Founder Danielle Solick has a rather atypical career and academic history. A California native, convinced she would only be satisfied with an international life, Danielle graduated early from high school and started taking classes at a nationally-renowned local community college, then spent the next six years working, studying and traveling the world. She returned to California and completed two Bachelor’s degrees, one in Global Studies and another in Spanish. During this time she also spent one year at the University of Granada, Spain and a six-months in Phuket, Thailand where she earned her TESOL certificate. Danielle later completed her Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies, which included a seven-month graduate fellowship at the United Nations in Switzerland. Upon completion of her MA, Danielle spent the next several years working for two of the world’s most well-known and prestigious non-profit organizations: Amnesty International and The International Rescue Committee. Though these two posts brought her all over the world to work on issues that truly affected change and progress in the global community, California (and her family) beckoned. She returned to Santa Cruz, CA and to her roots by re-entering the field of higher education - first in international education and now through her most current post at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Throughout her academic and professional career Danielle has supervised hundreds of professional and student staff, volunteers, and interns. She has helped nearly two dozen people get placed into their dream jobs and internships, as well as help them to discover their dreams, goals, and aspirations, steering them to future success. She has been a tutor, a confidant, and a guide, and is offering all of these skills and services to you now. Whether you’re a student who just needs some additional resources or reassurance, a parent concerned with helping your student stay on the right track to graduation, or are at a point in your life where you are considering changing careers or going back to school, the Academic Compass is here to help. Our guarantee is to give you the structure, skills and peace of mind to be successful no matter your chosen path. Below are a few notes from past clients to give you a better idea, in their own words, of who we are and what we do.