About Bryan Shih
* 15 years as a professional, independent admissions consultant
* MA, Journalism, UC Berkeley (full scholarship)
* Fulbright Fellow
* Business & Features Journalist (The Financial Times, National Public Radio)
* Book Author (reviewed by NY Times Book Review, Washington Post)
At the heart of my consulting approach is a passion for helping people tell their best stories, an instinct refined through my journalism training (M.A., UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, full scholarship) and experience working for some of the best news organizations in the world.
I started admissions consulting in Japan, where I lived for seven years and where I established myself as one of the most successful consultants in the country, pioneering innovations such as flat-rate pricing and no-risk trial periods to provide clients the most straightforward, comprehensive, and fair services possible. I now live just outside New York City and work with clients all over the world.
While in Japan, I was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to document one of Japan’s leading swordmakers. Before Japan, I completed my first M.A. at the UC San Diego Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies, where the curriculum included many core MBA courses. I did my undergraduate work at UC Santa Barbara in law.
In addition to Japanese, I am fluent in Spanish from having lived and established a Spanish-language school in Guatemala. In my free time, I work on long-term documentary portrait photography projects, where, similar to admissions consulting, I try to capture something unique about each individual I work with. My most recent series of portraits and interviews with original members of the Black Panther Party became a well-received book and appeared in group and solo shows at the Oakland Museum of California and the Queens Museum.
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