Stefanie was born, raised, and still resides in Astoria, New York, across the river from Manhattan. She became valedictorian of Stuyvesant High School in 1999 and went on to study history at Columbia University. She specialized in medieval European history and was awarded the Albert Asher Green Prize for having the highest GPA in her class. After working for several years in corporate America, Stefanie got her MA in the history of art and archaeology. She was a Craig Hugh Smyth fellow at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she studied ancient Greek and Roman art. Around this time, Stefanie developed an interest in technology and went back to Columbia to get a BS in computer science. While there, she decided to write a book, The Secrets of Top Students, to share her wide-ranging academic experience with other students. Stefanie is the recipient of many awards, including Best Performance in Columbia’s Core Curriculum, Best Senior Thesis in History on a non-U.S. topic, Phi Beta Kappa, and Summa Cum Laude.