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About Alexandra Dumas Rhodes
About Paola Fantini
Rhodes Educational Consulting in Beverly Hills, CA guides students and their families through the college application process, helping maximize options while minimizing anxiety. We offer assistance throughout the four years of high school, culminating in college selection, application presentation, essays and supplements, interview techniques, and strategies for admission.  We also have experience handling special cases, including student athletes pursuing the recruitment process and student artists who are submitting art portfolios.  Our students have been admitted to over 200 different colleges and universities, and many have received partial or full merit scholarships using our advice. We believe it is never too late to get guidance in the application process and to benefit from learning about college-essay writing.  Our essay/application specialists work exclusively with high school seniors on their college applications, guiding students through every step of the process. In addition to working with high school students, we privately counsel college transfer students and assist with personal statements for other higher education applications, including post-baccalaureate programs, graduate school, medical school, law school, and pharmacy school. We believe that the college application process is a journey towards more than just finding the best-match colleges; it is a chance for a student to become his most authentic self during high school.  Our philosophy is that every one of our students is an individual who deserves customized advice on a case-by-case basis.  We will never recommend that a student do specific activities or take particular classes in order to “get in to college.”  Instead, we help our students follow their academic and extracurricular passions, which will of course create a more authentic and rewarding college admissions experience. Alexandra Dumas Rhodes, founder of Rhodes Educational Consulting, is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in English.  She holds Professional Clear California teaching credentials in English, Social Studies, and Bilingual Education (CLAD).  She has also done college counseling coursework in UCLA’s Certificate Program in College Counseling.  Alexandra has been an educational consultant since 2004. Alexandra has over twenty years of experience working with high school students.  She taught in the international community at the American International School of Zürich (now Zürich International School); in the public school sector at Beverly Hills High School; and in the independent, college preparatory environment of Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA and Philips Exeter Academy (Summer School) in Exeter, NH.  She has also worked as a writing instructor at UCLA’s High School Extension program and taught private SAT preparation classes.  Her areas of specialty in teaching include Advanced Placement English, essay writing, and grammar.  She has experience grading standardized tests, evaluating both the Golden State exam in English and the Advanced Placement English test in Literature. Alexandra has been admitted as a Professional Member to the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC), and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).   Paola graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  She also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from the University of Texas, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow.  A college counselor, teacher, and writer, Paola has over sixteen years of experience working with students both in and out of the classroom.  She has taught at various local educational institutions, including Mount St. Mary’s College, UCLA Summer Discovery, Los Angeles Valley College and for LAUSD.  She particularly enjoys mentoring high school students and working one-on-one to help them achieve their goals.  Paola began as an essay specialist with Rhodes Educational Consulting in 2008.  She has grown with the company, first becoming an Associate College Consultant and now the Director of Operations.  Paola trained extensively under the direct supervision of Alexandra Rhodes and she has also completed coursework in college counseling at UCLA.  She is a member in good standing of both the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC).
Essay Specialist: Gilli Gilli is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University where she majored in Anthropology.  Gilli worked in the Barnard Office of Admissions for three years, granting her an inside look at the college admissions process.  She has been working as a college essay coach for four consecutive application seasons and enjoys guiding students through the creative writing process.  Before joining Rhodes Educational Consulting, Gilli worked for an independent college consultant based in Miami, Florida.  She has led college essay-writing workshops in Malibu and continues to expand her coaching abilities by participating in regular trainings.  Gilli's college essay students have been accepted to such prestigious institutions as MIT, Cornell, Sarah Lawrence, Bard, Brandeis, the New School, NYU, the University of Michigan, USC, the UC's, Occidental, and Barnard.
Essay Specialist: Ross Ross brings two decades of professional experience as a writer (fiction/nonfiction/personal narrative, screenwriting, journalism) into each college essay tutoring session.  An experienced educator with an MFA in creative writing, Ross understands that every student thinks differently and writes differently.  He is skilled at meeting the students wherever they are, helping them elevate their writing to craft compelling and original personal narratives that express who they are in their own words.  The academic rigors Ross brings to these sessions do more than produce a piece of writing to attach to an application; they help prepare students for the demanding writing standards that will be expected of them at the university level.
Art Portfolio Specialist: Linda Linda has been coaching high school students for the college art portfolio and supplemental portfolio since 2007.  The areas that she covers include visual art, architecture, design, fashion, curatorial studies, art theory and history.  She works locally in Los Angeles and around the world through Skype.  Linda is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  Her students have been accepted to Columbia University, The School of Visual Arts, The Pratt Institute, The Chicago Institute of Art, Syracuse University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Miami, Goldsmiths College (UK), Oxford University (UK), and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, among others.  A practicing artist, Linda has exhibited in sites including the CUNY Graduate Center Gallery in Midtown Manhattan, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Municipal Art Gallery of Wroclaw Poland, and 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.  She has an undergraduate degree from Penn State University, an arts diploma from the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht the Netherlands, and a Masters of Fine Arts from University of California San Diego.
Art Portfolio Specialist: Molly Molly is the Executive Director of Admissions at CalArts, California Institute of the Arts. For over 20 years her career has been dedicated to exposing talented student to higher education in the arts.  She began her career as an Enrollment Counselor at California College of the Arts and was successively promoted to Director of Admissions. In 2003 she relocated to Southern California and became the Associate Director of International Admissions at Art Center College of Design. Molly has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America recruiting college bound art students. She has become a leader in the field of admissions and recruitment in the arts education and still travels regularly. Throughout her career Molly has sat on numerous panels and regularly presents as a pundit for admissions in higher education in the arts. Molly holds a BFA in Studio Arts and continues her art practice today. Film, Television, Digital Media & Theater Specialist: Erica Erica graduated from UC Berkeley with High Distinction, before pursuing her MA in Counseling. Erica spent seven years as Assistant Director of Admissions & Undergraduate Studies at UCLA, where she read 1000s of applications, evaluated program supplements, and interviewed applicants for the School of Theater, Film and Television. During this time, she also built close relationships with her film and theater colleagues at USC, NYU, Emerson, Chapman, LMU, UT Austin, and Syracuse to name a few. Erica has also served as a freshman application reader for UC Berkeley and sits on the UC Berkeley Alumni Association Scholarship Committee, where she evaluates and interviews scholarship applicants. Finally, Erica has consulted for the admissions offices of Pepperdine University and Chapman University.