Hi! I’m a first-generation (Mexican-Vietnamese) college graduate who loves to tutor and create financial plans. I had little to no knowledge of my options after high school, but through the right mentoring, tutoring, and opportunities, I graduated in four years on multiple scholarships from a top-rated university. After four years of tutoring for wealthy clients and working in financial policy, I founded Dao Academic Consulting to help students and professionals prepare for academic and financial success.
I’ve Been There
Ninth and tenth grade are the most important years of high school. At the time, I didn’t realize I should be joining clubs, seeking leadership roles, taking advanced classes, or polishing my college resume. I spent those years as a teen runaway, preoccupied with work and family issues in addition to balancing school. During my junior year, I received intense mentoring and tutoring that influenced my desire to go to college. In my senior year, I was selected for an internship at a Fortune 500 company, where I was surrounded by working professionals with college degrees. I decided to get serious about applying to college, which meant getting serious about financial literacy. Neither I nor my parents could afford that $80k tuition and cost of living, and even thinking about repaying a loan that size made me feel sick. With the help of amazing teachers, I spent all of senior year applying to need-based and merit-based scholarships. As a result, I graduated high school with 10 different scholarships that covered tuition and cost of living at the University of Texas at Austin.
In college, I served as a student government representative, a research assistant in the UT College of Education, and as a J.J. Pickle Fellow in the UT Department of Government. I conducted research on Santeria in Havana, Cuba on a UT-sponsored scholarship and studied social entrepreneurship in Beijing, China as a Fund for Education Abroad scholar. I worked 30+ hour weeks as a private tutor for wealthy families and as policy director in school finance at a government relations firm, all while maintaining full-time student status. In summer 2019, I graduated with a B.A., in Government and moved to Washington, D.C., to work in the U.S. House Financial Services Committee as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellow. I was able to finance this move and found Dao Academic Consulting from the money I had saved by strict budgeting and investing my work income.
I Can Help
I personally know how confusing, frustrating, and even frightening it is to plan for academic and financial success. Most academic consultants focus on just making A’s and getting accepted to college, but few focus on professional and financial success during and after college. This conversation is increasingly important, as the average U.S., student graduates with at least $26,900 in debt. Especially for first-gen students and minority professionals, financial literacy and management is crucial for closing the wealth gap and building community and family wealth. As a first-gen and mixed-race woman, I understand that money is a sensitive topic in many minority and immigrant families that work hard just to survive. Education and financial literacy is still a touchy topic in my own family.
Everyone deserves an affordable pathway to college, a successful career, and a secured financial future. I specialize in guiding students, families, and professionals toward their best options, whether it’s planning for college, landing a dream internship or job, or strengthening their financial literacy. I tutor general K-12 education and study habits, brainstorm and edit college essays, update college and professional resumes, provide tips for landing prestigious internships, scholarships, and fellowships, and create personalized financial plans. Please contact me to schedule a free consultation.