Our Process: Get started. Get finished. Get in.

In 1979 when I applied to the University of Georgia I don't remember writing an essay.


Today, almost every university requires one 500-650 word essay and several 100-300 word short answers. Why do they ask for essays? Colleges want to know what it’s like to be in a room with a student.  Grades and test scores don’t tell the whole story.

Why do families work with One on One College Essays?

Good essays open more doors to college bound students. While grades and test scores are what they are, an effective college essay can be the difference between acceptance and rejection. 

Because good essays give admissions officers a stronger sense of the student, the essays often play a role in scholarship decisions.


This next step is an exciting time for families. So many opportunities, so much change, so many emotions. Having outside help keeps peace in the home and keeps the experience positive and encouraging.

How do we work?

We meet in coffee shops for about an hour and meet 10-12 times. That's not hard and fast though. This is an individual process and I stick with the students from the first sentence until they hit submit.

Teachers and mentors have been walking and talking with their students since Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle imagined this practiced.  Sunny afternoons you may find me making laps around the Eastlake High School parking lot or hoofing it up 228th Avenue SE, listening to a student process a big idea. Wave or honk if you see me!

Some of the sessions are mini workshops where we work on the craft of writing. Other sessions we spend time doing exercises and activities that help jump start the thought process.

So what, right?

Students who work with One on One College Essays get in. 100% of the 16 students in the One On One College Essays Class of 2015 got into their top choice school. The Class of 2016 looks to continue that trend!