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Apr 21 2015

Stanford Graduate and Award-Winning Journalist Offers
College Admission Essay Coaching

Want to start your college essays early so you can have a
more relaxing senior year? Alice Chen, MSJ, can help.

*Stanford University (BA History, Minor Economics)
*Northwestern University (MS Journalism) 
*Former Center Director of Admissions Academy, college
counseling firm in Palo Alto. Taught over 100 students about
college admissions and helped over 50 seniors get accepted
to schools like Stanford, UCs, MIT
*Professional journalist whose work has appeared in the San
Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek.com, New York Times News
Service, Chicago Public Radio
*Communications consultant for clients like Apple, PG&E, Kraft
*Specialties include college and scholarship essays,
interviewing, cover letters and resumes
*In-person, video Skype and phone sessions available
*Free initial consultation

Learn more at alicechen.info/tutoring
Alice Chen, MSJ | alice.c.chen[at]stanfordalumni.org | 510-725-4896

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Apr 14 2015

Campanile College Counseling, Inc provides expert college admission services 
to students of all abilities.  Dr. Stone is Executive Director at Campanile and 
the author of the book, ''The Better College Essay:  Fitting In and Standing 
Out.''  Dr. Stone has taught in the UC Berkeley Certificate Program in College 
Admissions and Career Planning. She is a Professional Member of IECA and 
has been working with students throughout the Bay Area, from private and 
public high schools, for 15 years.  Campanile's Class of 2015 received 
admissions from 106 different colleges and was awarded $2.3 million dollars 
in merit scholarships.   www.campanile.us
Elizabeth Stone PhD hello[at]campanile.us 6505796180

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Mar 25 2015

Former Harvard admissions interviewer and Harvard grad, specializing in helping 
students get in to the most competitive Ivy League schools.  

I'm bicoastal, and divide my time between the Bay Area and New York, and I 
personally work with all students myself.   

Please contact me for more information: www.IvyLeagueEssay.com
Jillian HarvardEssayConsultant[at]gmail.com (646) 276-7042

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Mar 22 2015

As a first year student at Macalester College, the college application process 
is still fresh in my mind - I can work with current juniors to perfect essays for 
schools they are applying to, create timelines and deadlines by which to 
have applications in, and assist with other aspects of the college application 
process. I graduated with an unweighted 4.00 from Holy Names High School 
and received a 2230 on my SAT (no superscoring). I currently have a 3.93 at 
Macalester College. I will be available to tutor students starting May 11 to 
June 7.
Eva Harmon eharmon2014[at]yahoo.com 5102895734

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Feb 12 2015

Affordable College Admissions and Financial Aid Help
Are you looking for a college admissions coach with reasonable rates? 
I?m an experienced, Berkeley-based consultant specializing in helping 
students get admitted to the best colleges for them, at a price the 
family can afford.  I provide support with choosing colleges, writing 
essays, building strong applications, securing financial aid and 
keeping colleges costs under control. My programs are personalized 
to your unique needs and I aim to make the college admissions 
process low stress for everyone involved.  Please visit my website at 
www.onmywayconsulting.com to learn more about my services.   
Thanks!  
Nicole Hosemann nicole[at]onmywayconsulting.com 5104936476

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Feb 12 2015

Hey there! My name is Nick and I'm a double major in English Literature and 
Economics at Cal. I graduated high school in 2011 with a weighted GPA of 
4.51 and an unweighted GPA of 3.91. I excel in all sorts of subjects, especially 
mathematics, English, and American history. I'm also a highly qualified SAT 
tutor. I'm very up-to-date with the test, as I only took it two years ago. My 
score breakdown is as follows: 790 in Critical Reading, 780 in Math, 710 in 
Writing, 2280 Composite. I've been tutoring elementary, junior high, and high 
school kids for five years now, and even after all that time, I'm hard-pressed 
to call it a job. Being a student myself, I know what makes kids tick. Whether 
it's through humor, sports, or what have you, I can find ways to connect to 
kids. And once I earn their trust, getting them interested in learning is 
nothing more than a cakewalk. If you're interested, I am too. Contact me!
Nick Bacarella nickbacarella[at]berkeley.edu 7325465841

