Cindy Pendergast was born and raised at the Jersey Shore. She matriculated at Wheaton College majoring in English. Upon graduation, she was hired as Assistant Director of Admissions at Wheaton. After 4 years at Wheaton, she moved to Washington, D.C. There, she joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Georgetown. She continued to travel throughout the U.S, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.V.I. At Georgetown, she chaired various admission committees in the College, Nursing School, and transfer admissions.
She returned to the Boston area after four years in D.C, where most of her time was spent having babies and doing part-time college consulting for several area independent schools. In the fall of 1985, she started working part-time at The Brimmer and May School, where she was asked to create a college counseling program. She moved back to Boston in 2002. She has 4 (now) adult children and 7 grandchildren.
Without a doubt, her best preparation for college counseling was gained through 8 years in college admissions. She knows how decisions are made, which things are really important, and how a college essay differs from an essay for an English class. She also has established relationships with many other people in the profession.
She considers her main strengths to be in her knowledge of colleges and in helping students find their right match.