INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS

The college application process is complex. But it doesn’t have to be stress-filled and overwhelming.

Our workshops help you FOCUS and FINISH, and even have a little FUN.

COLLEGE APPLICATION/ ESSAY
INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

AUGUST 26th - 29th
NEW YORK CITY

Our intensive workshops are designed to accommodate small groups of students working at a rigorous pace. We combine proven lessons with creativity and fun as each student receives personalized, one-on-one attention from writing coaches, interview experts and college counselors. When they leave the program students will have connections to all of their mentors as well as a small group of ambitious, motivated peers. (This program is for rising seniors only.)

Join Our Intensive Workshops

COMMON APPLICATION ESSAY

Tackle the toughest part of the college application working individually with our writing coaches to turn your ideas into a completed Common App essay
  • Strategize, outline, and write a complete common app essay

  • Ivy League essay editors review your work

  • One-on-one meetings with our team of experts keep you on track

SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS

Create several supplemental essays that will give you a jump start on individual college application requirements
  • Unique prompts for each student to adapt

  • Creative exercises to generate content

  • Strategy for completing all supplements

COMMON APP ACTIVITIES

Complete an activities list that emphasizes your achievements and enhances your unique story
  • Create a narrative that attracts attention

  • Do not overlook the importance of storytelling

  • Emphasize leadership, commitment and passion

INTERVIEW TRAINING

One-on-one coaching that hones techniques to connect with your interviewer and communicate your story
  • Mock interviews

  • The best questions to ask your interviewer

  • How your college application gets an interview

RESUME PREPARATION

Create a resume for use in college and internship/job interviews
  • Writing/editing to market your strengths

  • Grab the attention of interviewers

  • Formatting to maximize impact

CONTINUED SUPPORT

We continue to work with you on Common App essay revisions even after the Workshop
  • Common App essay coaching up to submission

  • Incorporate feedback from your school counselor

  • Custom school-year packages available

COLLEGE LIST SUPPORT

95% of our students get in to one of their top three schools
  • The right mix of schools for you

  • Early Decision/Action Strategy

  • Research to support college interviews

SENIOR YEAR STRATEGY

Plans to manage the college application process while succeeding senior year
  • College application planning-how to get it all done

  • What to expect after college applications are in

  • How to be your own best advocate

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YOUR WORKSHOP TEAM

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LEELILA STROGOV

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Leelila loves helping students weave a cohesive and compelling story out of the different colored threads that comprise their upbringing, talents, quirks and interests.

Random note: There is no pair of high heels too high for Leelila; she’s even been known to hike in them.

Leelila has a B.S. in Writing from MIT.

 

 

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ERNIE LIANG

Co-Founder, Co-CEO

Ernie is the marketing mind behind positioning a student most effectively to college admissions committees.

Random note: Ernie loves cooking, in part, because it reminds him of chemistry lab.

Ernie has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

 

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KIMMI BERLIN

Lead Writing Instructor

Kimmi is an author, educator, storyteller, and three-time Moth StorySlam winner. She teaches memoir and humor writing workshops and also works with students on college essays that bring out their best.

Random note: Kimmi loves horror films; creating watercolor winter skylines; and her favorite number is nine.

Kimmi holds a BA in Social Science in the Arts from SUNY Purchase. 

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ELISE WARNER

Curriculum Developer

Elise specializes in narrative storytelling on a wide range of subjects. She started her career as a reporter/anchor and spent more than 20 years as a television news and documentary producer.

Random note: Elise is obsessed with U2; loves good (or even bad) pizza, college softball and Martha’s Vineyard.

Elise has a B.A. in American Government from Cornell University, an M.A., in Broadcast Journalism from the Univ. of Missouri, and a certificate in College Advising from Columbia University’s Teachers College

 

 

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SARAH SIROTA

College Counselor

Sarah has spent more than a decade as a college counselor and tutor and has traveled throughout Europe to work with students on college preparation. She is a whiz at guiding families through the whole process and has seen her students accepted at the most elite schools in the US.

Random note: Sarah’s cat, @thelittlepuff, has more Instagram followers than she does; she is an expert at assembling Ikea furniture; and she thinks the Creme Brulee donut from Donut Plant is the best thing EVER.

Sarah has a B.A. in Theater from Dartmouth, and an M.F.A. in Acting from Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University.

 

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CHRIS MENONE

Writing Instructor

Christopher has been tutoring in New York City for more than fifteen years.
He has also worked as a restoration ecologist, an environmental
consultant and writer, a homeschool teacher, and a Yale teaching
fellow.

Random note: Christopher had many pets growing up, including roosters, rabbits, ducks, and guinea hens. One of his favorite college courses was installation art. He has been to 87 countries.

Christopher has an AB in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as a Certificate in Environmental Studies, from Princeton University and an MESc from Yale University.

PLUS, A SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER!