Maiya Marshall is Pacific Collegiate School's College Counselor and the Academic Advisor for 11th and 12th grade students. She grew up over the hill in Milpitas where she still resides. After earning her bachelor's at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts in 3 years, Maiya studied Mandarin in Beijing, China at Beijing Language and Culture University. She only knew how to say "hello" and "thank you" in Mandarin before leaving SFO and the United States for the first time to study abroad in an intensive language program. While in China for 6 months she learned how to read, write, and speak. Maiya had the opportunity to attend multiple events as a spectator (definitely not as an athlete) during the 2008 Olympics. She does not recommend hiking on the Great Wall of China in the middle of the summer.
Before starting her career in counseling, Maiya scheduled the sales floor and Genius Bar at an Apple Store where she sometimes attended hiring events. She was drawn to the counseling field after noticing the great need for advising high school students during the not-so-intuitive college admissions process. Maiya has attended 200+ college tours in the United States and Canada and has guided and advised high school students from various socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. As an application reader for UC Irvine, Maiya was immersed in their college admissions process.
Prior to coming to PCS, Maiya was a School Counselor at EF Academy, an international boarding high school in Westchester County, New York, where she worked closely with students from Brazil, North Africa, Vietnam, and Indonesia. A perk of her role was that she traveled to Vietnam to meet in person with the parents of her students. Maiya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Brandeis University, a certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from UC Berkeley, and a Master of Arts/Master of Education in School Counseling from Columbia University.
Before the world changed in 2020 Maiya lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan enjoying the excitement of life in New York City. When she is not working, Maiya enjoys hanging out with her friends, attempting to improve her Mandarin, cuddling with kitties, and traveling (often on college tours which is technically working). 谢谢 (thank you) and 再见 (goodbye).