With over 7 years as a college counselor and 20+ years in corporate meeting and event planning, college counselor Diane Bidna has a keen eye for details. She has worked as a counselor both in a high school setting as well as independently, and has advised students of all levels including IB, AP and college prep. Diane strives to help students create a diverse list of schools that are a good fit for each student, instead of focusing solely on “brand name” schools.
Diane was the college counselor at an international high school in Queretaro, Mexico for the 2016-17 school year. There, she worked with students from around the world, where they applied to universities in Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and of course, the United States. She has also worked as an academic and college advisor at a small private high school in the San Fernando Valley and for a company that coordinates college visit trips for students and parents. These trips included meeting with professors, deans, admissions representatives and current students. Diane has visited dozens of colleges in the past 7 years; she loves exploring “hidden gem” colleges and sharing information about them with her students.
Diane graduated from USC with a BS in Business, is married to an educator, and has 3 boys, all three of whom have successfully navigated the college search and application process.