About Us

Your Journey To College experts are certified and tenured high school guidance counselors. We have worked with thousands of students, offering personalized guidance and support to help them successfully complete the college application process and achieve their individualized educational goals.

We meet with hundreds of college admission representatives each year and remain current with the ever changing demands of the college admissions process.


Karen Schmalz
College Consultant

Karen has been a School Counselor for the past 10 years in a competitive Long Island school district in Suffolk County in the middle school and high school. She is also an adjunct Admissions Counselor at Suffolk Community College during the summer. Prior to this, she has worked as a high school counselor at Eastern Suffolk B.O.C.E.S. as well as a counselor at an adolescent group home for teenage girls. In addition, Karen has worked as an Instructional Specialist for adults with disabilities at A.C.L.D. and coached high school and middle school track & field and cross country.

Karen earned a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Stony Brook and a Master's degree in School Counseling from Long Island University. In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running, traveling, and reading mystery novels.




Jeanmarie Wilson
College Consultant

Jeanmarie has been a School Counselor at the high school level for 23 years. She has worked in a leading Suffolk County school district since 1999. Prior to this, Jeanmarie was employed in a Nassau County public school district and a private high school in NYC. In addition, she has worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor and a Career Counselor. Jeanmarie has recently written a book called Parenting From Your Soul: A Spiritual Approach to Raising Children with Compassion and Wisdom.

Jeanmarie earned a Bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland and a Master's degree in School Counseling from Long Island University. She has experienced the college process from the perspective of a parent as well. In her free time, Jeanmarie enjoys taking long walks with her dogs, spending time at the beach, cooking healthy foods, practicing yoga and spending time with her family and friends.