Olivia Valdes

Olivia Valdes is a writer and editor specializing in education, culture, travel, technology, and the arts. Her varied publication credits include theater and book reviews, tech blogs, and poetry. She especially enjoys sharing strategies to make students' lives happier and easier. She has over five years of experience as an independent college admissions consultant and recently launched Zen Admissions, a college admissions advising service.


In her work as an admissions consultant, Olivia plays the roles of essay editor, brainstorming partner, writing teacher, scholarship advisor, academic planner, time management coach, and more. As a writer and editor, she relishes the unique challenges of the admissions process and enjoys empowering students to craft their own one-of-a-kind narratives.

After witnessing the intense burden placed on students by the hyper-competitive admissions process, she identified the need for an admissions advising firm that takes students' mental health and well-being into account. After graduating from Yale in 2016, she set out to fill this niche, and Zen Admissions was born.


Olivia holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University.

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