Once upon a time, I majored in History and played linebacker at Princeton. Then I navigated the business world as a writer and a software entrepreneur, ultimately launching a football-related software product that flamed out gloriously.

​That venture was a painful, valuable experience. It was also a blessing.

I decided to return to my first love: writing and helping others to develop skill and confidence as they write. Many freelance pieces, a published novel and decades studying the craft have helped me to understand good writing.

But I believe fatherhood more than anything has made me a great college essay coach.

As a father of two teenaged daughters, I learned how to patiently help young people find and develop their own voices. Working with students at the most stressful moment of their lives – and helping them stay calm and create great essays – is the most rewarding work I have ever done.

There is nothing better than receiving text messages with those three magic words: “I got in!!!”

That said, what I really appreciate about my students is not their victories but their struggles. Today’s college admissions process is a brutal gauntlet that sometimes begins very early in a child’s life. Buried in all of that hard work are the seemingly mundane experiences that students forget they should celebrate.

Experiences that lead to great essays.

Essays and personal statements are rapidly eclipsing standardized test scores as one of the most important elements of the college application.

I can help your students connect with the ideas, skills and positive attitudes that will set their work apart from the crowd. They will write essays that are both effective and eloquent. Together, we can turn a stressful task into a valuable asset.

Copyright 2020 by Mike Demilio