Anna Marie Smith
Chief of Staff & Director of College Advising, New York
Davidson College (BA), School of Visual Arts (M.F.A.)
Originally from Shelbyville, TN, Anna Marie Smith studied theatre and ancient architecture at Davidson College. She served as the Associate Director of an arts non-profit in Houston, Texas, before moving into the college admissions world. Her experience in the Office of Admission at Rice University and New York University includes reviewing undergraduate applications, recruiting students, and conducting admission interviews for prospective students.
Anna Marie has advised students that have been admitted to Ivy Leagues, large research universities, specialized arts programs, and highly selective liberal arts colleges. She has experience with undergraduate and graduate applications, extending as far as elite business programs.
In addition to working as a Chief of Staff and Director of College Advising at A-list, Anna Marie recently completed her MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts. Her design studies emphasize architecture and urban planning, and her thesis is on tiny houses in rural America and microapartments in New York City. Anna Marie has a very strong sense of smell and often carries a video camera on her person.
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!