Accommodations for the SAT and ACT

Finding Your Opening Hook

May 25, 2018, by

What Defines You?   “I can’t think of ONE story that defines me,” my student laments as I explain the concept of a “hook” in our personal statement brainstorming session. “I haven’t saved whales or changed my company culture or rescued orphans….” And yet, that is exactly the point – since nobody is defined by… Read more »


College Admission Counseling Bethesda, Washington D.C., Virginia

Class of 2018 Admission Results

May 14, 2018, by

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Spring has finally decided to appear here in the D.C. area. Soon, summer will be upon us and the Class of 2018 will have graduated. We are very proud of our Seniors for all the hard work they put into their applications. Through multiple essay revisions, application proofreads, and… Read more »


Writing a College Essay Marks Education Brainstorming

Make the Most of Your College Essay Process

May 4, 2018, by

HOW DO YOU BRAINSTORM? It’s one of the most important questions to ask as you begin thinking about your college essay: Does my creativity thrive in a group, or am I more productive on my own? As a writing teacher, I have seen students transform essays through the collaborative processes of workshopping, peer review, and… Read more »