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By getting myself into Dartmouth, an Ivy League university, then graduating cum laude with honors and volunteering to interview applicants, I learned how top schools pick students. And how top students can set themselves apart from the competition.

My passion and my career are about helping students get into college. As a university-prep consultant, I have lectured and run workshops in 10 cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, helping hundreds of high schoolers ace their applications and craft compelling essays. (See where they got in by scrolling to the bottom).  

Since every student is unique, I like to get to know each client before working with them. So call me today for a free consultation, and I will tell you how we can approach your application together!  (213) 262-9838  or

Hi,  여보세요,  नमस्ते,  你好,

Applying to college is a huge decision, and can be a stressful process. You and your family deserve someone to walk you through the application process step-by-step. Someone who cares not only about the results but also about making you feel confident and excited about this journey. 

While serving as a volunteer interviewer for Dartmouth College, we looked for applicants displaying intellectual curiosity, leadership, and passion, which the most promising students demonstrate throughout their entire application. These qualities aren't to be found in test scores, which is why the SATs are becoming optional at many universities, and obsolete in the entire UC system. That's why I'd like to teach you how to tailor your application to show your target schools that you have the qualities they're seeking, and that you would be a perfect fit with their campus culture. 

Select a service below, or set up a consultation today. After talking to you, I will be able to create an individualized plan to meet your needs.

... After all, every student needs unique guidance, and every college has different qualities they look for. Unfortunately, tutoring agencies and high schools are unable to offer such individualized help from counselors who have been to top schools, which is why I believe you'll benefit from a private tutor. 

A Note On Essays:

Because all students learn differently, and high school teachers are spread thin, 90% of students I work with don't know how to write a mind-blowing essay. Even LA private school kids who aced their SATs and have a 4.0 GPA. And "mind-blowing" really is what your essay needs to be, which is a lot to ask of anyone, let alone a 17-year-old.

What's more, the students who do know how to write mind-blowing essays still don't know how to delve deeply into their inner emotional lives to offer compelling insights into who they are, which is what these essays are really about. Much less present all that information in the form of a visceral short story, tapping into their artistic voice.


So... all of this to say... together we can take your essays to the next level. After as few as 2 sessions with me, I have had kids who aced their AP English tests tell me, "I finally feel like I know how to write." And it would make me so proud to be able to do that for you too. 

I can't wait to hear what you're working on. Let's get started today!

Hourly rates are $145/hr, but the packages below are discounted. Please inquire about sliding scale rates. 

Universities my clients have been admitted to include:

Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Wharton Business School, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Purdue University, Virginia Tech, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Oberlin College, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Rochester Institute of Technology, Embry-Riddle, St. Louis University, San Diego State University, UCSD and more! 

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No matter if you're terrified of starting, or already have a strong essay, I will ensure you feel 100% confident in your writing.

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The #1 Overlooked Part Of Your Application

Did you know 1) the UC System is ditching the SAT requirement and 2) Harvard could admit only valedictorians if they wanted to, but they don't.  So... what DO admissions officers care about? Here's the answer...

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According to leaked documents from Harvard Admissions, high school classes and GPA are the most important part of any application. Unfortunately, everyone has great grades, so extracurriculars and essays are how you can stand out. But without the grades, you're not even considered!

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