IMG_0915The college admissions essay gives high school seniors the opportunity to share something significant or unique about themselves that can’t be found anywhere else on the application. It is a chance to show that they are more than just their grades and SAT/ACT scores.

A well-written, focused essay can launch a student onto the accepted list in an applicant pool where everyone has comparable grades, test scores, resumes and talents. It can even lead to scholarships. That’s why your senior needs an exceptional essay.

I have worked as a professional editor and writer my entire career. Through my work at a public university and for this blog, I have interacted with admissions officers and conducted many hours of research on the college admissions process. I know what colleges are looking for in the essay, and I can help your son or daughter put their best foot forward in theirs.

Here’s what I do:

  • Edit using the student’s own words as much as possible. I do not write essays.
  • Showcase what makes this applicant the right fit for a college.
  • Provide a quick turnaround.
  • Charge a reasonable, flat fee.
  • Offer general consulting on an essay topic, assistance with structuring the essay and follow-up work, all charged at an hourly rate.

Common essay pitfalls include mixing too many ideas, not sharing enough information or ignoring the importance of even small experiences. Kids seem to find it easy to brag about themselves to friends and family, but often have a hard time zeroing in on what an admissions officer would find interesting. I’d like to help your child figure that out.

My edited essays stand out. One recent client was offered a 50 percent merit scholarship based solely on his essay. An admissions officer at a large public university reached out to my son the year he applied to let him know he’d written one of the best essays she’d read that year.

If you are interested in my services, please email me at avbrady(at) (You know how it really works. This format is just to discourage spammers.)

I look forward to working with you and your student.


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