Expository Writing & the Essay

Writing is one of the primary skills required of high school and college students, yet rarely is it taught well. That’s why our writing tutors are published authors, MFA graduates, and Ph.D candidates in the humanities who have devoted years to learning how to teach their craft.

Our goal is to help our students become confident and independent academic writers. We teach students how to perform systematic research, create outlines, revise effectively, and appropriately cite sources. Moreover, we work hard to teach students why these things are important, and how to enjoy doing them.  We work with students in the context of formal courses, but we are also happy to create bespoke writing tutorials for students who need outside assistance or would like to practice during vacations from school. We also support students preparing to sit for the Writing section of the SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, or any other standardized exam.

In addition to helping students learn how to structure and communicate their thoughts in writing, our expository writing tutors will help you craft exciting, successful admissions essays, and beat standardized exams that test verbal skills. We have helped countless students shape their application narratives and transform their stories into compelling pieces of writing.

 

Popular Subjects: Introduction to composition, Rhetoric, College applications/personal statements (brainstorming, structuring, drafting, and revising)
Tests: SAT Writing/ SAT Critical Reading, AP English Language, AP English Literature, SAT II Literature, Literature GRE Subject Test

Expository Writing & the Essay Tutors

After many years of exile in colder climes, Aaron finally returned to his home state of California, where he currently teaches social science courses at Deep Springs College. Aaron grew up in Los Angeles but departed for the Midwest, where he earned his BA (philosophy) and MA (social sciences)...

When Adrienne was seven years old, she published her first book, "The Pretty Girl Who Was Smart and the Beautiful Girl Who Was Stupid," and she hasn't stopped writing since.  Adrienne attended Princeton, majoring in English and creative writing; she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa...

Initially a physics major, Alex graduated with a BA in English from Rice University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). Subsequently, he earned his PhD in English Literature from Rutgers, and his dissertation project was awarded the prestigious Dan David Prize in Literature by an...

Alexa is a medical anthropologist and writer. She is Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. She holds an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Anthropology and Folklore and an M.A. from the St. John’s College Great Books Program. She did her undergraduate work at The Evergreen...

Alison grew up in Concord, MA, known for its literary and revolutionary history (Henry David Thoreau inspired the name of her first dog Walden). Alison has always loved reading and writing; at Brown University, she studied Comparative Literature and Italian Studies. While studying abroad for a...

Born and raised in Baltimore, Allison spent her primary and secondary education studying Japanese until her Japanese teacher, who happened to be enrolled in Arabic classes, inspired her to do the same! She graduated from Williams College cum laude with a BA in Arabic Studies, was awarded a...

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Alyssa is happy to once again call Brooklyn home.  Alyssa attended Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn Heights and then Williams College, where she majored in English and wrote a collection of short stories for her Honors Thesis, one of which won the Wainwright Award for best...

Born and raised in Hawaii, Amelia was excited to experience the snowy winters of rural Vermont when she started her undergrad degree at Middlebury College. Along with gradually figuring out how to layer, she fell in love with the Italian language. After spending a year abroad at the Università...

Amulya earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a Student Marshal of her class in 2010.  Inspired by the many ethical issues that arose during her bachelor’s thesis research on HIV in India, she pursued a fellowship in the Department...

Amy

Amy first became interested in studying law when she took a constitutional law class in high school.  She attended Brown University, where she graduated with a B.A. with Honors in “Law and Society.”  Amy received a J.D. from NYU School of Law and spent a year clerking for a federal district...

Andrew grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, just a few miles from the utopian religious community on which he would eventually focus much of his academic work.  He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and St.  Andrews University before ultimately receiving his bachelor’s degree from the...

As a youngster in Ontario, Canada, Andrew always felt lost in French class, intimidated by the initial difficulties of language learning. However, when he went to live and study in Paris for his junior year of college, he fell in love with the language and intellectual culture. He now possesses...

Andrew recently earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, majoring in Marketing and Operations, and an M.A. in International Studies from the Lauder Institute.  At Wharton, Andrew published an article on Russian grocery chains, served as Lauder Student Advisory Board...

Andrew loves traveling, teaching, and learning. He has visited 16 countries to date, which includes semesters abroad in Germany, Australia, and Scotland. He graduated summa cum laude from Clark University, with a BA in psychology and accelerated MS in professional communication. After a...

Andrew was born and raised in New York City, where he developed a love for history and English at museums and bookstores across Manhattan. Andrew graduated from Columbia University cum laude with a major in history and an English minor. In support of his history honors thesis on the...

Andy grew up around punk music and alternative theatre in the Great American West.  After graduating from Arizona School for the Arts, he attended Harvard College, where he studied American History and Literature, wrote and produced six plays, recorded and performed original music, lived in a...

Andy is a Brooklynite by way of Kansas City and Marseille, France. A passionate language teacher, writing coach, and UX designer, he earned his PhD in French literature from NYU while also helping to create a language teaching chatbot for the wildly popular app Duolingo. Andy currently works as...

Angela comes to Cambridge by way of Johns Creek, GA, where she was raised in the suburbs of Atlanta.  She completed her undergrad degree at Rice University in 2014 with majors in History and Policy Studies - though she initially started out as a scholarship piano performance major at the school'...

Anna grew up right outside of Boston, where she spent the better part of her childhood obsessed with learning foreign languages. She continued to develop her passion for language while attending Harvard College, and graduated magna cum laude with an BA in linguistics. Anna is currently pursuing...

