It’s timE to apply to college.

Sigh*. It doesn’t have to be this hard.

Graduation is around the corner,

and you’re wondering if there’s anything you can do now to get ahead of the curve

You’ve gotten some college counseling at school,

but you still feel lost about what you need to do next

You have some schools in mind

but no idea how to create a final list

You’re trying to survive the pressures of senior year

but your college deadlines are looming, and procrastination is your kryptonite

You’ve tried and thrown away a dozen essay ideas,

but everything seems too boring to be memorable or get a scholarship

Right about now, you need some serious help:

Figure out the application process

Finalize your list

Decide who to ask for recommendation letters

Knock out your essays

You’re ready to upload your applications with confidence, and tell everyone, “I got in!”

Imagine:

An organized, step-by-step, clear, and simple process to get your applications done
Creating a list of schools where you’re confident you’ll fit in and grow
Balancing your time so you actually enjoy your senior year, ace your exams, make memories, and make daily progress on your applications
Approaching your teachers for recommendations and getting glowing letters
Writing essays so powerful they set you apart and pave the way for your future

What if you could have this right now?

You’d actually get stuff done
You’d stop pulling all-nighters and passing out on your laptop
And you’d put an end to the “I didn’t get into my safety” nightmares

Memorable Essay® College Admissions Consulting is the miracle you’ve been praying for

HERE ARE YOUR OPTIONS:

You want:

  • Guidance so you know what you should be doing when−to be competitive and improve your odds of getting a scholarship. It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for college
  • Expert feedback so you can stop wondering, “Dear God, am I even doing this right?!” and put yourself on the right path to your dream school
  • Advice on how to get the best recommendations, even if you’re not sure who to ask or what to say
  • Strategies on how to handle unique obstacles between you and the school of your dreams

A College Admissions Strategy Session will get you on track.

You’re ready to:

  • Pick an idea so unforgettable it lands you in the “must admit” pile
  • Shape a story that reflects not only who you are but who you want to become
  • Review and polish the rough draft you’ve created to make the most of the one shot you get at impressing the admissions committee.

Essay Support is your new best friend.

You want to make an impact on the world. You’re young but you already feel like you could one day do something great.

You want one thing: Someone to hold your hand for every aspect for your college application process.

  • choosing schools
  • getting organized
  • landing stellar recommendation letters
  • writing memorable essays
  • balancing SAT/ACT prep with classes
  • applying for financial aid
  • negotiating wait lists and accepting offers
You want guidance tailored to you — not generic advice you can Google — so you have an expert showing you the next best step at every stage of your journey.

VIP SUPPORT FOR COLLEGE PLACEMENT was made for you.

Client stories

Atekana Nyaama

Questbridge National College Match Finalist, Amherst College (Class of 2022)

Using Shawna’s strategies I’ve become a QuestBridge Finalist matched to Amherst. I had applied months before without her help and wasn’t selected.

I was worried about getting accepted into college and wondered if my essay topic/story was strong enough when I met Shawna-Kaye. She helped make my application process a lot smoother. She layered each part of my process, and would send me messages about what step to take next, which made it less stressful. Using Shawna’s strategies, I’ve become a QuestBridge Finalist matched to Amherst. I had applied months before without her help and wasn’t selected.

I like how Shawna tried to understand me and what I wanted. I believe this allowed us to be on the same page, working to achieve the same goal. I liked her encouragement, advice, and that she gave deadlines. I’m also very thankful for her willingness to always help and persistence in pushing me to my maximum potential.

I’ve learned the process/approach to writing a clear and concise essay that meets the requirements being asked for, to be open to new ideas and exploring my options, to take advantage of every opportunity, and to believe in myself.

Shawna has a great personality, great collaborative skills, and was very easy to work with. I highly recommend her to students moving on to the next stage of their education or who are about to start any kind of application writing.

Charles Rockhead Jr.

Admitted: Amherst College, Boston University College of Engineering, Cornell University College of Engineering, Georgetown University, and The University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science (Class of 2022)

I was really impressed with my overall experience, not because of Shawna’s credentials or her reputation, but because of how humane the whole process was. I only wish I had met her before.

Don’t be afraid to share any crazy ideas you have or be afraid to be yourself around Shawna-Kaye. When I met her, I was overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of work that had to be accomplished within a short time, but she gets incredible results, and is amicable and brilliant. The quality of my essays superseded my expectations.

Additionally, Shawna-Kaye never fell through from a commitment or deadline, and always provided emotional and creative support. She challenged me to be open-minded. She took the time to understand me and help me express exactly what I wanted to say. I loved her jokes and our brainstorming sessions, and I’ve learned the concept behind constructing better essays and rewriting them.

I was really impressed with my overall experience, not because of Shawna’s credentials or her reputation, but because of how humane the whole process was. I only wish I had met her before.

Harvey A. Miller Jr

University Counselor, United World College Costa Rica

In the heights of application season, when we were bombarded by essays from over 100 students, Shawna-Kaye was unfazed, patiently offering expert essay-writing guidance to each student.

I first met Shawna-Kaye in 2008, when we worked together as college access consultants. We supported students with every aspect of college placement from the time they thought of applying to college until they got in. 

It was during this time that I first witnessed Shawna-Kaye’s editing prowess. In the heights of application season, when we were bombarded by essays from over 100 students, Shawna-Kaye was unfazed, patiently offering expert essay-writing guidance to each student.

