Nora Maxwell
she/her
Nora Maxwell

About

Hi! My name’s Nora, and I’m excited to work with you. I graduated from Northwestern University and now work as a director of a nonprofit, project-based college program. Previously, I worked as an applications consultant and manager for three application cycles, helping more than 60 students with everything from school list building and essay editing to interview prep and financial aid navigation. Students I worked with were accepted to Cornell, UChicago, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, and dozens of other amazing colleges and universities across the U.S. I especially love essay editing and enjoy working with students to help them craft essays that add new dimensions to their college applications. I was born and raised in Chicago, but now live in Oakland, CA. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and eating my way through all of the amazing restaurants that the Bay Area has to offer!

Nora helped students get into:
University of ChicagoPrinceton University
Cornell CollegeJohns Hopkins University
Stanford UniversityYale University
Columbia UniversityNorthwestern University
University of Chicago
Princeton University
Cornell College
Johns Hopkins University
Stanford University
Yale University
Columbia University
Northwestern University
Nora helps with…
Common App
Highly Selective College Admissions
College Applications & Essays
School-Specific Supplemental Essays
Oakland, CA
5 years of experience
Northwestern University – BA
Business
Communications
Journalism
Film and Photography
Language
Environmental Science
Public Policy
Fun Facts
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First job
Worked at a local froyo store 🍦

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Favorite book
On Beauty by Zadie Smith; Wild by Cheryl Strayed; Know My Name by Chanel Miller (+ too many more to list!)

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Favorite subject in school
French πŸ‡«πŸ‡·, AP Environmental Science 🌿, and Band 🎷

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Favorite after-school activities
Track (400m, 4x400, and high jump πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ)

🎡
Favorite artist
Frank Ocean 🎀

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Favorite TV show
The Office

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Hobbies
Event planning πŸ“, cooking πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³, hiking πŸ₯Ύ, reading πŸ“š, and exploring Oakland 🌁

My process

I combine positivity, empathy, and relationship-building with tactical, action-oriented, and highly detailed advice informed by 5+ years of advising experience and industry know-how. You can expect to leave advising sessions and essay reviews with highly detailed and customized feedback, clear and actionable next steps, and confidence in your strength as an applicant. Previous clients have said that working with me feels like working with an older sibling or close friend β€” I’m here not only to provide best practices for every step of your application process, but to cheer you on along the way.

Essay review

Full Review

$30.00 + 10 cents per word
Estimated return time: 18 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(95 reviews)

β€œThe review was very thorough and gave a lot of very helpful feedback with specific tips! Her comments were just what I needed. "

Traci L.

β€œAmazing feedback. More than I had hoped to receive. "

Jerry S.

β€œMs. Maxwell’s thorough review on my short essay was again very helpful! Her specific advice for things like the transition between lines truly helped me improve the quality of my essay. Her review return time is also really fast!"

Steven Q.
Essay review
Take your essays to the next level
Select the review type that meets your goals and get detailed feedback on where your essay is strong and where it can improve.
Essay review
Take your essays to the next level
Select the review type that meets your goals and get detailed feedback on where your essay is strong and where it can improve.
Oakland, CA
5 years of experience
Northwestern University – BA
Business
Communications
Journalism
Film and Photography
Language
Environmental Science
Public Policy
Fun Facts
πŸ’Ό
First job
Worked at a local froyo store 🍦

πŸ“š
Favorite book
On Beauty by Zadie Smith; Wild by Cheryl Strayed; Know My Name by Chanel Miller (+ too many more to list!)

πŸ““
Favorite subject in school
French πŸ‡«πŸ‡·, AP Environmental Science 🌿, and Band 🎷

⚽
Favorite after-school activities
Track (400m, 4x400, and high jump πŸƒπŸ½β€β™€οΈ)

🎡
Favorite artist
Frank Ocean 🎀

πŸ“Ί
Favorite TV show
The Office

πŸͺ„
Hobbies
Event planning πŸ“, cooking πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ³, hiking πŸ₯Ύ, reading πŸ“š, and exploring Oakland 🌁
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.