The question inevitably arises: why hire a coach? Because even if our kids are terrific writers who’ve mastered the craft of research papers and literary analysis, they’re often unfamiliar with the open-ended nature of the personal essay and inexperienced with the kind of self-reflection and insight these essays demand.

How do I help? I put students at ease. I bring to the table years of experience working with young adults and decades of professional experience writing creative narratives that have an impact. While studying at USC Film School and writing in the years since, I’ve learned how to tell a story, explore a theme, reveal character, build suspense, infuse humor, plant ideas and pay them off, and reveal change…all as simply and dynamically as possible.

For those parents interested in reading different perspectives on the college application process, I recommend the following books:

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeffrey Selingo 2020
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be by Frank Bruni 2015
The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make by Ron Lieber 2021
Fiske Guide to Colleges