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Nicole Smith, M.Ed., LAC

Nicole Smith is the owner of Next Step Advising, LLC specializing in advising students in the college admission process and helping people in transition throughout their lifespan.  With over 20 years experience in education, including work at Rutgers and Drexel Universities, NJ Blue Ribbon high schools, and the College Board headquarters, she brings a unique perspective to the field.  


Nicole earned a masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in School Counseling from Boston University in 1994, and earned her BA in Psychology from Drew University in 1993.  She is a certified School Counselor in NJ and licensed as as an Associate Counselor.  She served on Drexel University's Admissions Advisory Board from 2016-2018, and is an Associate Member in the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Nicole has a passion for helping students and adults gain the confidence and skills they need to take the NEXT STEP. 

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