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"DIANA HAS A  PASSION FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF HIGH SCHOOLERS"

Coaching teenagers since I was an elite swimmer and an 18  year old head swim coach studying psychology at  UC Berkeley was the beginning of a life time passion devoted to inspiring teens. Next stop was MIT for a Masters Degree in Architecture and marriage to husband Don Hanna who has a Ph.D from Harvard. I guided my own children in the college admission process which found them matriculating and swimming at Wellesley, Princeton and Columbia.

While practicing as an architect, designer and printmaker I continued to work with youth of all ages in museum education and on swim teams all over asia.  I was particularly dedicated to my high school swimmers.  Dangling the goal of a college swimming career proved to be a dynamic motivator. Using knowledge gained as an MIT interviewer and as a student of admission practices, I coached my swimmers in the complete application process to acceptances at top Ivy League schools and other highly selective colleges. With a growing reputation, my college admission advising business was born.

Advising  students with a wide range of interests, academic levels and backgrounds makes a stimulating practice and suits the wide range of my passions and experiences. But, I have a unique knowledge of the admission process for artists, engineers, swimmers and other athletes. Successful applicants often showcase a special talent or passion. Guiding students to discover and demonstrate their passions is my super strength. Artists must compile an impressive portfolio and recruited athletes need to perform at a very high level then campaign to capture  the attention of coaches. All applicants need to meet a colleges academic expectations and put together an impressive application.

For recruits,  expertise came through working closely with  elite coaches in California. I have integrated this range of  experience to  develop my signature program which combines the process  of college  athletic recruiting with the demanding requirements of selective schools. Success continues with the admission of  dozens of students in some of the very best academic and swimming schools.

Many of my students have been based overseas learning of my placement success and expertise during  almost thirty years living abroad in Chile, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. My expatriate experience  allows me to offer deep knowledge when guiding international students or American high schoolers based over seas. In 2020 I finally relocated back home to Northern California continuing to counsel students by internet or in person. For all my students I  bring a passion to advising where the quality of the process and personal growth  is as important as the outcome.

Todays topsy turfy world requires dedication to life long learning of admission trends. I am constantly updating my knowledge of new and changing admission practices such as course  and testing requirements, campus and athletic updates, financial aid and work experience opportunities. My degree in psychology is always evident through prioritizing a students mental heath, happiness and personal growth. I am currently gaining the latest knowledge and guidance skills through enrollment in the UC Berkeley Extension Program for Collage Admission and Career Guidance, a program I will finish in fall 2021. 

When not advising high schoolers you will find me still racing in the pool or prowling museums, leading book groups  and creating my art at: www.dianadaymond.com. 

For the full breadth of my experience please check out my linked in profile.