Irena Smith, Ph.D.

College Admissions Consulting

Irena is based in Palo Alto, CA and provides private college admissions consulting to students throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, across the United States, and around the world.

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.
— E.L. Doctorow

Irena's Writing


Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond. Cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.
— Mark Twain
A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out.
— Virginia Wolfe