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Feb 03 2015

I am a San Francisco based writer and teacher. I offer a
range of services as a writing coach, including workshops
for small groups, individual consultation, application
writing support, and general tutoring. This instruction can
be customized based on student need. I have over a decade
experience, most recently with a focus on college admission
support and writing. Please feel free to contact me via
email or visit my website at lauraschadler.com to learn more
about my experience and offerings. 
Laura Schadler laura[at]lauraschadler.com 

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Feb 01 2015

Get College Admissions Advice from a Former Stanford/Berkeley Admissions 
Officer

I am a former Stanford undergraduate admissions officer who has also worked 
in Stanford MBA admissions and UC-Berkeley Haas MBA admissions.  I am 
now leading my own college and MBA admissions consulting firm helping 
high school students navigate the sometimes complex admissions process. I 
bring the experience of having evaluated and decisioned thousands of 
applications for admission.

I have supported students in successfully applying to colleges all across the 
country and am now taking on juniors to help them plan to apply to college 
over the next 12 months. I work hard to get the best out of each student and 
ensure they are applying to schools where they will be the most successful.

If you are interested in learning how I can support your high schooler, please 
email me and we can set up a FREE 20 minute consultation.

Raja Ashraf raja@bancroftadvising.com
Raja Ashraf raja[at]bancroftadvising.com 

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Dec 30 2014

Need guidance with landing a summer internship or starting
your college application essays early? Stanford graduate
Alice Chen, MSJ, can help with all of those things and more.

*Stanford University (BA History, Minor Economics)
*Northwestern University (MS Journalism) 
*Former Center Director of Admissions Academy, a boutique
college counseling firm in Palo Alto. Taught more than 100
students about college admissions and helped more than 50
seniors gain acceptance to schools like Stanford, UCs, MIT, CSUs
*Professional, award-winning journalist whose work has
appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek.com, New
York Times News Service, Chicago Public Radio
*Communications consultant for clients like Apple, PG&E, Kraft
*Specialties include college and scholarship essays, college
and scholarship interviewing, cover letters, resumes
*In-person, video Skype and phone sessions available

Learn more and read testimonials at alicechen.info/tutoring
Alice Chen, MSJ | alice.c.chen[at]stanfordalumni.org 510-725-4896

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Dec 11 2014

I have been tutoring for over eight years, and specialize in
college application and scholarship essays. Bay Area
students I have tutored in the past have been accepted at
Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of
Pennsylvania, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San
Diego, and USC. Application preparation is naturally
stressful, but I aim to streamline the process to maximize
both sanity and success.

About me: I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford
University with a B.A. in Human Biology, Area of
Concentration in Neurobiology, and a M.A. in Modern Thought
and Literature, receiving interdisciplinary honors and the
Francisco Lopes Prize for my thesis in Feminist Studies, as
well as the Stanford Award of Excellence. As a Rhodes
Scholar Finalist, Bay Area Inspire Award Recipient, Dalai
Lama Fellow, Chappell Lougee Scholarship Recipient, and
Westly Prize Honorable Mention, I am experienced in grant
and application writing. 
Megan Winkelman megan.winkelman[at]alumni.stanford.edu 

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Dec 04 2014

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS & ESSAY CONSULTANT
***Specializes in STEM applications***

Dear Parents: 

I have over 10 years of experience helping applicants gain
admissions to the top undergraduate and graduate programs in
the country. Former clients of mine are currently attending
Harvard, Yale, Penn, Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins,
Cal, UCLA, and UCSD. While I work with a full range of
applicants, I specialize in helping students pursuing STEM
majors distinguish themselves from their Bay Area/Silicon
Valley peers. 

Contact me to arrange a free consultation:
Lynea Diaz-Hagan registration[at]windhorsewriting.com 415-800-4335

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Nov 30 2014

I am a veteran educator (20 years teaching and working as 
an administrator in public and private schools) . Each year 
during the college application season I take on a handful of 
students to help support their college application process. I 
just completed working the first round of UC applicants . I 
have time to take on 2-3 new students.

My work with students involves a range of services 
depending on the needs of the student. Typically, I help 
students select a list of colleges, manage the application  
deadlines, and I help with all of the personal 
statements/essays.

I usually work with the student in person and with online 
tools to keep track of progress on the applications. Once 
the application process is complete, I am available to help 
students identify and apply to scholarships.

