Lisa  Smits

Lisa Smits

College Admissions Coach

I am so passionate about my job that I knew it was the right path for me. I had no time or energy to spend on negative bystanders.


My road in life has taken me all over.
Attended Pepperdine University, but had seven different college majors along the way.
Worked in Advertising for two years, then decided I wanted to work on the creative side.
Received my AA in graphic design.
Got married and chose to stay home with my kids....for 22 years.
Worked sporadically as a free lance designer.
Went back to school to start training as a college admissions counselor after helping a few students through their college admissions processes.
Helping students explore and living my best life.


College Admissions Coach

I help kids explore their options for the future! We design a path to meet both career and university goals.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

Everyday is different. Sometimes I spend the day researching colleges or reading up on careers that I think will specific students may enjoy researching into. My favorite days I get to spend time talking to my students and helping them exploring their options and helping them craft a plan for their futures. I do a lot of networking with other counselors, colleges and organizations. I also spend a fair amount of time preparing for and running college admissions testing.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Finish college, then begin networking with other counselors. They can help set you on a path of discovery! On the whole they are helpful and eager to point others in the right directions as well as willing to share their own missteps. That is their nature, and the nature of the profession!

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Friends:

"You're too old to start a new career, you may as well just stay home when your daughter leaves for college."