Connor So.


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 Scholar with a Highest Distinction degree in English. He also holds a Master of Philosophy in modern and contemporary English literature from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was both a Schilt Fund and Hyam scholar. He was a 2014-2015 Fulbright researcher in Tanzania, and has written for publications such as Deadspin and The Awl.

Connor has taught writing and language in both formal and informal settings, from his work as an admissions consultant with ChaseFuture (now Dyad) to his freelance work helping professionals with cover letters. He has given seminars in creative writing to Durham high school students, and taught English to Tibetan graduate students in Chengdu, China. Connor has been applying for hyper-competitive awards and programs on an annual basis since he was 17, with some success, and is especially eager to help students polish their own applications and admissions essays.

In his spare time, Connor is an avid (daily, when possible) hiker, as well as a runner. He is going to take up Kendo, because New York is a difficult place to play tennis.

Education & Qualifications
  • University of Cambridge, MPhil in Modern and Contemporary English Literature
  • Duke University, BA in English (Highest Distinction & magna cum laude)
  • Fulbright Research Fellow (Tanzania)
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Expository Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Admissions Coaching (College)