Anna is a Harvard-educated linguist and historian and has taught Humanities at Boston College, Brown, Phillips Andover, Harvard, and MIT. She has tutored privately
for many years. While in college, Anna tutored middle-schoolers in remedial English and composition. After entering a graduate...

Annabel’s educational journey began with homeschooling in Southport, Connecticut and taking online courses through Stanford University’s Educated Program for Gifted Youth. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, with a BA in English and minors in...

As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, Anne’s love of language and reading led her to double major in Linguistics and French. After a year studying abroad in the south of France, she was determined to spend many more years living à la française after she graduated. She taught English in two...

Ariel was born in Santa Monica, CA but has lived in New York City since she was twelve and considers herself a proud New Yorker. She attended Professional Children’s School (to accommodate her schedule at the School of American Ballet) where she discovered her love of literature, writing,...

Ash is a native of Queens, New York and will take every opportunity to remind you of its charms. He spent his teenage years crisscrossing the city, attending Hunter College High School. At Harvard College, he fell in love with the classics of social and political theory, majoring in Social...

Becca holds a B.A. in philosophy (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College and an MPhil in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. She is currently in the fourth year of her PhD in philosophy at Harvard, where she has been the recipient of the prestigious Bowdoin...


Ben is a doctoral student in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ben graduated Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with an AB in Applied Mathematics in 2014. Ben’s senior thesis was awarded the...

Until recently, Ben has been a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where he earned a PhD in English with a concentration on Shakespearean drama and economic history. In more than five years as an instructor at Columbia, Ben was repeatedly honored for teaching and mentorship. Not only does he...

Ben grew up near Philadelphia, where easy access to the city’s enormous park system spurred his curiosity about how people change the places they live in. Ben attended Amherst College, majoring in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and graduating summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors....

Benjamin graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA from NYU, where his senior thesis earned him the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Achievement Award. Benjamin was also student editor of Mercer Street, a collection of NYU’s best undergraduate writing, and a writing tutor at NYU...

Beth grew up just outside of New York City in Stamford, Connecticut. She followed her passion for languages and literature to Middlebury College in Vermont, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English and American Literatures and Italian. After graduating, she worked in digital...

Blythe is a member of the Yurok Tribe; she is originally from McKinleyville, CA, and currently lives in Los Angeles. Blythe graduated from Dartmouth College in 2012 with a BA in Sociology. At Dartmouth, she was a Mellon Mays Fellow, won the national Beinecke scholarship as a junior and was one...

In 2008, Brent graduated from NYU, double-majoring in Literature and Music. He made the Dean’s List and was awarded the Dean’s Grant for Creative Writing. After graduating, and living briefly in France, he became an English and History tutor, helping students improve their grades and craft...

Brian is a native of Long Island and began tutoring in high school. He worked with high school juniors studying calculus, second and third graders with special needs on their homework, and with a range of students and subjects in between. At Dartmouth, Brian worked as an assistant teacher (“...

Bryan grew up in Akron, OH where he cultivated a taste for exploring the wider world and has spent most of his life in Chicago and New York City. Bryan is a Ph.D. candidate in British Atlantic and Early American History at Columbia University. He earned his BA from the City College of New York...

Cait was born and raised in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. After attending events on Penn's campus and at the Kelly Writers House throughout her childhood, her dream of receiving a Penn education became a reality when she studied for and received her Bachelor's degree in Biological...

Caroline Dell is a Senior Associate Consultant in Bain & Company’s New York office. She joined Bain full-time in September 2013, after an internship during the summer of 2012.

Caroline graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy. While at Brown, she was...

Cassie is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended Yale for college, and although this is her sixth year living on the east coast, she is still not used to the frigid winters. Cassie earned a double major in history and molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Her studies focused on...

Charlotte was born in Utah, grew up in England, and has lived in Mexico, Peru, and Chile. She holds a B.A. with first class honors and distinction in English and Spanish from Oxford University, an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from Brown, and a postgraduate certificate in translation from the...

An East Coast native, Chelsea began her college career in California but quickly transferred back east to attend Yale College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude with a BA in History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. Chelsea is passionate about women’s health, and...

Chris graduated from Princeton, in 2009, with an AB in German Literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing (Poetry). His junior papers, on a short story of Robert Musil’s and a novella of Samuel Beckett’s, won the German Department’s Junior Independent Work Prize, and his thesis on Musil won...

Chris grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, where he developed an appreciation for the finer things in life, especially the music of Bruce Springsteen, the invaluable service of gas station attendants, and mozzarella cheese (pronounced “mootz-ah-rell,” or simply “muhtz”), though he has since...

Chris was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. He stayed local for college, attending Brown University and graduating with a dual degree in history and mathematics. After an extensive amount of teaching and tutoring, Chris wanted the opportunity to have a bigger impact. To pursue his...

After teaching with Teach For America in the South Bronx, Christophe co-founded Rise Academy, a high-performing Newark charter school featured in The Economist, ABC News, and other media outlets. Recently signed as a screenwriter by Management 360, a leading Hollywood literary talent agency, he...

Claire started tutoring when she herself was in high school, and she's been teaching ever since! After graduating as valedictorian, she left Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) for New York City, specifically Barnard College and Columbia University, where she tutored calculus and writing. She majored in...

Claire graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and honors in nonfiction writing. She now holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the New York Academy of Art.

Claire has taught English literature at a high school in Athens, Greece, and...

Born and raised in South Texas, Colin was set free to explore the garden that is New Jersey at 18. He wound up at Princeton University, where he graduated with honors in shapes, colors and feelings (Anthropology) and learned a lot of languages (French, Greek, Arabic, and Chinese), many of which...

