Our Team

The App Style was created to address the holistic aspects of college admissions. Our goal is to inform, enable, and empower our readers.

Eric Hsieh

Part-teacher, part-scientist, Eric brings a uniquely analytic approach to college admissions. As an undergraduate at the University of California Berkeley, he was part of a team that validated a new treatment for Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease. He was also a medicinal chemist at Gilead Sciences and Sanofi-Aventis.

His involvement in education began with Prepare for a College Education (PACE) in the East Bay, California, where he was the lead instructor for three years at Berkeley and Oakland high schools. He has since managed teams of educators for Sprout for Success in Tijuana, Mexico, and Teach in Prison at San Quentin. His most recent work with private education groups involved the successful launch of HS2 Academy in Northern California.

Eric created The App Style in 2013 to serve high school students and transfer applicants seeking admission into top US universities.

Personal Life

Eric was an accomplished cellist as a youth, winning the Junior Bach and Stanford Young Artist awards and performing as a soloist in Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

As a travel aficionado, he enjoys finding and pursuing off-the-beaten-track adventures. He has been to 24 countries and recently completed a 500km route by bicycle from southeast Thailand into northern Laos. In his free time, he likes to bake cookies, relax at the beach, and watch Adventure Time.

You can reach him at [email protected].

Demi Orfanidis

Demi is a young artist who specializes in character art and illustration. She has managed a stall at Manifest for three years running, and creates commissions for personalized tarot cards, banners for social networking sites and promotional artwork for the Australian Navy. She contributes original artwork to Tumblr and DeviantArt, the largest online artwork community. She has recently finished a short animation project and has plans to illustrate her own children’s books in the future. Demi oversees artwork conceptualization and creation at The App Style.

Personal Life

Demi loves riddles and creepy stories, never turning down a good horror tale in spite of the nightmares that may follow. She enjoys working with people, expanding her artistic skill set, and keeping up an optimistic outlook with each passing day.