Founder & Director
First Step Forward was created by Jamie Lulow, a college counselor, former university admissions officer and educational consultant. Jamie graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN with a Bachelors Degree in Communication Management. After working in the world of corporate communication, she went back to school to pursue her Masters Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services at Fordham University and graduated with her MSEd.
Jamie is currently a licensed School Guidance Counselor in New York and New Jersey. She has worked in several high schools throughout New York and New Jersey in a guidance capacity. She has also worked as an Admissions Counselor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Her expertise comes from experience on both the high school and college/university sides of the admissions process. Jamie manages to stay current on trends in college admissions by visiting several college campuses each year. She is also a member of several professional organizations such as NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors) and ASCA (American School Counselor Association), through which she attends various professional development conferences and events each year.
Jamie is passionate about working with high school students as they explore their career and college options and plan for life post high school. She is able to connect with students on a personal level and instills within them the confidence and desire necessary to achieve their greatest potential. Jamie believes in helping students achieve their goals both short and long term. She does not forget that the college process revolves around the students and their needs and wants. She prides herself on her ability to provide expert guidance while allowing the student to take the lead in planning his or her future. Jamie is an experienced counselor who knows the admissions process from start to finish. From planning your high school course load to preparing your high school transcript, to looking at various colleges and universities and ultimately applying and deciding which college or university to attend, Jamie will be there every step of the way to offer her guidance and expertise.