About Me...

As a former high school teacher and writing tutor, Amanda is able to combine her professional writing and editing skills with her education and experience as a college consultant. She regularly visits colleges across the country to remain current with today's admission practices and to maintain relationships with college admission counselors. She has helped hundreds of students set themselves apart in the applicant pool using their personal statements and essays and has a clear understanding of the importance of strategy in college applications.

In 2006 she began Hirko Consulting to help students find great college options, while continuing to work with them to produce thoughtful and compelling essays.  After all, kids are not boring, so their essays shouldn't be!

More recently, she is proud of successfully completing the CEP exam as it denotes a level of professionalism realized by those in the field who have extensively traveled touring campuses, participated in continuous education through workshops, conferences and webinars and been a professional presenter.  

  • Certified Educational Planner, AICEP, 2015

  • Certificate in College Counseling, UCSD, 2006

  • MA from U of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1995

  • BA from Indiana University, Bloomington, 1992

A mother of two, Amanda appreciates the role the entire family plays in the admission process, communicating frequently with parents to minimize anxiety and stress. She works with each student providing guidance and individual attention and personally overseeing application content. Amanda will provide her students with a plan and arm them with information to demystify the admission process.  She has the experience to know what colleges are seeking and how to present students in their application packages.

Office:  Hera Hub
4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, Suite 400
Parking is located in the back across from the volleyball courts.


Amanda Hirko, M.Ed.
Certified Educational Planner


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Feel free to contact me by phone or email.

Telephone: (858) 437-3879

Email: amanda@hirkoconsulting.com

FOR AUGUST APPLICATION WORKSHOPS, fill in the information to the left, add a message that you're interested in the application workshops, and I'll send you the registration information!