Sam holds a bachelor's in philosophy from the University of Southern California and is a published research scientist, having spent four years in psychology and neuroscience research at Columbia University. He has conducted work in areas from business/organizational psychology to social and affective neuroscience and, beyond Columbia, has collaborated with researchers at institutions from Stanford to CalTech to Karolinska Institute (Sweden), one of the world’s foremost medical universities. Building upon his deep and nuanced insight into academia, research, and the admissions process at both the undergraduate and graduate levels—as well as his unique knack for both creative and data-based thought—Sam spearheaded the company’s college advising program, Great Minds Advising. His advising team employs cutting-edge strategy and insight into each college’s review process and distinct preferences, while also helping students to intricately craft the intellectual depth, niches, and admissions stories that will set them apart at even the most elite colleges.
From catch-up to enrichment, we work with students from middle school through high school and beyond for just about every subject. See us in the office or work with our same team remotely from home, school, or vacation.
Diagnostics and customized tutoring plans for students preparing for the SAT & ACT, AP Exams, and private school admissions tests. Prepare face-to-face with our expert team in the office or through our online platform—our remote students can attend in-person weekend exams or join in digitally for live proctoring.
We find the unique threads that tie together each student’s personal story and help develop them into remarkably creative applications. From guidance and mentoring to deep-dive writing development, interview preparation, and meticulous detail management, we help turn our college advising students’ ambitious goals into reality.
Description of members club
We bring our same boutique style and skillset directly to the classroom. Partnering with high school administrations, we provide SAT & ACT instruction as an elective course for schools looking to raise the bar for their students.