Connor is a cofounder of an upcoming cryptography software project and the sole proprietor of a novel-in-progress. He grew up in Wyoming—his true loyalties are with the forests of the Snowy Range and the rock formations of Vedauwoo. He graduated from Duke in 2012 as an Angier B. Duke Memorial...

Courtney attended Carnegie Mellon University, completing a specialized interdisciplinary degree in anthropology and studio art. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with University, Inter-college, College of Fine Arts, and Dietrich College Honors, and was named as an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar....

Daniel is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of five books of literary nonfiction.  He specializes in coaching students on their personal statements and other application essays, whether the goal is getting into a great college, grad school, or medical...

After growing up on a farm in Iowa, Danielle moved to Massachusetts, where she studied English with a citation (minor) in Spanish at Harvard University. At Harvard, Danielle was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated summa cum laude a year later. She spent most of her free time in...

David grew up in Acton, MA, former home to Steve Carell and Big Bird (really—look it up!), where he also teaches. He’s a passionate parent, runner, musician, learner, reader, and writer. David has been a freelance writer for 15 years, interviewing people like Sia, Elvis Costello, and “Weird Al”...

David received his B.A. at the University of Virginia, where he studied creative writing (poetry), English literature, and Spanish. He graduated with distinction and went on to study poetry writing at Columbia University, earning his M.F.A. and winning a Fulbright Fellowship to Bogotá, Colombia...

Austin, TX is Devin’s hometown: when he was young, his family moved there from Orlando, FL because they realized they had finally finished seeing every part of Disney World. He got his BA in philosophy at Yale, where he graduated magna cum laude and won 1st prize in the Yale Public Speaking...

Dilyn is originally from a cute mountain town – Golden, Colorado – that still thinks of itself as being “the Wild West.” She left her hometown to attend New York University, where she majored in English, minored in Spanish and studio art, and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dilyn...

Drew grew up in Portland, Maine but moved south to Memphis, Tennessee the year before his beloved Red Sox broke the curse of the Bambino. He began the long road back north by moving to Pennsylvania to study philosophy at the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, where he graduated...

Duncan is an Affiliated Fellow of the Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College and holds a D.Phil in English from the University of Oxford, an MA from University College London and BA from Cambridge University. He moved to the United States in the summer of 2012 after a decade...

Eliza grew up on an educational farm in Western Massachusetts, The Farm School, and was milking cows before she could read. Then she picked up a book and started reading everything (and everywhere) she could. She majored in English at Bard College, where she won several awards for her academic...

Elizabeth was born in the boonies of Appalachia. She attended the University of North Carolina, double-majoring in dramatic art and English and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was awarded the Joseph Adler Award in Dramatic Art and the Whitfield Award for her work in...

Elizabeth is originally from southwest Michigan, but has moved around from St. Louis to rural Kentucky before finally ending up in Boston. Hailing from a road tripping family, she enjoys stocking up on podcasts for the long drive (all 14 hours) back to Michigan to visit family.  Elizabeth is a...

Originally from Connecticut, Elizabeth graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and a language citation in German. While at Harvard, she participated extensively in the performing arts scene, earning the David McCord Prize for Unusual...

From a very young age, Elizabeth has been baking cookies, pies, and cakes. This love for baking stimulated her interest in chemistry. Elizabeth attended the University of Virginia and obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry. At UVA, Elizabeth conducted...

Ellen grew up in sunny Southern California, solely subsisting on a diet of boba milk tea and In-N-Out burgers. An early interest in science drove Ellen to pursue a degree in Chemistry at Caltech, where her passion for science and human engagement led her to consider a career in medicine. She is...

A Midwest transplant, before coming to Cambridge, Emily attended Carleton College where she spent many hours exploring the college’s arboretum and majored in French and Francophone Studies. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and with distinction in her major and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Having...

Emily was a Criminology major at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Subsequently, Emily completed an MD and is currently pursuing a residency in internal medicine, both at Mount Sinai.

At Cambridge Coaching, Emily has focused on admissions...

Emily was born in Louisiana, and raised in Mississippi and Pennsylvania. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where she triple-majored in philosophy, psychology, and linguistics, and double-minored in English and French. In her senior year, Emily served as president of her college's...

Emily is a graduate student working on her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University. Her research focuses on trauma, particularly sexual and domestic violence, but she has experience working with patients with a wide range of serious mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar...

Emma grew up in a household of readers, and still remembers when her mother established the rule “No Reading When You’re Walking” after a bad fall (caused by reading while walking down stairs) resulted in a sprained ankle. Emma attended Sarah Lawrence, where she earned a BA in Liberal Arts with...

When Emma was fifteen, she started her own watercolor portrait business. Her favorite clients were the dogs. Always interested in life’s big questions, she spent her undergraduate years at Yale majoring in Religious Studies, contributing to a student-run journal that focused on the subject of...

Emma graduated from Dartmouth in 2014, Yale Law in 2019, and is currently a PhD candidate in Psychology at Harvard. In addition to the SAT, LSAT and GRE, she has taught and tutored a wide variety of subjects, from high school constitutional law to college level statistics.

She loves the...

Emma hails from rural Minnesota, where she frequented her local library to the point that her parents were forced to threaten returning her literary spoils as a form of disciplinary leverage. After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014...

Emmy did not learn how to read until third grade, many long months after her twin sister; and she has been making up for lost time ever since. An avid reader and book-worm (more like the Hungry Caterpillar of books), Emmy studied literature and the visual arts at Yale College, where she...

