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About Maria Badami
With a M.S. in Postsecondary Higher Education, Maria Badami has extensive experience working with college- bound students. Prior to opening College Directions of CNY, Maria worked with students “at risk” of dropping out of college. It became increasingly clear that many students struggle, often dropping out, as a result of poor college selection. With over 50% of college students not completing degrees (dropping out or transferring) at their first institution, Maria strives to help students select colleges where they can succeed.
Maria Badami is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), the most highly recognized national organization of Independent Educational Consultants. She is a graduate of IECA’s Practices and Principles Training Institute and adheres to IECA Principles of Good Practice. She is an active member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and frequently attends national conferences and participates in professional exchanges that provide up-to-date insights on institutions and changes in educational policy and practices. She has completed coursework toward certification in College Counseling through UCLA Extension. She received her BA from Amherst College and completed coursework at Harvard College.
Prior to college advising, Maria spent many years as a corporate executive, honing her skills inclient service, marketing and planning. Maria has two children enrolled in college.
- Manlius Public Library
- Holy Cross Community Room
- Dewitt Public Library
- Century Club
- New Hartford Public Library
- Cazenovia Public Library
- Bridge Street Morning Show
- “How to Pick the Right College for You”
- “Are you Behind in the College Application Process?”
- “Getting the Most out of Campus Visits”
- “How to Avoid Big Mistakes in the College Application Process”
- “Jump Start the College Application Process”
- “Applying to Colleges based on Affordability”
- “Smart Shopping for a College Education”
- “Mapping out a College Application Strategy”
- “Changing College Trends”
- “One Application Does Not Fit All Colleges”
- “Going to the Most Competitive Colleges Tuition Free”
- “Weathering the College Financing Storm”
- "Score Choice"