About Karina

Hello, I’m Dr. Karina Dusenbury, founder of Maximize College. I am a college and career coach who helps high school students find careers that fit them so that they can start college with a clear plan.


Most college planning coaches and consultants focus on getting students into college, not graduating them into successful careers. My approach is different because I focus on results first. I help students:

  • Find majors and careers that fit earlier in their academic careers so that they can avoid wasting time and money in college.
  • Identify and build “soft skills” that employers want, but say most recent graduates don’t master in college.

By focusing on these areas, students usually find that they can save money and find success no matter where they earn their degree.


My background in higher education is diverse. I have worked one-on-one with students through academic advising, academic support services,  career counseling, college admissions, leadership development, and new student orientation. These experiences have equipped me to give good advice on a variety of academic and career topics.

I have also collaborated with college faculty members, admissions representatives, company recruiters, and industry executives. Each of these groups has unique expectations of college students. I educate students about these expectations so that they can find ways to stand out among their peers as they network and seek internship and job opportunities.


I hold a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. I earned my Master of Arts in College Student Development from the University of Iowa and my Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising from the University of Missouri. My formal education has given me additional insight into how colleges work and what it takes for students to gain the results they want.

Your student deserves to get the most out of his or her time in college. I look forward to helping make that a reality. Please sign-up for blog updates below so that we can stay connected.

Best wishes,


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