Eric is a doctoral candidate in the Urban Planning program at Columbia University.  Growing up in New York and commuting to high school and Mets games on the subway shaped his research interest in transportation networks and urban form.  Prior to enrolling at Columbia, he earned a Master’s...

Eric grew up in Wisconsin, and double majored in history and English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where occasional rumors that the school had a football team (“Badgers?”) reached him while he was getting hooked on the writing of Joyce, Faulkner, Eliot and Woolf. He...

Eric spent the first eighteen years of his life in Cleveland, but since then has lived in five different countries.  He went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied History & Political Science and studied abroad his junior year at Sciences Po in Paris.  Eric then...

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Erica also lived in Brussels, Paris, and Massachusetts before coming to New York in 2005. Salutatorian of her high school class, she graduated a year early from Smith College, with high honors and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During her time at Smith, Erica...

Erin Bartnett received her Masters in modern & contemporary literature from the University of Virginia, a certificate in publishing from NYU, and her Bachelors in English Literature with a concentration in Women's Literature from Rutgers University, summa cum laude, high honors.  She has...

Ethan tells people he grew up in Portland, OR, but recently passed the tipping point of having spent the majority of his life in Massachusetts. He attended Amherst College, where he majored in anthropology and biology and graduated summa cum laude in 2012. His research on dementia and caregiving...

Evan’s enthusiasm for helping others with their writing began in the second grade, when he coached his friend Michael through the writing and illustration of a short book about a society of friendly rodents who lived beneath the stairs of a house. Evan attended The Evergreen State College in...

Evander Price hails from the southwesternmost corner of America—sunny San Diego—from where he has since been transplanted to the northeastern city of Cambridge, MA, learning through slow attrition to brave the bitter New England winters.

At Vassar College, he double-majored in Art...

Determined to fully appreciate the experience of being a Roman soldier stationed at the edge of the world, Glenn once hiked the length of Hadrian’s Wall during a hurricane. Glenn earned his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he discovered his love...

Guy

Guy did his undergrad in France at the Université de Limoges where he got a Maîtrise in English Literature, with a Minor in Linguistics. He then did an MA in Classics at Rutgers University in New Jersey, in which he performed “spectacularly” on the General Exams, to use the Chair’s own words....

Hana Goldstone was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to New York City to attend Columbia University and has lived here ever since. As an undergraduate at Columbia, Hana double majored in sociology and dance. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and her...

Hannah attended Barnard College, where she majored in Medieval and Renaissance Studies and minored in German Literature. After graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with departmental honors, she moved to Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright fellowship to research Middle High German poetry...

Hanul is a designer, artist, and storyteller. Writing is the common foundation that unites these different aspects of her life: it furnishes the narratives that ground each project. As both a mindset and practice, writing has been formative in her belief that the mission of design is to...

Heather is a doctoral candidate in Philosophy at NYU. She earned a JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and a BA in Philosophy from UCLA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with College and Department Honors. Prior to law school she worked on Google’s Global Ethics and...

Helena was born in New York City and then raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised by parents who are both teachers (at the high school she attended, no less), she has been engaged with reading, writing, and education quite literally since she can remember. She studied at Columbia University...

Teaching has been the love of Ian’s life since being a petulantly precocious toddler explaining the proper mechanics of the Bah-Bah. He now aspires to an at least slightly more well-rounded personality. Ian grew up in a series of Western and Midwestern towns before landing for awhile at...

Originally from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Isaac has jumped up and down the northeast. After finishing high school at Saint Albans in Washington, D.C., Isaac completed his undergraduate work at Yale University, graduating cum laude with a degree in Russian and east European...

Isaia is a fourth year PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he is currently teaching a class on Plato and has already taught Latin classes at various levels. His dissertation focuses on the rhetoric and style of Thucydides and on the...

Jackie is a first-year medical student at NYU School of Medicine and hails from the sunny state of Florida. There, she earned her Bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and English at the University of Miami, where she graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. While in college...

Jacob is the only student ever to have graduated from Columbia University with a double Major in Playwriting and Astrophysics. In high school, Jacob was a science nerd, taking college classes in multivariable calculus and quantum mechanics as well as scoring a 5 on 10 different AP tests. At...

Before migrating to New York City, Jacob graduated with a BA in Economics and minors in English and Business from Cornell University. After undergrad, Jacob was an editor and staff writer for a Brooklyn-based music publication for one year, writing reviews and covering music news, new releases,...

Born and raised in South Boston, Jacob attended Princeton, where he developed long-abiding interests in Franco-Russian literary exchange, and concentrated in Comparative Literature, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in June 2013. After Princeton, Jacob completed an M.Phil in Modern...

Despite her major, Janet did not learn how to speak English until she was 5-years-old when she moved to the United States from Taiwan. Janet graduated from Wellesley College with a dual major in Art History and English. After Wellseley, she went on to complete an MA in art history from the...

Jay

Jay Ben’s first acting role was as Judah Maccabee in a first-grade Chanukah pageant. After an eight-year hiatus (during which he determined, successively, that he would become a cartographer, a professional skier, a fantasy novelist, an architect, and an award-winning poet), he rediscovered...

Jeb

Jeb grew up on a beautiful, bucolic island near Seattle. Long commutes into the city to attend school gave him ample time to read and write, and he became a lover of books and developed an interest in English grammar and language at an early age. He received his B.A. in international relations...

Jedd grew up in the college town of Ann Arbor, MI, making theater with his grade school classmates and swimming in the great lakes. He earned his BA in philosophy and education at Swarthmore College, where he was a Lang Scholar for civic engagement. He then went on to his Masters of Education at...

