Libby Karolczak is the Founder and Trail Guide at Paths2College Educational Consulting. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association, an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a member of the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC) and a member of Stanford Professional Women. She has worked with local students and families for nearly 14 years as a coach, non-profit administrator and academic volunteer after retiring from running a successful international content licensing company for 25 years. She is actively involved with students in her community, including many volunteer roles in local schools and serving as Player Agent and/or Exec Board member for Mountain View - Los Altos Girls Softball for the past 11 years.
Libby graduated from Stanford University with a BA in International Relations, followed by study and work abroad in Germany and then a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. In August 2018 she completed the Summer Training Institute of the Independent Educational Consulting Association at Claremont Mckenna College and in July 2021 she completed the Columbia University's Teachers College's College Advising Program.
Methods & Motivation
Libby enjoys seeing young people succeed and is experienced at coaching them to do so while following their interests and being open to new opportunities. She is very organized and will make sure that everyone is aware of important deadlines and that choices are made based on ample and accurate information. She regularly sends students information about internships, extracurriculars or other outside learning opportunities that may be of interest. Paths2College students have a great acceptance rate because Libby puts a high priority on helping the students’ personality and accomplishments shine via their essays, interests and rec letters. She works hard for her clients and motivates them to do the same.
Libby is based in Los Altos and has two daughters. One graduated from Wesleyan University in May 2020 with a degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a Certificate in Informatics and Modeling. She played volleyball at Wesleyan and is currently a PhD student in the Molecular Genetics Department at the University of Toronto. That daughter also studied abroad doing biological field work in Patagonia, Chile in Spring of 2019. Her younger daughter just finished her junior year at Swarthmore College. She is majoring in Neuroscience, minoring in Chemistry and is a member of the Swarthmore Garnet softball team.
Libby is fluent in German, loves to hike and observe nature, and is assisted by her 2 office dogs Gimli and Harry.