Ayda graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York on a full-ride scholarship with a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology. During her time at Columbia, she made the Dean’s List multiple times, worked as a tutor at the Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning, and served as the editor of the interdisciplinary studies at Columbia Undergraduate Research Journal. She was also a finalist in Columbia’s annual Entrepreneurship and Design Challenge, for which she co-created a parent-school connection app for families in São Paulo, Brazil.
Ayda has worked as an English tutor with elementary and middle school students as well as with high school students on AP US and World History, AP English Language, AP Psychology, AP Comparative Government, SAT, and SSAT tests. Her students increased their grade performance in school, improved their testing skills, and achieved high scores on their national exams. In high school, she was an AP Scholar with Distinction and she took 6 AP classes while volunteering as an academic peer mentor on the weekends.
Since graduating from Columbia, Ayda has been working as a Research Associate at the University of California, Berkeley. With her diverse team of international scholars, she conducted research on child welfare funded by the state of California’s Social Services Department and she has published several scholarly articles in renowned peer-reviewed journals. She is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco and she hopes to continue working in academia by applying for Ph.D. programs in Psychology after graduation. In her free time, Ayda enjoys exercising, journaling, reading about culturally informed counseling theories, and learning about innovative pedagogies.
SAT, SSAT/ISEE, Elementary School, Middle School, High School