Undergrad Applications

The personal essay can be an empowering and fun experience, even if you don't like to write.

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 narrative expertise. College application help is becoming a necessary tool to navigate an often confusing and stressful process. But, it is never too late to let an outside opinion help guide you!

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.

For those who are more confident in their writing skills but want guidance in the application process itself, I offer a variety of options for creating an application plan. Understanding the high school resume, preparing for conversational interviews, and understanding what to do with those supplemental short answers and essays– these are all areas I can assist you with.

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.

Rates start at $100/hour. For rush turnarounds, an additional $50/hour may be charged. 

Step 1

Select your coaching needs:
College Essay?
Supplemental Essays?
Resume/Activity List?
Custom timeline plan for completion?
Long-term application help?

Step 2

Decide if you want to work with me via an hourly plan, with rates starting at $100/hour, or through the “Unlimited” plan at $5,000.

Step 3

Book your free 30 minute consultation to make sure we are a good fit for each other or, sign up for a service plan of your choice

"Unlimited" plan

Work with me on every step of the process for up to 10 different schools without worrying about counting hours.

Includes…

  • A custom timeline plan to stay on top of deadlines and goals
  • The Common Application essay (brainstorming, drafting, revising)
  • All application writing– supplemental essays, short answers, etc. 
  • Resume coaching and editing
  • Interview practice (as much or as little as you would like!)
  • Review of competitiveness based on insider admissions knowledge
  • Support and guidance through every step of the process
  • Availability for family check-in meetings, guidance for both family and student

I felt overshadowed by fellow students and bewildered by expectations.
College applications were very novel to me, and very difficult. I didn’t know what to give and not to give attention to on my applications. I was paralyzed by how any aspect fell into how admission offices perceived my application. Knowing whether I was scrubbing and shining my application or grinding it with sandpaper was beyond comprehension.

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.

A better resource and more resourceful than any other help I sought, as well as a splendid person to work with, she molded a miserable time into an acceptance letter from my first-choice University. I’d recommend her help to any student moving along in the college application process.

Eric
Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2015, B.S. Engineering

Jackie takes writing essays to a whole different level. She digs deep to make the essays very personal and unique.  I like Jackie’s style as she’s not afraid to give feedback until she knows you’ve put in your best. [Her] response time is simply amazing!

Shalini
Parent of twins both in Carnegie Mellon University Class of 2016, Bay Area, California

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.

After an initial meeting with the student, I’ll create a personalized writing plan based on the student’s strengths, preferences, and communication style to begin a “bootcamp” type process of tackling the essay. From brainstorming to drafting to final edits, every part of my process is informed by my time in admissions and my years as a writer and educator. Rates start at $100/hour. For rush turnarounds, an additional $50/hour may be charged.

Generally speaking, depending on a student’s comfort level with writing and how much they plan to work independently before checking in with me…

  • Writing the Common Application Essay takes between 3-6 hours.
  • Writing a supplemental essay takes between 2-4 hours.

I’ve seen essays about everything from wild mentor characters to RuPaul’s Drag Race to embedding poetry into a story. Let me help you share the “story of you”!

College admissions is as much about collecting information as it is soul-searching. For me, the complexity of this process is what makes it so enjoyable.

Services I offer include:

  • College essay help, from the main Common Application essay to supplemental essays.
  • Family or student meetings on the college application process and application strategies
  • Interview practice
  • Understanding the High School Resume
  • Advice on college visits

For maximum flexibility, I work on an hourly basis instead of a set package. Rates start at $100/hour. For rush turnaround, an additional $50/hour may be charged. Once I understand what services you are interested in, I am happy to provide a low and high estimate of how many hours it will take to complete your goals.

Generally speaking, depending on a student’s comfort level with writing and how much they plan to work independently before checking in with me…

  • Writing the Common Application Essay takes between 3-6 hours.
  • Writing a supplemental essay takes between 2-4 hours.
  • A resume takes between 2-5 hours.
  • An activity list takes between 1-4 hours.

If you want to read more about my College Admissions Consulting Philosophy, click here.

Other companies only offer pricey packages that lock families into services they don’t need.

If you are interested in working with me over a several month period, or having me coach a student through multiple applications, please contact me with your list of schools and any other application areas you would like assistance with. After our free 30 minute consultation, I’ll provide you with a low and high estimate of the hours the student and I will need to complete the goals. If it appears that my “unlimited” plan will be the most cost-efficient option, I will list that as an option in your custom estimate as well. Rates start at $100/hour. Rush turnarounds may include an additional $50/hour.

Generally speaking, depending on a student’s comfort level with writing and how much they plan to work independently before checking in with me…

  • Writing the Common Application Essay takes between 3-6 hours.
  • Writing a supplemental essay takes between 2-4 hours.
  • A resume takes between 2-5 hours.
  • An activity list takes between 1-4 hours.

Submit applications with confidence

Whether you want access to a personal coach throughout a several month application process or you need expert guidance in writing a high-stakes personal statement, I offer flexible coaching that is uniquely tailored to your needs and communication style. Because of my individualized approach, I only work with three clients per day.

Do you prefer speaking over video chat? We can do that. Does video chatting make you uncomfortable but you’re no stranger to emojis? We can use chat boxes for live discussion. Whatever level on “face-to-face” you want, we can figure out a communication style that works best for you, and we can change how we chat at anytime. Students and family are welcome to text me with quick questions or follow-ups, perfect for busy schedules that may not have time for an email! Any combination of communication will be available to you during your time working with me. No matter your time zone, I’m here to support you.

Your time is valuable. With no bulky forced packages of services you could do on your own time with the right information, I can help you pinpoint exactly where you need more guidance and where you can soar on your own. My ultimate goal is to provide you with the knowledge, confidence, and methodology to tackle any future applications all on your own. Though, if you want to come back and work on something super-specific (like one of those “tell us all of your hopes, dreams, and a time when you failed in 150 words maximum”) I’m happy to help.

Some promises… 

  • My ultimate goal is to assist people in discovering how they best learn. I will accomplish this by helping each person develop the skills needed to achieve their best educational or writing outcome.
  • I will provide honest feedback in the form of positive praise and/or constructive suggestions to clients I serve in a manner beneficial to their overall learning.
  • I will respect and be sensitive to students’ cultural background and personal value system, keeping in mind their personal dignity.
  • I recognize I will not have answers to every question asked. Therefore, I will seek assistance in finding answers to clients’ questions and/or directing the student to “how” and “where” appropriate resources are for the information needed.
  • I will maintain accurate records of client sessions and keep information about all clients I work with confidential unless they grant me permission to share some or part of their story.

Influences for this philosophy statement include The National Tutoring Association’s Code of Ethics.

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