Samara Watkins
she/her/hers
Samara Watkins

About

Samara has spent four admissions cycles helping students best represent themselves as both individuals and applicants in the elite college admissions process. As an alumna of Cornell University and child of 2 Harvard alumni interviewers, Samara is familiar with the Ivy League's rigorous academics and application process. Using her Cornell degree in communication and Fortune 100 PR and brand management experience, Samara collaborates with her clients to craft narratives that best represent themselves to admissions committees. The wit, candor, and strategy Samara brings to collaborating with clients has been highly effective. Her clients have gained admission to Columbia University, The University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkley, NYU, and Boston University. She looks forward to adding your studentโ€™s successful admission to this impressive list!

Samara helped students get into:
Cornell UniversityStanford University
Harvard UniversityNew York University
University of California, BerkeleyBoston University
Northwestern UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania
Cornell University
Stanford University
Harvard University
New York University
University of California, Berkeley
Boston University
Northwestern University
University of Pennsylvania
Samara helps withโ€ฆ
College Interviews
Highly Selective College Admissions
Washington, D.C.
5 years of experience
Cornell University โ€“ BS | Communication with a concentration in media theory and minor in American Studies
Business
History
Political Science
Communications
Theater
Design
Engineering
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
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Describe yourself in five words
Witty, observant, thoughtful, savvy, organized

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Best piece of advice
Write it down!

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First job
Babysitter

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Dream job
Magazine editor

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Favorite book
JD Salinger's 7 Stories

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Favorite subject in school
History

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Favorite after-school activities
Field hockey and theater

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Favorite artist
Lorde

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Favorite TV show
Mad Men and the Real Housewives

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Favorite food
Ice Cream

My process

I bring strategic storytelling to application profiles in order to tell admissions teams compelling stories about my clients as individuals and applicants.

Packages

Bronze

10 hours

For families looking for help on a couple of key schools or a specific stage of the application process. Great for focusing on school-specific supplements and refining common app essay rough drafts
$1,350($135/hr)
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Advising hours

College admissions advising

$150.00 / 60 min

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


Essay review

Full Review

$30.00 + 10 cents per word
Estimated return time: 21 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
One-on-one advising
Personalized college counseling
Building a school list. Getting into an Ivy League school. Writing amazing college essays. I can help!
One-on-one advising
Personalized college counseling
Building a school list. Getting into an Ivy League school. Writing amazing college essays. I can help!
Washington, D.C.
5 years of experience
Cornell University โ€“ BS | Communication with a concentration in media theory and minor in American Studies
Business
History
Political Science
Communications
Theater
Design
Engineering
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
๐Ÿ–
Describe yourself in five words
Witty, observant, thoughtful, savvy, organized

๐Ÿ™
Best piece of advice
Write it down!

๐Ÿ’ผ
First job
Babysitter

๐Ÿ’ญ
Dream job
Magazine editor

๐Ÿ“š
Favorite book
JD Salinger's 7 Stories

๐Ÿ““
Favorite subject in school
History

โšฝ
Favorite after-school activities
Field hockey and theater

๐ŸŽต
Favorite artist
Lorde

๐Ÿ“บ
Favorite TV show
Mad Men and the Real Housewives

๐Ÿด
Favorite food
Ice Cream
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.