City University of New York Queens College (Art Education)
After living on Long Island in New York for twenty-three years, I now live in Miami, Florida. Due to the nature of my work and the facility of the internet, I work with students across the country by preparing, advising and assisting them with the critical essay portion of their college and graduate school applications. I grew up in Forest Hills, New York, and attended CUNY Queens College, where I graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Education. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, but it was not until I was first published in Newsday that I actually became a professional writer and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Since then, I have been featured in Newsday, LIParent Magazine and a variety of parenting, writing and travel web sites. I also have been honored by The Press Club of Long Island and was the 2008 First Place Winner in the Magazine - General Interest Column category.
My professional writing experience is supplemented by the fact that I have three sons; each of whom went through the essay admissions process, not only for college, but also graduate school. As a result, I have experienced the application process both as a parent and as a writing professional. That dual perspective allows me to make the essay application process as stress-free as possible for both students and their parents.
Essays provide a singular opportunity for students to tell college admissions personnel their unique personal stories and to demonstrate why they would be an integral part of the university. Because students are so much more than the sum of their grades and test scores, my mission is to help students put a face on the numbers and let their individual character shine through. I help students achieve this goal by brainstorming and critiquing essay topics, and revising and editing their essays (in their voice) to achieve a final draft that is not only worthy of submission, but that will present them in the best possible light. The result is a stress-free process for both students and their parents. We produce thoughtful, well-written essays that can be the difference between attending a safety school and the college of their dreams. Who do I work with? High school seniors on their Common Application, college, supplemental and scholarship essays, and all graduate school applicants on their personal statements and supplemental essays.
How does the process work?
I get to know the student and his/her writing voice:
We can meet either in person or confer over the phone/video chat. I familiarize the student with the Do's and Don'ts of college essay writing and make them aware of the appropriate options for style, tone, and substance.
We will brainstorm essay topics & prepare drafts:
We will discuss personal histories, experiences, interests and activities. We'll share successful essays from prior students (to demonstrate that everyday topics can become exceptional essays). Then we will outline writing points to be included in drafts and agree upon appropriate deadlines.
Once I receive an essay draft by email, and assuming it is consistent with my guidelines, I revise, edit and polish the draft into a final essay that is ready for submission. For undergraduates, this is how we move through the entire college application process. Although graduate school usually requires a much shorter writing process, we proceed the same way, typically tailoring our topics to the specific specialty school or program. Through this joint effort, we create the strongest possible essays to achieve your application goals! After living on Long Island in New York for twenty-three years, I now live in Miami, Florida. Due to the nature of my work and the facility of the internet, I work with students across the country by preparing, advising and assisting them with the critical essay portion of their college and graduate school applications. I grew up in Forest Hills,
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