There’s a lot of pressure for students to spend their high school careers cultivating a resume that generates attention-getting college applications. Great grades, top rankings, ample activities, impressive test scores, meaningful community service. It can all get a little overwhelming. But one thing that doesn’t have to be stressful for students is writing their personal statements and supplemental essays. While I don’t have a magic wand that makes the essays write themselves, I do have the next best thing: smart, effective strategies that students can use to make the brainstorming and writing process simple and, dare I say it, sometimes fun.
Here’s what I’d like you to know about me and how I help my students write amazing essays.
I was a professional writer for more than 12 years, helping businesses writing the corporate bios, website copy and blog posts that attract attention and generate business. While I’ve loved this career, in 2018, I decided to start making a difference in the lives of individuals.
So I combined this extensive writing and editing background with my master’s degree in counseling psychology and became a college essay coach. My unique background and combination of skills let me help students find their deepest stories, develop their voices, and write the essays that stand out to admissions officers.
In 2019 and 2020, I had several opportunities to learn from the well-respected College Essay Guy (Ethan Sawyer) online and in person. Many of the techniques and strategies I use were developed by him (and are used with his permission), and I encourage all students and parents to check out the wealth of resources he has available on his site.
I ensure I’m always providing the highest level of service to students by learning from industry leaders, participating in ongoing training, and poring over books and blog posts.
Working one-on-one or in small groups — in person and online — I help students recognize their accomplishments and draw the unique connections between their life experiences, their values, and their college and career goals that help their essays stand out. II offer a customized approach to writing the college essay, and my accessibility to students to answer questions and provide support is a cornerstone of my business model.
I'm a member of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling, and my past students have received acceptances from colleges like Auburn, Baylor University, Caltech, Colorado School of Mines, Penn State, Texas A&M (College Station), Texas Tech, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Tennessee.