Gisela Cherches is an enthusiastic, compassionate and committed independent college consultant. As a young first generation student, she dreamed of going to college. Although her mother and father, immigrants from Mexico and Germany respectively, had not attended university, she was determined that she would. When she first set foot on the Rice University campus, Gisela knew it was the place for her. She received her B.A. in Political Science and German and also met her husband at Rice.
Gisela is a research buff! If she doesn’t know the answer, she will find it. Her love of reading, research and writing attracted her to the field 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. She volunteered as a bilingual student tutor twice a week for many years at an elementary school not far from her workplace.
In 2002, Gisela left her law practice to devote herself full time to raising her two sons. While they were students at St. John's School, she was an avid volunteer at the school. Starting in 2013, Gisela was employed at St. John's for six years, working in Community Relations and Communication. In 2018, she attended the independent college counseling Summer Training Institute at Swarthmore College through the Independent Education Consultants Association. Gisela attends professional conferences, visits colleges throughout the country and speaks to admissions staff and administration to remain informed of current developments in the college admissions environment and share this information, providing recommendations and guidance to her students.
Remembering her own dreams as a young student and desiring to help others realize theirs, she joined the advisory board, then became a Board member, of Breakthrough Houston, a non-profit organization that serves gifted, underrepresented students in the Houston area. She also volunteers there, providing college essay workshops and individual assistance to high school students, helping them to achieve their goals of attending college. She has continued her involvement at Rice, having served on the Alumni Board and as a volunteer college interviewer in their admissions office for nearly a decade.
Gisela’s legal training honed her abilities as a researcher, writer, and editor. Her organizational skills helped her develop a systematic approach to the college process: asking key questions and exploring the student's wants and needs to help them discern which colleges are a good fit, tracking application information, brainstorming unique and personal essay ideas, and performing practice interviews if necessary, to help students reach their college admission goals. By providing the tools to approach these tasks, Gisela hopes not only to ease the stress of what at times can seem an overwhelming process, but to make it a time of genuine self-discovery.
Gisela knows that each student's journey is unique--there is "no one plan fits all," so she tailors her services to meet a student's individual needs. Each student has their own gifts, skills, talents and values. Gisela wants to help your student effectively communicate and share these with the colleges of their choice. Gisela finds purpose in learning about your student's interests and goals and empowering them in the journey of applying to the "right-fit" colleges that can be the foundation for their own unique purpose and destiny.
Gisela is a member in good standing of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She is committed to the IECA's Principles of Good Practice.
You can contact Gisela directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.