You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.

– Jodi Piccoult

You learn to write by writing.

– William Zinsser

All writing consulting services are offered in-person and virtually. We live in the age of technology, and I successfully work with clients from around the corner or around the world from the comfort of their homes, dorm rooms or offices.

Contact me to discuss your needs and work-style preferences.

Recent college, university,
and graduate program acceptances

– American University
– Babson College
– Barnard College
– Boston University
– Brandeis University
– Brown University
– California Polytechnic State University
– Carnegie Mellon University
– Chapman University
– Clemson University
– College of Charleston
– Columbia University
– Cornell University
– Duke University
– Elon University
– Emory University
– Florida State University
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– Georgetown University
– George Washington University
– Georgia Institute of Technology
– Harvard University
– High Point University
– Indiana University
– Johns Hopkins University
– Lafayette College
– Loughborough University, England, UK
– Michigan State University
– Muhlenberg College
– Nova Southeastern University
– New York University
– Northeastern University
– Northwestern University
– Occidental College
– Oberlin College
– Ogelthorpe University
– Penn State University
– Santa Clara University
– San Diego State University
– Savannah College of Art and Design
– Stanford University
– Syracuse University
– Tufts University
– Tulane University
– University of Alabama
– University of Arizona
– University of Central Florida
– University of Chicago
– University of Colorado Boulder
– University of Delaware
– University of Florida
– University of Georgia
– University of Maryland College Park
– University of Miami
– University of Michigan
– University of Missouri
– University of North Carolina-Wilmington
– University of Oregon
– University of Pennsylvania
– University of Pittsburgh
– University of Rhode Island
– University of Southern California
– University of South Carolina
– University of South Florida
– University of Tampa
– University of Tennessee
– University of Texas Austin
– University of Virginia
– Vanderbilt University
– Washington University in St. Louis
– Yeshiva University

Mindy Blum

Mindy has over 30 years of teaching experience in secondary and higher education. She has helped students with the college essay process for 15 years and collectively, has worked with students on over 7,000 pieces of writing. Mindy holds a B.A. from Emory University and an M.A.T from Columbia University.

As an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Mindy has chosen to focus her practice on college and graduate school admissions essays and applications because she is passionate about helping students express their stories and messages effectively and authentically.


Contributing Writer

Contributing Writer

College Essay
Consulting and Coaching Services

  • Common App essay

  • College-specific supplemental essays

  • Common App activities list

  • Application guidance

  • Common App Additional Information Section essay

  • Common Application essay for transfer students

Graduate School Essay
Consulting and Coaching Services

  • Personal statements

  • Program-specific supplemental essays

  • Resumes

Five Steps to an Awesome Essay

  • Brainstorming/choosing a topic: By reflecting on who you are as a person, we will pinpoint your most promising material. Through a series of free-writing prompts, I will help you find material based on your unique characteristics and experiences.


  • First draft: You’ll write without stopping to check your grammar or worry if your essay is organized, or sounds silly. I want you to let your ideas flow and get them down.


  • Second to third draft:We’ll organize your ideas, eliminate what is not essential, and further develop the gems in your story.


  • Next draft: At this stage, we will refine your word choices, sentence structure, and grammar. This essay will reflect the best you, effectively and authentically.


  • Final proofread: We will go through your essay for a final polish and proofread, and your essay is done and ready to submit—congratulations!

Please note, I do not write essays for students. My services are meant to enhance your writing skills, and with effective brainstorming techniques, expert coaching, and collaborative editing, your essay will be just that—yours.


To receive more information including hourly rates and package options, please use the contact form below, email , or call.