In terms of fees, I work with family financial needs to create 
a scope of work and fees that are manageable. 

http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryfinn
Mary Finn maryelizabethfinn[at]gmail.com 2027468807

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Nov 10 2014

I have been tutoring for over eight years, and specialize in college application 
and scholarship essays. Bay Area students I have tutored in the past have been 
accepted at Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts 
University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, and USC. 

About me: I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A. in 
Human Biology, Area of Concentration in Neurobiology, and a M.A. in Modern 
Thought and Literature, receiving interdisciplinary honors and the Francisco 
Lopes Prize for my thesis in Feminist Studies, as well as the Stanford Award of 
Excellence. As a Rhodes Scholar Finalist, Bay Area Inspire Award Recipient, Dalai 
Lama Fellow, Chappell Lougee Scholarship Recipient, and Westly Prize Honorable 
Mention, I am experienced in grant and application writing. 

Please email me for student testimonials!
Megan Winkelman megan.winkelman[at]alumni.stanford.edu 

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Nov 03 2014

I'm a college English professor at San Jose State University(on sabbatical) and am 
currently tutoring students for college admission applications, navigating the 
college admissions process with students and parents, coaching on admission 
essays. I'm an excellent editor, and have a good sense of the college admissions 
process as I've coached numerous high school students in the process. I'm also 
available to help with coaching on writing, high school and college-level, and 
doing some editing/proofreading and coaching on general writing. 
My rates are very reasonable! Call me for a free 1/2 hour consultation. 
Persis Karim (professor)   persisk[at]yahoo.com  510 847 2817

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Oct 25 2014

Hey there! My name is Nick and I'm a double major in English Literature and 
Economics at Cal. I graduated high school in 2011 with a weighted GPA of 
4.51 and an unweighted GPA of 3.91. I excel in all sorts of subjects, especially 
mathematics, English, and American history. I'm also a highly qualified SAT 
tutor. I'm very up-to-date with the test, as I only took it two years ago. My 
score breakdown is as follows: 790 in Critical Reading, 780 in Math, 710 in 
Writing, 2280 Composite. I've been tutoring elementary, junior high, and high 
school kids for five years now, and even after all that time, I?m hard-pressed 
to call it a ?job.? Being a student myself, I know what makes kids tick. Whether 
it's through humor, sports, or what have you, I can find ways to connect to 
kids. And once I earn their trust, getting them interested in learning is 
nothing more than a cakewalk. If you're interested, I am too. Contact me!
Nick Bacarella nickbacarella[at]berkeley.edu 7325465841

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Oct 23 2014

Is your high schooler struggling with their college essays? I am a former Stanford 
undergraduate admissions officer supporting students with their college 
applications. I work 1 on 1 with students on their essays for college and can 
assist with college selection also.  I  am located in Burlingame and regularly 
travel to the East and North Bay to meet clients.  

You may check out my website here:bancroftadvising.com. Thank you! 
Raja Ashraf raja[at]bancroftadvising.com 

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Oct 22 2014

I am a PhD student at Cal and a resident of Berkeley. My 
graduate studies are in language and literacy (writing 
pedagogy, issues in ESL instruction, etc.), my 
undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan, 
where I studied cellular and molecular biology, and I am 
also a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern registered with 
the state.

I have over ten years of experience helping high school 
seniors apply to college. I have successfully placed 
students at every UC and at all but a few of the Ivies. If 
you are interested in more information about my services, 
please contact me and/or add me on LinkedIn, where you can 
read through an extensive array of recommendations and see 
for yourself what my clients have been able to accomplish. 
I currently have a few openings for students writing their 
UC and Common App essays.

Thank you and take care,
Gordy Steil gordysteil[at]gmail.com 5108484049

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Oct 19 2014

Is your child buried under a pile of college admissions essays and applications 
and feeling overwhelmed? I can help.
I'm an expert, professionally trained tutor with 14 years of experience who 
can help your child write a personal essay that will shine. I can also help him or 
her choose colleges that would be a good fit. 
http://www.katrinadreamertutoring.com
Katrina Martin, MA katrina[at]katrinadreamer.com 510-761-8047

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Oct 15 2014

I work with students on a range of college application goal, including: 
Helping students to write and edit personal statement essays, the college 
selection process, application completion and deadline management, and 
scholarship identification and application.
 
About me: I am an experienced educator and administrator with 16+ 
years working with high school students on the college admission 
process. Most recently, I worked as an administrator at Lick-Wilmerding 
High School (SF) where my responsibilities included overseeing the 
College Counseling Department. I currently work as an administrator in 
the SF Public Schools Dept. of College and Career Readiness where I 
manage many of the District-wide college and career programs.

