College admissions officers want to know your real story. However, revealing your story creatively, maturely, and genuinely within 1-2 pages is an art form! I have a proven track record of helping seniors to craft successful and unique essays that get the attention of admissions committees. 

Your college admissions essay, or Personal Statement, is a creative piece of writing that tells your personal story in your own voice. Your hopes, ambitions, inspirations, trials, lessons learned, and personal truths are all perfect material to include.

Your essay is so much more than your résumé, grades, and test scores.  It is the primary way to distinguish yourself among a sea of applicants who have the same scores and GPA as you do.

To write a successful and effective essay, I support you in a process of  self-reflection about your past, identity, and future goals. Having read thousands of admissions essays for a prestigious scholarship committee, and having helped innumerable students to craft their essays, I can assure you–your personal story matters. 

If you spend the critical time this summer thinking deeply about yourself and your goals for college, you’ll not only write a better personal statement, but you’ll be much more likely to choose the right school in the spring. Exceptional essays open the doors to your top-choice schools. 

Example of Essay Requirements

Take for instance, some of the prompts from the Common Application. Colleges are using a much more holistic evaluation of applicants and emphasizing deeper and more challenging essay topics.

  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

I look forward to working with you on this critical step in your college journey! 

I also enjoy working with the parents of my clients, answering questions, and referring you to helpful resources. For more info:


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