Jenna grew up outside of Philadelphia, spending most of her childhood with her fingers glued to a fantasy novel or a video game controller. She attended Tufts University, where she majored in English and fostered a passion for fantasies written in the middle ages. At Tufts, she graduated summa...

Jennifer Crystal is a writer and educator who comes to the Boston area by way of Vermont, Connecticut, Paris, and Colorado. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she was a Dean’s Fellow, and her B.A. in English and French from Middlebury College, where she was a...

Jimmy is a J.D./Ph.D. student (Sociology & Social Policy) at Harvard University. Originally from Los Angeles, Jimmy graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 2014 with a degree in Social Studies and English. Following graduation, he spent a year doing political research for David...

Jingyu completed her undergraduate work in mainland China in Chinese language and literature. She holds an MA from Harvard University in Regional Studies of East Asia and an MPhil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Chinese Studies. She is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University...

Joani began her academic career in the small town of Princeton, NJ. She graduated from Princeton summa cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and minors in Humanistic and European Cultural Studies. As an undergraduate, she founded and led Princeton’s interdisciplinary Humanities...

Joe grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Psychology (Honors Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, and summa cum laude). 

Joe has several years of teaching and tutoring experience. At Penn Joe founded and directed the...

John is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, where he advanced to the finals of the Connecticut State Geography Bee, only to lose on the last question. Heartbroken, John later went to college at Harvard, where he majored in Literature and graduated magna cum laude. After a few years in...

Up until first being introduced to Donne in senior year of high school, John was firmly a science kid. In college, he began splitting his time between premed science and poetry classes at Amherst, and ended up graduating with a double major in Chemistry and English. His research focused on the...

A graduate of Amherst College, Johnathan has worked as a private tutor, classroom teacher, editor, and writer since his junior year of high school. He has worked with students of vastly different ages in several schools around New York City, a university in China, two public schools in Taiwan,...

Since starring as “Congressional Delegate #4” in his high school’s production of 1776, Jon has been passionate about all things American history. After hiding in the library for four years to avoid Montreal winters, Jon graduated with a First-Class Honors Degree in History from McGill University...

Jon realized that he wanted to study literature and writing while working his first (and so far only) office job, when he found himself often hiding to read Dover Thrift Editions of the works of Shakespeare and Blake.  So, he got a BA in English at The George Washington University, writing a...

Jonathan was raised in the Boston area and has never been able to stay away for long; as a result, he has developed an appreciation for the city’s strong traditions of education, culture, food, and sports, as well as a fondness for multiple cups of Dunkin’s while participating in said traditions...

Joseph may be the biggest Ethiopian you will ever meet, but don’t let that intimidate you. He is fun, enthusiastic, and is excited about teaching! He started out as a young class clown but has now evolved into a science enthusiast.  Serendipity proved to be Joe’s strongest ally at UC Berkeley as...

Julia grew up in New York City and attended Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 2008. After college, she worked in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve access to healthcare in rural communities. She went on to Harvard Medical School and is currently...

As a child, Julia lived in various countries, which led her to become fascinated in other cultures and languages. Since then, Julia has traveled all over the world and has attended school in over six countries. Her deepest interest is in Asia. As an undergraduate, Julia graduated from the...

Julia may have left England at the tender age of 5, but she has never gotten over her first loves – good English tea and great English literature. In fact, she holds a B.A. from Princeton University in the subject (English, not tea), with certificates in Theater and Music Theater. At Princeton,...

Julia grew up in Northern Virginia, and attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD (the ‘great books’ school), where she fell in love with classical languages. After spending a year baking bread in Antarctica, she went back to school for historical linguistics, and is now pursuing a PhD in the...

June grew up in Southern California but spent two wonderful years at a boarding school in Delaware. She attended Boston College, majoring in History and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was the recipient of the Patrick Durcan Award, the history departmental commencement prize,...

Hailing originally from a quiet town in the Midwest, Kaitlin has a longstanding passion for getting lost in the new worlds presented in books. An intellectual omnivore, Kaitlin attended Swarthmore College where she completed a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology, earned the Highest Academic...

For the last three years of elementary school, Kannan fell asleep to a book-on-tape about a barn owl named Plop; maybe that explains how prose got inside his subconscious.  Kannan did his B.A. at the University of Chicago, where he studied the history of science, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and...

Born and raised in England, Karen went globe-trotting in her late teens through her early twenties, working at a variety of jobs (chambermaid, waitress, camp site assistant, flight attendant, van driver) in settings as far afield as Wales, Italy, Israel, Spain, Greece, and the United States. ...

Kate is extremely grateful to everyone in her life who embraces her philosopher’s tendency to respond to just about everything with “but wait, why do you think that?”. Kate developed this annoying habit at Gettysburg College, where she majored in Philosophy and English Literature. Reaching the...

Katherine obtained her undergraduate degree in Classics and Molecular Biology, Summa cum Laude, from Harvard University. Awarded a Harvard Knox Fellowship to study in the United Kingdom for one year, she earned a Master’s degree in Classical Art and Archaeology with Distinction (equivalent of...

Katherine graduated from Columbia in 2013 where she received her B.A. in Psychology with a special concentration in Linguistics. There she combined her love of language with attention to philosophic inquiry and data-driven research. In addition to her studies, Katherine dedicated much of her...

When she was ten years old, Katherine’s dad took her to her first poetry reading, where she read a poem about a pine tree and another poem about a bully at school. She has been writing ever since, and she still enjoys giving poetry readings.

