Hillary Hewins
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Hillary Hewins
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About

Welcome to planning for the rest of your amazing life! I want to help you to discover your strengths, interests, and talents, and support you as you plan for your future. I have been counseling students and helping them reach for their dreams for more than 15 years, and I have guided hundreds of students toward achieving their goals.

I believe in every student’s ability to learn and grow from wherever they are starting from. Preparing for college applications should start early, though it is NEVER too late to plan the next steps in your journey.

Applying to college can be fun. I love helping students tell their stories, and the writing process has the potential to be one of the most powerful parts of your application. If you are in grade 12, you have a lot of control over how you present your experiences on your application and through your essays. I can help your personality come alive on your application! Being authentically YOU is the key.

I have lived, traveled, and worked al...

Hillary helped students get into:
New York UniversityColumbia University
New SchoolWesleyan University
Vassar CollegeBard College
Harvard UniversityPrinceton University
New York University
Columbia University
New School
Wesleyan University
Vassar College
Bard College
Harvard University
Princeton University
Hillary helps with…
Majors & Careers
Extracurriculars
Building a School List
College Interviews
Waitlist & Deferral Assistance
UC Schools
Common App
Medicine
Law
Art & Music Portfolios
Highly Selective College Admissions
High School Course Selection
College Applications & Essays
Admissions Timeline
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
New York, New York | Tokyo, Japan
15 years of experience
English
New York University – MA | Counseling Psychology
Humboldt State University – BA | Psychology and Anthropology
International ACAC
Business
Economics
Psychology
Sociology
Anthropology
Education
Political Science
International Relations
Communications
Journalism
Film and Photography
Theater
Music
Art
Design
Computer Science
Engineering
Philosophy
Environmental Science
Creative Writing
International Students
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Friendly, Creative, Curious, Tenacious, FUN

🙏
Best piece of advice
Work hard, create good energy, and find your luck

💼
First job
Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for little kids

💭
Dream job
Helping people reach their goals. Also, opening a small hotel in Japan. I am doing both of them already :)

📚
Favorite book
The Secret History

📓
Favorite subject in school
Literature, social studies, social sciences, and health/wellness

Favorite after-school activities
In my high school days it was hanging out with friends, eating delicious food, working out, and lots of service learning activities

🎵
Favorite artist
I love (almost) all music! A few favorites are Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, 90s hip hop, Japanese city pop, 2000s indie rock, and reggaeton

📺
Favorite TV show
Teen dramas, reality shows, anything in Japanese (I am studying the language)

🍴
Favorite food
I can never have enough pizza and tacos, also I love Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese cuisines, and so so so much more

🪄
Hobbies
Traveling, exploring cities (and the world), hanging with friends, snowboarding, art/design/culture, live music, broadway shows, fashion

My process

I meet you where you are in the process. This is a judgement-free zone and I am here to help.

All package and multi-session students will receive my custom College Planning Workbook, an ever-evolving google document where we collaborate, plan, strategize, and document growth. This workbook integrates some of the best resources I have encountered in my counseling career, and will help you stay organized and on task. It includes sections for extracurriculars, college research, identifying strengths, brainstorming essay topics, timelines, and so much more. I will give you small "homework" assignments to complete between each session so that we can make the most of our time together.

During our initial conversation, I will ask a series of questions that will enable me to understand where you are starting from and what you need support with. I will help to identify key areas where you can make an impact, and help you to share your story in a way that is genuine and compelling.

I have worked with pretty much every type of student, though I have specialized in working with students applying to highly selective universities, students applying to multiple countries, and international students.

Packages

30 Minute Consultation: Introduction + Options

0 hours

In this 30 minute consultation I will 1) ask a few questions that will help me understand your goals and current educational context 2) describe my services and provide you with options including single advising hours, packages, and essay review 3) share insight into the college search and application process 4) share my philosophy for working with families, including an overview of resources and organizers. This cost of this consultation will be FULLY REFUNDED at the time of our first meeting as a part of a package or hourly advising session.
$30($60/hr)
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High Impact - Grade 11

5 hours

Five hours of intensive college application planning. Your choice - get a lot done in a short amount of time OR use your hours over the course of a few months. All package clients receive access to my detailed college planning workbooks, activity trackers, organizational tools, and list-building documents. I am offering 2 hours of offline editing feedback as a part of this package to be completed by June of 2023 (5 online hours + 2 hours offline feedback + email messaging for quick questions).
$850($170/hr)
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Planning Ahead - Grades 9 and 10

5 hours

Grades 9 and 10 are incredible times to discover strengths and interests, explore opportunities, and make choices that open doors for your future. All package clients receive access to my detailed college planning workbooks, activity trackers, organizational tools, and list-building documents.
$850($170/hr)
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Putting in the Work - Grade 11

10 hours

Ten hours of intensive college application planning. We will design a strategy for using the hours so you can get the most value out of our time together All package clients receive access to my detailed college planning workbooks, activity trackers, organizational tools, and list-building documents. I am offering 4 hours of offline editing feedback as a part of this package to be completed by June of 2023 (10 online hours + 4 hours offline feedback + email messaging for quick questions).
$1,650($165/hr)
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Getting It All Done - Grade 11

15 hours

Fifteen hours of intensive college application planning. Let's dive into your process and make sure you have all of the information you need to make your way through the college search and application experience with maximum success. I will help you create a timeline that includes key steps to completing your applications, breaking down each task into small pieces. All package clients receive access to my detailed college planning workbooks, activity trackers, organizational tools, and list-building documents. I am offering 6 hours of offline editing feedback as a part of this package to be completed by June of 2023 (15 online hours + 6 hours offline feedback + email messaging for quick questions).
$2,350($157/hr)
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Advising hours

College admissions advising

$185.00 / 60 min

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


Accepted, Deferred, Denied: Next Steps!

