MEET THE TEAM

We’re a young and talented group of undergraduate students with a passion for helping high schoolers navigate the college application process. Having recently gone through the often intimidating and nerve-racking process ourselves, we can all relate to your challenges, experiences, and excitement!

ISHAN BALAKRISHNAN

Founder and Lead Counselor

University of California, Berkeley

Ishan is a Freshman at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science and Business. He founded Top College Prep and is excited to be our main college counselor and essay editor! All counseling and consultation services will be offered by Ishan. He is an experienced editor and writer and holds an online certification from The University of Pennsylvania on "How to Apply to College." Ishan has strong verbal and written skills and was a competitive high school debater ranked #4 in the US.

DARYA KAVIANI

Undergraduate Essay Editor

University of California, Berkeley

Darya Kaviani is a Sophomore at UC Berkeley studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies. She is one of our veteran essay editors and has significant essay revision experience! She is known for her passionate speeches and has participated competitively in national Speech competitions where she was a Finalist in Congressional Speaking.

REVA BALAKRISHNAN

Undergraduate Essay Editor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Honors

Reva is a Freshman studying Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in their Honors program. She was accepted into the university-wide James Scholars Program and is an experienced and concise essay editor! As the captain of her high school debate team, Reva brings with her strong skills in research and language.

ADITYA DHIR

Undergraduate Essay Editor

University of Michigan

Aditya is a Freshman at the University of Michigan studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Aditya moved to the U.S. from India in the middle of high school and thus brings to the table a unique set of insights regarding the essay writing process!

MAX ZHANG

Undergraduate Essay Editor

Santa Clara University

Max is a Freshman at Santa Clara University's Business School studying Finance. Max has 5 years of debate experience and is known for his creative writing style. He is excited to share his unique essay writing tips and strategies!

 

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