College Essays

Some things are just meant to be…

I stumbled into doing this work about 10 years ago when frazzled parents began asking me to work with the college-bound children they felt ill-equipped to help on the essay portion of the application.

I loved working with these bright, engaged and often very nervous students and three years ago, started working in a professional capacity with Pam Kosinski at Goal Line Counseling.

Over the years I’ve gained a wealth of experience and have used it to help dozens of students get accepted to colleges across the country and internationally.

I’ve learned, by interviewing (grilling really!) college admissions folks, that the essay is more like the job interview process than a lit class exercise. It exists because colleges don’t have the bandwidth to speak to every applicant personally (although they probably wish they could). Application essays are an expeditious way of meeting thousands of students “in person” and getting to know each one. It’s not perfect, but I believe the people who make up the prompts and read the essays do care deeply about the success and happiness of their incoming freshman class.

So give me a call if you or someone you know needs help with a college essay. Don’t leave it too late, though. Writing is one of those things that requires a whole lot of drafting. And drafting takes time.  But so do most things that are worthwhile, am I right?

Call me today. 707-843-5766

In the meantime, take a look at my ebook:

Conquering the College Essay One Prompt At A Time

It’s filled with tips and tricks for writing the kind of college essay that gets you noticed.


Schools my students have been accepted to include (but are not limited to):

UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, University of Washington, University of Colorado, USC, Chapman, Clemson, University of Wisconsin, Tulane, Loyola University New Orleans, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, Austin, Colorado College, Cornell, Creighton, Durham University (England) McGill University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, University of Portland, University of Michigan, UMass Amherst, University of San Diego, Loyola Marymount University, Fordham University, University of Puget Sound.

Member: Western Association of College Admissions Counseling