Comments from students, parents, and high school counselors
"I was not only amazed with Alison's professional writing skills, but how well she connected with the students. She is energetic, professional and truly has the patience to work with students to pull out their individual strengths. The students were very appreciative of the help that she provided them with their QuestBridge essays. We would love to work with her again."
- Jackie Borja, counselor, Gabrielino High, San Gabriel, CA
"Again, I just wanted to thank you for your support and diligence. You have been an amazing resource. I have several friends with children who are juniors and sophomores. I would love to recommend them to you. By the way, you are much more effective than traditional college counselors!"
- Annie K., son attends the University of Pennsylvania
"Thank you so much for all your help and support through the whole essay-writing process. My final drafts could not have been as effective and polished without your assistance. I was accepted Early Action into Yale, and words cannot describe how thankful I am of the effort you spent during these months."
- Kevin W., student at Yale University
"I am so happy I contacted you and asked you to work with [my daughter]. Not only has it been a huge relief for me to not be involved with the essay, your guidance, input, suggestions and editorial suggestions are exactly what Olivia needed to guide her through this aspect of the college application process."
- Beth A., daughter attends Lewis & Clark
"We couldn’t be more pleased with [our son’s] common app applications – we know they represent him in his best possible light so whatever happens, there’s no regrets on what he submitted. We are very appreciative of the work you did… and also for giving him a sympathetic ear, motivating & inspiring him, and helping him deal with his hovering parents. You are an awesome coach!"
- Anna P., son attends Washington University in St. Lewis
"I just got a likely from Columbia, and I just want to thank you for all your help on essays, college tips, and everything else! I really don't think I could have done it without you."
- Brianna L., student accepted at Columbia University
"I approached Alison Bell questioning my ability to write about myself, but these fears were quickly alleviated after our first meeting in which she encouragingly pointed out exactly what I did well and what I could improve upon. She offered great suggestions for improvement and essay topics for forthcoming essays. She is concise, knowledgeable, confident, supportive, and extremely efficient. She is also quick with responses whether it be via e-mail or telephone, and definitely eased the stress of writing college essays."
- Stanley W., student at USC
"College application essays can be an incredibly difficult process. Although I already knew what I wanted to write, I had trouble expressing myself to my full potential. Ms. Bell helped me properly articulate my thoughts in a way that sounded enticing to college admission officers. I am greatly appreciative of her work with my essays."
- Dennis P., student at USC Marshall School of Business
"Eliminating the parental factor and removing the procrastination pitfalls by working with you allowed [our son] to just concentrate on the task at hand - communicating something authentic about himself to the colleges he is interested in attending as a transfer student."
- Joan S., son transferred from UC Santa Cruz to UC Berkeley
"I don't know what I would have done without Ms. Bell. She was able to mold my college essays into completely unique and focused works in just a few meetings."
- Sean E., student at UC Davis
"I am saying this from the bottom of my heart, you were a great source of support during a stressful college application/essay period. Thanks to you, we could take comfort knowing my daughter would get great feedback on her essays. She couldn't have done it without your professional guidance."