Katherine studied English at Macalester College...

Kevin was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he was in the Liberal Arts Honors program and-double majored in Economics and Psychology. He spent a semester in Washington, DC interning for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America...

Kevin went to high school in a midwestern cornfield far from the nearest SAT administration, but managed to score 800s on his SAT Verbal, SAT Writing, and U.S. History tests, buttressing his self-esteem sufficiently to withstand a 690 SAT Math score. At Stanford University he took a BA with...

Kristen is originally from the Virginia side of the D.C. metro area.  She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry, with a focus in biochemistry, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she spent much of her time feeding cells while working in a biochemistry laboratory. ...

Kristen splits her time between central Connecticut and Princeton, New Jersey. After graduating from Colby College as salutatorian in 2014, with Honors in English and distinction in Sociology, Kristen decided to pursue a Ph.D. in English at Princeton, where she is currently working on a...

Originally from Connecticut, Kristina first moved to New York to attend Fordham University, where she majored in English and Latin American and Latino Studies. In her junior year, she studied at the Universidad del Salvador and Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina during a semester abroad...

Lauren is a published poet and English tutor. In 2019, she graduated with distinction from the University of Oxford with a Master’s in Creative Writing, during which time she won the Grindstone International Poetry Prize and the Helen Zell and Jamaica Poet Laureate’s Young Writer’s Prize for...

A native New Yorker, Leah graduated from Harvard College in 2016 magna cum laude with a BA with highest honors in History and Science and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. While at Harvard, she conducted maternal health and infectious disease research abroad, including in Paris,...

Libby was born in northern Italy and grew up in the Chicago suburbs. She attended the University of Chicago, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She majored in Political Science and International Studies. After being raised nearly bilingual and forced to take seven years of...

Lucina is not embarrassed to admit that some of her earliest memories are of playing ‘school’ with her friends and family. Years later, she entered Princeton University with vague scientific aspirations and left it a zealot for her major, English Literature, graduating summa cum laude,...

Born and raised in New York, Madeleine earned her BA in Social Studies from Harvard University and spent two years working in Turkey as a teacher and a journalist before returning to her hometown to join the editorial staff of the New Yorker Magazine. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Near Eastern...

Mallory grew up in New Jersey, which means she grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen and eating pizza on Long Beach Island. She carried her Jersey pride with her to Connecticut, where she attended The Hotchkiss School. There, she wrote and directed her first play, “A Slice of Life”. She gave...

Manoah was born in the Bay Area and raised in New Jersey’s endless suburbs. At the University of Chicago, Manoah earned two honors Bachelor’s degrees in English and French language and literature. He was admitted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and graduated in 2007. He then went on to earn an...

Margaret graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a BA in human biology. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation and honored with a Firestone Medal for a distinguished undergraduate thesis in the social sciences. She then spent two years at the University of Oxford...

Mariam has been writing for almost as long as she’s been reading, ever since first grade, when the PTA moms at her Midwestern school started “publishing” student work—a.k.a., typing up the kids’ handwritten copy and binding the stapled pages in cereal boxes and wallpaper. At Princeton for...

Martin Carlino hails from “Lawn Guyland”, New York, though years in New England--and, more recently, Olde England--have rendered him more presentable to polite company.  While completing his BA at Harvard, Martin concentrated in Government with an emphasis in political philosophy and served for...

MaryGabrielle hails from Solebury, PA, where she spent her childhood reading every fantasy novel available to her and subsequently play-acting scenes from those books in her backyard with her younger sister. (Harry Potter duels were their favorite.) 

She is a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard...

Meg

Megan is a PhD candidate in the History of Science at Harvard University where she has worked with more than 200 students in history and history of science courses and has advised senior honors thesis students working on advanced topics in the history of science, technology and medicine. In...

Meg is a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford and a tutor in the Hume Center for Speaking and Writing. She holds a PhD in History of Science from Harvard University and a BA in English from Amherst College. Before coming to Stanford, Meg taught writing and research...

Melanie was born to NY parents, grew up in LA, and feels happiest when she’s living in Paris. After realizing that her favorite part of all her English and history classes was thinking about all the people (and characters), she majored in psychology with the philosophy track at Yale University,...

Nadia is a mixed product of northern New Jersey, upstate New York, and Moscow, Russia. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where she double-majored in English and Psychology. She eventually received her PhD in Developmental Psychology, also from Cornell. Her work has received...

Nell is a born and bred New Yorker who spent her formative years in Prospect Park. She attended Wesleyan University where she double-majored in Art History and English (Creative Writing). While at Wesleyan, Nell was a member of the Women’s Varsity Squash Team, elected Captain her Senior year,...

Nick was raised in a sleepy suburb of Boston and went to Concord Academy, where he ran around Walden Pond with the cross-country team, but never read Thoreau. He stayed close to home for college, migrating East on Route 2 to attend Harvard. After encountering scary words like “deconstructionism...

From a young age, Nicole has been a lover of history. At Boston College, Nicole studied History and like any good student of a Catholic institution, she also enjoyed many theology courses. After graduating, she worked in Fidelity’s Legal Department as a business analyst. She is now a student at...

Noam grew up in Israel, Baltimore, and Nebraska, and she has since continued to explore new places. She attended the University of Chicago, where she majored in philosophy and graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa. After working with a bioethicist for a year abroad, she completed Bryn Mawr...

Nora has a BA (honors) in linguistics from University College London and an MS and PhD in cognitive psychology from Rutgers University. Nora completed a postdoctoral fellowship in literacy education at New York University’s Steinhardt School. For this position, she worked closely with NYC...

