With this realization that a “cookie cutter” solution was not wise, when it was time for our younger daughter to apply to colleges, my wife and I approached Joan for advice on navigating the process. We soon learned that whatever knowledge that we had gained during our initial adventure in the college admissions process was miniscule compared to the vast expertise that Joan brings to the table.
In addition to her intimate familiarity with the college admissions process, Joan is a good listener and able to relate to young people given her numerous years of experience in academia and dealing with that age demographic. Suffice it to say my younger daughter is currently in her senior year at a highly rated university, and now with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I can say without a doubt that Joan’s involvement was crucial in helping my daughter excel at the “right” institution."
As a student at Lehigh University, I worked with Joan when she was Associate Dean of the College of Business and Economics. Most importantly, she knew the ins and outs of the college like the back of her hand, enabling her to advise my peers and myself of which classes and career tracks would be most beneficial to achieve our long-term goals. She spared no effort to make herself a wealth of information – there is no question for which she does not have an answer – and she was always willing to go the extra mile.
Joan’s ability to listen and the emphasis she placed on ensuring the complete satisfaction of her students was overwhelming. At points in my academic career, I heard my peers refer to her as the “guru” of the college and the immediate “go-to” for anything academic-related, despite the existence of other staff who were well-equipped to help out. It was common knowledge – if a student wanted results, he or she knew to try and get on Joan’s calendar, even with weeks of backlog. Needless to say, Joan has a knack for getting things done and doing whatever it takes to get the best possible outcome.
Now an investment banker at a bulge bracket firm in New York, I reflect on my academic career and can say without a doubt that Joan had the single-most significant effect on my development as an undergraduate. Simply put, Joan DeSalvatore is an expert in the college advising and consultation arena, and as a qualified educator with years of experience in the industry, her ability to take a long view and focus on the development of each young person with whom she interacts makes her an invaluable resource for any student aiming to achieve extraordinary results."
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