Episode 49 Expect the unexpected. Be the unexpected. Be A Unicorn.

Every year when April rolls around, if you are a teenager or live with one, invariably the talk is about college. Who got in where? And if you know a student who earned a rare and coveted spots in the most competitive colleges in the land, you ask, “What makes them a unicorn?” The process can feel mysterious and at the same time, crafting a freshman class is nothing short of magical.

In Los Angeles, who knew that right smack in the middle of the city of Angels is a campus filled with Unicorns. The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, warmly known as LACES is home to 6th – 12th grade students and their mascot is the Unicorn. 

LAUSD is the 2nd largest public school district in the country, serving over ½ million students.  LACES is well known to be among the best – if not THE best – public school within this district, and in the top 30 within the state of CA.

Today, hear from our guest, Candice Mackey, the Director of College Counseling at LACES. 

Guest Bio:

Candice Mackey

Candice is the College Counselor at LACES-Magnet, the first public magnet school in LAUSD.  A committed educator, student advocate, and equity warrier, Candice has over 10+ years of public high school counseling experience at various middle and high schools across Southern CA.  She has been instrumental in developing and implementing college counseling access programs and practices, serving diverse student populations including those who are first-gen and historically underrepresented. 


Candice teaches graduate level courses for the University of San Diego and at UCLA Extension’s College Counseling Certificate program.  She has served as a Freshman Admissions Reader for UCLA for close to a decade. Candice frequently presents at local and national conferences for National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).   In 2019, she was a recipient of the Steve Hankins Award (WACAC), for her active participation and dedication to serving the needs of students.

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