Becca R.


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 essay prize and the philosophy department graduate essay prize. Alongside her academic work, Becca has worked as a professional writer and editor. After college, she served as assistant literary editor of The New Republic, and she has since contributed essays and criticism to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and more. She has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award and the National Book Critics Circle reviewing prize. 

At Harvard, Becca has relished been the opportunity to help her undergraduate students hone their philosophical writing. She has received teaching awards for both of the classes she has taught, and she keeps in close touch with many of her former students. She is passionate about helping others communicate their ideas with force, elegance, and clarity, and she is always awed by how much she learns from her students in exchange. (In particular, she is wowed by several former students who run an amazing percussion ensemble!)  At Cambridge Coaching, Becca relishes the opportunity to work with philosophy or writing students. She also deeply enjoys helping college and graduate bound applicants shape and polish their personal statements.

In her free time, Becca runs, reads, bakes (with admittedly mixed success), and binge-watches Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD in Philosophy, 2022
  • University of Cambridge, MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, 2016
  • Dartmouth College, BA in Philosophy, minor in German, 2014
  • English & Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Creative Writing
  • Expository Writing
  • High School Admissions
  • College Admissions
  • MBA Writing
  • MD writing
  • Graduate Admissions