What My Clients Say
"Shea really cared about my daughter and got her to open up and even get excited about a process she absolutely dreaded. With Shea’s help, she ultimately wrote some very fresh, original, well-thought-out work in a voice that was truly her own. Not only did her essays lead to admission to the schools of her choice, but the vibrant intellectual discussions she had with Shea made her feel excited about learning and good about herself and her abilities."
"While my son loves to write, he did need guidance to help him figure out how to be more concise and really capture the reader with his essay. Shea was instrumental in asking just the right questions and giving prompt feedback in a way that kept my son on track with this part of the arduous college application process. It allowed me to be completely hands-off – which was a pleasure for all of us."
"My daughter had a great story to tell and Shea helped her find the tools to tell it. A wonderful essay emerged!"
“Shea was instrumental in helping my daughter craft the best essays possible. First, she sat with my daughter and brainstormed topics with her, asking probing questions about her experiences to help her come up with ideas of what she wanted to write about. Then, she helped come up with a schedule for writing drafts of the essay. Finally, Shea gave wonderful, sensitive feedback to my daughter about her essays. At no point did she write any of the essay; instead, she let her know when something worked — and when it didn’t — remaining pleasant and positive throughout the process. My daughter had some wonderful college acceptances, and I do think that her Common App essay especially, which Shea had time to work on most with her, helped her to stand out in a big crowd of candidates."
“Shea has the mixture of sensitivity, intelligence, experience and social skills that helped our son in a way that we could not. Shea not only helped our son narrow down his college application essay topic but was able to give him the structure and guidance to complete a beautifully written essay. Shea knows how to write, and her natural teaching style just worked for for our son and we feel so fortunate to have had her through this stressful process.”
"Shea helped my daughter decide on the topic and then guided her through many drafts. I know it wasn’t only the essay, but I’m sure it helped my daughter get into every school she applied to."
“Thank you so much for helping me write a one-of-a-kind college application essay. The one-on-one time you gave me allowed my essay to come alive. Because of your time and support, I received the full-tuition Posse scholarship I was working toward.”
"Thank you so much! I couldn't have done it without you."
"Thank you so so much for all the help you gave me with my essay, I don’t think I would have gotten anything close to the number of acceptances I got without the push you gave me."
"Thank you again for aiding me in the college process. Upon beginning the college process I was advised to just go to community college for two years and then transfer due to my grades being so low. I have been accepted to a lot more schools than I would have thought. I do not know if it would have been possible for me to be in the position that I am in without your help and for that I am very grateful."
"Before meeting Shea, we tried some of the crazy-priced NYC services with the big websites. None of their tutors even came close in terms of care and insight and clear direction Shea provided. Without skipping a beat in terms of productivity, Shea acted as a counter-force to the stress and anxiety of the essay/application process. She helped my daughter find the appropriate tone, match her ideas to the audience, and emphasize the right things. Not only did the essays work, but the process helped my daughter think and write better overall."
“Shea’s intervention in the essay-writing process was invaluable. With her patience, openness, listening ear, and skill at facilitating effective writing, she found the essay that was already in my daughter and helped her pull it out. The result was simple and strong, and it really captured my daughter’s spirit, creativity and tenacity. We cannot thank Shea enough for her role in our daughter’s college application process.”
"Shea’s approach is straightforward, intelligent, yet respectful to the student and the family. She also has a keen understanding of what attracts the admissions officers."
“A young writer sees that with words he can place himself more clearly into the world. Words on a page, that's all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions.”
– DON DeLILLO