Parents, imagine, if you will, that you are applying to college. The year is 2015, not 1975. These days, it is not enough to be a great kid with a good GPA. You also need to have something to say. So, along with your application, you will be writing a personal statement. Something that is honest, though not confessional. Confident, but not cocky. Write something subtle, yet strong—perhaps even insightful. In fact, write something (in 500 words or less) that will make you stand out from the 20,000 other applicants who are just like you. An essay that will make college admissions officers fall in love with you. In other words, write about what makes you YOU. Oh, and don’t forget that your entire future hangs in the balance. And one last thing: don’t be scared. Scared writing never impresses anyone. Be natural, be yourself, be amazing.

Okay, go.

How do you feel? A little dizzy? A little desperate? Well, for you this is make-believe. But for your child, this is real. On less than a single page, your 17-year old has to answer the question “Who Are You?” – a question that topples even the most seasoned writers – and it has to be good. For most kids, this feels impossible. For me, however, this is where the magic begins. Your child has a story. My job is to find it.

When my daughter started applying to college, I remember thinking, “I wish someone had warned me!” So, let me warn you: senior year is harder than junior year (if you don’t believe me, ask any senior). Writing admission essays will prove to be the most daunting writing assignment of your child’s life to date, and there is often little to no hands-on assistance from his or her school. Therefore, let me congratulate you on considering this major step in the application process. By taking this step, you will ensure that the crafting of these important essays will take center stage and will not be put off until the last minute. It will also ensure that the essays – and therefore the overall application – will be richer and more impressive to colleges. On top of that, you can relax knowing that a skilled professional is keeping your child on track with this essential, yet grueling, part of the college application.

While there are no guarantees when it comes to college acceptances, your child’s chances of getting in can be greatly increased by submitting outstanding essays. Since I take only a small number of private students each year, I am able to give my best attention not only to your child, but also to you. What you get with my services is total peace and security through the entire application process, which, I have been told, is priceless.

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