From the moment I met Kevin, there was an immediate connection that can be best described as a mentor relationship. His goal was not to get me into the best college to please my parents or boost his reputation, but to help me find a school I would gladly come to call home. Every week we had long conversations about a vast range of topics from religion to even relationships. In these conversations, Kevin was instrumental in coaxing my experiences and passions first into words, and then into coherent and artful essays. I had the security of working with someone who was talented in the field of writing, and who also had a genuine respect for my emotions and life experiences. Kevin was not only an integral part of getting me into the majority of the schools I applied to. He made sure to bring me back to his office to sort through my acceptances in search of the college that best matched me personally and academically. I cannot thank him enough for the effort he put into molding me into the motivated and very happy college student I am today. — Esther J., Williams College
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COLLEGE ESSAY SEMINAR
(Parts 1 & 2)
Shanghai, China — April 2012
AN INSPIRED APPROACH TO APPLICATIONS
Creativity ~ Vividness ~ Sanity
IF THERE'S A PART OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S LIVES that's more complex than today's competitive admissions landscape, I'd be hard-pressed to name it. From the endless fixation on more (AP's, extracurriculars, volunteer work) to plummeting acceptance rates to rampant urban legends (I heard this guy got into all the Ivies last year with a 3.7, so I will, too!).... it's just overwhelming out there.
I'LL NEVER TELL YOU that prestige doesn't matter. I will, however, argue that it should dictate your choices far less than most applicants believe.
PEOPLE OFTEN ASSUME that applying to graduate school is more straightforward. But after years of guiding clients toward medical, law, business, and PhD programs, I have to be honest: they demand at least as much thoughtfulness, acuity, and attention to detail.
IN THE FACE OF SUCH PRESSURE, it's no surprise that people start getting freaked. And freaked? That's not where you want to be when you're navigating major life decisions.
Imagine.... instead of obsessing over reputation....
If we chose campuses that are ambitious, realistic, and tailored to your individual needs?
If we could maximize acceptance chances at your best-fit schools through careful collaboration and vivid, compelling personal writing?
If we could do it all in a way that's positive, and nurturing of confidence and well-being?
I love working with....
Applicants and families seeking a dynamic, growth-oriented, healthy process.
I coach clients through....
Close, patient interaction as a foundation for personal discovery and self-knowledge.
The application essays become....
An invitation to explore passion and personal maturity — to make a powerful statement about the kind of student and citizen you will be, and your potential for meaningful contribution to the larger world beyond.
It's best to begin the process....
January of junior year. This allows us to fine-tune school selection in anticipation of spring break campus visits, and to lay the creative base for writing before the added pressures of senior year.
It's also wonderful when families choose to enter the exploration process earlier. I often take on clients beginning in 10th grade, which gives me the unique opportunity to help shape the student's foundation across many levels:
>> Class selection
>> Choice of / application to summer programs
>> Targeted extracurriculars and community service (as opposed to a more generic approach)
>> Independent academic / creative exploration and projects
>> Guidance in building relationships with teachers for more effective mentoring (as well as letters of recommendation)