Using martinis as a metaphor, we take an intimate look into the lives of extraordinary people.

Amy Trinnaman is a College Consultant who is passionate about increasing opportunities for students. After the frustration of the infamous “Aunt Becky/Varsity Blues” scandal, Amy is determined to set the record straight and show there are ethical counselors in this field who can help students and families make amazing, life-enhancing decisions about higher education.

Name:  Amy Trinnaman

Profession:  Independent Educational Consultant, Blogger

What stirs your passion? The unwavering love of family, and a commitment to continual learning and personal growth.

What has shaken your faith? In working with teenagers, I am dismayed by the profound impact of social media. The perfect lives they see on their feeds are just not an accurate reflection of anyone’s reality. College admissions officers search applicant social media for clues to character, so one youthful indiscretion on social media can close a door that otherwise may have opened.

Who (dead or alive) would you like to have a martini with?  My father. What I wouldn’t give to hear the stories he used to tell, repeatedly, one more time.

What’s your poison?  (The trait you most deplore in yourself?). Leo pride and ego stand in the way of growth and understanding at times. I’m working on it.

What do you see as the ultimate buzzkill? The ultimate buzzkill is when people whine “it’s not fair.” I hear this over and over again in my profession. College admissions is certainly not fair. My father used to say, “if you’re waiting for life to be fair, you’ll be waiting a long time. “ Naturally, I echo the same sentiment to my own children.

How do you want to be remembered when the glasses are raised? I’d like to be remembered as someone whose heart and moral compass were in the right place, and someone who faced life’s adversities with strength, grace, and resiliency.

What’s your happy place? Every year, my mother, sister, and I take a spa vacation. We affectionately call it our “detox/retox” time. We laugh and cry, exercise and reflect, reestablish life goals, and hit the reset button for the coming year. I’m heading there on my birthday this week!

What is your signature drink? (We’d love to know what you like to drink, but what we REALLY want to know is what is your favorite expression or motto?)

Drink: My best friend and I sit at the bar and have an ice-cold shot of Patron and Corona with a lime.

Motto: When she was very young, my daughter once told me, “I love you all the days.” She said it in the sweetest way, almost singing it, with an emphasis on the word all. “All the days” has become our deeply meaningful family motto.

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Amy writes for the Road2college blog. And, she is a professional in this network: