Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Katie Thatcher

Katie is a College Counselor with Campus Bound. Learn more about her in this Staff Spotlight.


Katie, with her family

BA, Carleton College
JD, Northeastern University School of Law

Katie has been working with students for more than 20 years. After graduating from law school, Katie practiced corporate law for five years. Then she began working in legal recruiting and law school career services, with time spent at both Harvard Law School and Northeastern University School of Law. Now she coaches high school students on every aspect of the college search process. She also counsels students on the law and medical school application process.

In Her Own Words: 

My Approach

I love to help students find their paths, including their best fit schools and career choices. My goals include bringing back the joy to the process of self-discovery and helping students have fun with this journey. I am passionately committed to every student and consider it an honor to play a role in each student’s application process.

What I love most about the college process

Every student is unique so I love helping each one figure out what they want out of life and which school will best help them achieve their goals. Students & families all have their own dynamic, and if I don’t tap into their priorities, concerns and style, then I’m not doing my job. I love to figure out what works for a student, get them excited about the college application process, and have some fun along the way. One of my favorite things is getting a text from a student to share a highlight or lowlight on any given day. I try to be their coach and cheerleader regardless of where this journey takes us. I can’t imagine a more rewarding career.

How I enjoy spending my spare time…

I love to experiment with cooking, “come in hot” on the ski slopes, and compete in weekly trivia nights. However, my 3- and 5-year-olds are cramping my style (for now!). So my current status is no free time and lots of interrupted sleep. It’s true what they say – the days are long, but the years fly by. I may be biased, but my kids exude such an openness and positive energy (along with a lunatic quality!), that they’ve allowed me to view the world with a more optimistic and joyful mindset. Just tonight we went to a local pub for dinner and when it was time for the bill to arrive, our waitress told us that the two gentlemen sitting behind us took care of our entire tab. We hadn’t exchanged a word with them. And our kids were being “enthusiastic” enough for us to feel like we should be the ones treating others to make up for their zaniness. It’s hard not to come away from that feeling touched by others’ kindness. From my own toddlers to my high school clients, I appreciate the energy of youth and do my best to absorb and exude as much as possible!