Process

The application essay is a unique – and uniquely intimidating – piece of the college admissions puzzle. Beyond your grades, test scores, and extra-curricular activities, the essay is your opportunity to speak directly to the admissions committee about who you are, in 500 to 1000 words – in your voice and your words.

It’s your chance to make an impression that has the power to move your application from the “maybe” pile to the “yes” pile. No wonder it’s so daunting.

My job is not to write and edit your essays, but to help you find your material, your essay subjects, your voice, and your words.

I work with clients at every stage of the process, depending on your needs and your deadlines.

If you don’t have a clue how to begin your application essay, we start at the beginning. If you’re on your third draft and something’s just not coming together, we start there. My services are tailor-made to your needs. One size does not fit all, but there are common techniques and strategies I’ve developed to move through the many phases of the process. Among them:

  • We review the schools you’re applying to and attempt to winnow down the number of individual essays you will need.
  • We review your application to make sure that the essay does not repeat information that’s presented elsewhere.
  • Through prompts and exercises, I help you locate your “material”—the subject of your essay or essays, based on your unique talents, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Through free-writing prompts, you begin to draft your essays, writing without inhibition, and writing more than you’ll need, the better to find your best material and your most authentic voice.
  • Once we’ve located “your best stuff,” I provide a framework in which you can organize, edit, and polish the essays you’ll submit.