Making smart choices simple.


The internet is filled with garbage. Yet where do we go when we need answers?

We’re tired of all the garbage, and decided to do something about it. So, we’re sifting through it all to find the buried treasure. We’re talking to experts. We’re analyzing mountains of data. We’re doing whatever it takes to create content that helps you live better. 

And to make this possible, we’re committed to finding a business model that doesn’t corrupt the integrity of our content. So you won’t find programmatic ad blocks on our site, nor will you find affiliate disclosures. Oh, and you definitely won’t see any ‘native ads’. 

Making smart choices simple.


Why? Because becoming a student is one of the first complex decisions you’ll make starting out — deciding where to go, how to pay for it, how to get top grades, and of course, how to land a job after college. Also, being located across the street from one of the top universities in the world, it’s the demographic we’re closest to, and know best.

So, what are we doing to help?

We’re helping students in their pre-college journey by ranking colleges and programs across the country using aggregated publicly available data. And, we’re doing it without any advertising or affiliate relationships with schools. This ensures zero bias of our results.

We’re building guides to help students succeed in the classroom by bringing together the latest research with tips and techniques championed by today’s leading experts.

We’re arming you with resources to successfully transition from college to the workforce by building databases of internship opportunities and compiling example resumes.

All of this, and we’re just getting started.

Meet the Team

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    Content Marketing
    Kristen Scatton

    Kristen has over 11 years of experience in college admissions, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her experience includes working with freshmen, transfer, and graduate students, particularly in arts and social science-related fields. Kristen is passionate about helping students make wise decisions regarding their education and career paths.

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    Director of Data Science
    Nam Phan

    Nam comes from a decade’s long background with work in the digital space. He provides the research that drives Intelligent’s data-driven resources and tools as well as surfacing what’s important to users. A Seattlelite, Nam graduated from the University of Washington.

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    Parmeshta Jain

    With over 15 years of experience working on product based technology companies, Parmeshta has a deep passion for technology and is a true problem solver. His expertise brings to life the team’s vision and strategy.

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    Allen Leng

    Allen is responsible for developing and leading the editorial and product strategy at With over 10 years of experience working in the digital space, Allen is responsible for the team’s product planning and execution.

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    Communications Manager
    Jase Beard

    Jase Beard is the Communications Manager at Intelligent. He is passionate about supporting those who seek self-improvement. With over five years of marketing and communications experience, Jase is on a mission to help connect people with the best resources to provide them with the ability to optimize their lives.

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    Donnie Dinh

    Donnie has over 10 years of marketing experience with the past 8 years focused on education. Before joining the team, Donnie led content marketing for some of the largest internet properties.

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    Admissions Consultant
    Beata Williams

    For the past nine years, Beata has been coaching students through the undergraduate and graduate admissions process. Ninety nine percent of Beata’s students have been admitted to at least one of their top choices. Not only has she helped students reach their dream programs, Beata alleviates the stress by breaking down the application process into manageable steps leading to consistent progress towards their goals.

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    College Counselor
    Dana Marvin

    Throughout her six years of experience, Dana Marvin has helped hundreds of students nationwide navigate through the college and career planning process. Her speciality is financial aid, tuition negotiation, scholarships, and financial planning for college costs. Dana’s expertise has led her to help students earn over $10 million in scholarship offers from colleges in the 2021-2022 education cycle alone. Her students have earned acceptances to top colleges such as University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Penn State University, SUNY Binghamton, Bates College, Tufts University, UConn, and many more. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from Purdue University and a graduate certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. She currently resides in New York City, but helps students nationwide and internationally through the college admissions process.

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    Blanca Villagomez

    Blanca Villagomez is a seasoned professional with over ten years of experience developing programs, curriculums, and initiatives supporting diverse and underrepresented student populations. She completed her master’s in Counseling at CSU Long Beach (CSULB). Her experiences navigating college as a first-generation, low-income student equipped her with a deep understanding of the educational inequities that impact student sense of belonging. Her formal training in educational counseling has equipped her with a skill set in fostering meaningful relationships with students that prepare them to graduate successfully. She currently serves as a Program Counselor and Coordinator for the University of California, Irvine (UCI). As a lifelong learner, Blanca strives to create growth experiences that help students thrive in college and beyond.

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    Student Advising Center Director
    Michelle Pickett

    Michelle Pickett is an experienced higher education professional with over twenty years working with students. Her experience includes academic advising, student retention, program assessment, recruitment, and diverse populations. She’s currently the Director of the Academic Advising Center at Northern Illinois University, which oversees student advising services for undecided and pre-professional students, and where she recently developed a university-wide student advisor training program. As an adjunct professor, she taught classes in leadership and college reading and study strategies. Michelle has earned a Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.), Adult and Higher Learning and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs having completed a Graduate Certificate of Study in Advanced Qualitative Methodology.

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    College Admissions and Education Advisor
    Leslie Reyna

    Leslie Reyna is a higher education professional with over four years of experience working with diverse student populations. She earned her Master’s in Social Work and specialized in Community and Administrative Practice. As an Admissions Counselor for the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work, Leslie planned events across the state of Texas, created recruiting material, and guided over 600 students every semester through the undergraduate and graduate admissions processes. Her experience in assisting students from the start of their college journey to their successful graduation has allowed her to create several instructional manuals to train new hires in her department. As an academic advisor, she has worked collaboratively with departments across the university to revitalize previous dual-degree agreements and create social work licensing guides. Leslie currently serves as a member of her department’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and volunteers as a mentor for the Fort Worth Hispanic Women’s Network’s Latina’s in Progress Organization.

Editorial Policies

What Our Editorial Independence Means to You is a free, privately-supported website that’s editorially independent. This enables us to bring you unbiased, accurate, and fact-based information on a wide range of issues.

Accuracy and Review of Content

Hundreds of experts, educators, advisors, and consumers have been interviewed during the production of our original content. Our content is also periodically checked and reviewed for accuracy.

Our View on Self-Improvement

At, we’re awed by the advancements made in information transmission. We also understand that the continuous self-improvement is a human art as well as a science. Every story is valid, every experience unique. We’re most interested in the experience of those seeking self-improvement. We believe that everyone should question everything, including their mentors, teachers, government but also seek the best possible relationship with those very same people.

Information is a critical tool for self-improvement. It’s also important when navigating an environment that is oftentimes complicated and vague. We recognize the importance of different approaches to self-improvement, and we strive to provide perspective on every approach where relevant.

Advertising and Funding


Intelligent does not accept advertising. We are not sponsored by any corporate entities. We rely on private funding to pay for all of our resources including staff and office expenses.

Funding is privately funded by individuals and groups that hold the same beliefs in regards to information about self-improvement to pay for our staff and operating costs.

We’re Hiring!


We are looking for a skilled and experienced Editor-in-Chief to drive and execute the strategic direction of Intelligent as well as manage and oversee daily publishing operations. We are looking for someone to ensure that content published on the site meets the editorial strategies of Intelligent.


  • Proven track record recruiting, motivating and managing freelance writers to produce quality content economically
  • Excellent data skills. The ability to think critically, analyze performance – setting and reporting on progress toward goals
  • Bias towards action
  • Results oriented
  • Passion for writing with a strong sense of voice and tone

Send us an email with your resume to apply!

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Contact us

Questions? Thoughts? Let us know at
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(800) 203-5102

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