UC Orange Team
What's so "orange" about the Orange Team?
Well, for one, since orange is a combination of red and yellow, the Orange team at UC is a combination of two worlds too! A little bit of this and a little bit of that – the highly energetic and extremely bright, the relationships focussed and yet the widely networked team knows what’s best for their students! The spirit of learning, the ability to take in life experiences and make them part of who they are – diverse in perspective & inclusive in personality – makes them awesome! All in all, when you connect with the Orange Team – you connect with a believer, a joyful, warm, creative, bright person who resonates with the core vision of UC – Making this world a better place, One student at a time!
Charushilla Narula Bajpai
Charushilla is a high-impact education professional with experience of working on top college applications for school and college students for more than a decade now.
She is not only the Founder Director and Key Mentor of University Connection, over the years, but she has also been applauded for her edu-preneurship and her ability to be able to steer young adults.
As a leading college planning firm, University Connection has mentored thousands of students to make it to top universities such as NYU, Columbia, UCLA, Parsons, Durham, King’s College London, UC Berkeley, USC, LSE and many more. Students have also received millions of dollars in scholarships and UC has recently been awarded for excellence in counseling at the EdTech Awards 2020.
Charushilla believes that young minds carry the power to change the world and she personally trains her team of counselors to ensure that college admissions are but a by-product of the life they mentor. Her mission is to empower lives – one student at a time.
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“For me, college planning is simply looking at the world through the student’s eyes. Only then do we get a perspective of what they want and how they want their life to be. While achieving the key milestones like curating a list of college, writing essays, planning of finances, connecting with people, and application submission are of utmost importance, it is equally essential to reflect on why going to college is an important step to education at all? To see the world, experience different styles of education, take in a new culture, and experience a new way of life, is how I look at it. You may have a lot to learn, but you can do it!”
– says Ragini Dangwal, our Research Counselor and high impact counselor at UC
Empathic, warm and a student for life! These are the words that describe Ragini best. As a Research Counselor and Student Mentor at University Connection, she tries to create an enabling ecosystem for her students, thus helping them attain deeper self-awareness and consequently a fulfilling application and admissions journey.
A postgrad in Sociology, Ragini has worked as a life skills facilitator with a non-profit organization, building capacities for young adolescent girls in various government schools of Delhi. Having spent time in building curricula for classroom-based experiences and developing skills, she would always make the effort of getting a better understanding of the socio-cultural setting her students came from. As part of her work with adults, Ragini’s held centre stage with regards to conversations around gender norms that hold back both men and women from unlocking their full potential.
Ragini’s a hill girl who’s grown up around river streams and treetops; she believes that the road to college planning and preparation means making every dream count and working with the student rather than just for them.
We believe in miracles...
The team at University Connection, fondly known as the Orange Team, works in unison to draw out the best from students; they do everything to make their dreams for college and life matter. The Student Success Mentors at UC play a key role in deciphering, guiding and facilitating student careers.
The Orange Team also has a secret club of Connects who help add value to every application. We are grateful to all of our secret club members who choose to stay anonymous and yet help us make an impact. Much love