Gillian Culff

    I’ve always had a passion for words. I wrote my first book, a collection of fables, in second grade. For most of my life I’ve written poems, narratives, and short stories, some of which I’ve had published online and in anthologies.

    I earned my bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, known for its writing-centered program. I worked as an admissions tour guide and was elected to serve on the Admissions Committee, where I read applications and participated in admissions decisions; later, I served as an admissions interviewer. In these experiences on the “other side of the desk,” I learned that college admissions is not one-size-fits-all, but is guided by each school’s unique learning environment and culture. 

    In my 20s I became a mom and a writer. I wrote a monthly column called “Mother’s Wisdom” and published articles in national parenting magazines, which led to a professional career in writing and editing.

    When my two sons–now in their 20s–were in lower school, I began teaching high school English, yearbook, and creative writing at Parker School, a private, college preparatory school in Hawaii. In my ten years there I marked up thousands of student essays, advised juniors on the college admissions process, attended visits by college reps, and chaperoned students on college tours. I always asked reps what they looked for in the essay, and I was surprised to learn that they were not all looking for the same things.

    As an Essay Specialist, I will help you craft personal narratives that highlight the unique attributes you’ll contribute to each college’s environment. I’ll also share techniques from my 20-year yoga and mediation practice  that will help you quiet anxiety, enhance focus, and  open to inspiration.

    Ready to conquer college essay nerves and take your writing to a new level? I can’t wait to teach you how!

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