Meg Singer joined Marks Education in 2019 after spending close to 15 years as an Upper School English teacher at independent schools in Manhattan, Long Island, and New Jersey, most recently at The Pingry School. As a teacher, she saw the anxiety her senior students exuded when it came time to write their Common Application personal statements, so she developed and implemented both an in-school curriculum and summer workshops to help students develop their voices and present their most authentic selves through their writing. Over the last 20 years, Meg has worked with hundreds of students on their college applications and essays, and it is not hyperbole to say she has enjoyed and learned so much from each and every individual experience.

Meg’s area of expertise is the college admissions essay–she knows the value of good grammar and what it takes to create a compelling hook and narrative–though she is a warm, encouraging, and knowledgeable presence when it comes to researching schools, customizing college lists, and developing application strategies for each of her clients. Meg loves collaborating with students and families to help them find best-fit schools; she prides herself on her ability to truly get to know each individual client’s unique interests, passions, and values, and then to present the college admissions data and trends that she and her colleagues are so intent on constantly tracking. She strives to bring a touch of humor and a bundle of compassion to the process of counseling her students, two qualities she deems essential to thriving not only in the college admissions process, but also in life.

Besides reading, writing, and editing, Meg’s other great passion in life is theater. She has directed and acted in many plays and musicals and believes she has passed this flair for the dramatic down to her 5-year-old identical twin daughters, who seem to share her love for singing, dancing, and performing Shakespearean monologues (usually about the unfairness of bedtime.)

Meg is an active member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC). She is available to work with students virtually and in-person at the Bethesda, MD, Washington, DC, and McLean, VA offices of Marks Education.

Education/Training:

  • Loyola University of Maryland, Honors Program, BA in Communication and Theater
  • The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Study Abroad Program
  • The National University of Ireland, Galway, MFA in Writing

 

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I worked extensively with Meaghan Singer. Meg was an absolute lifesaver. She was very knowledgeable about the confusing ins and outs of the college application process and guided me tremendously along the way. Whether it was discussing how realistic my schools were, reminding me of deadlines, or even chatting on the phone about an upcoming decision, Meg was a phenomenal counselor. However, as good as Meg was at counseling about the process of college applications, Meg was even better at reviewing and editing college essays. I applied to 13 schools, 8 of which are in the top 20 on Niche, so I had to write very many essays. I would write a draft for one of my essays and Meg would take it and make it the best it possibly could be. Meg usually got my drafts back to me within a day with very helpful suggestions for additions and rephrasing. Meg was also phenomenal at keeping my essays within the word limit without losing content. Without Meg I don’t know how I would have survived the stressful college application process. From general counselling to brainstorming ideas to editing essay, Meg is without a doubt the best college counselor in the area, and I would recommend her to anyone wherever they are in the process.

— MEMBER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S CLASS OF 2024

Meg is an absolute pro at her job, and even though I live across the country in California, I never felt like Meg was far away with her timely responses. Meg was always accessible and kept me aware and on top of deadlines, requirements for my specific applications, and offered amazing specific advice for each school. Through her kind words of encouragement and her extreme knowledge about the details surrounding college applications, the college process was as stress free as possible. I cannot be more grateful for all the help, as Meg really got to know me and my personal goals and ultimately helped me get into my first-choice college!

— MEMBER OF SCRIPPS COLLEGE’S CLASS OF 2025

Meg’s unwavering support, encouragement, and integrity throughout the college application process has completely transformed not only the way I write, but also the way I see myself as a student, member of various communities, and individual. I feel so lucky to have had her guidance and will take the tools and perspective she has given me to engage more deeply in my educational opportunities than I ever thought possible before working with her.

— MEMBER OF YALE UNIVERSITY’S CLASS OF 2025