Mindy Pollack-Fusi works one-on-one with students to coach them on their college application essays in person (greater Boston area) or online.


As college application deadlines loom, parents and students admit that the essay is the #1 task students dread, avoid, or wait to tackle last minute. Yet it is a vital tool for providing depth to your application. The essay introduces the person behind the grades, scores, and extracurricular activities. And it sometimes makes the difference between an acceptance or rejection from your desired college.

During the past decade, I have coached hundreds of high school students on their college application essays. I guide them toward passionate essays that reflect their personalities and unique qualities. While the essay alone cannot help a student get into college, it provides an edge in the admissions process and helps students gain acceptance to the colleges of their dreams.

I will not write the essay for you! We will discuss the content and the messages your essay provides about you. Then we will adjust words, sentences, and paragraphs so you and your writing are effervescent.

SCROLL DOWN FOR A LIST OF COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES MY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO OVER THE TEN YEARS I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS WORK! They are a wonderful group of young people! Helping adolescents refine their identities and passions, write about this in a succinct essay, and see them accepted by colleges and universities that excite them (and their parents) is so rewarding. I couldn’t possibly love my “job” any more!

In Person

If you wish to work with me in person, please call or email to arrange our first meeting. In that first meeting, you can either learn about my services (no charge), or get started (fees begin). FYI–I usually limit student work to 90-minute sessions to eliminate burnout! (Note, parents are welcome to attend all meetings, but often students work better with me one-on-one!)


If you wish to work with me online, please email to discuss what services you think you might need–help with the topic, reviewing a draft, online edits, help with supplements, etc. After we agree to work together, I will bill you after the e-mail, phone, Skype or Face Time session.

Quick & Focused

I work quickly so I should be able to accomplish a lot in the time we allot. I will never do more work than we agree to…so no worries that I will send you a bill with surprises! Note that after we agree to work together, I reply to work sent to me within 3 days (including weekends/holidays) unless we agree on rush services–$50 extra to have edits in 24 hours, if I am able.

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Among other pointers, I may advise you on ways to:

  • start with the most exciting opening
  • reorganize your essay
  • focus on one theme, while also revealing your best qualities in a way that makes you shine! (And if you don’t have a topic, I have multiple “tricks” to pull one out of you!)

This is how I work with students:

If you already have drafted an essay, I will review it and work with you on edits–or suggest a different topic if I think you’ve missed your mark.

If you have no idea what to write your essay on, do not worry! We will discuss ideas and work together on what should go into a first draft.

From here, I will work with you on edits until you and I believe it’s ready to roll out!