Two students with similar grade point averages, test scores, and extracurricular involvement apply to the same college. Who gets in?  
According to admissions officers, the applicant with the better essay.  The one whose personality, passions, and soul leap off the page and give a clear picture of the living, breathing individual who will be an asset to their campus community. Be that applicant!  Work with me to streamline your writing process and craft essays that bring your application to life.

“The experience with Nancy was truly a life defining excercise for our son and it was accomplished with gentleness, confidence and enouragement to stay on track.”  – Parent

“You helped me find a passion for writing that I didn’t have before. Your encouragement made me much more confident in my abilities, and that is something I will surely take with me as I continue on to college.” – Student

“Nancy is a consummate professional.  Creative, thoughtful, caring, deeply passionate – all qualities that allow her to inspire her clients to think beyond the typical essay response. Her counseling urges college hopefuls to dive deeper into themselves, revealing their essence as they enter their next phase of learning.” – Parent

“Nancy was instrumental in ensuring that everything went smoothly. Thanks to Nancy’s guidance and expertise, my son’s essays were the highlights of his applications.” – Parent

“You were such a wonderful help, and you really allowed me to express myself the way I intended to in my head. You are so great to work with, and you made this process go so smoothly.” – Student

About Me


Words define my life. Words like diligent, intuitive, and articulate. I’ve built a career by stringing words together to make powerful statements.

My fascination with the college admissions process and passion for working with young people led me to begin offering college essay consulting in 2013. As your partner in the process, I genuinely care about helping your personality shine through.


Independent Educational Consultant Certificate, UCI Extension, 2016

Master of Science, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 1987

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1986


Freelance writer since 1995.  Clients include:  Sage Hill School, Pelican Hill and Coast Kids magazines, Vintage Senior Housing, Allergan, Fontis Solutions and many more

Program Director for Communicore, a medical communications agency

Television News Writer/Producer in Boston, Providence and Eureka, Calif.


Avid reader of articles and websites relevant to college admissions counseling

Board member, Corona del Mar High School Foundation, 2015-17

Board member, Sage Hill School Parent Assocation, 2011-12

Founder and coach, Pegasus School Running Club, 2007-2010


We meet in person to get to know each other and explore topics for the Common Application essay, University of California essays, and other college essays.  I know the do’s and don’ts of essay topics. And I will help you find a great topic, even if you think you have nothing to write about.
Draft Review
You send me your essay electronically and I provide feedback.  I do not write essays for students.  Feedback addresses the flow of the story, the details provided, and the overall effectiveness of the essay.
A final polish to review grammar and punctuation.
Streamlining the Process
I help you find the overlap between essay requirements for different colleges.  With my guidance, you modify completed essays to fit multiple prompts, reducing the number of original essays you need to write.
Application Review
Consultation and review of your activity descriptions and other elements of your application. I do not fill out applications.
College List
For those who have not completed their college list, I suggest colleges  that may be a good fit and estimate your chances of admission.  I have visited more than 35 college campuses and am well versed in the reputations of hundreds of others.

Contact me for packages and pricing at 949.230.9930 or


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