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As a college essay consultant who specializes in helping students gain admission to elite universities, I have two goals. One goal is to transform the admissions experience. It is common for students to feel uncertain about college essays, which represent the last, best chance to differentiate oneself from other outstanding applicants. In a sequence of one-on-one meetings, I help students explore their personal values, identify meaningful themes, and write compelling essays. As a personal guide for every draft of every essay, I create a process that is manageable, productive, and even fun.

My other goal is exceptional admissions results. Every year dozens of College Essay Mentor students are accepted to the Ivy League, Stanford, MIT and other elite schools. Last year's admissions include multiple acceptances to Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford. Most of my students' success is due to their academic prowess and non-academic endeavors. My contribution is understanding and explaining what "works" in the context and showing students how to craft essays that will engage and intrigue admissions officers.

My approach to college essays is the product of my work as a journalist at The Economist and The Wall Street Journal, as the author of two books, and as an editor for other professional writers. As an interviewer, I honed the ability to ask incisive questions and listen for interesting answers. As a writer, I learned how to use structure to create compelling stories. As an editor, I worked to find language that is precise and fresh. Sharing these lessons has allowed the 400 students with whom I have worked one-on-one to write essays that are authentic, memorable and increase their chances of admission to elite universities.

2021 Admissions

  • Harvard

  • Yale

  • Dartmouth

  • Cornell

  • Brown

  • Columbia

  • Stanford

  • Cal Tech

  • MIT

  • UChicago

  • Duke

  • Rice

  • Northwestern

  • Carnegie Mellon

  • Vanderbilt

  • Georgetown

  • UC Berkeley

  • NYU, Stern

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Quadruplets who were admitted to Yale.
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