Olivia Valdes

Education Expert


B.A., American Studies, Yale University


  • Senior Editor, ThoughtCo 
  • Founder, Zen Admissions


Olivia Valdes is the senior editor of ThoughtCo, a role she has held since 2018. At ThoughtCo, Olivia develops and leads new content initiatives, oversees a team of education writers, and more. 

Olivia is also the founder of Zen Admissions. Through Zen Admissions, Olivia provides college admissions consulting services, including essay coaching, scholarship and summer program advising, and application prep. As a writer and editor, Olivia 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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