I believe the personal essay can be an empowering and fun experience no matter what a student's relationship with writing is.

The personal essay is often the one chance you get to speak to the admissions readers in your own voice, so the story you choose to tell and how you tell it are important pieces of your application. After reading over 2,000 Common Application personal essays (that's not including the additional supplemental essays that my university required) I recognized that many students were writing from a place of low-confidence, misunderstanding, or just plain wrong information. As a writer and a former Assistant Director of Admissions, I carry a powerful combination of admissions knowledge and the ability to teach the craft of writing.

I believe the personal essay can be an empowering and fun experience no matter what a student's relationship with writing is. For many of my clients, writing the personal essay gives new insight into why they are pursuing college in the first place. Whether you are a high school student looking at a direct path to an undergraduate degree, or someone leaving the workforce or armed services to begin (or continue) a college education, let my expertise of the college essay guide you to a more confident application. Your success and growth are why I love education coaching, and to get you started, here is my free downloadable Undergraduate Application Spreadsheet.

If you are interested in working with me on both written and non-written aspects of the college application process, please click here to go to my Education Coaching section.

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Jackie's help and suggestions guided me in putting together brilliant applications. Applications I sent with confidence, confidence I never would have envisioned. Her advice and knowledge did wonders more than any book or website could hope.

Eric Carnegie Mellon University, Class of 2015

Rates

My rates start at $100/hour. For 24-hour rush turn-around on feedback, I charge an additional $50 per feedback round. The hourly rate can apply to specific projects, or if you want to continue working past an initial package by a hour-by-hour basis.

One-time informative interview

$75Perfect for: Someone confident in their writing skills, but wanting an expert plan
  • Discuss potential topics and structures
  • Discuss editing techniques
  • Create a writing plan
  • 1 hour chat

Editing, Feedback, Repeat

$100-$200 per roundPerfect for: Someone who only wants written feedback and editing, perhaps with a solid draft or topic already selected.
  • Intensive editing
  • Instructional comments
  • 1-2 page letter capturing my initial reactions to the draft, further explaining some of the in-doc comments
  • Suggestions for re-ordering, expansion, cutting, and next steps

Personal Essay Bootcamp

$750Five 1-hour sessions focused exclusively on one personal essay
    Most people use this to complete their main Common Application essay from blank page to finished product, but it is up to you which essay you want to work on.
  • Customized activities to take you from brainstorming to final draft
  • Includes discussions of audience awareness and topics to avoid
  • Use narrative structure to guide your story to a natural conclusion
  • Feedback at every stage of writing