Reuben Stern
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Reuben Stern

About

Hi, I'm Reuben! I graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University, and then received my master's of music in orchestral conducting at the Johns Hopkins University Peabody Conservatory. For years, I have played bassoon in many orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of the USA and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. I was music director of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra and have conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. I have done research in math that has resulted in a paper submitted for publication. I am also a beginning powerlifter, origami artist, and photographer! Through my varied interests, I have come to understand how all facets of your personality make you into an interesting, valuable, and wonderful person, and I am here to help those qualities shine through in your applications. I look forward to working together and helping you reach—and surpass—your goals!

Reuben helped students get into:
Wellesley CollegeJohns Hopkins University
Harvard University
Wellesley College
Johns Hopkins University
Harvard University
Reuben helps with…
College Applications & Essays
Building a School List
College Interviews
Standardized Tests (SAT/ACT)
Admissions Timeline
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
Highly Selective College Admissions
High School Course Selection
Art & Music Portfolios
Common App
Waitlist & Deferral Assistance
Extracurriculars
Majors & Careers
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Boston
4 years of experience
Harvard University – BA | Mathematics with a minor in musc
Johns Hopkins University – MA | Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting
Music
Computer Science
Physics
Math
STEM
Gifted and Talented Students
Fun Facts
💭
Dream job
Music director of a major orchestra!

📚
Favorite book
Italo Calvino "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" and Min Jin Lee "Pachinko"

📺
Favorite TV show
Avatar: The Last Airbender

🍴
Favorite food
Sushi :)

🪄
Hobbies
Origami, powerlifting, math research

My process

Together, we will assemble the best possible package that showcases you! I guide you through all aspects of the admissions process. We will begin by assessing your needs and setting a course of action that best reflects your goals. We'll set goalposts and make a timeline so that the whole process is as painless as can be. I'll be with you every step of the way, if you wish! As the application deadlines draw nearer, I will help you with detailed and comprehensive reviews of your applications to make sure your best foot is forward.

Please feel free to schedule a free consultation with me to discuss our best next steps together! Note that I do not provide advising or essay review services during free consultations — they are our time to figure out how best to move forward.

Packages

Just a Taste

5 hours

For families needing just a little bit of help during the admissions process.
$525($105/hr)
Save 5%

SAT Test Prep

10 hours

For families looking for help preparing to take the SAT.
$1,000($100/hr)
Save 9%

Starter

10 hours

For families looking for help with a few key parts of the application process.
$1,000($100/hr)
Save 9%

ACT Test Prep

10 hours

For families looking for help preparing to take the ACT.
$1,000($100/hr)
Save 9%

Intermediate

15 hours

For families wanting more help throughout the admissions process
$1,470($98/hr)
Save 11%

Success

20 hours

For families looking for comprehensive support across the entire admissions process.
$1,920($96/hr)
Save 13%

Comprehensive

25 hours

For families looking for more continuous support across the admissions process.
$2,375($95/hr)
Save 14%

Advising hours

College admissions advising

$110.00 / 60 min

Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.


Beef up or slim down (your school list)

$110.00 / 60 min

Do you have too many or too few schools on your list? This is where I can help!


Essay Brainstorming

$85.00 / 45 min

Let's start thinking about your college essay(s)!


Interview Practice

$220.00 / 120 min

We will do a full practice interview and then go over what you did well and what you can improve on!


Interview Preparation

$175.00 / 90 min

Figure out how to ace the college interview!


Live Essay Revision and Editing

$175.00 / 90 min

Bring a draft of your essay and we will go through it together.

Essay review

Topic Check

$20.00 + 6 cents per word
Estimated return time: 24 hours
  • Review your profile and the information provided
  • Read your essay draft or outline
  • Weigh in on the general direction of your essay
  • Offer tips for refining your topic

Full Review

$25.00 + 9 cents per word
Estimated return time: 24 hours
  • Review your profile and the information provided
  • Review your essay draft
  • Offer detailed guidance for refining your essay topic and structure
  • Leave in-document feedback and changes
  • Correct grammar and punctuation (if applicable)
  • Provide a set of clear actionable next steps

Recent reviews

5.0(17 reviews)

“Reuben's essay editing skills are incredible. They have the amazing ability to transform an essay into a respectable piece while maintaining its original message and even the style of the original author. "

R C.

“Reuben is AMAZING. They are kind, relatable, and helpful when it comes to feedback. They actually listen to the points I wanted to make in my essays and helped me polish my work. "

Olivia N.

“very knowledgeable and helpful!"

Jing L.
Join a quick meeting
Let’s chat
Any questions? Let’s hop on a quick call to learn more about your needs in the admissions process and how I can approach them
Join a quick meeting
Let’s chat
Any questions? Let’s hop on a quick call to learn more about your needs in the admissions process and how I can approach them
Boston
4 years of experience
Harvard University – BA | Mathematics with a minor in musc
Johns Hopkins University – MA | Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting
Music
Computer Science
Physics
Math
STEM
Gifted and Talented Students
Fun Facts
💭
Dream job
Music director of a major orchestra!

📚
Favorite book
Italo Calvino "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler" and Min Jin Lee "Pachinko"

📺
Favorite TV show
Avatar: The Last Airbender

🍴
Favorite food
Sushi :)

🪄
Hobbies
Origami, powerlifting, math research
Tips for success
1. Prepare for your first session
Plan out the questions and topics you'd like to discuss. If you'd like to work together in the long term, discuss expectations for each other.