 I have a number of East Bay family references who would be happy to 
talk with you about my work with their children.
Mary Finn maryelizabethfinn[at]gmail.com 202-746-8807

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Sep 22 2014

Do you need help applying to colleges? I am Dr. Aruna Somani, an internal 
medicine physician in the Bay Area. I am available to help students in completing 
college applications, choosing the right colleges/programs, essay writing and 
interviewing skills. In addition, I have extensive knowledge in how to best 
prepare for medical school applications. With my coaching, my son was able to 
gain admission to Northwestern's seven-year combined medical program (HPME), 
the top program in the nation. He also received over $260,000 in merit 
scholarships from other programs. My daughter, who was accepted into all the 
UC schools, is available to assist with essay writing and counseling as well. She is 
currently a senior at UCLA and writer for the UCLA newspaper. My email address 
is arunasomanimd@yahoo.com. I am available for a free consultation to discuss 
your specific needs.
Aruna Somani arunasomanimd[at]yahoo.com 9257861439

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Sep 05 2014

Is your high school student wading through college applications and stressing 
out over all those admissions essays?
I can help. I've worked with many high school students to help them craft 
excellent college essays and gain admission into prestigious colleges like Johns 
Hopkins. I can also help them navigate the college selection process with ease 
and confidence.
I?m an expert, professionally trained tutor with 14 years of experience and a 
background in writing (I've been a writer for nearly 20 years). 
Katrina Martin katrina[at]katrinadreamer.com 510-761-8047

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Aug 30 2014

Need guidance with college application essays or interviews?
Alice Chen can help.

*Stanford (BA History, Minor Economics), Northwestern (MS
Journalism)
*Former Center Director of Admissions Academy in Palo Alto,
helped more than 50 students get into colleges like
Stanford, UCs, MIT, West Point, CSUs
*Professional journalist (Work has appeared in the San
Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek.com, Chicago Public Radio)
*Communications consultant for clients like Apple, PG&E,
Kraft, University of Chicago Medical Center

Learn more at alicechen.info/tutoring 
Alice Chen alice.c.chen[at]stanfordalumni.org 510-725-4896

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Aug 25 2014

                   PERSONAL STATEMENT TUTORING
        
If your child is in the process of applying to college and
struggling with the personal statement portion of the
application, I am able to help.  I provide focused,
thorough, and individualized coaching and editing to help
your child write a strong essay that will get noticed.

                     MY CREDENTIALS

*Continually published writer and accomplished editor: my
works have appeared in highly regarded literary and academic
journals.
*Received high honors upon graduating from Cornell
University and Harvard Law School.
*Winner of several writing awards, grants, and fellowships.
*Winner of social justice/legal awards, grants, and
fellowships, including the prestigious Soros Justice
Fellowship.
*Experienced in writing various types of essays and proposals.

Those who have worked with me can attest to my skill,
compassion, and dedication to achieving great results. I
look forward to hearing from you!
Grace grace_the_writer[at]yahoo.com 

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Jul 29 2014

I have 15 years experience working with high school students on college 
applications, personal statements, and guiding them through the college 
application process. I have particularly strong experience working with students 
who have organizational challenges and writing blocks.

My professional background: Currently work as the Program Administrator for 
College and Career Readiness for SFUSD school district, former Dean of Studies 
at Lick-Wilmerding High School in SF (one part of my job was to oversee the 
College Counseling Office), 15+years as a teacher and college application editor 
and guide in Washington, D.C. Public Schools. 

I take on a handful of tutoring clients each fall and have local references as 
requested.  I look forward to hearing from you. My LinkedIn profile can be 
viewed here: www.linkedin.com/in/maryfinn/
Mary Finn maryelizabethfinn[at]gmail.com 2027468807

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Jun 23 2014

I'm a college professor and teach English & Comparative Literature at San Jose 
State University but live in Berkeley. I'm also a former advisor for my 
department. I seek to offer tutoring, advising on college applications, essays, 
and also general advice about how to approach decisions about where and how 
to apply to college. I'm open to working with teens, their adult parents, or in 
combination. My experience in this area is extensive, although I'm only recently 
establishing myself as an advisor. I'm happy to discuss your needs and ways I 
can keep the costs of tutoring/advising within your budget. 
Persis Karim (professor)  persisk[at]yahoo.com 510 847 2817

