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I began working with Alex during my sophomore year, so I was able to implement many of his ideas, such as hands-on research papers and a science blog, that really helped me present myself as a knowledgeable and self-driven scientist in my applications! Even though he had many good suggestions and obviously knew what could create a brilliant application, he never tried to stifle my unique interests and helped me incorporate them into my essays. When it came to editing, he always made sure that the essays still used my voice and that they were truly representative of me. I wouldn’t have known how to present myself in the best possible way to elite institutions without Alex’s help.
Jenny
Caltech Class of '24
Without Alex, I wouldn’t have been able to get into my dream school. I started working with Alex in eighth grade, and he helped me to have specific goals and plans for my high school tenure. With the specific goals and plans, my application had a harmonic element that made me different from other applicants. In order for me to stand out, Alex and I worked on the junction for all my high school achievements and life experiences: the common app and supplemental essays. Since the beginning of summer before my senior year, Alex and I wrote at least 50 drafts in total for ten different schools. Alex suggested specific edits from my initial drafts that would make my essays to connect with my passion for STEM. With hard work from both Alex and me, we ended up with final drafts that radiated my background and passion for colleges. I strongly believe that the essays were a big part of my success, and I thank Alex for his help.
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Edward
Penn Class of '24
I couldn't be where I am without the support that I received from Alex. It's important to acknowledge because, as a high school student, this is my first time experiencing the college process. Still, with Alex, he's already gone through the process hundreds of times, so it was easy to bounce back ideas with him during the brainstorming process. Throughout the college process, I could always be reassured that there was someone out there looking out for me. Having another set of eyes to check over your essays is extremely helpful.
Curtis
JHU Class of '24
“Alex was really helpful in terms of brainstorming ideas for my essay topics. We would sit in a room and talk for 30 minutes straight, listing out all the possible ideas that could be used. He was completely open to any idea, which made me feel comfortable enough to share everything on my mind. Also, Alex's honest opinions regarding my writing were very helpful. He directly told me what he didn't like during the earlier phases of writing so that the essay wouldn’t turn into a train wreck. He also gave a lot of care for the grammatical structure of my writing so that we could submit the most cohesive essay possible.”
Isaac
Georgetown Class of '23
“To list several of many, many things he has done for me, Alex counseled me in building my extracurriculars such as club activities, guided me through writing research papers on William's Cryptosystem and Cellular Automata, helped me get into a summer camp at UPenn, and reviewed all of the essays I had written for my college application. I'm sure I couldn't have gone through all the complicated process without Alex's guidance.”
Kevin
Carnegie Mellon Class of '23
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“It was good to have a mentor who would monitor my college applications and deadlines, as I was so busy at school. Alex's resources and advice helped me a lot in getting a head start on my essays. Even when I was waitlisted at 12 colleges, Alex and I tried our best to get me off the waitlist, writing the appeal letters and starting a new research project. Overall, it was very satisfying and helpful for my overall college process.”
Joseph
Vanderbilt Class of '23
“Alex helped me tremendously during the college app process by being involved in each step leading to completion. He was extremely meticulous in pointing out what I should work on and continuously gave me suggestions to improve the essay. I remember that I wrote A LOT of drafts for my final essay until we were both satisfied. Outside of essays, he helped me decide on what courses to take and proposed new extracurricular activities that would strengthen my application. In retrospect, Alex was not only a consultant but also a mentor that supported me throughout the whole college application process that can be stressful and pressuring. He communicates well with his students and is always willing to help - he even helped me revise my application for a dual degree with Wharton at Penn.”
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Jay
Penn Class of '22
“When I first came to (Alex), I was an immature child who had no idea how to plan and prepare for college, without a thought of what major I was most interested or talented in. Alex helped me to discover and develop my talent in this unique and unexpected field of creative writing. By making an original choice for my major and with active support from Alex, I was able to apply for colleges that were once beyond my dreams. Eventually I made it as far as UC Berkeley.”
Lily
UC Berkeley Class of '22
“I've participated in the … program for 3 years and mainly focused on the European History and Psychology blog. While I was working on the blog, my mentor (Alex) always helped me to select a topic of the week. Without his help, it would have been difficult for me to continuously update the blog with novel and intriguing topics. This experience helped me to write good essays for college. Also a weekly Skype call to maintain the progress for the college application process helped me a lot to finish tasks well ahead of the deadline.”
Daniel
Johns Hopkins Class of '22
“Alex gave constructive feedback on how to improve my essays in light of the theme that I was writing for. My sentences tend to be verbose and Alex also helped me cut a lot of unnecessary sentences and keep the essay very compact and right to the point. We held weekly Skype meetings to discuss more about my essays' revision and further steps; he provided great help in my college applications."
Phillip
Johns Hopkins Class of '21 (Full Ride)

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