My daughter was struggling with writer’s block, with wondering how formal the essay should be, and with how she could show her personality with just one life event. Julia was able to help her come with some ideas to inspire her final essay and overcome the writer’s block. She’s an excellent coach with a lot of great ideas to help you get started.
~ Melissa N., parent
We wanted someone who could help my son find his topics and ensure his essays were cohesive -- but who would also let his essays be his own work. Julia delivered on that and more. She was always ready and willing to jump on a phone call or Zoom meeting when my son had a new idea or direction for his essays. With Julia, we always felt like we were her top priority. We are so proud my son was awarded The Evans Scholarship and was accepted to his top choice, The University of Michigan! Julia was a huge part of that process, and we give our experience with her 5 stars.
~ Nicole M., parent
You were an exceptional help, and I wouldn’t have been able to write my essay without you. I would recommend you to anybody and everybody!
~ Gabby W., student
Before I started working with Julia, I wasn’t sure what I should include in my essay or how descriptive it needed to be. I thought Julia would help me a lot, and I was right: She was always available to help and answer my questions. She’s an awesome essay coach, and without her assistance, I may not have been named an Evans Scholar and received a full ride to and been accepted at U-M.
~Townsend M., student
5-star service! Quick turnaround! My son wanted to make sure he was answering his essay questions in a way that was complete and concise -- but that also emphasized his skills and achievements. His biggest worry was having to start over, losing what he’d spent so much time creating. But Julia offered specific, thoughtful recommendations and improvements that were easy for my son to understand and implement. Her suggestions let my son keep ownership of his content and his sense of accomplishment while adding a level of polish to his essays. The extra step of working with Julia was definitely worth it!
~ Dana H., parent
My two biggest concerns about working with someone on my college admissions essay were making sure my ideas would be heard and feeling comfortable enough to be vulnerable and open, but Julia made both very easy! She helps you find a perfect topic that highlights your interests and qualities and guides you through turning that topic into a really awesome essay. The best part was all the suggestions she provided during the writing/editing process. She gave me so many ideas that I would’ve never thought of on my own, and I feel very confident about my essay. I really enjoyed the entire process, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without her. I would absolutely recommend using Julia as an essay coach!
~ Isabel H., student
We’d heard that with many schools, the essays were considered to be a very important part of the application. So my daughter wanted to make sure her essay would stand out in a positive way with admissions officers, but we were concerned about the time commitment and expense that would go along with working with an essay advisor. Working with Julia turned out to be a great investment for us. Julia was very responsive and supportive with positive feedback during the entire process. Her brainstorming sessions were very helpful for my daughter to explore new ideas and find a creative direction for her personal essay. And when it came time to edit the essay down to the maximum word count, Julia was a great resource. My daughter and I both felt very happy with the final essay. Thank you!
~ Amy H., parent
I never thought my son would get his essay done so quickly, but you worked so well with him -- giving him great, specific guidance to improve his essay. He said you were easy to talk to and were also very helpful with sharing the specific qualities and experiences colleges are looking for in an essay. Not only is my son proud of the end result, but he said you made the whole process easier and more enjoyable. We’re so glad we worked with you!
~ Cathy L., parent
Before getting started, I was worried about the time it would take to finish my essay and what it would look like. Starting work with Mrs. Byrd, I didn’t know if we had the same idea about my essay -- and I didn’t know if I wanted others to hear my story. But she was very very flexible, made me feel secure, listened to everything I had to say, and held me accountable. Mrs. Byrd is the one to help! Thank you!
~ Redon L., student
One of our biggest hesitations about working with an essay coach was that they don’t know the student personally. But Julia was approachable and easy to work with, and she really listened to what my daughter was trying to convey in her essay. Thanks to her ability to narrow down a topic that my daughter was passionate about, Katie was proudly able to submit her Common App essay, knowing that she was showing her true self.
~ Amy N., parent
My daughter knew it was going to be a challenge fitting her essay into the fixed word count while keeping the content and the meaning behind her story, and Julia really helped. She connects with students and provides specific feedback to guide their essay while making sure the student does the work and stays true to their thoughts and ideas. We appreciated that she was very easy to schedule time with and had a quick turnaround.
~ Kim S., parent
Very exciting news! I not only got accepted, but I also received a presidential scholarship!!!!! This is definitely a testament to your good work and talent. I think what you do is so cool, and you are SO GREAT at it. Thank you again for your honesty and feedback. I am very excited!!!!! Thankful to meet you.
~ Mary H., student
The college application process is a stressful time for all involved, but working with Julia made the process much easier for the essay portion of the application. My daughter really connected with Julia, and she took the time to go back and forth several times with my daughter until they were both pleased with the final result. Julia provided quick responses and was very attentive to follow-up emails for changes to the essay. We really appreciate the work she did with making the final product of my daughter’s essay one she was proud of. This is an affordable investment any parent should make to help ease the stress for their child and themselves! Will definitely recommend Julia’s services to friends!
~ Kristie M., parent
Julia is amazing!!! She is patient, understanding, easy to work with and very responsive. Julia is both creative and strategic and helps to take good work to great work. I highly recommend Julia!!
~ Caryn F., parent
You were so helpful with helping me brainstorm and find answers to my questions. You spent lots of time with me and were very patient and accommodating, especially with my deadlines being so close. Our frequent back and forth was so helpful, and it gave me the confidence I needed to complete my essays on time. I was so lost beforehand, and I will always remember the experience and how assuring you were through it. Thank you!
~ Justine P., student
I can’t thank you enough for your help with my son. You were able to get him to open up to you and express all his feelings in his essay. You are amazing, and you share a special place in our hearts. Mrs. Byrd is the BEST essay coach ever, and you and your child will feel comfortable talking with her.
~Somonia S., parent
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