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How to Write a
Great College Essay

A comprehensive video course to finish the personal statement in 4 days

This online course is unique; you’ll have 1-on-1 time with me as you move through the steps. You’ll learn how to pick a topic that makes you shine on the page, how to respond to the prompts creatively, how to say who you are without bragging, and much more.  Write an unforgettable Personal Statement for the Common Application!

Over 20+ video lessons, individualized attention, expert feedback, a practical step-by-step workbook and sample essays that worked!

All students deserve access to the best tools to shine in their college essays

See my FREE resources: What Do Colleges Want? (Video) 3 Tips on what NOT to Write (Video) 3 Things Top Admissions People Say (Video)


My process is fast, comprehensive, and successful; this is not generalized advice. Each video offers clear, easy-to-follow steps to take you through the 4 stages of Brainstorm, Structure, Edit, and Fine-Tuning.

In the end, you’ll have a complete draft of your essay that you’ll love because it is authentic. Colleges won’t forget your essay because it is real, fresh, and fundamentally shows them who you are and what you can contribute.

You will receive:

  • over 20+ video lessons divided into 4 days
  • one 1-on-1 live call with me
  • expert feedback on your essay
  • a practical step-by-step workbook
  • top-rated sample essays, and more.

It can be done at your own pace, but it works best as a 4-day Masterclass–about 60-90 min a day for 4 days in a row. This builds momentum and it beats procrastination!

As a trained life coach, I also include coaching on how to quiet the inner critic and overcome perfectionism.

So take out your calendar and block off 4 days in a row–just 60 min a day and let’s do this! Imagine how good you are going to feel when the essay is behind you!!

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Susie has been a HUGE help in this challenging college essay journey. She intimately knows what top colleges want and can pull the perfect story out of a reluctant teen as she did with my daughter. She created a safe space for our senior to use her true voice and express her ideas. The biggest help was eliminating some of the anxiety and stress that goes along with applying to colleges which was invaluable. I highly recommend Susie and the investment for your child’s confidence and more importantly the parents’ piece of mind. In the end my daughter has been accepted into EVERY single school she applied to thanks for our investing in Susie and her masterful way of teaching, coaching and guiding.”
—Bronwyn M.

I’ve been an award-winning writer and a teacher of writing for 25+ years. As an English teacher and assistant director of the Mountain School of Milton Academy, I taught High School juniors and seniors the art of the personal essay, and oversaw their college application process. I also worked as the director of Where There Be Dragons, an organization dedicated to meaningful travel programs for teens. I am one of those rare people who LOVES teenagers. As a trained personal coach, I know how to interview them to get their best ideas powerfully told on the page. My system includes multiple tools, honed with experience, that they can use in college and beyond to write clearly and persuasively. The top five schools attended by the students I’ve advised are Brown, Middlebury, Yale, Bowdoin, and Cornell.

This process was overwhelming: how do you say who you are in 650 words? Your guidance made it easy and helped me to find my voice. It was challenging, but you made it fun. Your interview process gave me clarity and helped me to focus on one great story. My writing was better, clearer and flowed beautifully. In the end I was so happy with what I wrote and I got into my top choice schools!!”
—Maureen M.

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I developed this course because I believe everyone deserves access to the best tools to shine on their essays and on their college applications.

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Our son didn’t always want our advice on his college applications. So we found it very reassuring to have Susie guiding him through the process. It greatly decreased our stress level to know that he was getting first rate advice. He really enjoyed working with her and found her feedback very helpful. She pushed when she needed to and helped him to elevate his writing. Susie cared about his success and in the end, he was excited to hit submit! Absolutely worth it.”
—Kelly R. S.

There is nothing on a college application that is half as daunting as the Personal Essay. With writing prompts such as ‘what makes you unique’ or ‘what’s an experience you learned from’, it’s a massive challenge to come up with a unique idea, much less write an interesting, coherent essay about it. Susie was amazing at working with my son to take an experience from his summer (a road trip with friends), interview him at length to get his perspective, and help him craft his words into a quality essay. As a parent, I don’t think I’d have been able to help him create such a solid essay with his authentic voice.
— Karen S.

Thank you for your guidance!! You drew out of me what I wanted to say and helped me find my voice on the page. By the time the deadlines came, I was happy and confident about my work. I’m so grateful for your help with the stressful college process!
— Austin S.

Your coaching when I applied to post-bac programs brought to light the clarity and purpose that I had within myself. You helped me take myself seriously. Your questions helped focus my story and simplify my writing. I am excited to begin my journey into medicine at Scripps College this summer.
—Catharine D.

Susie did a masterful job of encouraging my teenage son to become a better, more passionate, less reluctant writer. She helped him find his own unique voice and inspired him to do the hard work necessary to write clear, well-written personal statements, essays, and more. While the skills he built are important, equally important is the fact that he really enjoyed working with Susie; she made writing interesting and fun!
Mara R.

Susie you helped me feel much more confident in my writing ability. With your help I was able to make my writing clear, concise and thoughtful. I now enjoy writing more and feel comfortable getting my thoughts down on paper. Having someone to help me brainstorm and look over my work helped me become a more skilled writer.
David B.

You helped me narrow down what to write about. It was nice to work with an expert essay writer to help me express my words and turn it into an essay that colleges want. Thank you!
Lucan W.

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