Meet College Liftoff’s newest advisors!

Last week we teased big changes coming to College Liftoff, in form of big growth! This week we have officially started three new advisors to meet the growing demand for college planning help.

So without further adieu…

Meet Sara Kapaj!

Originally from Albania, Sara grew up in Dublin, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Middle Childhood Education. In college, Sara worked closely with first year students throughout the orientation process and with their transition to higher education. She also has several years of experience in the field of teaching. She joins College Liftoff eager to begin working in an advising role with College Liftoff to support students in reaching their brightest future. In her spare time, Sara enjoys baking and traveling the world… and we hear she’s a competitive board game player.

Meet Yoshi Akutsu!

Born in Fukushima, Japan, Yoshi moved to Ohio when he was young and graduated from Dublin Scioto High School. He went on to graduate from The Ohio State University, where he majored in Anthropology and minored in Biology. Yoshi loves exploring the differences and similarities of the human experience, which manifests itself in an interest in food, language, and reading. He recently returned from Japan, where he spent a year helping Japanese high school students with college admissions. Unfolding exciting paths for young people through face-to-face communication is a thrilling prospect for Yoshi, and he’s looking forward to exploring the places College Liftoff will take students.

Meet Juleanna Smith!
Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Juleanna recently moved to Columbus from Strongsville. However, her family hails from Puerto Rico, and she travels to visit them in Humacao every chance she gets. A graduate of Kent State University, Juleanna has a BA in Communication Studies. While at Kent State, she worked with student financial aid as well as in communications and educational programs at NASA. Juleanna prides herself in being an empathetic listener and is passionate about helping people. She’s excited to work for College Liftoff because it will provide her the opportunity to be directly involved in planning the future of teens and young adults. She can’t wait to make a difference in their lives! In her spare time, she enjoys visiting family and admits to secretly loving reality TV. (Same, Juleanna!).
Please join us in welcoming Sara, Yoshi and Juleanna to the College Liftoff family!