I became a college counselor after discovering the unique satisfaction of helping my students get into their dream schools. I'd been tutoring for five years already, and a few of my students asked for help with their college essays. When the acceptances began rolling in, I knew that I wanted to provide this service to others.
Two years later, with hundreds of hours of experience helping students in their college and graduate school applications, I am confident I can guide you through every step of this process, and teach you the techniques necessary to get into the school of your choice. In addition to my own Ivy League education, I've honed a results-focused method that has helped students earn acceptances everywhere from Yale to MIT. Using this ...
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This is a tested and true concept, and lies at the core of my approach to college advising. I am happy to help you build your lists, look through scholarships, and every other aspect of college advising—but the core of what I do is that I make sure your essay is something the college admissions officials won't be able to put down. When that reader goes before the admissions committee and argues your case, I want them to care. I want them to be invested. Frankly, they have to be. When an application is being considered, three things can happen. First and most rarely, a student with an exceptional application may get passed directly to the admission director—in which case that essay will still need to be emotionally compelling. Second and most commonly, those who clearly don't make the cut will be rejected by the first essay reader. But most students will fall in between, and the reader who likes your application will have to argue your case in front of the admissions committee.
I want you to be the student that reader truly wants to admit. The one they fight for. The one they care about.
In our sessions, my approach depends on what you want and where you are at in your applications. In broad strokes, if you are at the start of things, then I will begin by discussing your entire application. We'll go over grades, extracurriculars, test-scores. We'll build a list of reach, target, and safety schools, and I'll build a schedule to get everything done by the desired deadlines (be that ED, EA, or regular decision). We'll begin brainstorming for the common app, and set aside stories that are likely to come up in supplementals. Together we'll map out a story, and you will then go write it out. Afterward, I will edit it, leaving comments to explain every suggested change. We'll repeat this process until we have something that you are truly proud of.
I'm also available to help with scholarship applications.
Please see my packages below for more details.
College admissions advising
Set a focus for each session or get help with any aspect of the admissions process.
Build Your Admissions Narrative
Let's craft your admissions narrative—and learn why it's a necessity!
Profile Review (May Book as Free Consultation)
Find out if we're a compatible match, with a review of the student's admissions profile!
Transform Your Essay Draft
Let's evaluate your current draft together! May include structural revisions or line-by-line polish
- 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
“Extremely knowledgeable and helpful! She really knows how to take a draft and turn it into something wonderful. Highly recommend for essay help especially!"Lily H.
“Useful and direct feedback... and she was prompt!"Michael C.