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Susan Treadwell is a college consultant and writing instructor who guides students on their college and career pathways in private sessions, schools, and educational programs. She has conducted writing and college planning classes with Education Unlimited for five years during their summer programs at Yale University, UCLA, and online. As a Los Angeles-based teaching artist, her work incorporates creative writing and public performance. An advocate for youth employment in under-resourced communities, she leads seminars on developing essential communication skills. Susan received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College. She earned a Professional Certificate in College Admissions Counseling and is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

I've always been interested in stories.

When I first studied drama, I learned that characters inhabit a specific world and it was my job to live in it, imaginatively. Fast forward to today – I counsel students from a similar perspective.

I’m truly interested in who you are and what you care about. I want to know what you love doing, and how you spend your time. I want to learn about your challenges and how you envision your future. Whether you’re choosing colleges, exploring a career path or writing essays, I will encourage you to think deeply. Details, it’s all about the details.


Everyone has a backstory – experiences from their past that provide context for who they are today. Here’s mine:

I was an English major who fell in love with theater. My idea of pure joy is to be in a space with a group of artists developing a project. I cherish my collaboration with innovative practitioners who value the creative process and the discipline required to sustain it. Working with others to create something meaningful is a thru-line in my life. 

As a counselor, I encourage students to reflect on their backstory, too. I ask them to share experiences leading to the present moment. We take nothing for granted! Insights are shared and anchored with words – in conversation and on the page. These precious words are gold, and will help you respond to the question that will follow you in college, career and life: Who are you? Going forward, your story will evolve, right along with you. Let's enjoy the journey!



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