About Us


Launched in March 2016, Student Caffé is a free resource for current and prospective college students. It is our goal to make higher education accessible to anyone who wants to learn, period. Our main site, www.studentcaffe.com, focuses on the overarching issues related to higher education: preparing to apply and finding the right school, applying and getting in, affording your tuition, enriching your experience with extracurriculars and study abroad, and thriving in your new environment.

Our blog chooses to focus on anything and everything that is related to each step of the process. Worried about financial aid not being enough? Not sure if you have mono or a cold? Thinking about switching roommates? While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we can certainly help.

We’re not big fans of boxes, but for the sake of organization, we’ve chosen three big ones (preparation, lifestyle, and growth) to attempt a semblance of organization. Otherwise, you can select a tag or simply search for your topic. So poke around! And if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, write us at social.media@studentcaffe.com and we’ll see what we can do to help. Enjoy!

Currently contributing authors include:

Gwen Elise (Editor and Lead Translator): Gwen is an avid traveler who feels most at home in Kentucky and Argentina. Her closet is full of dark dresses, and her walls are papered in colorful maps. She likes to make puns, read, write, and translate to and from Spanish, and she misses Vassar College, her alma mater, which helped her get better at all of those things.

Mauro Schimf (Spanish Editor and Writer): At a young age, Mauro became fascinated with languages and learned them through play, not taking them too seriously at first. He later realized they are an indispensable tool for communication and keeping your brain active. An English teacher in Argentina, Mauro knows how to engage students by helping them find the easiest and most entertaining ways to learn. He has developed a teaching style that not only helps students understand grammar but also usage. In his free time, Mauro studies Chinese, which he has done for seven years. He enjoys working toward a better world.

Shannon Whitney (Marketing Director): Shannon loves traveling, watching Friends, and all things Florida Gators. While she grew up in Northern Virginia, she left the state to attend the University of Florida in 2001. After earning a master’s degree in education, she returned home and has worked as an elementary school teacher for the past 11 years. Shannon recently decided it was time to put teaching on hold and venture down a new professional path. During her free time, Shannon is either traveling, cheering for Florida, binge-watching a Netflix series, or preparing to be an aunt!

Megan Clendenon (Executive Director): Megan C. is obsessed with Cincinnati-style chili, Louisville basketball, and Scandinavian crime fiction. She has lived in six different states and held 12 different jobs since beginning her undergraduate degree at Carleton College in 2008. The wanderlust abated somewhat in recent years, as Megan settled in Texas from 2013 to 2016 to finish a master’s degree in geosciences, write a thesis on the future horrors that stem from climate change, and get married. During her free time, you will find Megan sitting on the couch, cheering for her Louisville Cardinals, planning future adventures abroad, and snuggling with her dog, Tiger. She currently lives outside of Washington D.C.