I’ve been a writer and editor for 30+ years, with a particular passion for personal storytelling — exactly the kind of writing that’s needed for college application essays. During my career in journalism, communications, marketing, and product management, I've written for national magazines and websites, business publications, corporations, and nonprofits. For more than a decade I published In Erika's Kitchen, a food blog with a focus on personal and family stories.
The students I've worked with have been accepted to top colleges, including Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and other first-choice schools.
My background: I'm a Yale graduate and two-time Yale parent. I interviewed Yale applicants in West Los Angeles for 15 years and spent three years working with Yale Admissions as the West LA Alumni Schools Committee Director.
I work with students to help them tell their unique stories and write college essays that are personal, meaningful, and memorable. The personal statement and other supplemental essays are students’ best opportunity to stand out and tell admissions committees who they are, what they care about, and why they belong at their schools. This is often the first time high schoolers have to write about themselves, which can feel uncomfortable and intimidating. My goal: making the college application less stressful for students and families.