Ari graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A in both Economics (which made his parents very happy) and Radio, Television, & Film (which produced a slightly different parental response). Prior to matriculating at Northwestern, Ari took two gap years to study Ancient Babylonian Jewish Purity & Property Law in Israel, a field which, perplexingly, hasn’t proven particularly relevant to his recent pursuits. Ari has worked in the admissions consulting sphere since 2018, manning the full gamut of responsibilities: as a Senior Applications Consultant with CollegeVine; an ACT/SAT Tutor with Mindfish; an independent LSAT Tutor; and a Candidacy Building and College Applications mentor with Ivy Scholars since 2021. In his free time, Ari can be found performing at various poetry and singer-songwriter open mics around Brooklyn, playing the occasional gig with his band, and finishing Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.
Everyone is the protagonist of their own story, and everyone deserves the necessary tools and platform to have their story heard. The first part is to live out your story. To this end, Ari helps connect students to exciting opportunities, regardless of their area of interest. He’s connected BS/MD applicants to internships with physicians; biochemistry obsessives to research assistantships at Texas Children’s Human Immunobiology Center, aspiring data scientists to educational non-profits; and much more. Then, Ari specializes in helping students frame and strategically relate their story to colleges, so that theirs doesn’t become just another in a pile of ten thousand anonymous stories during adcom review. With Ari’s help, students are immediately identifiable and memorable as “the sustainability in business specialist” or “the malaria maven” (these aren’t all necessarily alliterative).
Ari loves to ask questions. And then listen. And then ask some more questions. He’s not so interested in a one-time gifting of big answers to students. Instead, he helps students cultivate self-knowledge and empower them to realize that they have the answers themselves: a realization that will power them through high school, college, and the rest of their lives. He’s driven by a subversion of a popular phrase: “Don’t just do something; stand there.”
Fun Fact: I performed at Madison Square Garden when I was ten.
Alma Mater: Northwestern University
Based In: New York, New York
“Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.” – Rilke