We had the good fortune of connecting with Regina Gerrato-Greenhaus and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Regina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I had always known that I enjoyed working for myself. Since I was a teenager, I was the kid with the business. I was always very entrepreneurial. I was the kid with the lemonade stand adding other food and drink to the menu. The idea of starting a business was not new to me. I had several small businesses throughout my college days. I worked my way through college by starting a children’s party planning business and doing princess dress-up parties. It was a natural path for someone who enjoyed child development, drama, and business. There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to work for myself, I just wasn’t sure how it would all come together. After earning my degree in counseling psychology, I planned to open a private practice as a family/child counselor, utilizing my interests in the creative arts as a modality for change. I got pregnant while I was in graduate school and decided to take a six-month break after my son was born. That was a great year for me to think about what I wanted and how I would juggle being a parent and having a career. I did, in fact, return to work after a few months, which was very telling for me, because I decided to make the decision not to go back to work after my internship was complete. After many years of being a stay at home mother, I eventually decided to return to my career, but not as a therapist. I had volunteered my time for a nonprofit organization as an academic mentor. Soon enough I learned about educational consulting and that this might be a good fit for my skills as a counselor and an academic coach. I did a bit more research and decided to study college counseling, which enabled me to utilize my counseling background with my passion for education and helping students with mental health and learning challenges.
What should our readers know about your business?
Greenhaus College Consulting is an educational consulting service that specializes in working with high school students and young adults who are planning for college and a career path. We help them by narrowing down their interests through career/personality testing, creating a timeline, and finding college programs that match up with their goals. What sets me apart is the specialization I have in a few areas that include, STEM majors, Visual/Performing Arts, and working with students with ADD/Learning Issues/Anxiety and Mental health challenges. I am most proud of my students with learning challenges and ADD who not only gain acceptance to some of the most competitive colleges but persevere towards their goals in spite of the challenges they encounter in high school and college. Part of the work I do is to coach my students while they are attending their first semester in college. I get to hear about the classes, professors, clubs, and activities and all of the ups and downs of college life. I also enjoy working with engineering students who are focused on the latest and greatest technology areas. Their excitement is contagious and I love hearing about their science and engineering projects. Whether a student is seeking admission to a top-flight school or just trying to figure out their major, I really enjoy diving into that exploration process with them and breaking down the steps into manageable pieces.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting for a week-long trip I would take them to the Marine Room for dinner. The view is spectacular and I love the feeling of watching the water while in the moonlight. Other places I would take them would be the Civic Theatre to see a National Touring Company of a musical. I love tourist sites, so I would drive to Sea World and the zoo. I love eating dinner at the Mission Bay Hotel while watching the fireworks. My husband loves to surf in Encinitas and he would take them beach hopping in the morning. We would meet at Swami’s Cafe for breakfast and enjoy walking around the town afterward. I would also take them to the Carlsbad outlet, on the same day. For a fun night out I would get tickets to the Comedy club in Lajolla. If the visit in the summer we would spend a day at the Races in Del Mar and enjoy dinner at Jakes in Del Mar.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
. My family has been a huge support to me throughout my years of career change and interests. If there is a person who inspires me the most, I would have to say that it is my dad. My dad had always encouraged my entrepreneurial side since childhood. I worked in my dad’s travel agency when I was in high school and right after graduation. I did not have a traditional trajectory from high school to college. I spent several years trying to figure out my career goals until I was about twenty-three and then I decided to attend a community college to study psychology and never looked back. My husband encouraged me to pursue my degree, even though I wasn’t one hundred percent sure about what I would do upon graduation. I was a good student in high school and really wanted to continue my education. I come from a long line of people who believed that higher education is for people who really know what they want to do. My family is from the east coast and the majority of them own their own business, so college was not the first thought that entered my mind in high school. Instead of thinking about the SAT exam, my dad asked me what kind of business did I think I might enjoy. It was an odd question for a seventeen-year-old person. My answer was, I am not sure, but I will do some research on this. I did research on this for many years until I figured out that I could combine my passions with my love of helping others and this could be a service that I could offer. My dad instilled my hopes and dreams and desires to work for myself and push past my boundaries. I also learned that sometimes we can’t find the answers we are looking for until we’ve had some life experience. My own story has helped me to coach a lot of my high school students who are struggling with choosing a career.