Collegewise company meetup: Austin, TX

All 37 Collegewisers descended on Austin, Texas this week for our first annual company meetup. Our mantra for the meetup: “Keep Collegewise Weird,” our own version of the unofficial slogan of Austin signifying all that is proudly (and self-describably) hip, unique, and not like all the others.

While in Austin….

…we toured some colleges…

UT Austin

UT Austin

UTLonghorn

…we explored the city…

GraffitShot

 

CollegewiseLovesAustin

AustinWall

…we brainstormed our own personal statement essays with each other…

Allison (Irvine, CA) and Monica (Austin, TX)

Allison (Irvine, CA) and Monica (Austin, TX)

Kira (Bergen County, NJ) & Lauren (Bucks County, PA)

Kira (Bergen County, NJ) & Lauren (Bucks County, PA)

…we talked about how to get even better at what we do…

TableBrainstorm

Arun presents, "How to earn referrals from Collegewise families"

Arun presents, “How to earn referrals from Collegewise families”

…we presented some awards…

Counselor of the Year Katie Konrad Moore (Bellevue WA) & Rookie of the Year Rebecca Putter (Austin, TX)

Counselor of the Year Katie Konrad Moore (left, of Bellevue, WA) & Rookie of the Year Rebecca Putter (right, of Austin, TX)

…we took a food truck tour…

FoodTruckBus

BuzzMill

HeyYouGonnaEat

…we had some laughs (we mean it when we tell students that the people reading your applications are not stuffy old fogeys)

Curt (New York, NY)

Former admissions officer, current Collegewise counselor, Curt (New York, NY)

…and most importantly, we all came home reminded how lucky we are to work with so many smart, funny, passionate, co-workers who’ve joined together to help change the way families experience the college admissions process.  I can’t wait to see what we accomplish before next year’s meetup.

Until then, we’ll continue making college admissions sane while keeping Collegewise weird.