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All about JEM


From Then to Now

Joa and Emily met while working for Big Test Prep companies and knew there was a better, more personalized way to provide digital test prep and admissions consulting services.

Thus, JEM Achievement was born: tailored and flexible support available online, no matter where you are.

JEM empowers students in pursuit of advanced education through curated courses, private tutoring, and strategic coaching. We strive to have a hand in developing future leaders within their communities, instilling a solid set of values to be carried forward.


Achievement through Values

"We work to empower great people so that they can do even greater things."
We strive to be authentic by giving honest, direct feedback to our students and clients so that we can develop realistic, impactful strategies that address the right challenges. We seek to be solution-oriented by exploring the full range of possibilities to solve challenging problems and take action. We focus on empowering students by teaching and demonstrating valuable skill sets and attitudes that help them discover their own power and confidence.

Meet the Founders

Joa Ahern-Seronde

Graduate Admissions Specialist
Joa has over 10 years of experience guiding students through the admissions process for BA/BS, MA/MS, MBA, and PhD programs, resulting in acceptances at schools including Harvard, Columbia, and Stanford. She has coached over 150 students worldwide. Joa is a Wellesley College alum and has her MA from Lesley University.

Specialties: SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, graduate admissions, personal statements, targeted resume revision, mock interviews

Emily Swenson

MBA Admissions Specialist
Emily is an MBA graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she also obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has 10+ years of experience as a test preparation and admissions consultant working in the US and international markets where she has coached students into admissions success at top-tier programs.

Specialties: SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, MBA admissions, personal statements, targeted resume revision, mock interviews

Meet the Team

Lauren DeMeo

Undergraduate Admissions Specialist
A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Lauren has several cycles of experience as both a counselor for younger students and a final-year admissions consultant. From identifying the right extracurriculars to fine-tuning a student’s application strategy, Lauren brings an exceptional breadth of understanding to the admissions process.

Specialties: Undergraduate admissions (US & UK), personal statements, school selection and decision counseling, passion projects, full application review (including Common App)

Daniel Schultz

Technology & Web
With a BS in Communications, Daniel can talk himself in and out of most things. Daniel has spent his entire professional career working within technology as well as starting his own non-profit organization. 

Specialties: All things technology.
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