As a graduate of Brown University with a Masters in Education from Boston College, Wardell has vast experience in higher education and advising students. She began her professional career working in Admissions at Wheelock College in Boston, MA. From there, wanting a larger forum, she became a Senior Admissions Officer at Harvard/Radcliffe University. She was responsible for her assigned geographical area as well as coordinating efforts to increase the diversity of entering students.
Her career next took her to Princeton University where she became Director of Graduate Admissions at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Moving into the position of Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at Princeton, she retained responsibilities in admissions, including heading up the admissions process for a highly selective summer program for college students from across the country who wanted to pursue careers in public service.
In addition, she has been a part of the selection committee for a US State Department fellowship program as well as heading up the admissions process and academic advising for the Institute for International Public Policy, a selective fellowship program for students who were looking to pursue careers in international affairs. Wardell has always envisioned herself as someone who facilitates opening doors to opportunities for students who may not have otherwise been able to avail themselves of them. She continues to do this by helping her College Connections students navigate through the college process and finding the right college fit for each individual.