, CEP, LCSW, M.Ed.


After serving as a school counselor at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, Sara Haberman co-founded and developed the college and guidance counseling program at Bard High School Early College. During her nearly two-decade tenure there, she supervised the counseling department and gained invaluable insights into the ever-evolving college admissions process. Committed to staying current with these changes, Sara regularly visits and evaluates public and private colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad, ensuring she can provide the most informed advice to her clients.

In 2008, Sara founded Admission Sense, a company dedicated to guiding students and families through the college selection and application process. She earned her BA from Gettysburg College and continued her studies at New York University, obtaining Master’s degrees in both School Counseling and Social Work. In 2003, she completed her MS. Ed in School Administration and Supervision. Sara is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified in New York City and State as a school counselor and administrator for grades K-12.

Sara is also a Certified Educational Planner (CEP) and an active member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Throughout her career, she has successfully placed thousands of students from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds into undergraduate and graduate programs.

Lennix Foreman, College Counselor at Admission Sense

Lennix Foreman, M.Ed.

College Counselor

Lennix Foreman (Lenni) spent ten years as the Director of College Advising at Bard Early College Queens, one of NYC’s most highly selective public schools, and has guided thousands of young people through building their lists, honing essays, crafting stellar applications and getting into high-quality colleges since 2008.

Lennix grew up in Queens, NY, earned a bachelor’s degree 1K miles away at Grinnell College, studied comparative religion in India, won a Fulbright to Indonesia and has completed Master’s degrees in Theatre and School Counseling.

In 2020, The Colleges That Change Lives Foundation selected Lennix as one of their ‘2020 Counselors That Change Lives’ for their commitment to student-centered counseling.

Lennix is a longstanding member of NACAC, NYSACAC, NEACAC, The College Board, and
the Simmons College Counselor Advisory Board. They have been trained on application review at Mount Holyoke College, Bard College, Williams College, Grinnell College, the Claremont Colleges, and more. They have specific expertise in working with LGBTQ+, neurodivergent/LD students, transfer, visual and performing arts and first generation students.

Patricia Howells, MA

College Counselor

Trish Howells is a certified school counselor with over 15 years of experience working in multiple school districts within Westchester and Fairfield Counties. She possesses a comprehensive understanding of academic and career planning, social-emotional development, and the college admissions process. Trish’s expertise in these areas has enabled her to effectively assist students in making informed decisions about their educational pathways.

Trish received her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and her Master’s in Counseling from Mercy College. Throughout her career, Trish has actively participated in professional development activities, staying up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in the field of counseling and college advising. She is also a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Trish’s professional experience coupled with her ability to foster positive relationships with students and families has been key to her success. She believes in creating a supportive and inclusive environment where every student feels valued and heard.

Zoe Noyes

Zoe Noyes, M.Ed.

College Counselor

Zoe is a certified school counselor with over a decade of experience in college admissions advising. Prior to her tenure as a counselor, she taught academic subjects including English, Social Studies and Chinese language at high school and college levels. She has counseled students from diverse backgrounds, as well as students with varying collegiate plans and academic paths. After working as a college advisor to a cohort of students at a prestigious high school in New York City, Zoe moved upstate where she currently works as a high school counselor guiding students through the college process. She regularly attends college admissions webinars, conferences, open houses and events related to post-secondary planning.

Zoe earned her BA in Asian Studies from Bard College. She continued her studies at Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University (China), earning a Masters degree in Advanced International Studies. Then, in 2020, she completed a Masters degree program in School Counseling at Alfred University. She is a New York State-certified school counselor for grades K-12.

Zoe is a member of the New York State School Counselors Association and the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling.

Colin Wiseman

Colin Wiseman, M.Ed.

College Counselor

Colin is a certified school counselor earning credentials in both New York State and the State of Maryland, with a decade of experience in counseling and social-emotional learning implementation. Throughout his career, Colin has maintained a student-first approach, paying meticulous attention to detail as he guided students toward acceptance at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country. In his role as the founding counselor of Bard High School Early College Baltimore, Colin spearheaded the design, implementation, and systematization of a robust college-advising process that wrapped students with the knowledge and tools they needed to navigate every phase of the college advising process. As an adjunct instructor of Psychology at the collegiate level, Colin earned gold-star ratings for “exemplary instruction,” evidence of his care for quality guidance.