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Jun 18 2014

Do you need help in applying to colleges, especially in the 
fields of science, medicine and healthcare? I am Dr. Aruna 
Somani, an Internist in the Bay Area. I am available to help 
students in completing college applications, choosing the 
right colleges/programs, essay writing and interviewing 
skills.  I have counseled many students in how to best 
prepare for admission to medical school. With my coaching, 
my son was able to gain admission to Northwestern's seven 
year combined medical program(HPME) this fall. He also got 
into many other top medical programs and received over 
$260,000 in merit scholarships. I have practiced clinical 
medicine and trained medical students for over 20 years and 
can offer first hand knowledge into the medical school 
admission process. I earned my medical degree at University 
of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. My email 
address is arunasomanimd@yahoo.com. Contact me for a free 
consultation. 
Aruna Somani arunasomanimd[at]yahoo.com 925-786-1439

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Jun 17 2014

I am a well-educated (BS in Psychology, MS in Counseling,
PhD in Higher Education,) Moraga mom with a certificate in
College Advising from UC Berkeley extension.   

I am willing to work for a reasonable fee, and cater to
whatever aspects of the process that your student needs. If
you would like a full package, that's great, but I am also
quite willing to help only with essay revisions.

I welcome B students as well.

Given the academic pressure in our community, I would love
to help your student get through the maddening and, often
over-whelming,  application process.  Let me be the nag!
This will allow you to enjoy your child during their senior
year in high school.

Thank you for your consideration.  Students tend to like
working with me a lot; I try to keep things light, and
relieve some of their anxieties.
Jari J Hazard, PhD jari94556[at]comcast.net 

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Jun 11 2014

Lauren Bishop - Stanford graduate, Phi Beta Kappa
Managing Partner & College Admissions Coach at College Bound, LLC

Offers expert advice to college bound 8th-12th grade students and families 
on:
- Academics
- Extracurriculars
- Essays
- Financial aid
- SAT tutor recs
- & more

Lauren works in the Bay Area/Sonoma County, and with distance clients using 
phone, skype & email.

Testimonial from parent of Pomona student:

''Without Lauren, I?m certain my daughter wouldn?t have gained admission 
to the top schools that accepted her and offered excellent scholarship 
packages.

Lauren gave invaluable advice to my daughter starting in her 9th grade year, 
putting her on a path to succeed beyond her previous potential.  

Then, calm and confident, Lauren guided my overwhelmed daughter with 
humor and understanding as she drafted application essays.

Don't pass up the opportunity to work with Lauren!''

For more info: www.collegeboundservice.com/about-lauren.html
Lauren Bishop lbishop[at]stanford.alumni.edu (707) 391-2080

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Jun 05 2014

I have a PhD in Drama from Stanford, where I have subsequently worked as a 
teaching fellow in the humanities, helping freshmen to develop their reading and 
writing skills in many areas across the humanities. I currently work with a small 
number of private clients in the Bay Area, guiding them through the college 
application process, with a particular focus on helping them to build stronger, 
more focused essays.

The college application process can be confusing and overwhelming for a 
student; I can help your child learn to use spreadsheets and other tools to stay 
on top of this process, and to make sure they are giving themselves enough time 
to complete the applications.

I am happy to work closely with your child over the entire process, or simply to 
meet once or twice to give feedback on admissions essays.

Please contact me for rates and availability.  I am available to work during the 
summer and the school year.
Michael Hunter mhhunter[at]stanford.edu 

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Jun 02 2014

Are you looking for a tutor to help manage and facilitate your child?s college 
application process? The college application process can be a stressful time for 
families and I am able to help mitigate much of the stress by forward thinking 
the application due dates, helping with drafts of the personal statements and 
keeping your son/daughter on track to meet all deadlines. I have a range of 
professional experiences including: 15+ years experience working with students. 
I worked for 8 years in the Washington, D.C. public schools as a high school 
teacher and administrator.  I served for 5 years as the Dean of Studies (including 
overseeing the College Counseling dept.) and social studies teacher at Lick-
Wilmerding HS (private school in SF), and I am currently working as an 
administrator for College and Career programs in SFUSD. I have available local 
references for individual tutoring.
Mary Finn maryelizabethfinn[at]gmail.com 202-746-8807



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