PLIES CollegeLink Program

We Link Asia’s Emerging Leaders to their Future at College! PLIES College Link is a road map to top college admission.

College Link Program

We Link Asia’s Emerging Leaders to their Future at College!
PLIES CollegeLink is a road map to top college admission.

Pacific Link have developed a college advising process for Asian high school students. We have designed a curriculum “road map” for students in grades 9-12 to prepare them for the college admission process. Each semester students will have lessons taught by our experienced college advisor.

Assistance with entire application process.


From selecting the Common App prompt that best resonates with you to short answers and supplemental essays for up to 12 schools

Advice on letters of recommendation

Requests and preparing supporting materials for these requests

Preparation for interviews

Coaching and two mock interviews.

Presentation of extracurricular involvement

Guidance in your résumé development every step of the way.

Preparation of supplemental materials
Wait-list process

Managing and understanding the wait-list process

Constant Support

Supporting you and your family throughout the entire process via e-mail, Skype, telephone.

Pacific Link College Advisor:

Adela Penagos, PhD

Adela Penagos, former Associate Dean of Academic Advising at Harvard College and Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, offers experienced and customized college and graduate school consulting with global understanding to help you reach your goals and discover all opportunities at your disposal.

Adela has extensive admissions, teaching, and academic advising experiences. Her teaching experience includes: Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, IL, the University of Notre Dame, Boston University, and Boston College. She has a BA in Modern Languages from Knox College, an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Notre Dame, and a PhD in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University. She is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has lived in Mexico, France, and the United States.

College and University Discernment

Extracurricular Profile

Summer Planning


Time Management

A-Z In the Common App

Crafting Persuasive Essays

Best Letters of Recommendation

Acing the Interview

Gap Year Planning

Clients have been accepted to:


Boston College

Boston Conservatory

Boston University

Georgetown University

McGill University

Northeastern University

Northwestern University

Providence College

Saint Mary’s College

UMass Lowell

UMass Amherst

University of Miami

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Texas, Austin

Washington University in Saint Louis

Williams College

 Student Testimonials

During the fall and winter of my senior year in high school I was fortunate to receive Adela Penagos’ help with the college application process.  I truly felt that Adela made me an outstanding candidate for the schools that I chose to apply to and ease a process that could had been very stressful. She is incredibly knowledgeable, personable, friendly and is always willing to go the extra mile.


Georgetown University, Class of 2019

Adela Penagos is extremely approachable, and has a very fun, joyous air to her being.  She encourages students to take diverse classes in order to keep all options open, and reviews course descriptions and co-curricular opportunities with them to make sure they maximize their full potential.


Harvard College, Class of 2015

I will be forever grateful to Adela Penagos. Because of her well-thought advice, careful feedback on all of my essays, and genuine care, today, I have the opportunity to study at a great American University.  She supervised my entire admissions process and provided me with all the necessary tools to reach my admission goals


Brandeis, Class of 2018


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