Work one-on-one with a College Essay Advisor and write your way into a great school. As educators and writing experts, our Advisors complete rigorous and ongoing professional training to enable writing instruction that best suits each individual student. College Essay Advisors are experienced, professional, and dedicated to guiding students to complete an original, compelling, and polished college admissions essay.

College Essay Advisors

Madelaine Eulich

Madelaine Eulich first considered herself a writer in the Fourth Grade when she began writing stories about an adventurous teacher’s pet named ‘Smar T. Pants.’ Since then, Madelaine has had many of her own adventures, from mentoring teens on summer abroad and gap year programs, to teaching high school English in France, to advising college students at a small college in Maine. Madelaine is a 2008 graduate of Northwestern University and recently earned her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Human Development and Psychology). She is excited to spend this summer supporting budding writers in crafting strong and lively personal essays for college admissions.

Nived Ravikumar

Nived Ravikumar has helped applicants craft exceptional admissions essays for six years. Hailing from Southern California, Nived’s love for movies led him to major in Film Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara. His short film “Snippets” was showcased at international festivals and he also won the screenplay competition, First Look Project, in 2012. With his background in film and storytelling, Nived enjoys helping applicants discover their “inner-protagonist”. In 2016, Nived expects to graduate from Harvard University Extension School (A.L.M. in Management), where he also completed coursework at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Rob Williamson

Rob Williamson works as a High School Counselor in a Boston suburb. Both in his current role and his previous career as an Assistant Director of Admissions at Brown University, he has helped students across the country to craft college essays and work through the college application process. Rob holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University in International Relations and a master's degree from Boston University in School Counseling. When he's not working with high school students, he plays in a flag football league and is on a mission to visit all fifty states—forty-three down and seven to go.

Kaya Schmandt

Kaya is a graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She studies in the Prevention Science and Practice program, where she focuses on building on the strengths of high school students, their families and their communities as a means of promoting positive high school outcomes. Prior to starting at Harvard, she worked as a seventh grade science teacher and had the privilege of introducing her students to the magic of chemistry and the mysteries of geology. Kaya holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where she studied ecology and evolutionary biology. 

Sunray Wright

Sunray Wright first found her passion for reading and writing when she discovered the idea that books could “take you anywhere.” Since then, her writing has taken over fourteen countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia to explore writing as a student and as a teacher. She has a deep connection for exploring how writing can connect people across different geographies and life experiences. Sunray currently works for Harvard Law’s JD Admissions Office and will graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Ed.M program in Higher Education in the spring of 2017. She is excited to spend her summer engaging with writers as they explore new ideas and develop their writing. 

Molly Boynton Emmer

Molly Boynton Emmer works as a School Counselor in Central Connecticut. Although she works with children of all ages Kindergarten through 12th grade, she has a special affinity for the creativity and veracity of high school students. Molly’s warm personality and background in counseling help her establish meaningful connections with her students where introspection and direct feedback are important parts of establishing authenticity and voice. Molly works a lot with students around organizing thoughts and ideas, which helps young writers with clarity and purpose. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a 2011 graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Prevention Science and Practice Program, and also holds a Certificate in Advanced Studies in School Adjustment Counseling.