Wondering what the difference is between a good and great college essay?

College essays are critical and may even be the most important part of the application process.

Of course, school grades and test scores are important. However, many students and parents don’t realize what a unique opportunity college application essays offer for students to shine and highlight important aspects of themselves not revealed by a GPA, ACT, SAT II, I.B. or A.P. exam score.

No doubt about it: the most dreaded words in the entire application process are COLLEGE ESSAYS. Other words often accompanying these two are Fear, Loathing, Procrastination, and Writer’s Block.

Note the plural: Essays. In addition to the Common Application's Personal Statement, separate essays are required for many colleges Supplemental Applications. Add to the mix essays for scholarships, specific majors, and special programs, and the challenge intensifies.

Writing non-academic reflective essays is foreign territory for most high school students. However, the essays need not be intimidating or overwhelming.

Guiding students with each step of their College Essays is my specialty.

I know what college admissions officers are looking for and what the components of a great essay are, no matter the question or required topic. Because of my decades of experience as a certified AP English teacher, I offer a perspective most other educational consultants cannot. I have taught literally thousands of students how to write college application essays.

I have the expertise and experience, the academic credentials and savvy to help students look inward and show their very best selves in their writing. I possess an endless supply of patience, humor, empathy, and a lifetime of strategies as a veteran writing coach.

"Your additional guidance with the actual application process—including the ‘daunting’ written essay — further insured success, and we can vouch for that, with 9 acceptances out of 9 applications. As a result, when our daughter heads off to school this Fall, she’ll be confident in her college decision, and so will her parents!"
–Ken H. (parent)

Student walking across bridge...

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations
under them.
–Henry David Thoreau