Olivia Valdes


  • Founder of Zen Admissions, a college admissions advising serviceĀ 
  • Writer and editor specializing in education and the arts


Olivia Valdes is a college admissions consultant and the founder of Zen Admissions. In her work as an admissions consultant, Olivia plays the roles of essay editor, brainstorming partner, writing teacher, scholarship advisor, academic planner, and time management coach. 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.


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

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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