INGRID DÁVALOS,

College Admission Counselor

Qualifications and Experience

  • Eleven years of experience in College Admission Counseling
  • Former Theory of Knowledge and Social and Cultural Anthropology Teacher, and currently Senior Examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO)
  • Extensive experience working with international students applying to the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canada, and elsewhere
  • International Association of College Admission Counseling (IACAC) Member
  • Smith College, B.A.; currently pursuing a hybrid and part-time M.Ed. in International School Counseling from Lehigh University

My life story was deeply shaped by education, and this is why I chose to work in this field. I was born and raised in Paraguay, one of the smallest countries in South America where I grew up speaking Spanish and Guarani, a native language. I was selected for a merit scholarship to attend Lester B. Pearson United World College (UWC) of the Pacific near Victoria, BC, in Canada to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma and then I received another full scholarship to study in the US.

As a Junior at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, one of my many student jobs was at the Office of Admissions as International Recruitment Intern. At the time, it was simply a fun opportunity that allowed me to interact with people from all over the world, something I found very exciting as a Cultural Anthropology major. I credit this experience and my mentor, the Director of Admissions, as showing me a path forward on how to use my degree in a much more applied manner by helping international students ‘decipher’ US admissions (and nowadays also other country systems!).

Soon after I graduated from college, I landed my first job ever at the EducationUSA office in Paraguay supporting people applying to both undergraduate and graduate programs in the US. I have also lived in Peru and Chile, where I was working in non-profit organizations recruiting GAP year students. During this time, I found myself reading their college essays and talking about different college options. While helping others find their path, I also confirmed that I had long ago already found mine in college counseling, and I realized that I needed to return to it.

I was offered a position as a teacher and college counselor in Costa Rica at the United World College (UWC), and since 2015 I have been working at the UWC Maastricht in The Netherlands. On average, my students apply to at least twenty-five different countries, so I am quite familiar with many different application systems around the world. I will soon be moving to Switzerland to work at the International School of Basel, and I am looking forward to continuing to support students in their college application journey. I strive to make the process a reflective but also fun process of learning more about personal values and life goals.

When I am not counseling or studying for my master’s, I enjoy doing Yin Yoga, reading and traveling. I have visited 58 different countries so far and I cannot wait to visit more!

While Ingrid’s predominant specialism is in North American and Canadian Universities, it became very clear in subsequent meetings that she has equal command over information related to universities all over the world. This indeed was a great relief for both my son and me. We both knew that we were in safe hands and I was completely relieved.

– Parent, The Netherlands