Pete P.


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 Science, focusing specifically on early America. His thesis on the Federalist Papers received the Mark H. Leff Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis. After graduating, Pete spent a year working as a data analyst before pursuing his Ph.D. in History at Harvard. 

At Harvard, Pete continued his study of early American history, specializing in Atlantic history and the British empire. His dissertation examines the entwined histories of Massachusetts and Jamaica during the American Revolution. Throughout his graduate career, Pete was awarded 9 research grants and fellowships, published two peer reviewed articles, including one on Charles Dickens and the Panic of 1837 which won the Harry E. Pratt Award for Best Article, taught six courses on various periods of American history, and advised three undergraduate senior theses. Pete has a passion for teaching and loves to help students with their research and essay writing. His core strengths are in the humanities, including history, English, government, and political science.     

When Pete doesn’t have his nose in a book, he enjoys playing video games, going on walks with his Golden Retriever puppy, Albus, and watching the Chicago Bulls continue to lose. 

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD in History
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA in History, Political Science
  • Art History
  • History
  • Political Science & Government
  • Sociology
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Homework Help & Study Skills
  • Medical School Admissions
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Pete was an incredibly knowledgeable, supportive, and efficient writing tutor. I applied to almost twice the average number of medical schools that people usually apply to, and Pete was able to help me out with all of them in a timely manner. I sincerely believe the guidance that Pete gave me helped me garner two acceptances. Pete helped me with not only editing my essays line-by-line and rephrasing awkward language, but also developing coherent ideas and ensuring logic flow. When my ideas were unclear or underdeveloped, he pushed me to think further and articulate more clearly. I believe this is one of Pete's greatest strengths. He is able to not only spot awkward sentences but also underdeveloped ideas. His critiques helped me be more precise in my ideas, which made my essays much stronger. When I was not able to elaborate by myself, he helped guide my thinking and offered potential ideas. In this way, Pete helped me not only become a stronger applicant on paper but also a better writer."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)