Parents play a critical role in the successful collaboration between coach and student client. Their input deepens our own insights into a student's essay. This is why we build an opportunity for feedback into our individual plans, checking in with parents by email or phone to report on a student's progress and fielding any questions or concerns.
Our Approach: A Process of Discovery
Time and again our experience shows that every student has a great life story to share. A story that reveals who she is, a story that manifests the strength of his or her character, values, aspirations, and beliefs.
What’s more, students often have a good idea about what those stories are, even if they’re anxious or afraid to share them.
Why is that? Well, for one thing, there’s a good deal riding on a student’s college applications and, by extension, his or her personal statements. The stress of the admissions process can be overwhelming. Furthermore, many students have not been trained or encouraged to put themselves at the center of their own stories. And they are insecure about being vulnerable or authentic—precisely the qualities that make for compelling writing.
We seek to partner with students to create an environment where they can reveal their most important stories. We are not afraid to push our clients past their comfort zones, for we believe that all first-rate writing comes from this deeper, more authentic place. At the same time, we have the experience to successfully guide our clients from the tentative idea to the polished final draft.
We balance this commitment to the basics of storytelling and literary skill with the perspective, abilities, and interests of our clients.
In short, what we value is an approach that is at once intuitive yet analytical, supportive yet rigorous. We offer guidance, insight, encouragement, but we expect a student's work to be his or her own.