$185.00 / 60 min

Did you apply Early Action or Early Decision and now you have questions about what to do next? Whether you were accepted, deferred, or denied, there are still important steps to take. Let's create a strategy and timeline that will enable you to continue toward your goals.


Course Selection for Students in Grades 9-11

$275.00 / 90 min

Let's use my deep knowledge and vast experience as a high school counselor familiar with many types of high schools (including AP, IBDP, international, and more) help you select courses that are going to be the best fit for you and your future goals.


Letters of Recommendation - how to choose and ask!

$185.00 / 60 min

Unsure about which teachers to ask for letters of recommendation? Nervous about asking them? Curious about how to make sure your teachers know you and have incredible things to say about you? Let's meet to discuss your strategy!


Staying Sane and Organized in High School

$185.00 / 60 min

Are the demands of high school swirling around you and making you feel like it's all a bit too much? Do you need support in identifying priorities and getting organized? Or maybe you just need a quick sanity check? Let's talk through how to start getting organized so that you can focus on the tasks and experiences that are going to help you make high school fun and meaningful.

Essay review

Supplement Review

$30.00 + 7 cents per word
Estimated return time: 27 hours

Description

I will provide a comprehensive review of your supplement, along with suggestions for next steps. Supplements should be under 350 words to be appropriate for this package. If it is a longer supplement, please choose the Full Essay Review.


Re-Review of a Previous Topic Check or Supplement

$25.00 + 1 cents per word
Estimated return time: 27 hours

Description

If you have already submitted a Topic Check or Supplement (under 350 words), I would be happy to provide another round of feedback to help you continue to polish your writing.


Re-Review of a Previously Submitted Full Essay

$35.00 + 1 cents per word
Estimated return time: 27 hours

Description

If you have already purchased a Full Essay Review, I would be happy to provide another round of feedback to help you continue to polish your writing.


Full Essay Review

$65.00 + 7 cents per word
Estimated return time: 27 hours

Description

I will provide a comprehensive review of drafts of any of your essays, including detailed suggestions for next steps to polish and refine your essay. This is recommended if you have a full draft of your personal essay.


Topic Check

$25.00 + 7 cents per word
Estimated return time: 27 hours

Description

Full support in determining topic, themes, and outlines, including detailed suggestions for next steps. This is recommended if you are still figuring out if you are on the right track!

Recent reviews

5.0(8 reviews)

“Hillary is super nice and gave really great feedback! She helped me feel so much more comfortable with my common app essay. "

Nora W.

“Ms. Hilary really cared! Her feedback on my essay gave me incredible confidence, and I was able to get that finesse required for college essays. She is also very kind and helpful; the GOAT essay reviewer for me Really happy with it :D"

Vedanth N.

“Thank you so much for all your help. All your insight was very helpful and I am so thankful because of how you took the time to meet with me and talk me through the process. I hope everything goes well in your life!"

Sophia Cristina A.
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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
New York, New York | Tokyo, Japan
15 years of experience
English
New York University – MA | Counseling Psychology
Humboldt State University – BA | Psychology and Anthropology
International ACAC
Business
Economics
Psychology
Sociology
Anthropology
Education
Political Science
International Relations
Communications
Journalism
Film and Photography
Theater
Music
Art
Design
Computer Science
Engineering
Philosophy
Environmental Science
Creative Writing
International Students
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Friendly, Creative, Curious, Tenacious, FUN

🙏
Best piece of advice
Work hard, create good energy, and find your luck

💼
First job
Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for little kids

💭
Dream job
Helping people reach their goals. Also, opening a small hotel in Japan. I am doing both of them already :)

📚
Favorite book
The Secret History

📓
Favorite subject in school
Literature, social studies, social sciences, and health/wellness

Favorite after-school activities
In my high school days it was hanging out with friends, eating delicious food, working out, and lots of service learning activities

🎵
Favorite artist
I love (almost) all music! A few favorites are Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, 90s hip hop, Japanese city pop, 2000s indie rock, and reggaeton

📺
Favorite TV show
Teen dramas, reality shows, anything in Japanese (I am studying the language)

🍴
Favorite food
I can never have enough pizza and tacos, also I love Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese cuisines, and so so so much more

🪄
Hobbies
Traveling, exploring cities (and the world), hanging with friends, snowboarding, art/design/culture, live music, broadway shows, fashion
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.