Recently, I decided to embark on the job search process, and although our paths have somewhat diverged, there is still only one person I trust. I asked Shawna-Kaye to review my cover letter and personal statement, and to my surprise, she exceeded my absurdly high expectations of her. She provided detailed and constructive suggestions for improvement as well as thorough and precise organizational and grammatical edits. She even explained her reasoning for many of her changes. After making some of the changes she suggested, I feel assured that my cover letter and personal statement will communicate to any organization my experience, skills, and overall worth in the most powerful way.

Why Shawna-Kaye?

Since 2007, I have helped over 400 ambitious applicants like you win more than US$6 MILLION in scholarships to some of the top schools in the world. The schools my college-bound clients have gotten into include Harvard University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, The University of Chicago, Sarah Lawrence College, Amherst College, and MIT.

For the Class of 2022, 75% of my private clients were admitted to their top-choice college. All of them  received a partial or full-tuition scholarship, and enrolled.

I am currently an Alumni in Admission at Bates College.

Memorable Essay’s happy clients include The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which gives the largest scholarships in the United States to students with financial need and exceptional academic promise. I provide essay consulting to their high school seniors.

I’m a trained journalist published on CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown

This is not just a job to me.

Supporting young people’s college journeys means the world to me because education radically transformed my life, and I want you to experience the joy of seeing how much you can grow and achieve.

I have insight into both sides of the table. In addition to college counseling, from 2007-2008 I worked as a Senior Admission Fellow at Bates College to interview students applying to the class of 2012 and submit my admission recommendations to the deans. As a Senior Admission Fellow, I saw how the way the applicants communicated can outweigh their actual achievements.

Whether you want to get out of your city and see the world, gain knowledge and skills, empower your family and community, or study subjects you’ve been itching to explore, there’s a college that would love to give it all to you.

Memorable Essay® College Admissions Consulting is for you if:

You’re committed to getting into a college you love (within the next 6 months-5 years).
You understand that getting into a college where you thrive requires clarity, a strategy tailored to you, and time to create polished applications, so you want someone invested in your results to provide you thorough guidance and rigorous feedback.
You intend to write your own application essays, but you want to finish your applications faster and with professional support.
You value investing in proven and professional support that can help you make the most of this life-changing process.

Memorable Essay® College Admissions Consulting isn’t for people who:

Know they will be going to college, but are not seriously invested in going to a school that lights them up inside. They feel pressured to apply, and any college is good enough for them.
Want someone to “just take a quick look” at some aspect of their application. You will get excellent admission results when an expert provides you ongoing, personalized guidance and feedback.
Don’t want to write their own essays. The best essays come from your heart; I will help you pull them out.
Are looking for the cheapest solution. Memorable Essay® College Admissions Consulting is a high-quality consulting service that changes lives.

Grab a free 30-minute discovery session now

How does this all work?

Step One: Enter your email address so you can pick my brain about how to make your college dreams come true.

Step Two: Keep your eyes on your inbox—you’ll receive confirmation about our one-on-one time so you don’t miss out on the support that’s waiting for you.

Step Three: Bring all your questions to our session so you get solutions that bring you one step closer to packing your suitcases for college.

Step Four: You’ll walk away with a clear vision of the road to make your college dream come true.

You can keep struggling alone

…or you can get support to:

make your journey easier,

help you win thousands of dollars in scholarships,

and put you in classrooms with future leaders of the world.

Babalwa Tetyana

Admitted: Sarah Lawrence College, International Merit Scholarship; Kalamazoo College (Class of 2022)

If you are thinking of working with Shawna, know that she does not only try her hardest to help you put your story on paper, she also makes sure that it is a story that will make your application stand out.

Working with Shawna was really amazing and life-changing, because if she was not there to help me, I possibly would have just put everything in my mind on paper, and it would be super confusing.

I had so much that I wanted to say, but I did not have the layout—where to start or how to write it. She made the process way easier. I was able to write a story that answered the prompts as well as gave the colleges an idea of who I am.

I really liked our first interview, when I told Shawna my story. It made me realize that there was a different way of looking at my experiences other than the one perspective I had always had.

If you are thinking of working with Shawna, know that she does not only try her hardest to help you put your story on paper, she also makes sure that it is a story that will make your application stand out.

Tamari Miller

Admitted: The University of Chicago (Class of 2012)

Shawna-Kaye helped me demonstrate polish in every area of my college application.

Shawna-Kaye helped me demonstrate polish in every area of my college application. After every draft, I had learnt something about myself and I became a better writer because of it. In retrospect, her guidance prepared me for all the writing I had to do during my tenure at The University of Chicago, where I am now a medical student!

Before you know it, you’ll be out of high school. Do you want to be in a college where you’re just another student?

A place where you feel you don’t fit in? And worse, you’re going through each semester without the scholarship support that you really need.

Or do you want to be at a college where you love your classmates?

A home where every semester you’re getting thousands of dollars in support you earned when you applied? Around brilliant people with whom you’re making lifelong connections, learning, and growing?

Let’s be honest, you want the second school.

Let’s get you into the right one.

What I know from guiding over 400 young people from around the world to admission and millions in scholarship and financial aid to schools they love is that you need three things for the road to college:

A clear understanding of yourself

identifying the things you value, and the conditions you need to do your best work, so you actually know what to look for in a college

A strategy tailored to your life

so you and your family can prepare, plan, and pay for a college education that gives you opportunities you would never have otherwise

A memorable application

so admissions officers begin to imagine you on campus and lobby for you to be chosen.

Your college years will shape your life for years to come.
Let me help you get into the college that is right for you.