Raised in Beverly, Massachusetts, Nora is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she majored in political science, and English and creative writing. She completed an honors thesis in creative writing and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. While at Emory, Nora...

Olivia Fitzpatrick originally hails from Ohio and graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University, majoring in psychology and public health. Following graduation, Olivia managed a research program and clinic at UCLA serving adolescents at-risk for suicide. Olivia is now a doctoral...

As an eldest child, Paige often wrote plays and taught her siblings how to act them out. This passion for fiction is central to her research and her love of teaching. She earned college honors at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in Women’s Studies before going on to a Master’s...

Parker grew up in Asheville, NC. He attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he studied anthropology and literature, edited the Bard Papers, and received the Heinrich Blücher Prize for excellence in scholarship. Between 2014 and 2015, he was a Fulbright-García Robles scholar in...

Pat grew up on Long Island, New York and dreamed of living in a city. She went to college at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and majored in biology and English and then worked as a paralegal in Washington, D.C. while she decided whether to go to law school or graduate school in...

Patrick is a student at Harvard Law School. Before moving to Cambridge, he studied music performance at the University of Michigan on an academic scholarship. He was a Rogel Scholar and graduated with a 3.95 GPA. After Michigan, he attended the elite Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In...

Paul is a native of Skokie, IL. A graduate of Vassar College and Wits University in Johannesburg, Paul is currently a PhD candidate at Harvard University. At Harvard, he has received multiple awards for his teaching and was recently awarded research fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Program,...

Paul attended Yale, where he majored in History and Russian and East European Studies and graduated with honors. His thesis and work relating to the revolution in Ukraine was selected to be presented at a policy conference. After Yale, he moved to Samara, Russia for one year as the recipient of...

When Pete was in high school, he loved to tinker with computers and code. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study computer science, but halfway through his first year, he decided History was much more engaging. He went on to double major in History and Political...

Peter was born and raised in New York City, and remembers a time when angry men in Elmo costumes were not the scariest thing about Times Square. A graduate of Regis High School and Columbia University, where he majored in history and was foolish enough to voluntarily write a thesis, he spent a...

At the beginning of his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, Peter would spend hours in the practice room working on excerpts of Richard Wagner’s operas and other pieces in the German canon. While this was certainly musically rewarding, he found himself increasingly interested...

Born and raised in the Miami area, Pirzada is a student at Yale Law School. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where he competed in policy debate at the national level for four years. This past summer, he worked at the Community Justice Project in Miami in the area of movement...

When John Mellencamp sang that he was from a small town, Quinn understands: he hails from that very small town. Born and raised in Indiana by a family of elementary and high school educators, Quinn studied Philosophy and International Affairs at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He promptly...

Rachel has wanted to be a teacher ever since she first assembled her teddy bears and dolls in a circle in her bedroom and assigned them homework. After graduating from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Art History and French, Rachel spent two years in Europe. She taught...

Rachel was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, where she played little league softball for many more years than someone at her skill level (quite low) should have. Rachel attended Yeshiva University on a full academic scholarship, and she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in...

Although she hails from North Carolina, Rachel is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. (Ask her about Anne of Green Gables.) Her status as a Commonwealther is her excuse for her lifelong Anglophilia. Rachel studied English literature at Duke, where her senior thesis on judgment in the novels...

Rachel is a tried-and-true Boston transplant. She studied biology as a full-tuition merit scholar at Thiel College, a private liberal arts college that is buried under Pennsylvania snow most of the year. She then earned her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology as a merit scholar at Boston...

With Indian, Kenyan, Pakistani, and Canadian roots, Rahima grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied global health, healthcare management, South Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies. Rahima worked at PwC Advisory in New...

When Rani was twelve years old she decided that she had lived enough life to write her first memoir. She has secretly wanted to be a creative writer ever since. She got her PhD in Ethnic Studies and Film from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focused on the intersection of...

Rebecca was raised in the woods of North Carolina, where she learned to love both reading and climbing trees. Rebecca received her A.B. from Harvard, where she designed an independent major in drama and literature and graduated with high honors. Her senior thesis won a Thomas T. Hoopes prize,...

Rex

Rex is originally from northeastern Nebraska—indeed a Husker football fan—but spent years abroad in Europe, including one year at Ruprecht-Karls Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. Upon returning to North America, he completed his undergraduate degree in political philosophy at Concordia...

Rhea was born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, where she developed a love for a wide array of artistic pursuits, farming, and hiking. Her fondness for art and working in the dirt persisted in college and led her to study archaeology. In 2018, Rhea graduated from Brown University with...

Sabrina hails from a small town in upstate New York. After a few too many years surrounded by cornfields, she decided to attend Barnard College, Columbia University where she majored in Political Science and Human Rights. At Barnard, she received the Carolyn E. Agger Scholarship for Women...

A true Manhattanite from head to toe, Sam attended Horace Mann High School before emigrating, in a fit of wanderlust and questionable judgment, to Ireland to enroll in the English Department of Trinity College Dublin. At Trinity, he earned honors and had his poetry and prose published in a...

Sam grew up flying back and forth between Beijing and California. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, and as a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. After college, he joined the Cambridge Coaching admin team, where...

Sam trained as an architect at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was a Fulbright Fellow in Central Asia before completing his M.A. at University College London. He is a PhD Candidate at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where his research focuses on the...

Sam grew up in Southern California with a magician as a father and librarian for a mother, and she emerged as a curious intersection of the two. She attended New York University as an undergraduate, where she studied English and American Literature and Dramatic Literature. After hustling as a...

