“When my daughter began her senior year of high school I felt a sense of excitement and dread. I knew she was facing a daunting amount of essays and supplements. I also knew she needed an experienced person to guide her through the process (since there was no way our relationship would have survived if I helped her – LOL). My close friend told me Margie was the ONLY person to contact. One phone call later with Margie and we signed up! I cannot explain the ease and comfort level she provided my daughter along with a sense of accomplishment every time she submitted an application. Margie knew just when to step in and just what to say to my daughter about each and every one of her applications. My daughter loves the fact that her University of Texas at Austin essay was the one that Margie said, “Keep this essay on hand and don’t lose it – It’s too good not to have!” Well, Margie was right again!
Margery Kashman was an extremely valuable resource in pulling together my college essays. She worked with me to organize my thoughts and ensure that my voice was heard throughout the writing process. With Margery’s guidance, I was confident hitting ‘send’ when submitting my applications, knowing that they were properly edited and specifically geared toward the schools I applied to. She is truly the “College Essay Whiz” and an invaluable mentor. I highly recommend her services to anyone looking for a college advisor.
…Thanks for the time and personal attention you gave to my daughter while working on her college entrance essays. It is not just that you guided her to write the best essay for each school. You took a personal interest and tapped into the confidence that she was hesitant to put on paper. The evidence is the acceptance to Mount Holyoke…what an amazing gift. Please accept my heartfelt thanks!
There are 37,100 high schools in the U.S., and there are 37,100 class presidents applying to college every year. You won’t get into Harvard by merely writing, “I am the Valedictorian of my graduating class” on your application. So, how do you get admitted to the university of your choice? How do you set yourself apart from the 37,000 other top applicants? It is as plain and simple as this: Highly selective colleges and universities expect top-notch applications and accept works of art.
Without Margery I would never have been able to put together a truly competitive application. I applied to Williams, Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Haverford (all four of which are top-ten liberal arts colleges), and was admitted to all four. Moreover, admissions officers from Williams, Middlebury, and Haverford sent me handwritten letters in which they complimented me on my essays and personally asked me to attend their schools.
To anyone who seriously desires to attend a top university, I strongly recommend Margery. She will work with you to bring your unique story to life in a light that is presentable to admissions officers. She is a wonderful person and a true pleasure to work with. And lastly, her track record stands for itself. If you put in your share of work, she’ll get you into college.
AW, Williams ’19
My dear son was just too relaxed about his college future, three weeks to the application deadline I called up a few friends for advice, and Margery was highly recommended. Although it was the busiest time of the year for her, she made time to see us the next day, managed to help out with over 15 applications and countless essays. Soon after, the acceptance letters came rolling in: Duke, Cornell, UVA and many more. We could not stress enough how much Margery’s guidance attributed to my son’s heavy stack of admittances and would recommend her to any student with high aspirations.
Father of B.E., Duke University ’19
With only three weeks until college application deadlines, my computer screen was blank. I had made little progress with my college essays, except for a few scattered ideas I failed to cultivate. I found myself not only lost but also flustered by the seemingly dreadful task that is writing college essays. Working with Margery was undoubtedly the key to my success in the grueling college process. She guided me through every stage, from developing a strategy and brainstorming ideas to writing powerful essays of great impact and substance. In the few weeks we had, we managed to go above and beyond. Thanks to Margery’s guidance, great communication, constructive criticism and expert editing skills, I was able to work to my full potential – not to mention to mature as a writer.
B.E., Duke University ’19
I’m from Trenton, New Jersey, where the crime rate is high and the literacy rate low. College was a dream to me, but one I was determined to make a reality. I met Margery in August of 2014. This is when we began to work together on my college applications and my application for the Bill Gates scholarship. Margery and I started by filling out the information part of the application. She helped me thoroughly check every single part of the information section so we didn’t miss anything. Next we started the essays: First, the Common App personal statement and second, the Additional Information question. Margery helped me edit and cut down an essay that was originally over 1,000 words into a perfect 649 word essay. Yes, Margery is so good at cutting and editing essays that she trimmed it all the way down to just one word under the limit without omitting one idea that was in the original essay.
After perfecting the Common App essays, we started to work on the writing supplements. Margery helped me edit and cut down each essay to perfection. After all of this, we started to work on the Gates scholarship application which included eight essays that could not total more than 1,000 words. Margery helped me format and edit all eight essays. I am happy to report that I got into six out of seven schools and that I was also awarded the Gates Scholarship. I know without a doubt that without Margery, I would not have been as successful as I am today. Thank you, Margery.
LH, American University ’19