Born in Havana, Cuba, María Carla Chicuén moved to the United States as a teenager and completed middle and high school in Florida. In 2010, she obtained her Bachelor´s Degree with High Honors in History from Harvard University, and a Master´s Degree in International Relations with Merit from the London School of Economics the following year. Over the course of her professional career Chicuén has advised students from Europe, Latin America, Asia and North America throughout their successful applications to selective universities around the world. Achieve the College Dream: You Don’t Need to Be Rich to Attend a Top School (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) is the definitive resource to help high-achieving, low-income students access the best possible college. Chicuén draws from her extensive experience in education to provide advice on important aspects of the path to college such as pursuing a strong high school curriculum, preparing for standardized exams, complementing learning at school, developing leadership, and finding expert help and role models—all through affordable strategies.