Sophie Alina
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Sophie Alina
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About

I am a Vanderbilt Ph.D. student and Russell Hamilton Scholar at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. As an Applications Consultant, I have collaborated with students to gain Ivy League acceptances, full-tuition scholarships, and admission into top-choice schools. As a teacher for three years, I have worked with over 400 elementary, middle, and high school students, giving me the skills to break down difficult topics into organized steps and work with students with a variety of learning differences and skills. As a graduate student and Master of Education graduate, I not only have strong writing chops, but also the ability to teach these skills to the students I work with. One Harvard professor said that the opening to my Ph.D. personal statement was one of the best introductions they had ever read.

**Note: I will NOT be available from 11/6-11/13 to take on new package clients but would love to schedule with you after that**

In high school, my Indian mother inspire...

Sophie helped students get into:
University of ChicagoVanderbilt University
Columbia UniversityBarnard College
University of Texas at AustinUniversity of California, Los Angeles
University of Notre DameTexas A&M University
University of Chicago
Vanderbilt University
Columbia University
Barnard College
University of Texas at Austin
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Notre Dame
Texas A&M University
Sophie helps with…
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Extracurriculars
Highly Selective College Admissions
College Applications & Essays
Admissions Timeline
Dallas, TX
5 years of experience
Vanderbilt University – BA | Math Major, Honors in the College of Arts and Sciences, Top 20 Outstanding Senior
Southern Methodist University – MEd
Vanderbilt University – PhD
Psychology
Sociology
Education
Chemistry
Biology
Health
Math
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Curious, Dedicated, Outgoing, Friendly, Fun

🙏
Best piece of advice
Follow what makes you angry-- that's what you're passionate about!

💼
First job
Violin Teacher

💭
Dream job
Physician-Social Scientist

📚
Favorite book
The Children by David Halberstam

📓
Favorite subject in school
Math

Favorite after-school activities
Soccer, Reading

🎵
Favorite artist
Emily Beihold

📺
Favorite TV show
Seinfeld

🍴
Favorite food
Grandmother's chicken curry

🪄
Hobbies
Origami

My process

College admissions can be daunting—there's so many things to do! I work with students to make their admissions process organized and fun; together, we can break down application milestones into bite-sized steps that you can master. You got this!

Packages

Expert Eyes

2 hours

Want some expert eyes over your applications before you send them off? I'm your girl! From some last tightening up to a final grammar check, this package can give you security and confidence when hitting "submit." Or... it's your time! This can be your first intro into advising. We can talk extracurriculars, create the CommonApp, or work on 3 supplemental essays!
$285($143/hr)
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The CommonApp

3 hours

With 3 hours of Zoom, we can talk through ideas for the Common App, outline, draft, and revise the draft into a final product. This is broken down into 3 weeks of calls. Most likely, as many of my clients have found, we will also have time to finish 1-2 other supplemental essays as well!
$420($140/hr)
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Junior Year Check-ins!

4 hours

1-hour check-ins 4x throughout your junior year to give you the confidence to build a strong academic and extracurricular profile during the toughest year in high school!
$525($131/hr)
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A Firm Foundation

5 hours

With five hours, we can lay the foundation for a solid, successful admissions process - whatever you need! In five hours, we can build a school list, create an application theme, write a CommonApp essay, and finish up to 3 supplemental essays. If you have finished the CommonApp already, this could be up to 5 supplemental essays!
$690($138/hr)
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Be Empowered

10 hours

This package takes you from the very beginning of brainstorming for your Common App and finalizing that ideal school list to where you have your CommonApp and more than half your supplementals done. With 10 hours (essentially 10 weeks of 1-hour regular advising), you'll have the confidence to continue on your college application journey. Plus, you can always purchase more hours later!
$1,350($135/hr)
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Confidence in Your College

17 hours

This package takes you from the very beginning of brainstorming for your CommonApp and solidifying your school list to the point where you confidently and joyfully can choose your perfect school. I recommend this for students who are applying to less than 8 schools plus some merit-based scholarships. Additional hours can always be purchased, if needed, at the same discount as this package.
$2,230($131/hr)
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Step by Step, Together

25 hours

This package takes you from the very beginning of brainstorming for your CommonApp and solidifying your school list to the point where you confidently and joyfully can choose your perfect school. I recommend this for students who are applying to 10+ schools, especially students who are applying for highly selective universities and additional merit-based scholarships.
$3,187($127/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.


Brainstorm a Science Fair Project! [Discounted]

$75.00 / 45 min

Coaching for how to create a science fair project!


Create that "Spike!" [Discounted!]

$75.00 / 45 min

Together, I'll help you come up with ideas on how to make your extracurriculars stand out!


First-Time Consultation!

$50.00 / 30 min

I'm excited to meet with you, review your profile, and answer any questions about admissions!


Get that Research Experience! [Discounted]

$53.00 / 30 min

Want a college-level research experience in HS? My HS research experiences inspired my PhD!


Let's Craft that Theme [Discounted]

$53.00 / 30 min

You need a theme to tie your app together and get admission officers' attention. Let's get started!


Outline the CommonApp With Me! [Discounted!]

$75.00 / 45 min

Ever a popular session, we will create an outline that you can use to draft your ideal CommonApp.

Essay review

Review Your Outline

$20.00 + 3 cents per word
Estimated return time: 41 hours

Full Review

$52.00 + 5 cents per word
Estimated return time: 41 hours

Description

  • 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(61 reviews)

“Sophie gave detailed steps for improvement. I appreciate her comments, and she is definitely helpful. Plus, she even gave a free 30 min Zoom talk because my essay arrived a little late. I believe that she offers great service. "

Jainil C.

“Sophie is fabulous!"

Saiya P.

“The reviewer took the time to personalize her feedback and give concrete advice on how to improve my content to give the best possible end product. I appreciate the input and will be redrafting in line with her helpful comments. Many thanks! "

Stanislas (Stan) M.
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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
Dallas, TX
5 years of experience
Vanderbilt University – BA | Math Major, Honors in the College of Arts and Sciences, Top 20 Outstanding Senior
Southern Methodist University – MEd
Vanderbilt University – PhD
Psychology
Sociology
Education
Chemistry
Biology
Health
Math
Next available sessions
According to your time zone (CUT)
Fun Facts
🖐
Describe yourself in five words
Curious, Dedicated, Outgoing, Friendly, Fun

🙏
Best piece of advice
Follow what makes you angry-- that's what you're passionate about!

💼
First job
Violin Teacher

💭
Dream job
Physician-Social Scientist

📚
Favorite book
The Children by David Halberstam

📓
Favorite subject in school
Math

Favorite after-school activities
Soccer, Reading

🎵
Favorite artist
Emily Beihold

📺
Favorite TV show
Seinfeld

🍴
Favorite food
Grandmother's chicken curry

🪄
Hobbies
Origami
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.