College Essay Coaching
Where to Begin?
Writing your college essay can be a daunting task. These 650 words or less – your personal statement to colleges – will be one of the most important pieces of writing you’ve done in your life up until this point. Um, feeling nervous? Under pressure? You betcha.
You don’t have to face a blank page alone. I am here to coach you through it.
"From a disjointed, boring story to an essay with great flow and flair"
Julie helped my daughter take her essay from a disjointed, boring story to an essay with great flow and flair that college admissions readers must have enjoyed enough to accept her into a very competitive program.
Anne, Mother of Private School Student, Providence, RI
What I Do
As your personal writing coach and tutor, I can help you with as much or as little as you need. My services include packages and individual hourly sessions that focus on:
- Brainstorming possible topics from your life experiences
- Mining stories that best illustrate who you are
- Helping you narrow down Common Application and/or Coalition essay questions to find the best fit for you
- Drafting that first draft
- Revising at all stages, from rough first draft, to solid second draft, to deeper third draft to the final polished piece
- Editing existing essays and helping you identify what works and strengthen what does not
- Enjoying the writing process (I’m not kidding)
- Growing your skills as a writer, so that you can take what you’ve learned and apply it to future essay writing
- Helping you craft great short essays for specific school prompts
My Favorite Thing To Do
I truly love helping high school seniors find the perfect topic for their college essays and then guiding them through the process of writing it with honesty, voice, and style.
If you’re wondering where to start, email me.
If you are asking yourself, how can I impress the college admissions folks without sounding, you know, braggy? email me.
If you just need someone to walk you through the process and tell you it’s all going to work out in the end, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will help you craft an essay that is unique, well-written, and true to who you are.
College Essay Writing Tips
Good writing takes time. Start working on your college essay during the summer before your senior year, if you can.
Don't Be Boring
Don’t start with the end in mind, write to find out what you actually have to say. Let your writing surprise and inspire you.
Read It Out Loud
Listening to yourself reading your essay aloud will help you understand what is clear and what is confusing.
A trusted friend, sibling, or parent can help you figure out what you want to say and help you be authentic because they know you so well.
Forget About It
After working on a draft, put it away for a while. Come back to it with fresh eyes a few days (or a week) later; once you have some distance you’ll be a better judge of your work.
Cut, Cut, Cut
You only have 650 words for the Common App essay. Make them say just what you want. You may “love” the words, but you need to be ruthless as an editor.