Episode 2 - Ivy or Intuition

Find Your Team of Supporters. Being accepted to an Ivy League doesn’t come by chance, it begins with a community of believers who push you to work hard, follow the plan, grow as a leader, and dream big. Find your team and achieve!


My question this week is simple: “Are the institutions we covet the perfect choice for everyone?” If you were admitted to an Ivy institution, would you turn it down? What circumstances would make you choose otherwise? 


This week our guest, Julie Taylor-Vaz shares her journey to college from the Crescent City of New Orleans. Discover how Julie followed the guidance of mentors and family members, found glory in every success, and in the end, listened to her gut in choosing what would become her home for over a decade. 


Every success story begins with a team of supporters, village of cheerleaders, and community of believers. Hear how this Director of College Counseling found her team that helped her land at her perfect destination: YOUniversity.

Guest Bio:

Julie Taylor-Vaz

Julie Taylor-Vaz has been a professional educator for thirty years, serving first as an undergraduate admission officer for Stanford University and then as a college counselor at three different K-12 independent schools. Currently, she serves as Director of College Counseling at The Buckley School, in Sherman Oaks, California.  


She is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She is a former instructor for UCLA Extension’s college counseling certificate program, and has presented at a wide variety of professional conferences sponsored by NACAC, the College Board, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, and the National Association for Independent Schools.


Julie has moved back and forth between the Gulf Coast and the West Coast, and considers both New Orleans and Los Angeles her homes. She is married, with two children, who have attended the independent schools where she has served.

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