His seven years of teaching psychology provided him with a well-rounded perspective on what it means to thrive during a student’s collegiate experience. With this in mind, Colin has developed a keen ability to guide and prepare students for college with hyper-personalized processes.

A first-generation college student, Colin earned a B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Western Carolina University and pursued his M.A. in K-12 Guidance and Counseling from New York University. During his time at NYU, Colin served as the President of their prestigious Counseling Association.

Heather DeVore

Heather DeVore, M.Ed.

College Counselor

With 20 years of experience as a certified school counselor, Heather has supported students around the world. She was a founding counselor at Bard High School Early College Queens and has counseled students in IB schools in Italy, Ghana, Indonesia, India, and Japan, where she is currently Head of Counseling at an international school. Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Literature from Bard College, a Master’s degree in School Counseling, an Advanced Certificate in College Counseling, and is currently completing a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Heather’s work as a counselor is inherently focused on helping students discover and cultivate their personal strengths as they build their college plans.

Heather has written three books for young people, and the craft of writing is at the heart of her counseling process. She has authored the High School Counseling Scope & Sequence for the International School Counseling Association and currently serves on a task force with the U.S. State Department designed to author a set of counseling and safeguarding standards for international school communities. She serves as a mentor for new high school counselors in East Asia international schools and has presented at conferences around the world on topics related to college counseling. Heather’s former students have attended schools across the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and more. She loves working with families to craft and prepare for options and is very familiar with global opportunities for students open to studying in English-taught universities across the globe.
Raima Evan, Writing Specialist at Admission Sense

Raima Evan

Writing Specialist

From 2003 to 2021, Raima was a dean at Bryn Mawr College, where she advised students about their course of study and supported them as they adjusted to college-level work. She was also in charge of the independent major program and an undergraduate summer research program, among other responsibilities.

Before her work as a dean, Raima was an adjunct English professor at Swarthmore College, where she taught for ten years. Over the course of her eighteen years at Bryn Mawr, Raima read countless personal statements, as she read the college applications for every advisee before meeting them for the first time. Raima earned her B.A. in English and French Literature from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, and an M.A. and PhD in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.

Katherine Randall, Writing Specialist at Admission Sense

Katherine Randall

Writing Specialist

For 15 years, Katherine Randall (B.A., Barnard; M.S., Columbia School of Journalism) helped students at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan craft college essays. Her goal is to coach each writer through the process of choosing a satisfying story to tell, devising an appropriate structure for sharing that story and determining when the story has achieved its purpose–clearly conveying something memorable about the writer.

Jill Giles

Jill Giles

Writing Specialist

Jill Giles is a seasoned writing expert with twenty-three years of experience in education. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor in the theater division at The Hartt School and as a Health and Theater teacher at Achievement First Hartford High School. Jill is renowned for developing the circle program at the high school, a transformative initiative that empowers students to craft their personal narratives and discover their unique voices. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she excelled as an online coach, guiding her senior class in writing compelling college essays by igniting their creativity and honing their storytelling skills.

Today, she continues to leverage her writing expertise by coaching seniors in presenting their stories for the annual Senior Signing Day, a celebrated event where students announce their college decisions and future aspirations.

“It was evident my first time working with Sara that her approach to the college admissions process was unique. I could tell she cared about me as an individual more than the results themselves. The process was comfortable throughout, and she helped me learn more about myself than I had imagined. I had always viewed the college process as black and white. It was a means to get from one step to the next, and nothing more. Sara emphasized the importance of reflection and its value when writing personal statements. To truly captivate the reader, you must reveal your inner self. Vulnerability is crucial. Not only did Sara help me achieve my college acceptance goals, she cared about what was best for me. Sara has proved to be extremely effective at her job, and has been a tremendous mentor for my personal self-reflection. She is one of the few college counselors that genuinely cares about her students. Without her help, I truly believe I wouldn’t have been accepted to Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Tufts, Middlebury, Boston College, and more.”

– Jack