Find your place as a citizen of the world



an impulse, longing, or urge to wander or travel

*Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

Welcome to Wanderlust College Counseling! My philosophy revolves around the notion that a student’s environment is their “extended classroom”, meaning that learning continues in the city, region, and country where they’re studying. 

Studying internationally presents vast options for students ready to explore and experience something different than the college experience in their home country. Students who are adventurous, curious about different cultures, and want to be immersed in diversity will find that it opens up educational, career, and personal opportunities beyond what most students can even fathom in high school. Furthermore, the cost of attending college in many countries around the world is remarkably affordable. (Yes, really!)


I’m Dafna Adler, and I hope to have the opportunity to work with you! I have been a school counselor for nearly two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area and have worked with thousands of high school students to plan and dream about their futures. I’ve also immensely enjoyed independent counseling for several years, where I’ve supported students in understanding and completing applications, writing college essays, building comprehensive college lists, planning campus visits, and presenting their best selves. I recently relocated to Florence, Italy, where I continue both school-based and independent counseling. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from Mills College and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with Emphasis in Educational Counseling from University of San Francisco.

Imagine studying architecture in Rome, Business in London, Art History in Paris, Japanese Studies in Tokyo, or Marine Biology in Australia— these are just a few possibilities for students to a create rich and exciting college experience. 

I can’t wait to help you learn more and navigate the application process!

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