Mill Valley, CA
Sharman Bonus graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics and pursued a Masters of Arts in Literature at Northwestern University. Her career in working with prospective students through the admissions process dates back to the 1980’s, (though thankfully her hairstyle no longer does), when she held various positions in the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and University of Chicago’s Graduate (now, Booth) School of Business. After an extended detour in corporate and freelance communications and training, Sharman returned to admissions at a co-educational day school in Marin County. There she reconnected with many of those MBA candidates she evaluated in the ‘80s as they navigated the competitive private school admissions process for their children. She now enjoys helping teens and their parents demystifying the test prep and college application process.
A native Jersey girl, Sharman made her way to Marin County via South Bend, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. She misses boardwalk pizza from The Shore, bike rides on hot summer nights in Chicago, football season in South Bend and the 10-mile run around the Hyde – Green – Saint James Park loop in London. She is grateful for the weather and the cornucopia of locally grown food in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants, summer reunions with her Notre Dame family, and (last on this list, but first and foremost) her two sons.
Where We Are
I thought that Breakaway was a big help for my college search and application process. It gave me set deadlines and guidance in terms of what I should be doing in order to submit my best applications possible. I feel that this guidance was a great help and it definitely helped to ease my stress throughout the application process.Matthew C., Duke University