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   LOGO AND WEB DESIGN SANDRINE PEREZ

ABOUT ME
 

When my mother brought our new puppy to my first grade class for show and tell, the entire class immediately gathered around her. The entire class, that is, except me. I was too engrossed in my writing to realize she had walked in. I’ve been absorbed in words ever since. My career as a writer has spanned more than 30 years, from the television newsroom to a communications agency to my own home office.

When a neighbor asked me to review her son’s college admission essays, I quickly realized I had found my niche. I was already fascinated — some say obsessed — with the college admissions process. Now I am able to blend my writing and editing skills with my sincere joy in connecting with young people and guiding them toward the next phase of their lives. Since launching my business in 2013, I have worked with several hundred students on more than 1,000 essays, and I can still tell you something special about each of them, from the foodie to the astrophotography buff, from the guy who escapes to the crooning of Frank Sinatra to the girl who wrote so eloquently about trees.

A lifelong learner, I stay abreast of developments in college admissions by constantly reading articles, following college counseling Facebook groups and listservs, attending meetings of national organizations, and visiting college campuses. I am also committed to enhancing college access for students in underserved communities through pro bono work. I currently volunteer at Save Our Youth (SOY) in Costa Mesa, where I offer a four-part college essay series, review students' essays, and help chaperone college tours. In 2017, I served as an essay coach with Peer Forward.

EDUCATION
 

Independent Educational Consultant Certificate, UC Irvine Extension, 2016

 

MSJ, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 1987


BA, University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, 1986
 

EXPERIENCE
 

Freelance writer since 1995.  Clients include: Sage Hill, Pegasus, and St. Mary’s schools; Pelican Hill and Coast Kids magazines; Vintage Senior Housing, Allergan, Fontis Solutions and many more.

 

Program Director for Communicore Medical Communications

 

Associate Producer/Writer for Medical Communications Resources

 

Television News Writer/Producer in Boston, Providence and Eureka, Calif.

 

EXTRACURRICULARS

 

Regularly read articles and websites relevant to college admissions counseling

 

Parent of two sons, Reed College (’18) and Trinity College (’22)

 

Founder and Coach, Pegasus School Running Club, 2007-2010

 

Avid runner with 18 marathons completed