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First Impressions College Consulting - Owner
Working with students since 2006
College Essay Writing Tutor
Interview Skills Coach
Television and Film Producing
Public Speaking Coach
Website Writer and Content Developer
A Connecticut native, my husband and I have lived in Redding since 1995.
First Impressions College Consulting
Proudly providing college essay writing tutoring, interview preparation skills, resume writing in Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Easton, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton Connecticut, and surrounding towns. Plus world-wide on the Internet.
contact: +1 203-938-9199
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree from Boston University's College of Communication.
After a 20 year career in television that included a Writers Guild Award for All My Childrenand two Emmy® Award nominations, I founded First Impressions College Consulting.
It was a career change that I never anticipated. When my friends' children started applying to college, they asked me if I would read their children's college application essays and teach them how to interview. And a wonderful thing happened—I discovered how much I love teaching.
A soap opera writer's job is to create interesting and compelling stories that capture and hold the viewer's attention. That's exactly what a college application essay needs to do.
I work with my students to find their story. Together, we explore ideas and identify the best topics, then I teach them the writing skills they need to write a great college application essay.
I'm proud to say that college admissions officers have remembered and complimented my students' essays.
I also communicate extensively with college admissions officer on college essay writing. I know first-hand what colleges look for (and what makes them cringe) when they read college application essays.
I learned the art of storytelling writing
As an award-winning writer, I understand how to unlock a person's unique point of view and writing style.
As a communications expert, I've taught hundreds of people the secrets to a good interview.
It's all about identifying your best ideas and helping your individuality shine through.
That's what I love to do.
Thirty-five characters lived in my head at one time. (Sometimes it was noisy in there!) Each character spoke, thought, connived, schemed, loved, and laughed in his or her own way. It was fun trying to find new ways to write the stories. For example, when Paulina on "Another World" was given a bouquet of roses by her boyfriend Jake ( with whom she was furious), I had her break up with him by picking up a pair of scissors and cutting the heads off the stems one-by-one.
While the characters weren't real, I needed to write emotions and feelings that were. I did that by understanding each character's strengths and weaknesses, and then finding the heart in their stories. When the stories were told well, at the end of the of the day the viewers would want to come back for more.
This is the art I teach my students—how to find the heart in their stories, and then how to write a compelling story that captures the reader's attention and doesn't let go. That is what a great application essay has to do.