What We Do

Magnolia Advisors coaches applicants who aspire to pursue higher education around the world. Our experienced team offers highly personalized advice to help candidates shine in an increasingly competitive admissions process. With Magnolia Advisors’ support, applicants have been admitted to a wide range of top global institutions. In order to provide unsurpassed counseling advice, Magnolia Advisors takes on a limited number of applicants every year. The key to our success has been investing time in getting to know our advisees and uncovering together their intellectual and extracurricular passions. We then help advisees find the best ‘fit’ universities to apply to and guide them through the process from initial brainstorming to final editing of all application components.

Who We Are

Margaret Wells

Founder and Admissions Advisor

Ms. Margaret Wells has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Margaret has coached applicants informally for over eight years and advised both undergraduate and MBA clients in association with The Red Pen from 2013-2015. In 2015 she founded Magnolia Advisors to focus on Singapore-based students. Margaret is passionate about helping her advisees achieve their educational goals and understand themselves better through the application process. Margaret serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of Singapore and is responsible for hosting events with visiting professors. Before working in higher education, Margaret held business development, strategy and operational roles at Gap Inc. in the U.S. as well as Reliance Brands and Isharya in India. She lives in Singapore with her husband and two daughters and has previously lived in Seattle, San Francisco, Boston and Mumbai.

Pek Shibao

Admissions Advisor

Mr. Pek Shibao was born and raised in Singapore. He attended Yale University on a full scholarship, graduating with a BA in Global Affairs (Development) in 2015. Pek achieved a perfect score on both the SAT I and SAT II, and as a Singaporean, he is highly familiar with what it takes for Singapore-based students to qualify for top universities in the United States. Over the past few years, he has worked with students on several admissions cycles, achieving successful admissions from top universities in both the US and the UK.

Naumita Chopra

Admissions Advisor

Ms. Naumita Chopra has over eighteen years of experience working in higher education and independent educational consulting. Most recently she headed the University Guidance Office at The British School, New Delhi for 5 years until June 2015. In her career, Naumita has had the unique opportunity to work on both sides of the ‘table’ as a counselor in three international high schools in Europe and India and an admissions representative for NYU and the University of Warwick. She has extensive familiarity with international curricula and has prepared students for entry into higher education systems throughout the world. Naumita has advised high school students and parents on the college admissions processes, trends, procedures and testing, helping them to aspire realistically and choose wisely. Over the years, she has reviewed hundreds of college applications, guiding students from initial topic brainstorming to essay and SOP editing. Naumita has visited many school and college campuses to conduct workshops and seminars. In July 2015, Naumita relocated to Singapore, the fourth country she has called home.


Magnolia Advisors Testimonial

“Thanks for all your help with the application! You have been so thorough and wonderful with the entire process.”

Brown University, Summer program 2015

Magnolia Advisors Testimonial

“Thank you for your help without which these acceptances would not be possible!”

Cornell University, Class of 2020

Magnolia Advisors Testimonial

“Magnolia Advisors helped guide my independent ideas into essays that had great impact!”

NYU, Class of 2020