When it comes to the college essay, students often tell me they don't have anything to write about. People think they need to have experienced some life-altering event to make a good story. This isn't necessarily true. People have been admitted to top-choice colleges writing about making coffee, walking in their neighborhood, watering plants; I've been helping students tell their stories for the past seven years, and though the personal essay looms large as an intimidating component of the...
When it comes to the college essay, students often tell me they don't have anything to write about. People think they need to have experienced some life-altering event to make a good story. This isn't necessarily true. People have been admitted to top-choice colleges writing about making coffee, walking in their neighborhood, watering plants; I've been helping students tell their stories for the past seven years, and though the personal essay looms large as an intimidating component of the college admissions process, I don't think you need to worry. Truly, you do have a story to tell. I'd be happy to help you tell it.
I'm a graduate of Bates College with a degree in Psychology. I’m currently a high school English instructor teaching a variety of courses, including AP English Language and Composition, and my favorite: College Writing. I designed this course with the specific intention of helping my students craft application essays. I’ve taught students in world-renowned boarding academies, and also in rural public schools.
These diverse experiences give me keen insight into the landscape of college admissions, with students from both of these contexts having gone on to study at the Ivies, NESCAC schools, and other selective institutions. Working with me, you’ll figure out how to leverage lived experiences in your college essay. With lessons that meet you where you are in this process, we’ll work from ideating to polishing an essay that stands out in the applicant pool.
Helping students overcome this challenge is one of the more joyful experiences I’ve had as an educator. Reach out if you’re interested in tackling this process with me; I look forward to working with you!
A Tutor Like No Other!
Nick was a college essay tutor like no other! He was so patient and took time explaining things to me. His specific suggestions on how to improve my essay were nothing short of genius. After working with him, my essay was transformed from a hot mess into a work of art. If you're looking for a college essay tutor who is out of this world, look no further than Nick!Gary, 3 lessons with Nick
Thanks for the Help, Nick!
I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a skilled and compassionate tutor as Nick! He really helped me craft stronger and more confident college essays (Personal Statement and supplementals). I would highly recommend Nick to anyone looking for support and guidance with their writing!Paula, 2 lessons with Nick
Great Help for this Overwhelmed Writer!
I was totally stuck and feeling overwhelmed with my college essay. I originally didn't know what to write about, but after working with Nick, I know I have a great idea for my personal statement! He has great energy, great ideas, and provides really strong feedback. I'm used to most of my teachers maybe just writing a few comments, but Nick really goes in depth with his explanations. Thanks, Nick! Looking forward to working with you on my supplemental essays, too!Ella, 1 lesson with Nick
knowledgeable and understanding tutor.
Nick help me a lot by starting my college essay. He find creative ways to help you write your essays. He helped me brainstorm ideas that I can write about in my essay. He made it easy for me by asking questions and then making my answers turn into a paragraph. He was overall patient with me and understanding which made me feel comfortable. I will be scheduling another meeting with him again fro sure.Layan, 1 lesson with Nick
Knowledgeable and helpful
Nick has a great approach to help think deeper and create ideas. He helped tackle brain stumps and provided efficient strategies to write and format a unique college essay!Dev, 1 lesson with Nick
Funny, Insightful, Directed
Nick answered questions I didn't know I had. I've been struggling with coming up with ideas for my application essays, and he guided me with patience and insight. He clearly knows his stuff, and definitely help me write a better college essay. If I need help in the future with my writing, I'll be sure to look to Nick first.Jesse, 1 lesson with Nick