Since 2008, Oya has helped high school and college students from the US, UK and Turkey get into universities and graduate programs where they can thrive and be challenged. Oya loves to work closely with students to help them discover and build upon their strengths in preparation for the admissions process. She also greatly enjoys developing a sound application strategy, and guiding students and parents through every step of the process. Oya’s students have consistently received acceptances from their top choices, including Ivy League universities, Oxford and Cambridge, and the most competitive undergraduate and graduate programs in their fields.
Oya has a BA from Yale University, an MA from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, and is currently a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley. She brings to the admissions process her insights as a previous Yale alumna interviewer and a graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley. As an instructor, she received pedagogical training and taught four semesters of the required Reading and Composition course to undergraduates. In 2016, she won an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award for her successful track record and stellar reviews. Having taught writing at the college-level, Oya has developed her own methodology for tackling the college application essay process. Prior to entering the field of education, Oya worked as an IT specialist on Wall Street, at Citigroup and Fidessa.
Areas of Expertise
- GCSE, BTEC, A-Level, Pre-U & IB Choices
- Degree & University Choices
- UCAS Application Process
- Personal Statements
- Careers Advice
- Apprenticeships & Internships
- Gap Year Advice
- Student CVs