Our Team

Our Counselors

Real High School University Counselors

Next Level College Application is a partnership of Counselors who use their experience to make your application experience as painless as possible.

We pool our experiences so no matter which Counselor is available, they are working with a team to get you the best feedback and guidance.  This will make your application process focused and supported to get you where you want to go.

Kari Withers

My name is Kari Withers (she, her, hers) and I currently live in Vietnam with my husband while our daughters are attending universities in the USA.  I have been working in education for 25 years as an English teacher and as a University Counselor in Oregon, USA as well as in international schools in China and Vietnam.  I am one of those people who think teenagers are really enjoyable because they have a unique way of looking at the world and can find humor in many things.  Each student has unique experiences and I love helping them reflect upon their personal stories and craft an application to highlight exactly what universities need to know in order to really get to know them as people.  My students see me as a guide, a listener, and an unabashed cheerleader through the application process.


Matthew Akitani

My name is Matthew Akitani (they/he) and I currently live in Copenhagen, Denmark. I have been working in education for 20 years as a French teacher, the director of a program for Japanese “returnees”, and as a university and careers counselor in both the US, Japan and Denmark. 


Helping others find their passions and reach their potential is one of the most rewarding aspects of working with students about to embark on their post-high school paths. What I love most about this age group is that everyone has a unique and special story to tell. Using those stories as a base upon which to discover and grow is one of many ways to find university and life paths that fit. The best part, though, is that Every Situation is Different and no two people will share the same journey! 


My students see me as someone who seeks first to listen and understand, a calm port in the sometimes stormy sea of life. I am not afraid to have difficult conversations when necessary, but will always do everything I can to help. I think the best facilitators do exactly what the word means: make things easier!

Our Support Staff

Connecting you with our Counselors

Since our focus is getting you the help that is unique to your situation, all of our emails, invoices and appointments are made by a person and are not auto-generated.

Drew is the person to ask anything related to website maintenance, billing and customer service.  We do our best to minimize mistakes, but they do happen.  We pledge to correct them as quickly as possible.

Drew Withers