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About Gisela

As a child, Gisela Cherches dreamed of going to college. Although her mother and father, immigrants from Mexico and Germany, had not attended university, she never doubted that she would. When she first set foot on the Rice University campus, she knew it was the place for her, and she went on to receive her B.A. in Political Science and German from there.  


Gisela is a research and trivia buff! If she doesn’t know the answer, she will find it. Her love of research and writing attracted her to the pursuit of law. Gisela received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and certification in mediation from the University of Houston Law Center. She practiced corporate law for 15 years, married, and had two sons along the way. Remembering her own dreams as a child and desiring to help others realize theirs, she volunteered as a bilingual tutor twice a week for many years at a school not far from her workplace.


In 2001, Gisela left her practice to devote herself full time to raising her children. While her sons were students at St. John's School, she was an avid volunteer, and ultimately worked there for six years as Community Relations Manager. She is on the Board of Directors of Breakthrough Houston, a non-profit that serves gifted, underrepresented students in the Houston area, helping them to achieve their goal of graduating from college. She has also continued her involvement at Rice University, having served on the Alumni Board for three years and as a volunteer college admissions interviewer for nearly a decade.


Gisela’s legal training honed her proficiency as a researcher, writer, and editor. The organizational skills required as an attorney have enabled her to develop methodical, systematic approaches to brainstorming unique and personal essay ideas and organizing an application that will help students reach their college admission goals. She worked closely with both of her sons during their application processes, visiting schools, asking key questions and helping them to discern which colleges were a good fit, organizing application information, tracking deadlines, practicing interviews, and editing essays. Each of their journeys was unique--there is "no one plan fits all"--but each journey resulted in admission to their top college choices. Gisela knows that is true of every student's unique journey, so she strives to tailor her services to meet each student's individual needs. Gisela is excited about empowering your student to start the process of applying to the schools that can be the foundation for their unique purpose and destiny.


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