Sammie grew up in the endearingly eccentric city of Austin, Texas. She fell in love with the land of the pines as an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. Her studies took her to the UK, Chile, and Uganda, where she explored bioethics, traditional medicine, and maternal and child health...

Samuel began his college career when most people finish theirs, at 22, when he started taking classes at Shasta College before his evening shifts as a line cook and kitchen manager in the small city of Redding, California. He enjoyed his English class so much that first semester that one day he...

Sara Deniz Akant is a poet, educator, and scholar, who recently found out that she is related to Dracula, by marriage. She grew up as a dual Turkish-American citizen in New York, and graduated with an International Baccalaureate from Atlantic College, in Wales. She returned to the US to study...

In sixth grade, Sara finally finished her first novel, The Clamorous Medium. Since then, she has thankfully learned to write without a thesaurus. Sara graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, where she studied English Literature and Political Science as a Trustee...

Sarah has spent much of her adult life as a professional English teacher both overseas and in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she considers her home. After completing her BA in liberal arts at St. John's College in Annapolis, she went on to pursue a masters degree in English and Comparative...

As a native of central Jersey, Sarah always envisioned some day living in New York City. Igniting by the energy of the city and eclectic curriculum of its Core, she applied early decision to Columbia University. She graduated magna cum laude with a major in Neuroscience and Behavior and a 3.9/4....

Sarah was born and raised in New York City, a place steeped in literary history that sparked her love of reading and writing. She attended Dartmouth College, where she majored in English and graduated as Valedictorian, winning the Stanley Prize in English for the most innovative undergraduate...

Shayna has lived in Montreal, Mumbai, Istanbul, Jerusalem and London—but considers herself a New Yorker at heart. She attended University of Michigan, majoring in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities and Creative Writing and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a few years of...

Shelby is from Wyoming, and he has spent the past decade living in Massachusetts, Colorado, California, and the UK. He has a Master’s in American Studies from the University of Oxford, and he recently received a Master of Fine Arts in fiction from the University of California, Irvine. He spent a...

Shyam grew up in Los Angeles, and completed his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Wash U, he conducted research on the role of serotonin signaling in early brain development, and served on the university’s Board of Trustees. He graduated magna...


Sofía grew up in Berkeley, CA, which explains her soft spot for worker-owned cooperatives and her remarkably high burrito standards. She majored in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard College. Upon graduation, Sofía was awarded a Harvard Traveling Fellowship to research...

Born and raised in California, Sonya lived and worked in Missouri, the District of Columbia, France, and Switzerland before landing in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 with a degree in History and a minor in Economics. She then...

Sophie was born in France and moved to New York City in elementary school. After graduating from St. Ann’s School, she pursued a degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, graduating with honors. She also received a Master’s in Public Administration at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School...

Susan is from the South, but she now lives in Hackney, London. She went to high school in Florida, earning the I.B. diploma and graduating first in her class.  She then studied English at Rice, in Texas, graduating summa cum laude and picking up the nickname Lady Geddes for winning the Lady...

    Tarek is originally from Beirut, Lebanon and spent most of his formative years in his hometown. He completed his degree in Political Studies, with an emphasis on International Relations and a minor in History, before moving to Sabancı University (Istanbul) for his Masters degree in Ottoman...

Terry is from revolutionary Lexington, Massachusetts, where he grew up marching in parades as a minuteman until he was old enough to think better of it. He attended Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in English and French. His thesis on medieval...

Tess grew up in northern New Jersey, where, as an enthusiastic user of AOL instant messenger, she first discovered her love of the written word. That love carried her to Yale, where she completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa,...

Tim was born and raised in lovely Laguna Beach, California. He graduated summa cum laude, with Highest Honors in Politics, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After graduation, he headed East to study for a PhD in Political Science at Brown University. And though he misses California...

Tony grew up in an immigrant family and is fluent in English and Mandarin (and Shanghainese). Tony moved from his home in Brooklyn, NY to Boston for college, attending Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude in Literature in 2008. He began a JD/PhD program at Harvard Law...

Hailing from Chicago, Tova attended the University of Chicago and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in anthropology. She recently completed her MPhil (with Merit) at the University of Cambridge where she studied Archaeology, with work spanning from theoretical anthropology to archaeobotany....

Troy graduated cum laude from Yale, where he received his BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Afterwards, Troy taught middle school math and science in Mississippi as a Teach For America (TFA) Corp Member. After TFA, Troy attended Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude and receiving four...

Vidya grew up bouncing between India and the US, and has seen her fair share of small towns and sprawling cities.  After graduating from the University of Bombay in India, she went on to receive her MA and MPhil from Columbia in English Literature.  After graduating with two degrees, she decided...

Word on the street is that Will’s first word was “biomarker,” because he spent the better part of his childhood listening to his dad talk about his research in environmental health. Two decades later, he graduated from Yale summa cum laude with majors in Sociology and Biochemistry, and...

Before Zoe was in the first grade she lived in five different states and two different countries, and somehow she still likes to travel. Zoe studied English at Davidson College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She was a John Montgomery Belk Scholar and received a Davidson...

Zoe grew up in the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles, California. She attended Vassar College  where she graduated after four years with a degree with honors in Science, Technology, and Society.  While at Vassar, Zoe was a member and captain of the Varsity Swim Team for all four years.  She was...

Born in Poland and having attended high school and college in the United States, Zuzanna has spent most of her life with a foot in each country. She graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with degrees in statistics and linguistics; she is now a 5th year PhD student in linguistics at Harvard...