Lauren D.


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 Poetry. In 2014, she received a Bachelor’s in English as a Davis Scholar at Amherst College. Earlier still, as an infant, she had a penchant for reading license plates. Her love of written things goes back a long way.

Having spent most of her life reading and writing, Lauren is particularly passionate about equipping students to express themselves clearly and confidently in writing. To help each student achieve their academic goals, she spends copious amounts of time researching and preparing personalized content to address their unique needs. Lauren’s students often notice improved grades, but she also emphasizes their holistic development as innovative critical thinkers beyond traditional metrics of achievement. Her education and years of academic editing experience provide useful skills to help her do just that. To date, she has edited 1,300 drafts of college application essays and personal statements. Lauren has also studied abroad in various countries, including the UK, Jamaica, and Argentina. As a result, she not only speaks Spanish, but can also empathize with the unique challenges and opportunities that international students frequently encounter.

Former hobbies have included the likes of improv and flamenco, but these days she often finds herself either baking banana bread or repeatedly losing staring contests with the barracuda who lives in the bay near her apartment. (This, alas, is true. His name is Rosencrantz.)

Education & Qualifications
  • University of Oxford, MS in Creative Writing

  • Amherst College, BA in English

  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Creative Writing
  • English & Literature
  • MD Admissions
  • College Admissions
  • English as a Second Language
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Lauren was incredibly helpful and returned all edited drafts in such a timely manner, which made a stressful process feel much more manageable! Not only were Lauren's edits insightful and thought-provoking, I also learned so many tips and proper grammar from them that I will be sure to use in future papers!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (MD Applicant)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    Lauren was incredibly helpful in the drafting and editing of my medical school personal statement! She was incredibly timely and went above and beyond to make sure that I felt satisfied with my final draft. She took the time to get to know me and help with a personalized outline. I also learned valuable, life-long writing skills! I could not have done it without her!
    Testimonial Source: 
    (MD Applicant)