Build your college application

Your admissions strategy

Good grades and test scores aren’t enough. That’s because so many qualified students now apply for the small number of spots at highly competitive colleges.

To succeed you need to show you are more than an impressive resumé—you’re the kind of person they’re looking for.

Writing a strong essay

Your college essay is your chance to show who you are, how you think and what you can bring to a college community.

The College Strategist can guide you in crafting a personal statement that conveys your strengths in a unique and compelling way.

An admissions overview

Long before beginning the college search, students and parents need to understand how today’s admission process works.

How does a college choose its incoming class? What can students do to prepare—as early as freshman year in high school? This book is an introductory guide.

Testimonials for the College Strategist

“Knowledgeable and thoughtful, with a keen understanding of the current college admissions environment.”

— MIRIAM F. (DAUGHTER ACCEPTED TO VASSAR COLLEGE)

“Thoughtful, organized and calm, Mona engaged our family through the intricate timeline of college visits, testing and application.”

— AMELIA P. (SON ACCEPTED TO COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY)

“Mona inspired our son to write a personal statement he is proud of. We are so grateful to see the level of insight and maturity reflected in his essay.”

— ROXLYN M. (SON ACCEPTED TO HAVERFORD COLLEGE)

College admissions counseling

The College Strategist will help you develop a strategy for the admissions process—a coordinated way of presenting yourself:

  • Make and refine your college list
  • Write effective admissions essays
  • Learn how to present yourself at your interviews
  • Get compelling recommendations

College prep tutoring

I offer language arts tutoring to high school and college students. This includes developing your skills for the close reading of literary and social studies texts and strengthening your ability to analyze and synthesize ideas.

I also conduct personal one-on-one writing workshops with a focus on both academic and personal essays.